Public Health, Research and Instruction Librarian

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for a Public Health, Research and Instruction Librarian. HSLS is looking for a collaborative, enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with expertise in public health who can thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment to join our team.

The main responsibilities of this position are to provide a broad range of research support and instruction to faculty, staff and students in the Graduate School of Public Health, and to support general library services to the other schools of the health sciences. The librarian works closely with the University’s public health community to connect research and information needs with library resources and innovative services. The position is part of the Research, Instruction and Clinical Information Services team and reports to the Associate Director for that department.


  • Serve as liaison to the Graduate School of Public Health, supporting the research and educational needs of faculty, staff and students
  • Provide core reference services to public health and the other schools of the health sciences; including mediated database searching and in­-depth consultation to identify and effectively use knowledge-based information resources
  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of the library’s databases, search interfaces and other resources in order to effectively match resources with information needs, assist with search strategy development and describe management options for citation download and output
  • Design and build complex advanced literature searches to support systematic reviews and other multifaceted literature searches
  • Provide instruction on library resources, information literacy and other specialized classes (e.g. finding grant funding) to support research and evidence-based practice. Conduct student and faculty orientation sessions. 
  • Work collaboratively to integrate the library into the public health curriculum and research programs, including:  marketing library resources and services; giving presentations to departments; recommending relevant instruction topics; assessing needs and developing new classes, workshops, or programs to meet the needs of the University’s public health community
  • Collaborate with other HSLS librarians to determine optimal approaches for informing the University’s public health community about pertinent HSLS services and initiatives (e.g. scholarly communications support services, Data Services, Pitt Data Catalog)
  • Cultivate partnerships and collaborate with library and University personnel on projects including grants, papers, poster presentations, or other creative undertakings. Share expertise and results of research with other information professionals and members of the academic community via publication in refereed journals, poster sessions and/or presentations at professional meetings.
  • Serve on appropriate committees, and participate in relevant regional and national library and health sciences professional organizations and associations
  • Monitor trends in health sciences librarianship and public health and participate in relevant continuing education opportunities in both librarianship and public health

Required qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or related advanced degree  
  • Minimum 1-year professional experience providing information services to a public health community, either academic or in a public health agency
  • Knowledge of principles and purposes of public health
  • Experience using bibliographic, citation and statistical databases
  • Experience conducting advanced literature searches and/or systematic review searches, including grey literature and other unpublished information sources.
  • Familiarity with citation management software, such as EndNote
  • Record of providing varied and effective instruction
  • Evidence of skills needed to foster new connections and build relationships 
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative work environment and maintain positive professional working relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, showing initiative and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously and effectively manage multiple complex projects
  • Proven commitment to excellent customer service and continuous learning
  • Record of scholarship, teaching, and/or active membership in a professional organization

Preferred qualifications

  • A bachelors or master’s degree in a public health field from an accredited program; progress towards a degree in public health;  or completion of classes in core public health topics such as behavioral health sciences, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, or health services administration
  • Experience in an academic health sciences library
  • Experience with needs assessment in the development of services

The University of Pittsburgh is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled Employer. The University and HSLS are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all races, genders, ages, ethnicities, cultural heritage or nationalities; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientations or gender identities; and socioeconomic, veteran or ability status.

Qualified candidates should submit applications via e-mail document attachments to Renae Barger, Associate Director for Research, Instruction and Clinical Information Services at Include cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin on October 26, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian.  Appointment rank and commensurate salary will depend on qualifications and experience. For more information about the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, visit  

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