Health Sciences Liaison Librarian – University of Florida – Gainesville, FL

POSITION: Health Sciences Liaison Librarian
RANK: Assistant University Librarian
REPORTS TO: Assistant Director, Biomedical and Health Information Services, Health Science Center Libraries
SALARY: Minimum salary $46,880; Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials
REQUISITION #: 0907391
DEADLINE DATE: February 23, 2015 – review of applications will begin on February 2, 2015

Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials – see our website at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered.

The George A. Smathers Libraries seeks a creative and service-oriented liaison librarian at the Health Science Center Library. The Liaison Librarian provides reference assistance and consultations, instruction, outreach, and collection management for assigned departments and programs in the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health and Health Professions. This tenure track faculty position serves as a member of the Biomedical and Health Information Services team, and provides services in a variety of modes (in person, phone, email, “house calls”.) The position is responsible for special projects as assigned, such as collection reviews, development of web-based resources, and service evaluation. The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and, consequently, the Liaison Librarian will be asked to serve on various committees and teams. The Liaison Librarian performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.

To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Liaison Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities.


  • Provides liaison librarian services to the students, staff and faculty of the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions. Liaison services include instruction, consultation, collection development, and other client-centered services as appropriate
  • Provides on-call, by appointment, and e-mail reference services to faculty, students and staff of the University of Florida Academic Health Center
  • Participates in instruction programs using traditional classroom and active learning methods and innovative educational technologies
  • Works in collaboration with the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions faculty in the development and adaptation of new and existing curricula
  • Participates actively in the development, selection and evaluation of web resources for subject guides and other client services
  • Participates in collection management program. Selects and evaluates subject-based materials related to liaison assignment and works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and research programs
  • Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making relating to health science services, collections and new technologies
  • Actively serves on committees and in a team-based environment
  • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with library faculty tenure and promotion criteria


  • Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school, or equivalent advanced degree in a life or health science field
  • Strong commitment to client-focused service
  • An interest in providing information services to, and collaborating with, clinicians and health science students, educators, and researchers in general, and specifically, those in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions
  • Strong commitment to or potential for innovative and collaborative instruction
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work effectively within a diverse client community including–faculty, researchers, clinicians, students (professional, graduate and undergraduate), administration, staff, and the general public
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for reference resources and services
  • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment
  • Interest in and ability to contribute to the profession via research, publication, presentation, and service
  • Ability and willingness to learn new technology
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators, and the general public
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at


  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in health or life science
  • Experience serving a health or biological science client population
  • Experience using health-related literature databases such as PubMed
  • Experience with or demonstrated enthusiasm for working with the public
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and delivering instruction
  • Familiarity with web-based instructional tools
  • Experience working in an academic health science library
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work

Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding your definition of ‘client centered service’ and how you have used or would use it in a library setting (250 to 400 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by 2/23/2015. Applications will be reviewed beginning 2/2/2015. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at