Health & Life Sciences Librarian

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to achieve diversity among faculty and staff. We strongly encourage a host of diverse, intersectional populations and cultures to apply including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status.

R. Barbara Gitenstein Library at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Health & Life Sciences Librarian.

Summary of Responsibilities

Provides library services to TCNJ students, faculty, and staff, particularly in the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science and the Department of Biology in the School of Science. Services include information literacy instruction, subject-specialized and general reference, and collection development and management of health and life sciences-related library resources. Engages in scholarly and service activities expected of tenure-track librarians. Participates in a library and campus community that is working to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice. Reports to the Dean of the Library. Some evening and weekend duties required.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as liaison to the departments of Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; and Public Health in the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science, as well as to the Department of Biology in the School of Science. Provide all necessary library support for these academic programs. 

Instruction: Initiate and provide instructional programs primarily for students and faculty in the above-named departments. Provide individual and small-group consultation/instruction regarding health and life science resources. Participate in general library information literacy program.

Reference: Provide general reference service and research assistance in collaboration with the other public services librarians. Provide in-depth reference service to both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science and the Department of Biology. Some evening and weekend duties required.

Collection Development: Coordinate collection development and management for the above-named disciplines. Work closely with the teaching faculty in these departments to assess the needs of the academic programs in order to select appropriate library resources in varied formats.

Additional Responsibilities:  Serve on library and college-wide committees. Contribute to research, scholarly, and professional conferences and publications. Participate in professional organizations. Carry out other activities required to attain tenure. Support for professional development and scholarship, including designated research time, funding for conferences and professional development, and a tenure process mentor program are provided.


Required: ALA-accredited master's degree and a broad knowledge of health and life sciences resources. Educational background and/or experience in a field relevant to health and life sciences. (Relevant experience may include, but is not limited to, academic library experience, experience in other teaching or research positions, and/or experience in clinical or laboratory settings.) Professional and pedagogical commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated excellence in communicating across a diverse range of constituencies; initiative, flexibility, and a strong service orientation.

Preferred: Significant experience using health and life sciences resources. Experience working in an academic library. Collection development experience. Reference or instruction experience.  Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies. Experience working with graduate or continuing professional students. Additional graduate degree in an appropriate discipline. Record of scholarship and/or service.

Employer Qualifications:

  • Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all non-classified positions

About The College of New Jersey

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective public primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our nearly 7,400 full-time students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has contributed to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94%, a 4-year graduation rate of 76% (4th highest in the U.S. for public institutions), and a 6-year graduation rate of 86% (among the highest in the country). TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our students in research, scholarship, and creative activity. In part because of TCNJ’s intentional and comprehensive integration of research into our undergraduate curricula, institutional culture, and residential summer research experience program, an increasing number of TCNJ graduates have pursued and completed doctoral degrees over the past ten years. TCNJ also has a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour of New York City and Philadelphia. The College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit

R. Barbara Gitenstein Library is a five-story, 135,000-square-foot facility that serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the college. In addition to housing traditional library collections and services, the building provides 26 group study rooms, two instructional computer labs, a cafe, a late-night study area, and a 105-seat multi-purpose auditorium. The library's collections consist of more than 700,000 volumes that have been selected by faculty and subject-specialist librarians to support course offerings of the college and to provide a broad representative collection of titles across many disciplines. The library has access to more than 75,000 periodical titles in a variety of formats.

Contact Information

Appointment: This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty librarian position. Tenure-track appointments come with an initial contract of three years, with regular evaluations and opportunity for renewal leading up to the tenure decision at the end of the fifth year. Rank and salary for this position commensurate with experience. The starting salary range is $58,100 - $81,200. Competitive benefits package, with many options including TIAA/CREF. This position is available January 1, 2022.

To apply: Qualified candidates should provide a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae or resume. Please include the names and contact information for at least three professional references. Candidates will also be required to answer in the college’s application software a question on “Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” in which they describe past or present experiences with promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their careers, and to convey how they see these commitments continuing at TCNJ.  Candidates who have not yet had experience in this area should describe future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity at TCNJ. Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate is hired. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by October 28, 2021.