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Research Support Librarian

Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Medicine: The research support librarian (Health Sciences) provides access to a variety of tools, training, and research support in biomedical and public health resources to the departments and programs in the Health Sciences Center at Tulane University. This position is part of the Matas Library’s coordinated team approach to user support services, offering research consultations, general or specialized instruction, and programming tailored to the requirements of the clinical, biomedical research, and public health communities at the point and place of need. As part of the Tulane Libraries’ broader scholarly engagement groups, this position will collaborate with colleagues on the uptown campus in instruction and outreach efforts as appropriate to serve the whole of the life and health sciences communities at Tulane.

Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie I/ARL Research Institution and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top 40 national universities in the United States. The Rudolph Matas Library is located downtown New Orleans at the Tulane University Health Sciences Campus near the Historic French Quarter. The library currently has upwards of 180,000 volumes, access to over 18,000 on line journals and more than 1,000 electronic books. Matas Library underwent significant renovation in 2008 and has added new databases and resources for faculty, researchers, staff and students.


Research Support:

  • Instructs researchers and students on effective access and use of health sciences information resources, including databases, e-journals, software, online tools/tutorials, and printed materials.
  • Provides research support and scholarly communication tools, and access to data repository resources.
  • Develops and presents instruction on information access and management of resources such as literature databases, online web resources, and reference management software. Instruction can take the form of collaborative teaching/lectures with faculty, hands-on sessions, tutorials, webinars, online self-paced tutorials, or instruction materials.
  • Provides virtual or in-person research consultations to faculty, researchers, staff, students, and residents.
  • Develops workshops and programs that provide timely, accurate information, which adds measurable value to research participant’s work endeavors.
  • Provides appropriate data acquisition, collection development, and data management needs for the health sciences center.
  • Develops increasing expertise in emerging technologies and other trends relevant to health science information services.


  • Develops courses or curriculum-based instruction programs in information resources for the assigned departments and programs, in collaboration with department/program faculty.
  • Develops educational content for biomedical and public health resources using evidence-based (EBM and/or EBPH) resources and tools.
  • Instruction sessions are timely, accurate, informative, and available at the point and place of need using relevant point-of-care or point-of-service tools.

Scholarly Engagement Services:

  • Connects with assigned research and departmental faculty/researchers to establish continuing communication by developing a working, interactive, and dynamic relationship.
  • Conducts resource and service needs assessments periodically for departments and programs.
  • Maintains regular communication and awareness of evolving community needs.
  • Provides regular reporting on liaison activities to the liaison coordinator/team, library or school leadership, or both.


Education and Experience:

  • American Library Association–accredited master’s of library science (MLS) or other relevant graduate degree (e.g., master of science in health-related fields).
  • Minimum of 1 year of research support and teaching experience in an academic medical information center or clinical or public health setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of health sciences information resources, clinical resources, and tools including National Library of Medicine/ National Center for Biotechnology Information resources to track evidence.
  • Excellent presentation and instruction skills with demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of relevant information technologies, information management tools, and analytical and searching techniques.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies Typically Needed to Perform This Job Successfully:

  • Strong computer/technology skills
  • Demonstrated teaching experience
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of faculty, staff, and students across the university; the health sciences centers; and the community at large.


  • Experience with emerging information technology hardware and software.
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in the life or biomedical sciences, public health, or related field.
  • Any certification/documentation in advanced or specialized user service training.

Salary Information: Salary is set at no less than $50,000. Plus benefits.

To apply, please go to, and enter for more information and to submit your documentation. To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, current resume/CV and names with full contact information of at least 3 professional references. Review of application will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Tulane University is an ADA/AAE/EOE employer. Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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