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Clinical Librarian

Clinical Librarian

University of Chicago Job Location: Illinois Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 09-10-2022

The University of Chicago Library empowers users with deep and rich collections, extensive expertise, innovative programs, and diverse spaces. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive community, enhancing access to scholarly resources, advancing digital scholarship, engaging locally and globally, and exceling in a changing environment. The University of Chicago John Crerar Library seeks an innovative, service-oriented health information specialist for the Clinical Librarian position. The Clinical Librarian is part of the Research & Learning Department and is a member of the engaged, collaborative, and supportive Science Librarians Team. Reporting to the Director of Library Research in Medical Education, the Clinical Librarian provides point-of-need services and information support to medical professionals at the University of Chicago, in the clinical setting at UChicago Medicine (the academic medical health system), and at other affiliated clinical and community sites, as well as students at the Pritzker School of Medicine. The Clinical Librarian cultivates partnerships between the library and assigned liaison areas in the health sciences through outreach, instruction, and research support services. The Clinical Librarian provides innovative services to support research, teaching, and clinical services of faculty, students, and staff. The John Crerar Library provides specialized reference, instructional, and outreach services to faculty, students, and staff in the biomedical and physical sciences. The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) is home to the University’s biomedical community, which includes 24 departments, 12 interdisciplinary committees, 16 centers and institutes, the Collegiate Division, the Pritzker School of Medicine (PSOM), and the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM).  The BSD offers 18 PhD granting programs which are grouped into four broad clusters: Biomedical Sciences, Darwinian Sciences, Molecular Biosciences and Neuroscience.  UCM, in partnership with the BSD, offers 23 accredited residency programs and many accredited fellowship programs within 10 specialties.  The Physical Sciences Division (PSD) is home to the University’s physical sciences community which includes 7 departments, 6 institutes, 2 national laboratories, and 9 research centers. The PSD offers 9 PhD granting programs and 6 master’s programs.

Responsibilities

  • Provide in-depth reference, information, research, and consultation services for clinical professionals, including: physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, house staff, medical students, and users in the health sciences community
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with clinicians and attend rounds, morning reports, noon conferences, and other clinically relevant forums in the early morning or evening
  • Perform literature searches in support of systematic reviews, research, grants, clinical practice, teaching, and publishing
  • Offer training and support in finding and retrieving high-quality evidence and the use of databases and mobile apps
  • Recommends clinical information resources to users
  • Identify, prepare, and present classes on various topics, including biomedical databases, citation management tools, and biomedical research strategies
  • Create and maintain online guides and other print and electronic materials
  • Participate in local, regional, and national initiatives or meetings related to health sciences or clinical librarianship
  • Contribute to the culture and operations of the Library by participation in Library committees, work groups, and diversity initiatives

Qualifications

Required:
  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an advanced degree in the subject area with relevant library experience
  • Experience with databases and resources in the health sciences
  • Knowledge of trends and topics in clinical librarianship
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with diverse user groups to understand and articulate user needs
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, subject research skills and interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent complex problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
Preferred:
  • Experience working in an academic library or in the clinical setting
  • Experience providing reference, information, or research services for clinical professionals
  • Teaching or training experience
  • Experience performing literature searches in support of systematic reviews

Application Instructions

The Search Committee will evaluate a candidate’s application in order to determine their ability to interact respectfully and effectively in oral and written communication with diverse constituencies including faculty, clinicians, students, colleagues, and community members, to work with library users and colleagues individually and in groups, to perform complex problem solving and decision making, to plan, prioritize, and coordinate projects, and to engage in ongoing professional development and learning. To Apply: Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference contact information online through the University of Chicago's Academic Recruiting website: apply.interfolio.com/113015. Review of applications will begin after October 7, 2022. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Salary and Benefits: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. Questions: Contact Jessica Sydnor, Director of Library Human Resources, jsydnor@uchicago.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at https://provost.uchicago.edu/statements-diversity. The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email equalopportunity@uchicago.edu with their request.

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