Academic Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (Faculty Librarian in Health Sciences Library System)

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Created: September 5, 2015


The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine. This position will be one of a team of four coordinators reporting to the NN/LM MAR Executive Director.

The Academic Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs aimed at academic institutions, with a special focus on community colleges, research universities and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health. The position will also participate in assessing needs and developing programs for those working within academic institutions as they relate to creating data management plans and helping scientific researchers find appropriate data repositories to submit their data.

The position involves substantial travel that will include site visits, exhibits and teaching, primarily within the states served by NN/LM MAR: Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

HSLS serves as the NN/LM MAR Regional Medical Library (RML) under a 5-year contract with the National Library of Medicine. The current contract runs through April 30, 2016. Pending successful re-application, HSLS will continue as the RML for the 2016-2021 period.

The goal of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Eight Health Sciences Libraries across the country function as the RML for their respective region. The RMLs coordinate the operation of NN/LM libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs.

Specific responsibilities:

Identifies academic institutions where there is an opportunity to introduce NLM resources, and solicits proposals for training and/or other programs or services; creates and encourages partnerships to increase access to biomedical and health information and promote NLM resources within academic institutions.

Provides support, advocacy, and consultation for academic librarians at community colleges and colleges/universities with a focus on building skills that promote access to biomedical and health information.

Develops in person and online workshops and training sessions with a special emphasis on increasing access to biomedical and health information and promoting NLM and NIH resources; works collaboratively with the National Library of Medicine Training Center and other NN/LM regions to share information and to mitigate duplication of effort.

Serves as the liaison to academic librarians and attends regional chapter meetings, such as ALA, ACRL, and SLA.

Exhibits at national, regional and local conferences and meetings reaching NN/LM MAR target populations; submits workshop proposals aimed at educating students, faculty, and staff about NLM and NIH resources.

Provides information and consultation on NN/LM MAR funding and awards; solicits funding applications from Network members and monitors progress of ongoing awards.

Consults with the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) and provides consultation on effective evaluation techniques for outreach awards; serves as regional needs assessment and evaluation liaison for NN/LM MAR outreach programs to academic institutions.

Contributes articles to the MAR Newsletter.

Identifies newsletters and communication channels to reach staff at community colleges and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health.

Serves as primary staff contact and provides support to the NN/LM MAR Academic Outreach Special Advisory Group.

Maintains standards of accessibility for all resources created and maintained. Accessibility must be in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and follow NN/LM guidelines for class materials.

Qualifications for the Academic Coordinator are:

MLS from ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent advanced degree
Familiarity with NLM and NN/LM programs
Demonstrated knowledge of NLM resources
Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication, project management, and problem-solving
Experience in developing classes and teaching workshops and/or seminars
Proficiency in software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Web-based applications for online education
Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
Flexibility and ability to manage competing priorities
Strong service orientation and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, health professionals and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
Preference will be given to candidates with health sciences backgrounds; experience in academic libraries; and/or experience in designing and providing interactive educational classes.

Qualified candidates should submit applications via email document attachments to Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, Please include cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin on September 14, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum starting salary is $48,000. Salary is negotiable, based on experience. Position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian. The University of Pittsburgh is an AA/EOE/ADA Employer. The University supports diversity initiatives and encourages minorities to apply.

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