Health Sciences Librarian – University of Texas – Arlington, TX

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Purpose
The Health Sciences Librarian serves as the Library’s liaison to various library users and potential users within the health sciences disciplines. Primary responsibilities will be to support faculty issues relating to scholarly communication, collaborate with faculty information to integrate information literacy into the curriculum; promote the use of Libraries’ services and resources; and connect members of the UT Arlington community to each other to increase collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Essential Functions

  1. Scholarly Communication:
    1. Develops evidence-based collection strategies in assigned discipline areas
    2. Assesses the scholarly communication climate and information resource needs in assigned discipline areas
    3. In partnership with the Director of Scholarly Communication, provides publication consultation services to faculty and students
    4. Collaborates with key stakeholders on the implementation, management, and promotion of the campus institutional repository.
    5. Develops and maintains tools, resources, and education programs to increase awareness of scholarly communication issues, such as publishing options, agency specific requirements, author rights, and copyright/fair use concerns.
    6. Works with the Department of Digital Creation and Director of Scholarly Communication to support scholarly communication
  2. Instruction and Research Services:
    1. Collaborates with faculty to promote the integration of Library resources and information literacy into the curriculum
    2. Develops curriculum that incorporates creation and iterative design
    3. Connects faculty to hands-on teaching opportunities in the Libraries’ creative spaces
    4. Develops and maintains online teaching materials and guides and participates in digital learning initiatives
    5. Works closely with other disciplinary liaison librarians to plan, develop, maintain, and assess innovative instructional and outreach programs
    6. Provides research assistance and instruction in locating and evaluating information in a variety of formats
    7. Extends services through office hours, embedded librarianship, and social media
  3. Other Liaison Services:
    1. Develops and maintains a working, interactive, and dynamic relationship with faculty, students, and staff in assigned disciplines
    2. Provides a vehicle for expression of faculty opinions, concerns, and advice relating to the Libraries
    3. Conducts periodic service resource needs assessments in collaboration with the Libraries’ assessment librarians
    4. Promotes Library services and resources in collaboration with the Library’s Marketing Department.
    5. Participates in and facilitates the relationship between health sciences faculty members and students and the Libraries’ cross-discipline professionals, including the Director of Scholarly Communication, the Off-Campus Services Librarian, the First Year Student Success Librarians, and the Data and E-Science Librarian.
    6. Participates in grant or research partnerships in collaboration with the Library’s Director of Grants and Research
  4. Community Building:
    1. Assesses collaboration needs of assigned discipline areas
    2. Develops mechanisms for students and faculty to connect with each other and address common research and professional interests
    3. Develops opportunities for distance education students to connect to on-campus UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty.
    4. Connects faculty to community building techniques and support the integration of these strategies into curricula
  5. Other Duties:
    1. Serves on Libraries, university, and professional committees
    2. Attends training and professional seminars to maintain and increase knowledge and to keep up with current trends
    3. Completes other projects and duties as assigned

Marginal/Incidental Functions
Other functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications
• Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited program. • Current knowledge of print and electronic resources within the health sciences disciplines and of the application of technology to the design and delivery of research services and instruction. • Strong capacity for working enthusiastically, flexibly, and creatively in a student-centered environment. • Strong affinity for UTA Libraries’ core values.
Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced degree in a relevant health sciences discipline. • Experience assisting faculty with scholarly communication issues. • Experience promoting scholarly communication support services. • Experience providing library instruction services. • Knowledge of information literacy theory and practice, various teaching methodologies, and learning styles • Experience with current and emerging technologies and their applications in academic libraries, including Springshare products, integrated library systems, ILLiad, and teaching tools. • Creativity and experience designing instructional/informational materials, both in print and online. • Experience with outreach and marketing services to students and faculty. • Familiarity with evidence-based practice and health sciences trends and topics, including evidence-based practice and HIPAA. • Familiarity with processes including systematic review publishing and the grant writing process.
Working Conditions
May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Non-traditional work hours. May require weeknight, weekend, or holiday hours. Flexibility is required to ensure the department is appropriately staffed in order to satisfy all service needs. Ongoing professional development will be expected of the successful candidate, which may require overnight travel. This is a non-tenure position. Criminal background check conducted.

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