Clinical Liaison & Content Librarian, University of Washington Health Sciences Library

TITLE:            Clinical Liaison & Content Librarian

LOCATION:  Health Sciences Library


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 8 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats.  Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff.  The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.


The HSL supports six health sciences schools; Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work; two academic medical centers; UW Medical Center (on campus) and the Harborview Medical Center (downtown Seattle); the growing biomedical and clinical research campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood of downtown Seattle; the five-state medical education program (WWAMI); and numerous centers, institutes, programs, and affiliated institutions.  The HSL is a unit of the University Libraries.  It is a leader among the national community of academic health sciences libraries and has long been known for innovative information management programs and services.  The HSL serves as the headquarters for the Pacific Northwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  See for further information about the HSL.


The Clinical Liaison & Content Librarian will support clinical programs and lead content selection development and evaluation at the Health Sciences Library. A key role will be to provide library leadership with informed decisions about future content, electronic resources, point of care tools, e-collections based on user needs.   Duties include: developing HSL policies and workflows to leverage the impact of legacy and emerging content across all formats and delivery models; participating in the Libraries’ content licensing and developing sharable criteria and metrics for resource assessment; and serving as a liaison within the Libraries with responsibility for advancing the development of library collections, services, and facilities in support of the work of a large research university with a medical center and regional health sciences programs.  This position reports to the Associate Director for Administration & Liaison Services, Health Sciences Libraries.  The librarian collaborates with faculty and librarians on multiple campuses to identify and obtain resources that support health science academic and clinical programs; provide information retrieval, evaluation and delivery of patient care information; and provide instructional and consultation services to any requesting clinical department or committee within the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview and Northwest Hospital.


·                       Works with specified clinical departments and hospital-based committees to provide appropriate liaison activities including support of clinical systematic reviews and protocol development.

·                       Attends select grand rounds, morning report, resident report, and clinical conferences for the purpose of determining and meeting information needs.

·                       Conducts searches for patient care information for both practitioner and consumer.

·                       Provides individual and group instruction or consultation on information management for medical residents, fellows and clinicians.

·                       Investigates and coordinates opportunities to provide library-related continuing education of practicing clinicians to various stakeholders.

·                       Oversees the HSL resources budget in conjunction with the Associate Dean; assists the Fiscal /Budget Analyst with monitoring library materials expenditures; recommends annual budget priorities for use of library collections funds.

·                       Works closely with UW Libraries Collections and Content staff on HSL acquisitions, processing, and shared funding issues.

·                       Represents Health Sciences Library on relevant UW Libraries collections-related committees and initiatives and keeps the Management Team up to date on collection activities via regular meetings.

·                       Recommends and coordinates selection, license, negotiation and purchase of electronic and print resources.

·                       Supervises staff and participates in coordinated initiatives to improve access to library resources.

·                       Maintains an awareness of Orbis Alliance programs and current trends and developments in health sciences libraries; takes active steps to communicate with other libraries and programs and helps coordinate activities across the consortium.

·                       Oversees compilation of monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual statistics and submits written reports as required.

·                       Other duties as assigned.




·         Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree

·         Experience developing learning materials and teaching both in person and online

·         2 years’ professional-level library experience in an academic and/or health science-related setting, including reference and literature searching

·         Experience with ExLibris Alma / Primo or another Integrated Library System

·         Demonstrated experience with information resource selection, acquisition, licensing, and budget management

·         Familiarity with the changes happening within healthcare and the potential impacts for libraries

·         Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills, and the ability to work effectively with staff and faculty as individuals and groups

·         Ability to function well in a changing environment, work effectively within a large organization and with external stakeholders, and exercise initiative in a collaborative framework

·         Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace


·         Supervisory experience

·         Membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals

·         Experience working with stakeholders in a clinical setting

·         Familiarity with data management and/or clinical data in the healthcare setting


$48,500 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.



Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis.  Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year.  No state or local income tax.


To apply for this position, please submit the following information to

·         Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources)

·         Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)

·         List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)

·         Please use “Librarian Application” in the subject heading.

·         Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document.  All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password-protected, online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.


To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, November 13, 2015.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genderidentity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

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