Health Sciences Librarian and Liaison to Nursing


POSITION:        Health Sciences Librarian and Liaison to Nursing
AVAILABLE:      July 1, 2017

The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a person with curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills to provide expert search services in a variety of health subject areas and to serve as a liaison to the university’s School of Nursing. This position provides proactive, client-centered, education, research, and information services using a variety of methods and technologies.

The librarian performs work in client settings and in the library. The Health Sciences Librarian 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.

Primary Responsibilities
The successful candidate will provide in-depth instruction and expert searches–including systematic and integrative reviews–for clients from health disciplines such as allied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. The Health Sciences Librarian will participate with other librarians and staff in providing information services through consultations and learning management systems, and will assist users to effectively select and use information tools and resources. The successful candidate will help clients manage research results and information assets for effective use. This position also works with colleagues to advise clients on information and data management, scholarly communications, and the identification of grant funding.

As Liaison to the UNC School of Nursing (SoN), the successful candidate will collaborate with faculty and curriculum committees to integrate critical thinking, critical appraisal of the literature, and information and digital literacy at key junctures in students’ education, on and off campus. The Health Sciences Librarian will participate on research teams to maximize quality and productivity, assist faculty in disseminating research and instruction to serve the school’s and university’s missions, and assess and fill needs for products, digital tools, guides, and content for research or educational purposes. The successful candidate will establish relationships with key stakeholders in the SoN and other schools and foster opportunities for collaboration with groups, departments, and schools around identified or anticipated instructional, outreach, and research needs.

The Health Sciences Librarian is expected to pursue professional development, professional service activities, and publication as guided by the standards of the library’s Committee on Appointments and Promotions. The successful candidate will participate in self-directed learning and education programs to build subject knowledge and stay current with emerging trends, conduct research or quality improvement projects on the nature and impact of high quality information services, and collect anecdotal and statistical data to help communicate client needs and demonstrate value.

The Health Sciences Librarian will support cross-functional communication and accomplishment of library goals by participating in department and library-wide meetings, educational offerings, and library groups as assigned.

This position reports to the Assistant Department Head, User Services, Health Sciences Library, and partners with the clinical nursing librarian.

• ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or related advanced degree, and minimum of two years’ relevant post-degree work experience.
• Experience conducting expert-level literature searching in health subject areas.
• Demonstrated experience designing and teaching adult learners using scalable, interactive methods, both one-on-one and in groups, online and face-to-face.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the nursing literature and scholarly communication practices in the discipline.
• Evidence of project, priority, and time management skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Must be flexible and able to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment with rapid changes.

• Education or work experience in a health discipline, or in instructional design or instructional technologies.
• Three or more years’ experience working in an academic, hospital, or health sciences library.
• Familiarity with educational competency requirements in health professions and assessment of competencies.
• Familiarity or experience with interprofessional education and practice.
• Demonstrated participation in teams to conduct systematic reviews, practice guidelines, evidence synthesis, or consensus statements.
• Proficiency with at least one reference management tool and familiarity with systematic review software.

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 June 22, 2017. 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.