Health Information Technology Librarian

Chapel Hill, NC
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Created: October 13, 2016


POSITION: Health Information Technology Librarian
AVAILABLE: December 1, 2016

The UNC Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks a creative and forward-thinking individual to contribute to our growing health IT efforts. The library and our health affairs partners are increasingly blending health data and technology to improve understanding of health information and this position will help the library identify and partner in those initiatives. The Health Information Technology Librarian will expand the library’s support of health informatics and analytics, mHealth, electronic medical records, and related fields to advance teaching and learning, research, and clinical care. This position will play a key role in investigating current and future needs within health affairs, taking stock of our current services, and finding new ways to assist our partners in these rapidly growing and evolving fields.

The Health IT Librarian is expected to remain current about technology trends, such as:
innovative areas of health IT such as data visualization, informatics, electronic health records, and mobile health
technologies that facilitate user access to and use of library information resources

The HSL is committed to supporting professional development and continual growth in these areas through training, conferences, and continuing education opportunities.

The HSL’s partners include UNC’s health affairs schools (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Public Health) as well as the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP), UNC Medical Center, NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TRACS), and the NC Area Health Education Centers Information and Library Systems network (AHEC).

This position, located in the HSL’s Health IT Department, will report to the Head of Health IT, and work closely with staff working on the Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative (CaDHRI), related positions within the HSL such as the Digital Health Research Assistant, Health IT web developers, and the HSL Research Hub. This position will also collaborate with staff in the University Libraries system, and other groups across campus.

Principal responsibilities:
· Expand the library’s support in the areas of health informatics, health analytics, mHealth, electronic health records, and related fields.
· Communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences through written communications, meetings, public presentations and classes.
· Provide information and technical support to researchers working with health data throughout the research lifecycle, from inception through assessment.
· Work closely with the Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative to support the digital health ecosystem at the HSL and our partners across campus.
· Plan classes and seminars in the HSL’s Research Hub useful to constituents employing health data and technology in their work.
· Serve as a bridge between the HSL and related groups in the Libraries and in Health Affairs schools in areas related to health IT.
· Make health IT contributions to library-wide assessment efforts.

REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
· Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, Informatics, or a related degree from an accredited graduate program.
· Minimum of 2 years of experience working with research data in an academic library or a health sciences setting.
· Demonstrated flexibility, initiative, time-management, and problem-solving skills.
· Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and customer service orientation.
· Strong organizational skills, resourcefulness, and demonstrated ability to work independently and in teams.

DESIRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
· Experience working with electronic health records.
· Certificate or degree in Health Informatics.
· Experience in user interaction research with healthcare systems, mhealth devices, or care teams, including the use of screen capture software, eye tracking devices, and related technologies.
· Experience using scripting languages (such as Python or Javascript), or statistical solutions (R, SAS, SPSS) for the analysis of research data.
· Experience working in data visualization tools (such as D3 JavaScript library or Tableau).

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. The University Library collections include over 7.5 million volumes, and is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries. The Health Sciences Library’s mission is to connect people everywhere with knowledge to help them teach and learn effectively, assure quality health care, conduct vital research, and make informed decisions. To learn more about the Health Sciences Library, please visit:

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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