School of Medicine Librarian and Coordinator of Systematic Review Services


POSITION:        School of Medicine Librarian and Coordinator of Systematic Review Services
AVAILABLE:      February 1, 2018

The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a collaborative, proactive, enthusiastic and service-oriented candidate for the position of School of Medicine Librarian and Coordinator of Systematic Review Services. This Librarian will be the primary provider of library support for the School of Medicine and the Coordinator of Systematic Review Services. In these roles, the Librarian will provide information and education services using a variety of methods and technologies, and will be responsible for overseeing systematic review services provided by librarians within the unit and staff from other units who support the service.

Department Mission

The Librarian works in client settings and in the library, and is part of a team of librarians, support staff, and library partners working to achieve the library’s mission to manage information and knowledge to advance health and health care. The Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement (CARE) at the Health Sciences Library works with other library departments to meet the needs of the five health professional schools and UNC Medical Center hospitals. This department includes liaison librarians for clinical departments in the UNC Medical Center; liaison librarians for the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and the Department of Allied Health Sciences (SOM); the Bioinformatics and Research Data Librarian; and graduate student research assistants.

This unit provides course- and curriculum-integrated instruction; curriculum-planning support; educational programs and workshops; and expert searching. CARE collaborates with clients in a wide range of information-seeking, data and knowledge management, scholarly communications, and research activities.


School of Medicine Liaison

  • Stays current with medical education trends, curricular structures, and pedagogical methods.
  • Identifies and shares models of instruction and consultation that apply librarian knowledge to the development of students’ information competencies and critical appraisal skills.
  • Maintains and integrates a current understanding of education standards and research topics that includes interprofessional and cross-disciplinary intersections.
  • Collaborates with faculty to capture and present cases, questions, and pertinent literature for education and research purposes.
  • Supports constituents’ publication and research dissemination efforts.
  • Provides curriculum-integrated instruction, working with faculty and staff to support all four years of medical school.
  • Participates in new program planning and accreditation processes.
  • Attends faculty meetings, planning retreats, faculty development sessions, key student group meetings and research presentations.
  • Contributes to committees and task forces that benefit from librarian knowledge and experience.
  • Identifies opportunities to present at meetings when appropriate.
  • Provides in-depth consultations, expert literature searches, and current awareness services for teaching, clinical care, research, and administrative purposes.
  • Understands the role evidence based medicine (EBM) plays in supporting healthcare decision-making and promotes the use of EBM tools in clinical settings.
  • Coordinates North Carolina librarians participating in the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) and provides searches for physicians and residents co-authoring FPIN articles with librarians.
  • Develops library web content, tutorials, resource guides, and other content aids.
  • Communicates with the Health Sciences Librarian for Collections and Instruction about information resources needed by School of Medicine educators and researchers.
  • Collaborates with Clinical Librarians to aid in medical students’ transition from academic coursework to clinical education and patient care.

Coordinator of Systematic Review Services

  • Maintains current knowledge of systematic review processes. Conducts systematic reviews and other extensive reviews.
  • Provides expertise in conducting systematic reviews and consults with librarians conducting reviews.
  • Collaborates with liaisons to ensure efficiency and effectiveness around systematic review services.
  • Implements procedures and training to ensure quality and replicability of services.
  • Develops and maintains metrics for service assessment, value, and impact.
  • Leads planning and teaching efforts around systematic reviews for HSL users.
  • Coordinates and communicates with other units around related support, e.g., interlibrary loan, visualization, and full-text retrieval.

Professional Development

Pursues professional development, professional service activities, and publication as guided by the standards of the library’s Committee on Appointments and Promotions. Participates in self-directed learning and education programs to build subject knowledge and stay current with emerging trends. Conducts research or quality improvement projects to understand better the nature and impact of high quality information services.

Cross-Functional Communication and Accomplishment of Library Goals 

Supports cross-functional communication and accomplishment of library goals by participating in department and library-wide meetings, educational offerings, and other library groups as assigned. Collects data to help communicate client needs and demonstrate value.

Organizational Relationship

This position reports to the Head, Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement (CARE). Works with members of the CARE team and other HSL departments to support students and faculty seamlessly to respond to needs that arise from their academic work and clinical practice.

REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science
  • Minimum of two years relevant post-degree work experience
  • Evidence of participation in research teams as a peer, e.g., co-authoring or co-presenting research findings; conducting systematic reviews; developing practice guidelines or consensus statements; synthesizing evidence; partnering on grant proposals; or cultivating partnerships for library integration within the research enterprise.
  • Experience conducting expert level literature searching in health subject areas using strong evidence-based practice, e.g., using PubMed for clinical questions.
  • Experience teaching adults using emerging technologies and evidence based instructional methods.
  • Familiarity with clinical teaching, clinical care, and EBM resources, including their utility/validity.
  • Evidence of project, priority, and time management skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development.

PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience or evidence of leading groups to accomplish goals and complex projects.
  • Experience developing and delivering innovative library liaison outreach in at least one subject area.
  • Proficiency with systematic review management tools.
  • Experience with data extraction and creating evidence tables and evaluating clinical trial parameters, results, and statistical methods.
  • Knowledge of professional education competency requirements and scholarly communication practices in medicine.
  • Some experience with assessment and evaluation methods.
  • Familiarity or experience with curricular redesign or co-teaching to create interprofessional education and practice opportunities for students.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. The University Library collections include over 7.5 million volumes, and is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The Health Sciences Library’s mission is to connect people everywhere with knowledge to help them teach and learn effectively, assure quality health care, conduct vital research, and make informed decisions. To learn more about the Health Sciences Library, please visit:

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on January 12, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.