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Senior Informationist - Medical Librarian Team Leader Position

Overview: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is seeking a team leader who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the digital library and to provide library services to support teaching and learning, research productivity, and patient care. Coordinates and administers the formal educational efforts of the library, including developing instructional materials, research guides, web tutorial, and support services to guide WMed stakeholders through the world’s recorded knowledge. Provides instruction and consultation in bibliographic research methods, health literacy, and ethical scholarship including avoidance of plagiarism and respect for copyright. The team leader will represent the library in the chair’s absence.

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine: As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo’s 2 teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered 4-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in 10 residencies and 3 fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has joint accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000-square-foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by the Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000-square-foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including 2 laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art simulation center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office, and conference space; access to core scientific equipment and expertise; and a wide range of support services.

Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan and home to 2 nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.


  • Support and assist chair in managing the day-to-day operations of the digital library. Provide general supervision and support to library staff and community faculty librarians to ensure departmental goals and objectives are attained.
  • Co-teaches orientation sessions, course-integrated instruction, electives, and workshops in undergraduate and graduate medical education.
  • Instructs on effective searching and evaluation of results for biomedical databases, evidence-based clinical resources, and point-of-care tools.
  • Provides consultation on how to use and retrieve literature and effectively manage citations with bibliographic management tools.
  • Delivers library instruction using technology tools including course management system, mobile and tablet devices, screen casting, and web conferencing.
  • Responsible for outreach and marketing activities to promote awareness of the library’s resources and services.
  • Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of services, policies, and procedures.
  • Evaluates information resources and integrates new technologies in delivery of health information services.
  • Supplies, organizes, and manages content on the library’s web page and medical school media channels.
  • Participates on medical school committees to support teaching, research, and clinical care activities.
  • Ability to work occasional rotations for evening and weekend hours as scheduled.
  • Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
  • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to deliver expert literature search services for systematic reviews and other research projects.
  • Strong administrative, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills that encourage teamwork.
  • Experience in the area of foundational evidence-based practice ethology and skills.
  • Knowledge of conducting research and reporting and disseminating research findings through published or other scholarship venues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of teaching and learning methods for adult learners.
  • Ability to create and deliver user-centered information literacy instruction.
  • Participate in the creation of the library's strategic vision and priorities and develop appropriate strategies for achieving them successfully.
  • Demonstrated interest and aptitude for technologies relevant to medical education and clinical practice.
  • Willingness to contribute to the profession through scholarly publications and service activities.
  • High degree of organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the trends and issues in higher education, scholarly communication, research practice and health care.
  • Skilled in managing change.
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations.


  • Master's degree required, preferably from a library or information sciences program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • A bachelor's degree in the life or health sciences preferred.
  • Five (5) years of professional-level academic and/or health sciences experience with a strong service orientation.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with medical vocabulary preferred.
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals credential preferred.

Salary Information: $53,2360.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Elizabeth Lorbeer, AHIP, Director of Library, at, 269.337.6119. Qualified applicants should apply online at (click on employment) or directly at

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

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