Liaison, Statewide Health Engagement  

Announcement of Professional Vacancy

 Liaison, Statewide Health Engagement

Available:   September 2021

 The UNC 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 Liaison, Statewide Health Engagement, to partner with UNC initiatives that aim to improve the health of North Carolinians through evidence-based information expertise.

As both a team member and working independently, the liaison will be integral in identifying information needs, maintain outreach to faculty, and providing expertise in support of research needs.   Statewide Initiatives in which the Liaison can connect include: health literacy, Interprofessional Education & Practice, rural health, and health equity research. The successful candidate will provide information and education services using a variety of methods and technologies, participate in systematic review services, and contribute to other initiatives with staff from across the libraries.

In liaising with the NC AHEC Program Office (https://www.ncahec.net/) and the Health Sciences Library (HSL) (https://hsl.lib.unc.edu/), this position will fulfill mission-oriented initiatives and core ongoing work in support of the AHEC Digital Library.

In this role, the liaison will oversee vendor negotiations and invoicing, will support the NC AHEC ILS network by promoting and coordinating collaborative activities, will provide input on ADL Member recruitment, retention, and pricing strategies, will collaborate with the HSL to find solutions to North Carolina’s health care providers’ information, research, teaching, learning, and practice needs, and serve as the primary communication conduit between AHEC and HSL Leadership.  In addition, having a partnership with NC AHEC since 1972, the Library has led the design, development, and collections-related roles in support of the AHEC Digital Library.   This position leads the AHEC Services staff (2 FTE) to develop and maintain a robust AHEC Digital Library of free and licensed quality information sources.

Participation in professional development and library initiatives includes engaging in professional service activities, contributing to the health information sciences profession through participation in relevant organizations, mentoring, and scholarly communication, and supporting ADL Staff to contribute to library initiatives by participating as members of select HSL projects.

Library and Department Overview

The Clinical and Statewide Engagement (CaSE) department at the UNC Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library works with library departments to meet the needs of the five health professional schools, UNC Medical Center hospitals, and Statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). This department includes clinical librarians, liaison librarians for the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, health literacy, global health, and AHEC.

The Health Sciences Library has partnered around a variety of instructional and research-based projects for UNC health affairs students, faculty, and staff in areas including global health, systematic reviews, health literacy and community engagement, and clinical integration.

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, Clinical & Statewide Engagement and works with members of the CaSE team and other Health Sciences Library departments to support students and faculty seamlessly to respond to needs that arise from their academic work and clinical practice.

Qualifications

REQUIRED:  Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or informatics from an ALA-accredited institution or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.  Minimum of two years’ experience working in a health science, medical, or hospital environment.  Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.  Familiarity with library collection development. Demonstrated ability to liaise at administrative levels of an organization.  Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

PREFERRED  Familiarity with electronic library resource acquisitions or vendor negotiations. Experience conducting literature searches. Experience managing full-time staff.

 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, and service missions of the universities.

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.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

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.

To Apply

Review of applications will begin on August 20, 2021.   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

Please visit https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/196083 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.