Health Sciences Collections and Technology Librarian, Librarian I

East Lansing
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Created: March 21, 2014


Health Sciences Collections and Technology Librarian, Librarian I


Position Summary:
The migration of health sciences library resources to digital formats opens up opportunities for quantitative as well as qualitative management. As  a member of the six-librarian Health Sciences Group , the librarian in this position would work side-by-side with current health science college liaison librarians to ensure the most efficient and effective contribution by the library to teaching and research needs. Analysis of digital resource use will support informed, flexible and responsive decision-making. Activities of this librarian would include management of the million-dollar plus medical materials budget, based on factors such as cost-per-use reports, impact factor, analysis of user choices on the web site, and understanding of citation patterns by faculty authors; development of reports including contributing to national reporting norms such as the annual AAHSL Statistics, or in support of accreditation reviews; analysis of the growing use of resources on mobile and handheld devices; analysis of patterns of use for new media such as video and images, including images used for coursepacks and class tutorials; advice to faculty about grant-seeking, data management and data curation; and general assessment of outcomes that involve library resources. It is critical that this librarian understand the overall strategy for delivering health science library resources at MSU, work collaboratively and effectively with all health science liaisons, and balance competing needs within the available materials budget. This librarian would also have a limited liaison function, for example to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and would participate in reference and information literacy as those relate to the health sciences and share responsibility with other health sciences librarians for helping faculty and students with database searching for grants and systematic reviews.

The successful candidate must be broadly focused and adventurous enough to expand or shift their range of responsibilities to meet evolving campus needs, as well as participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment based on the needs of the library and candidate interests.  Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position in addition to serving on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

Michigan State University Libraries serve more the 4,900 faculty, 36,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The Main Library and 4 branch libraries have combined holdings of over 5 million volumes. East Lansing is a community of 50,000 located adjacent to Lansing, the State capital.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Knowledge or background in health sciences information (coursework, degree or practical experience). Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience with health sciences collection management including collection analysis.

Closing Date:
5pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Minimum $50,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references to posting number 9207.

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