Medical School Liaison – University of Minnesota Libraries

Job ID: 320744
Job Title: Medical School Liaison (UL383)
Job Code: 9715
Location: Twin Cities
Empl Group: Acad Prof and Admin
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


• American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science OR equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
• Experience in a health science or academic research library.
• Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and actively engage with faculty and students.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a research-intensive environment.
• Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

• Undergraduate or graduate degree in the physical, life, health, or related sciences.
• Demonstrated understanding of scientific research processes and methods for measuring research impact.
• Ability to think and react quickly in an active clinical setting to find the best evidence.
• Facility with technology (e.g., basic programming, web applications, APIs) and its applications in academic contexts.
• Experience with evidence-based information retrieval and in the use of clinical reference sources, tools and search engines.
• Demonstrated ability to teach, with an understanding of instructional design principles, particularly in an eLearning environment.
• Demonstrated involvement in professional activities.

About the Job
The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks a forward-looking and creative academic professional to join the Health Sciences Libraries. We are looking for an individual who shares our values of knowledge, openness, service, collaboration, and diversity, and who thrives in a learning organization that fosters creativity and innovation. The University of Minnesota Libraries is one of the state’s greatest intellectual assets, and in 2017 was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

The Medical School Liaison is a member of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) division of the University Libraries, which includes the Bio-Medical Library (, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the Veterinary Medical Library. HSL is led by the Director and Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences, and the position reports to the Associate Director for Education and Research Services.

The successful candidate will be one of three liaisons assigned to the Medical School ( and will collaborate with colleagues in HSL as well as across the Libraries. The Medical School Liaison will be an outgoing and engaged professional who can develop collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and students from diverse communities and cultures. The individual will also possess an understanding of patient care, clinical research, and medical education in order to develop new services, programs, and initiatives. Areas of responsibility include the integration of evidence-based practice and health literacy into the curriculum and eLearning environment, support for scholarship, including systematic reviews, the management of research data, and the application of methods to measure research impact.

The individual will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, while working toward continuous appointment status.

The University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center (AHC, is one of the nation’s few comprehensive centers encompassing programs in medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and allied health, as well as a number of interdisciplinary programs that serve the entire University. A new Health Sciences Education Center ( will be built in 2020, and a reconceived Health Sciences Library will be an exciting element of the Center. In addition, the University of Minnesota and the Libraries have a strong record of outreach and service to the state and region.

Responsibilities of the Medical School Liaison:
• Develop and teach classes and workshops based on user needs, developing learning objects and integrating them into the online learning environment. Classroom teaching includes for-credit classes such as FMCH 7600 (Family Medicine Clerkship, required clerkship course for all 3rd & 4th year medical students).
• Forge relationships with faculty, administrators, and clinical care teams in assigned departments of the Medical School, providing consultation and collaboration with a diverse community of faculty, trainees, and health professions staff on a wide range of topics including evidence-based practice, scholarship, and research.
• Participate in hospital rounds, morning report, case conferences, and other clinically relevant forums within assigned departments of the Medical School, demonstrating how knowledge-based resources can be integrated into clinical research and practice.
• Collaborate with researchers from a variety of cultures, communities and disciplines to develop effective and efficient strategies for managing research data and information and for supporting research reproducibility.
• Collaborate with library colleagues on developing and offering research services such as systematic reviews and research impact reports.
• Promote new modes of scholarly communication and recruit institutional scholarly output for inclusion in the University Digital Conservancy (UDC, and the Data Repository for the U of M (DRUM,
• Provide leadership for and contribute to library-wide projects and initiatives.
• Contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement.

This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at Assistant or Associate Librarian level.

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