Research and Education Librarian – Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Research and Education Librarian at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (TML). The successful candidate for this position will serve as a liaison to the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) and be responsible for developing, promoting, and providing education and outreach for allied health programs that teach research skills, promote information literacy, and enhance student, staff, and faculty experience at VCU. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, Virginia, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is one of Virginia’s largest universities and among the nation’s leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with 2.5 million volumes, 61,000 serials, 600,000 e-books, and nationally prominent collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of medicine, and comic and book arts.

Reporting to the Head of Research and Education, the Research and Education Librarian will serve as the liaison librarian to the diverse disciplines in the School of Allied Health Professions. The liaison assumes a leadership role for providing research and instructional support for SAHP faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will apply adult learning theories, principles, and practices to developing and delivering course content to support teaching and learning in curriculum-integrated and other instruction. Among the technology tools the librarian will use are course management systems such as Blackboard and LibGuides; web conferencing systems including Adobe Connect; audience response systems; and mobile devices. Teaching responsibilities range from general orientation sessions to course-integrated instruction and workshops. The incumbent will provide in-depth and on demand research consultations for individuals and small groups. S/he will guide faculty, staff, and students in the effective use of library services and resources to support evidence based practice. Research and Education faculty are expected to actively contribute to the library’s education and outreach programs beyond their liaison assignments. The Research and Education Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service. TML librarians are expected to pursue and maintain membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Experience working in an academic health sciences library setting. Undergraduate or graduate degree or previous work experience in a basic science, health science, or biomedical field. Knowledge of current and emerging trends in teaching and learning in academic library instruction. Experience teaching to a variety of audience levels and using a variety of emerging technologies for education, communication, and professional purposes. Demonstrated success in applying technology to support student learning and familiarity with Web authoring tools including LibGuides. Knowledge of principles related to evidence based practice. Experience with literature reviews, systematic reviews, and mediated searching relevant resources such as CINAHL, NCBI, PubMed and Web of Science. Experience searching additional information sources including but not limited to conference proceedings, statistical data and other government databases. Understanding of scholarly communications and awareness of government mandated policies related to scholarly publishing. Experience evaluating and using electronic resources. Successful experience working in a collaborative environment. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities under pressure. Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as presentation and public speaking skills. Able to work professionally with academic and clinical faculty. Flexible and adaptable to succeed in an evolving, fast-paced environment. Strong service orientation.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $45,000 annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see benefits information from VCU Human Resources.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page. Review of applications will begin May 22, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to, complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.