Engineering Librarian

at Clemson University (view profile)
Location Clemson, South Carolina
Date Posted August 28, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Twitter Handle @clemsonlibrary


Clemson University Libraries seek a service-oriented, innovative and collaborative librarian to support education and research in engineering and the sciences. The Engineering Librarian will provide research assistance, instruction, collection development, and outreach for departments in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences. The successful candidate will collaborate with university partners and institutes to develop and support innovative programs and services.  This is a 12-month tenure track Faculty position and works under the direction of the Head of Information & Research Services.

Responsibilities include:

Research Services

  • Serves as primary liaison to departments in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; connects faculty and students with information and resources to support all aspects of the research lifecycle and builds professional relationships that facilitate research and student success.
  • Collaborates with other science librarians to design and deliver services, instruction, and programming to support education and research for all physical and life sciences.
  • Along with other science librarians, provides expertise for patent and trademark searching, locating industry standards, using citation management tools, and searching multidisciplinary databases.
  • Provides general reference service (on call and virtual) as well as in-depth research assistance in engineering and applied sciences.
  • Works collaboratively across the Libraries to support innovative initiatives including open access, research impact analysis, open educational resources, data management services, and data visualization.
  • Engages in professional development such as attending conferences, workshops, and webinars related to job functions.

Instruction & Outreach

  • Teaches course-related library instruction sessions both in-person and online; designs and develops student learning outcomes, instructional materials, and assessments for classes.
  • Creates and maintains library research guides (LibGuides) and other online instructional tools to help students, faculty, and staff effectively identify and use library resources.
  • Participates in instructional, outreach, and information literacy initiatives.
  • Travels to innovation campuses throughout South Carolina to provide research support, instruction and outreach to faculty, students, and researchers.

Collection Development

  • Builds and manages library collections to support curriculum and research for departments in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, including updating collection policies, selecting print and electronic materials, and weeding.
  • Works with team of science librarians to determine shared collection purchases and priorities.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

  • Develops a focused program of high quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals.


  • Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, University, profession, and community.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship, or a relevant, accredited graduate degree in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by the Libraries
  • Degree or coursework in engineering or a related STEM field
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one-year of experience providing reference services in an academic or special library
  • Experience working with engineers or in an engineering field
  • Functional knowledge of engineering and science databases and software applications
  • Experience designing, teaching, and assessing library instruction
  • Experience developing LibGuides, tutorials, and digital learning objects
  • Awareness of faculty and graduate student needs at a research institution
  • Experience working with researchers to support relevant aspects of the research lifecycle
  • Familiarity with patent searching, standards, and other engineering resources
  • Experience selecting and deselecting materials for an academic library collection

Salary and Benefits

Faculty rank and competitive salary based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. The salary range is $58,000-$65,000.Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.



Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented research university in a college-town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Ranked as one of America’s Top 25 Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive to Charlotte and Atlanta.


Application process

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio: Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and three (3) contact references. Review of materials will begin immediately. Applications received by October 1, 2019 will be guaranteed consideration.


Closing Statement Clemson University is an AAO/EO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion,

sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.