Health Sciences Librarian & Liaison to School of Public Health


POSITION: Health Sciences Librarian & Liaison to School of Public Health

AVAILABLE: September 1, 2021

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a collaborative, proactive, enthusiastic, and service-oriented candidate for the position of Health Sciences Librarian & Liaison to School of Public Health. This Librarian will be the primary point of contact for HSL  support to UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (Gillings). The School was rated the number one best public school of public health (number two overall) in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report (2021 Best Public Health Schools).

The successful candidate will partner with HSL staff and Gillings faculty, staff, and administration to support research, extend curriculum-integrated instruction, and further global engagement priorities by supporting research and teaching activities on campus and at UNC’s global sites. Research engagement may include collaborating with faculty on systematic reviews, supporting data science efforts, and contributing to research metrics and visualization projects with other HSL staff, including projects to assess research impact and collaboration networks of Gillings faculty.

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.

Library and Department Overview

The Health Sciences Library mission is to be an indispensable partner in connecting people with knowledge and information to help make informed health care decisions, teach and learn effectively, and conduct vital research that contributes to the work of the university and our community. HSL supports and partners with students, faculty, clinicians, and clinical departments at UNCs five health affairs schools and Medical Center (the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health) and supports statewide engagement efforts through our partnership with NC Area Health Education Centers. The Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement (CARE) department CARE includes liaison librarians for the Schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine; the Bioinformatics and Research Data Librarian; and graduate student research assistants. The department collaborates with clients in a wide range of information-seeking, data and knowledge management, scholarly communications, and research activities.

HSL staff have partnered with Gillings School of Global Public Health around a variety of instructional and research-based projects. Liaisons have developed and provided course-integrated instruction for the MPH, PhD, and DRPH programs, including participation in multiple courses required for all first year MPH students. Our team partners on research; supports student success and education through course- and curriculum-integrated instruction, HSL-sponsored workshops, and consultations with students and faculty; provides expert searching; and contributes to other services and new initiatives with librarians and staff from across the libraries. Potential growth areas for the library’s partnership with Gillings include informatics, data analytics, data science, and extending curriculum-integrated instruction.

As charged by the “The University Libraries’ Role in Reckoning with Systemic Racism and Oppression” the Health Sciences Library team is undertaking initiatives to interrogate and repair the legacy systems that perpetuate oppressive structures and to create new systems that advance racial and social equity and justice in our spaces, collections, programs, and services.   Examples of this work at the health Sciences Library include an anti-racist review of library-developed libguides, the development of a “Data for Racial Equity Guide”, and an analysis of anti-racism and social justice in LIS scholarship.   The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate commitment to this work in their professional practice.

This position reports to the Head of CARE and 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.


  • Identifies and supports faculty research needs, including support for systematic reviews, assessing research impact, and furthering global engagement. Collaborates with HSL Leadership to identify opportunities for integration and skills acquisition.
  • Coordinates all engagement around research and instruction with Gillings students, faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Develops plan to further curriculum-integrated instruction with Gillings faculty. Identifies and shares models of instruction and application that can be used to develop students’ information competencies and critical appraisal skills. Stays current with education trends, curricular structures, and pedagogical methods especially as they pertain to public health.
  • Participates in new program planning, accreditation processes, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Connects Gillings faculty, staff, and administrators with the Libraries’ specialized services, such as impact measurement and visualization and digital health research.
  • Participates in faculty meetings, planning retreats, faculty development sessions, key student group meetings, and research presentations at Gillings. 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 for Health Sciences Library clients.
  • Promotes use of evidence-based practice (EBP) tools and services to support healthcare decision making.
  • Fosters a diverse educational and professional environment and demonstrate ability to work with a diverse population. Applies principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) to all aspects of work.
  • Pursues professional development, professional service activities, and publication as guided by the standards of the HSL’s Committee on Appointments and Promotions.
  • Represents the Libraries in University-wide activities and in other venues, participate in other Library activities in support of the University Libraries’ mission and to serve the university community as needed.


REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science or a related advanced degree.
  • Minimum one year relevant experience in library, health-related, or research settings.
  • Experience partnering on research efforts in academic settings.
  • Experience conducting expert level literature searching in health, physical or natural sciences, and/or education related subject areas.
  • Experience teaching in innovative and collaborative ways using emerging technologies and evidence-based instructional methods.
  • Evidence of project, priority, and time management skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively on teams and independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility; awareness and understanding of diverse thought, cultures, race, religion, gender, and other differences.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Evidence of participation in research teams (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).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public health resources, including bibliographic databases, grey literature, and publicly available data sets.
  • Knowledge of systematic reviews including standards for conducting searches, reviewing literature, developing documentation, and tools to support the research team (e.g., Covidence, reference mangers, machine learning or other automation techniques).
  • Knowledge of professional education competency requirements and scholarly communication practices in public health.
  • Experience with curricular redesign, developing curriculum-integrated instruction, and creating asynchronous content to engage participants.
  • Awareness of accreditation process for Public Health and other health affairs schools.

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, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books.

The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, 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, healing, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and 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 with an expected range of $60-70,000 per year. 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 immediately and will continue until the position is filled with priority given to applications received on or before August 19, 2021.  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 cover letter that includes a statement of interest in the position, a resume, and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references. 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.