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The Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan invites applications for the position of Liaison Services Librarian. This position provides a unique and exciting opportunity for a creative, service-oriented information professional to join the staff of an innovative digital library system. The Health Sciences Library has a strong liaison program, partnering with faculty, staff, and students in the health sciences. There are currently 14 liaison librarians, working with each of the five health sciences schools, clinical departments, and research centers. The Liaison Services Librarian will cultivate partnerships between the library and health sciences communities at the University of Michigan and will also work closely with library staff in providing leading edge information and education services to support the instructional and outreach missions of the library.
The Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library serves over 21,000 users in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry in addition to the University of Michigan Health System. As part of the University Library system, the Health Sciences Library offers access to a rapidly expanding collection of over 20, 000 electronic journals and databases and is part of a vigorous and ambitions digital library program (http://www.lib.umich.edu/thl ). The Health Sciences Library is recognized as an integral partner in the development and provision of innovative and effective information services vital to the University’s instructional, patient care and research initiatives. The University’s recently established North Campus Research Complex (http://www.med.umich.edu/umrg/ ) and co—founding initiative with HathiTrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org/mission_goals ) provide unparalleled opportunities for partnership in campus-wide efforts to expand learning in a variety of rapidly growing fields.
The primary responsibilities of the Liaison Services Librarian will include: cultivate partnerships with the health sciences communities; create an environment for open communication between the library and designated departments; identify existing and future departmental information needs and develop strategies to meet these needs; partner with other library staff and faculty to integrate the library into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment as well as to introduce new services and programs; participate in planning initiatives that support the clinical and research needs of campus and offsite clinics; collaborate with faculty and researchers on appropriate projects including grants; promote awareness of library services, collection resources, and developments in information management and how these can improve education, research, and patient care; provide expert searching, including practice guidelines and systematic review searching.
Additionally, the Liaison Services Librarian collaborates with MLibrary staff on opportunities to cultivate relationships within the campus community; represents the Taubman Health Sciences Library on appropriate MLibrary and University committees; contributes to the profession through activities in library, education, and health associations and publications.
Required: Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library program or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience; experience or coursework in health sciences librarianship; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment; ability to function with ambiguity in a growth setting; very strong public service orientation; demonstrated creativity in designing instructional materials; innovative skills in the use of technology to deliver and manage information.
Desired: Two years’ experience in health sciences librarianship or in an evidence-based practice environment; advanced experience searching the biomedical literature an d online information sources; instructional experience in evidence-based research; successful experience providing library instruction to a diverse user population; grant writing experience; AHIP accreditation.
BENEFITS, RANK, and SALARY
It is anticipated that the position will be filled at the Associate or Senior Associate Librarian level; final rank and salary are dependent on experience and qualifications. Librarians receive 24 days of vacation a year, 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel.
Further information regarding benefits can be found at http://benefits.umich.edu/benefitgroups/faculty.html.
RETIREMENT OPTIONS: TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments options available.
Email a cover letter and CV as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to:
Head of Library Human Resources
404 Hatcher Graduate Library North
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
For further information, call 734-764-2546 between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday-Friday.
Review of applications will begin 6/1/12 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.
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