Research and Instruction Librarian Health Sciences Library System (HSLS)

The Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications to fill four Research and Instruction Librarian positions at the rank of Librarian I, Librarian II or Librarian III. HSLS is looking for motivated, collaborative, enthusiastic individuals who can thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment to join our team. These positions have flexibility to allow candidates to highlight unique skills or experiences that enhance and complement our existing services.

Research and Instruction librarians are key members of the Research, Instruction and Clinical Information Services team, reporting to the Associate Director for that department. They provide a broad-range of research and scholarly support and instruction services to faculty, staff and students in the schools of the health sciences and the graduate medical education programs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Librarians work closely with the University’s health sciences community to connect research and information needs with library resources and services.

HSLS is seeking dynamic candidates with potential to provide innovative approaches while maintaining a tradition of excellence. Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as liaison to identified health sciences departments
  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of the library’s databases, search interfaces and other resources in order to effectively match resources with information needs
  • Provide core reference services; including in-depth consultation, mediated database searching, identifying appropriate knowledge-based resources, search strategy development and recommendations for citation management, download and output
  • Design and build complex advanced literature searches to support systematic reviews, clinical guidelines and other multifaceted literature searches. HSLS librarians are recognized as members of the project team, and as such, write the methodology section for manuscript submission
  • Increase the knowledge of faculty, students, and staff regarding scholarly communication topics such as ORCiD, open access, open educational resources, scholarly identity and research impact
  • Stay current with health sciences education trends, curricular structures, pedagogical methods and innovative instructional delivery
  • Provide instruction on library, information literacy or other specialized classes to support research and evidence-based practice. Conduct new student and faculty orientation sessions
  • Contribute to the development and evaluation of web-delivered courses and instructional materials
  • Work collaboratively to integrate the library into health sciences curricular, research, and clinical programs; including marketing library resources, giving presentations to departments, recommending instruction topics, assessing needs and developing new classes, workshops, or programs to meet the needs of the health sciences community
  • 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 internal and external committees and participate in relevant regional and national library and health sciences professional organizations and associations
  • Monitor trends in health sciences librarianship and participate in relevant continuing education opportunities in both librarianship and health sciences disciplines or practices
  • Engage in scholarship and research activities

Required qualifications

  • Masters degree from ALA-accredited institution or equivalent combination of relevant Masters degree and research support experience
  • Demonstrated experience searching biomedical literature, such as PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar
  • Demonstrated experience providing instruction or delivering presentations
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups
  • Demonstrated knowledge of citation management software, such as EndNote
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, showing initiative and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects and bring them to a conclusion in a timely fashion
  • Proven commitment to excellent customer service
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs
  • Evidence of skills needed to foster new connections and build relationships
  • Commitment to including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation and perspectives in research, teaching and service

Preferred qualifications

  • Health sciences or research background
  • Experience in an academic or health sciences library
  • Experience executing systematic reviews, meta-analysis or related advanced projects
  • Familiarity and experience with adult learning theory and instruction with adult learners
  • Experience designing and conducting library instruction
  • Experience with assessment, educational technology or instructional design
  • Experience producing and compiling research impact metrics

Positions are for full-time, faculty librarians. Appointment will be at the rank of Librarian I, Librarian II or Librarian III depending on qualifications and experience, with commensurate salary. Librarians are appointed to rank as follows:

Librarian I: The usual beginning faculty librarian position requires a master's degree in library and/or information sciences from an ALA-accredited library school or a recognized equivalent degree. The librarian should demonstrate potential for academic librarianship and competence in the prescribed area of responsibility.

Librarian II: A Librarian II should evidence demonstrated competence in an area of responsibility with the ability to work independently and have substantial experience beyond Librarian I. The librarian should exhibit having obtained relevant continuing education, formal or informal, having participated in professional associations and in campus organizations and/or community service.

Librarian III: A Librarian III should have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: administration and supervision; bibliographic techniques; reference and library instruction; and/or subject knowledge. He or she should have substantial experience beyond the Librarian II rank and have participated in professionally relevant continuing education (formal or informal) and in campus organizations and/or community service. The person should also show participation in professional activities such as presentation of papers, consulting, committee work, publications, or attendance at conferences.

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 7, 2019 and will continue until positions are filled.

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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.

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