Medical School Liaison Librarian (UL447)
Libraries & Museums
Acad Prof and Admin
About the Job
The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for two collaborative and service-oriented Medical School Liaison Librarians to join a team of librarians who work to advance the teaching, learning, and research initiatives of the University of Minnesota Medical School. We are welcoming both experienced librarians, and those who are new to the field, with an opportunity for on-the-job training and mentorship in health sciences librarianship.
The successful candidates will bring a strong interest in growing as a health sciences librarian and willingness to engage in ongoing professional development in this dynamic specialization. They will serve as a key member of the Health Sciences Libraries (http://hsl.lib.umn.edu) Education and Research Services team, reporting to the HSL Associate Director. The Medical School Liaison Librarians will be two of three liaisons assigned to the Medical School (http://www.med.umn.edu) and will work closely with colleagues in HSL and across the University Libraries system.
The Health Sciences Libraries are the premier health academic health sciences libraries in the state. They advance the teaching, learning and research of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Sciences, one of the nation’s few comprehensive health sciences programs, encompassing medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and allied health (http://www.health.umn.edu).
The Health Sciences Libraries include the contemporary Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. Both libraries serve as anchors in the new Health Sciences Education Center that opened in 2020. They offer technology-rich spaces and state-of-the-art collections, supported by the deep expertise of our staff. Together, these resources position the Health Sciences Libraries at the center of disciplinary and interdisciplinary conversations, alongside partners such as MSimulation (simulation center) and the Center for Interprofessional Health.
HSL has long enjoyed a highly collaborative relationship with the Medical School. The Medical School has seen record enrollment, with nearly 2,400 students accepted in the 2021-2022 academic year. The Medical School is currently revising its undergraduate medical education curriculum as a competency-based program, and continues to invest in sponsored research as a top priority, opening new and exciting opportunities for librarian engagement.
The incumbent will apply their understanding of patient care, basic and clinical research, and medical education in order to develop and offer services and programs. Focus areas include the integration of evidence-based practice and health literacy into the Medical School curriculum, support for research and scholarship, including systematic reviews, support of the research lifecycle, including research data management and federal funding compliance, and the application of methods to measure research impact.
The individual will also contribute to the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, while working toward continuous appointment.
The successful candidate will:
- Actively engage with a diverse community of faculty, administrators, clinicians, and students in assigned departments to understand their teaching, learning, and research needs, and identify ways in which the libraries can meet those needs.
- Develop and teach course-integrated instruction sessions and stand-alone workshops, integrating evidence-based practice, health literacy, and new technologies into the learning environment. Classroom teaching includes for-credit classes, such as Family Medicine Clerkship 7600, a required clerkship course for all 3rd-year medical students.
- Provide consultation services for affiliated faculty, staff, and students that support their teaching, learning, and research needs.
- Provide training and support for the research lifecycle, including compliance with NIH and other federal funding policies and tools (e.g., My NCBI, My Bibliography, and SciENcv).
- Collaborate with researchers to develop effective strategies that support open science and research reproducibility, including data management and open access publishing.
- Collaborate with library colleagues to develop and offer research services, including systematic reviews and research impact reports.
- Provide leadership for and contribute to Libraries-wide projects and initiatives.
- Contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement.
Salary & Benefits: This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous appointment track academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank with the potential for appointment at the Associate Librarian rank. The minimum salary for this position is $58,500. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.
Full Job Description
Liaison librarians apply their knowledge of academic disciplines, their experience with effective pedagogy, their understanding of research methodologies and their expertise in library and information science to facilitate teaching, learning and research. They actively engage and collaborate with faculty, students and staff throughout the knowledge lifecycle, from the discovery of information, to its use and sharing, to the development of new knowledge, and finally to the dissemination of new modes of scholarship.
Engagement & Partnership: Develop strong relationships with affiliates in the Medical School, identifying and creating opportunities for engagement and deeper partnerships
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with assigned academic colleges/schools, identifying opportunities for deeper partnerships and encouraging cross-disciplinary collaborations between scholars in medicine and other fields
- Connect scholars with a broad array of Libraries expertise, such as content, copyright, information retrieval and analysis, instructional design, eLearning, digital scholarship, data management, collaboration, knowledge and use of primary sources, and scholarly communication
Teaching & Learning: Expand and enhance opportunities for scholars to develop critical inquiry skills and values through teaching and learning activities
- Integrate information literacies and other research skills in academic department courses and curricula through partnerships with faculty members, adapting Libraries programs to the discipline-specific needs of assigned departments and groups
- Meet students at the most impactful points in their academic careers to provide them with tools and instruction to develop the ability to find, critically assess, and manage information
- Evaluate the efficacy of teaching efforts through regular assessment of learning outcomes
- Support diverse student populations in their learning processes through strategies and partnerships tailored to their needs, using sound pedagogy and universal design principles
Research Services: Connect scholars at all levels with the expertise they need to be more effective researchers
- Enable scholars at all levels to save time and be more productive by facilitating their information/data discovery, use, creation and dissemination through research consultations, workshops, and other communication
- Advocate for sustainable models of scholarly communication and raise awareness of research dissemination options; researcher identity and impact management; grant opportunities; open access; and copyright
- Educate faculty and students about discipline-based practices for information and data management including recruiting institutional scholarly output, research data and other content for inclusion in the University Libraries’ digital initiatives
- Assist researchers in keeping abreast of developments in their field(s) and facilitate their learning in new and emerging areas
Content / Collections (Acquisition, Stewardship, Promotion)
- Consults with the Collections Coordinator for the Health Sciences Libraries as needed to develop collections in assigned areas.
In addition to responsibilities specific to this role, this position includes areas of work related to overall organizational priorities that are evaluated as separate elements:
Service to the Libraries, University, and/or the Community
- Establish a record of visible active contribution to the Libraries, the institution, and/or the broader community that extends beyond assigned responsibilities
Position the University Libraries for innovation and opportunity
- Contribute to the goals and strategic initiatives of the Libraries through leadership of and/or active participation on committees, working groups, and task forces
- Participate in or direct development of grant proposals to support particular projects and initiatives, both within and outside the Libraries
- Contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement
- American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science OR equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
- Understanding of current trends in academic libraries and higher education, including teaching, learning, and research trends in the health sciences.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
- Ability to take initiative, develop and carry out projects, and manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the benefits of diversity and inclusion throughout an organization.
- Work or educational experience (e.g., internship, practicum, coursework) in an academic research library or health sciences library.
- Work or educational experience (e.g., internship, practicum, coursework) in one or more areas of health sciences librarianship, including but not limited to systematic reviews, evidence-based practice, research data management, research compliance, and research impact measures.
- Demonstrated teaching skills, with an understanding of pedagogical best practices and instructional design principles for online and in-person instruction.
Working at the University
At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.
The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
- Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
- Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
- Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
- Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
- University HSA contributions
- Disability and employer-paid life insurance
- Employee wellbeing program
- Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
- Financial counseling services
- Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.
How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
Please attach the following documents in Word or PDF Format: (DO NOT copy and paste.)
- Cover Letter (identify cover letter with UL447).
- Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references.
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.
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About the U of M
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.