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Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian - Science and Engineering Librarian

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School / Campus / College: University Libraries

Organization: University Libraries

Title: Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian - Science and Engineering Librarian

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Position Description


The University of Washington ranks 2nd among universities in the amount of federal grant and research dollars received with close to 1.5 billion dollars in total research funding. Ranked number 14 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings and number 10 in U.S. News and World Report’s Global University rankings, the UW was named one of the world’s most innovative universities by Reuters. For more information, please visit

Serving all three UW campuses, the Libraries is an integral partner in the education, research, clinical care, and service mission of the University. Beyond the strength of its extensive collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent programs and services, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries is committed to integrating equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism into all aspects of our work and organizational culture. To learn more about UW Libraries, please visit


The UW Tacoma Library engages in the full spectrum of scholarly and teaching activities for the University of Washington Tacoma campus. As such, the UW Tacoma Library plays an essential role in the learning, teaching, research, and community partnership work of the University through access, collections, consultations, digital scholarship support, events, instruction, reference, service, and technology. UW Tacoma librarians work in a matrixed model in which all librarians carry responsibility for a single area of library work, but also contribute to all areas of the library. The UW Tacoma Library aspires to be a catalyst for UW Tacoma, with agile and innovative approaches to meeting the changing needs of our students, faculty, and community.


One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that shares the University of Washington’s commitment to high quality teaching and research and is committed to participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the South Puget Sound. Located largely in renovated historical buildings in Tacoma’s downtown warehouse district, UW Tacoma serves students from diverse racial/ethnic and cultural populations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. UW Tacoma has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. For more information about UW Tacoma, please visit


Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries for the UW Tacoma Library, the Science and Engineering Librarian coordinates student-centered services for science, mathematics, and engineering departments, centers, and units on the UWT Campus. The successful candidate will be energized by working in a collaborative, team-based environment with colleagues who are passionate about helping ALL of our students succeed. The Science and Engineering Librarian develops and nurtures strategic partnerships across the Tacoma campus and within the UW Libraries to continuously learn about students’ needs and expectations, playing an active role in developing a culture of evidence-based and informed practice in the UWT Library.  The successful candidate is an engaged teacher and learner with a passion for scientific study. The Science and Engineering Librarian will serve as a subject liaison to the School of Engineering and Technology and the Math and Science division of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS) and may support one or more additional academic departments, colleges, or schools. 

The successful candidate will have the ability to thrive in a future-oriented Libraries environment, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities. This is a full-time position with a flexible start date. This position is not tenure eligible. This position is represented by SEIU 925 – Libraries. Please see the SEIU 925 collective bargaining agreement for the Librarian promotion process.

This position is eligible for hybrid work (on campus and remote).


  • Serves as a subject librarian for the School of Engineering and Technology and the Math and Science division of SIAS, performing regular instruction, reference, and outreach services.
  • Engages in the full range of reference and instruction services to University of Washington Tacoma students, faculty and staff. Plans, delivers, and assesses research support and instruction for diverse students, faculty, and staff whose primary areas of study, teaching, and research fall within the librarian’s academic subject and program responsibilities.
  • Represents the UW Tacoma Library in tri-campus committees and discussions related to science reference, instruction, and collection services.
  • Conducts and provides support for formal and informal orientation and workshop sessions for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Creates and updates web-based resources.
  • Partners with and supports the Collections Librarian and Manager of the Learning Commons and Access Services on collections assessment, stacks management, and collections projects as assigned.


Position will be at the rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background. See the Rank, Status, Initial Appointments, Renewal of Appointments and Promotions of UW Libraries Librarians article in the SEIU 925 Libraries-UW 2023-2026 CBA for librarian rank appointment criteria.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment.  Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.


The base salary range for this position will be $5,500-$7,000 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a moving allowance.


While we hope to fill the position in Winter 2024, we are happy to work with the successful candidate to explore opportunities for an earlier or later start date.



  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and a more socially just society and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to our institutions.
  • Experience in providing reference services.
  • Evidence of the ability to work with a diverse set of colleagues and external stakeholders in a rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are valued and essential.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience with instruction and commitment to a student-centered teaching philosophy.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with diverse college students, including adult learners.


  • Experience working in an academic or university setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and improve services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of science and mathematics databases, resources, emerging methods, and ways of working.



Applications received by 8:59 PST/11:59 EST p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023, will receive priority review. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling biweekly basis at the discretion of the unit.

The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses, and specify current supervisor)
  • Equity Diversity Inclusion Accessibility (EDIA) Statement*

* UW Libraries Equity Diversity Inclusion Accessibility (EDIA) Statement Guidelines

Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries and an integral component of the Libraries 2023-2026 Strategic PlanWe aspire to become a truly inclusive and equitable organization. We actively support the University in sustaining diversity, creating inclusive experiences for the UW community, and confronting institutional bias and structural racism. In your application, please include a separate statement of no more than 300 words that describes your potential or experience to support and contribute to the Libraries’ commitment to providing equitable services and resources to all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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