Health Sciences Librarian


        Health Sciences Librarian
AVAILABLE:    February 1, 2018
The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking collaborative, proactive, enthusiastic, and service-oriented candidates for the two positions of Health Sciences Librarian. These positions will respond to a range of reference and search requests in a variety of health subject areas; will provide client-centered information, education, and research services using a variety of methods and technologies; and will work with colleagues to advise clients on information sources, data management, scholarly communications, and emerging library services. The successful candidates’ interests and experience will also create opportunities to be involved in one or more library strategic initiatives.

Department Mission

This 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.


  • Provides introductory instruction through workshops, course sessions, and online modules on topics
    such as database searching, NIH public access policy compliance, and citation management.
  • Conducts searches and literature reviews for clients from health disciplines such as allied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health.
  • Participates with other librarians and staff in providing information services through consultations and learning management systems.
  • Assists users to effectively select and use information tools and resources. Helps clients manage research results and information assets for effective use.
  • Assists subject and school liaisons with their UNC Health Affairs responsibilities, which can include
  • Collaborates with faculty to integrate critical thinking, critical appraisal of the literature, and information and digital literacy at key junctures throughout the curricula on and off campus;
  • Participates on research teams to maximize quality and productivity; assisting faculty in disseminating research and instruction to serve the school’s and university’s missions.
  • Assessing and filling needs for products, digital tools, guides, tutorials, and content for research, clinical, or educational purposes.

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.

Growth opportunities

Depending on knowledge, interest, aptitude and skills, the librarian may be asked to assume responsibilities in other areas, for example:

  • help researchers and students identify grant funding;
  • conduct in-depth instruction and expert searches, including systematic and integrative reviews;
  • establish relationships with key stakeholders in a discipline or other focus area to foster opportunities for collaboration around identified or anticipated instructional, clinical, outreach or research needs;
  • assist researchers with data management and visualization and impact measurement projects.

Organizational Relationship

This position reports to the Head of Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement (CARE) at the Health Sciences Library, 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.

REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science.
  • Minimum of one year of relevant post-degree work experience.
  • Experience conducting literature searching in health subject areas.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health sciences literature and scholarly communication practices. Evidence of project, priority, and time management skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Documented success working in teams.
  • Evidence of intellectual curiosity and the ability to learn quickly.

PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Education or work experience in a health discipline.
  • One or more years’ experience working in an academic, hospital, or health sciences library.
  • Demonstrated experience designing and teaching adult learners using scalable, interactive methods, both one-on-one and in groups, online and face-to-face.
  • Proficiency with at least one reference management tool.
  • Conversant with educational competency requirements in health professions and assessment of competencies.
  • Conversant or experience with interprofessional education and practice.
  • Conversant with scholarly communication methods such as systematic reviews, practice guidelines, evidence synthesis or consensus statements.

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 14, 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.