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Health Sciences Librarian

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is looking for a dynamic self-starter to provide high-level library research assistance, information literacy instruction, point-of-care assistance, and a full complement of library services to students and faculty at the Feik School of Pharmacy. This librarian will be expected to assess and adapt services and resource selection to meet the needs of the program aligned with the UIW Libraries Mission and strategic objectives.

Position Duties Include:

Research/Reference Assistance: Provide comprehensive research/reference assistance to library users. Assist students with high-level requests for information and research support. Work with faculty to support research components in the curriculum, work with faculty on special projects that require assistance with location, validation, and retrieval of obscure information in the medical field.

Information Literacy Instruction: Instruct users in formal and informal information literacy sessions using a variety of resources. Instruction includes groups, classes, and one-on-one consultations. Assess effectiveness of instruction by adapting guidelines for graduate and professional student criteria to the specific discipline. Report all instruction to the information literacy coordinator as well as track activities in a timely manner.

Liaison Services: Work closely with faculty to support the learning objectives of course offerings. Collaborate with faculty in developing instructional materials and library assignments to meet course objectives. Liaison activities, both formal and informal, include meeting/collaborating with faculty one-on-one or in groups, creating research guides to support specific classes and assignments, embedding in classes through the course management environment, keeping faculty abreast of service, resource, and facility enhancements, working with faculty to create a library environment conducive to student success.

Collection Development: Help maintain a collection of resources (owned and accessed) to support all health sciences programs offered at UIW with an emphasis on the specific discipline. Work with other UIW health sciences librarians to avoid resource duplication and to encourage resource sharing via e-preferred acquisitions. Acquire and de-accession materials to maintain a current and relevant collection. Work with director to provide resource and collection analysis to lead faculty and academic deans interested in developing new programs.

Library Services: Maintain existing library services with processes and procedures in keeping with the UIW Mabee Library and the other health sciences libraries. Supported services may include circulation, interlibrary loan, document delivery, recall/request and hold services, faculty reserves, technology-related support for research gathering and management, and any other services specific to the location.

Marketing and Outreach: Promote quality library services and resources. Create opportunities for outreach to students and faculty throughout the semester. Participate in marketing and outreach activities at other health sciences libraries and those scheduled on the main campus. Serve on committees and task forces related to marketing and outreach.

Supervision: Screen applications, interview, hire, and manage student workers. Adhere to existing UIW guidelines for procedures governing the supervision of student workers.

Position Requirements:

Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Must be an expert in the use of library databases and bibliographic tools in the health sciences. Must have the ability to instruct end users on the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Must have experience in assisting students and faculty evaluate the authenticity of publications, including the identification of predatory publications. Must possess strong written, oral, and presentation skills and be able to work well with all members of the academic community. Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. Employee shall adhere to all applicable rules and regulations of the university, the conference, and the NCAA.

Education: master’s degree in library or library and information science (MLS/MLIS) or equivalent from an American Library Association–accredited institution.

Work Experience: 2 years’ experience in reference, fluency in the use of major medical databases, evidence of collection development and instruction in the health sciences, proficiency with bibliographic management tools, a strong commitment to public services and teamwork.

Preferred Qualifications: 4 years of relevant experience in an academic health sciences library or acting as a subject specialist for a health sciences discipline in an academic setting. Supervisory experience; familiarity with the course management software, LibGuides, collection development software, the staff side of an integrated library system (ILS), assessment guidelines for health sciences libraries, DOCLINE.

Work Hours: Typical hours are 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Hours may vary depending on scheduled events and need.

Salary Information: $56,000

Compensation and Benefits: We offer medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation and sick leave, UIW tuition waiver, tuition exchange program, 13 paid holidays, employer-paid basic life/AD&D insurance 1 X base salary, employer-paid long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account (FSAs): medical/dependent care, defined contribution retirement plan (403B), employee assistance program, free membership to wellness center, and more!

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