Library Liaison for Biosciences and Bioengineering at MIT Libraries

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31 Mar 2021

Library Liaison for Biosciences and Bioengineering at MIT Libraries

Vacant position: 
Biosciences & Bioengineering Library Liaison
Organisational Member hosting the announcement: 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries (MIT Libraries)
Application deadline: 
Friday, 2 April, 2021


The MIT Libraries seek a collaborative, dynamic, and innovative professional to join our team as the Biosciences & Bioengineering Library Liaison. This position resides within the Research and Learning Directorate, reporting to the Department Head for Liaison, Instruction, and Reference Services (LIRS). The Biosciences Library Liaison supports biology and biological engineering teaching and research within the Institute in emerging research methods and open science.


The Libraries' pedagogical philosophy aligns with the Institute's motto Mens et Manus that translates from Latin as “Mind and Hand.” Our motto reflects the educational ideals of MIT's founders, who promoted education for practical application. Among its ranks, MIT has some of the world's leading researchers and educators who are pioneering dynamic approaches to global challenges with technology and science. Researchers across our departments, labs, and centers (DLCs) dedicate themselves to paradigm-shifting practices in data-intensive and computational methods, international collaborations, the promotion of open science and ethical technology design, and ground-breaking cross-disciplinary innovations.


Therefore, the successful candidate will demonstrate a high capacity to develop and contribute to our educational ecosystem and MIT science and engineering librarians' collective work in a Community of Practice. The incoming Biosciences and Bioengineering Library Liaison will also participate and/or lead in service and infrastructure development projects. Supporting our community through the COVID-19 pandemic affords a talented and highly motivated individual the opportunity to partner with us in re-envisioning and reshaping our service model while advancing the MIT Libraries mission as informed by our New Urgency Vision.


As a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and social justice are essential values within the Libraries and the Institute, the incoming Biosciences and Bioengineering Library Liaison must apply a culturally competent lens to this vital position within our organization.


Responsibilities include coordinating, shaping, and delivering services as part of a team and using outreach strategies to develop relationships with faculty/researchers that optimize the impact of library expertise/services; helping researchers find and manage information/data and critically evaluate and use research tools/platforms/infrastructure; developing library collections in relevant disciplines and supporting initiatives in open access, open science, and open data; teaching in the library program on critical information skills, helping students understand the social consequences of how data/information are used, created, and shared; building skills for professional impact and cultural competence; and participating in or leading project teams.


Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  Must be approved to work in the USA; advanced degree in relevant discipline (preferably biosciences) or an MLS/MLIS; three years’ relevant experience, including working with data and scholarly information in science research; experience developing outreach strategies and building relationships to deliver high-impact services; knowledge of and ability to select biosciences literature/resources for library collections; experience working with and managing relevant biosciences datasets and familiarity with cleaning data, version control, documentation, and analysis tools; experience with teaching and learning design; commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and experience applying principles of D&I in service development; experience using project management methods when working with teams; and strong collaboration, organizational, and communication skills.  PREFERRED:  familiarity with collaborative research tools/platforms (e.g., GitHub, electronic lab notebooks, open-source and open science tools, data repositories); familiarity with research trends and ethical, legal, and policy issues in science/engineering; and ability to align work, projects, and personal learning with strategic directions.  Job #19382-8 


Preference will be given to applications received by 2021-04-02.


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