Clinical Information Librarian, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, MN

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The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for a Clinical Information librarian. We seek applicants who are innovative and flexible, offer subject expertise and technology skills, and possess an understanding of the patient care, clinical research, and educational needs of professional and graduate programs in the health professions.

This position is a member of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) division of the University Libraries, which includes include the Bio-Medical Library (http://hsl.lib.umn.edu/biomed), the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the Veterinary Medical Library.  HSL is led by the Director and Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences, and the position reports to the Associate Director for Education and Research Services.  The successful candidate will collaborate with 15 librarians and 16 staff in HSL as well as with librarians and staff across the University Libraries.

We are seeking an outgoing, proactive, engaged professional who can develop collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and students in designated departments, research centers and institutes within the Medical School (http://www.med.umn.edu/), and create new tools, programs, and initiatives that respond to information trends in medical education, practice and research.  Areas of responsibility include the integration of content, evidence-based practice and health literacy into the curriculum and eLearning environment, effective use of research networking systems such as Experts@Minnesota, the management of research data, and the application of methods to measure research impact.

The individual will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as he/she works towards continuous appointment status.

The University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center (AHC, http://www.health.umn.edu/) is one of the nation’s few comprehensive centers encompassing programs in medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and allied health, as well as a number of interdisciplinary programs that serve the entire University. A new AHC Education and Learning Center is being planned, and a new Health Sciences Library will be a key element of the Center.  In addition, the University of Minnesota and the Libraries have a strong record of outreach and service to the state and region.

Responsibilities of the Clinical Information Liaison:

  • Forge relationships with clinical care teams in assigned departments of the Medical School providing consultation and collaboration with clinical faculty, trainees and health professions staff on a wide range of topics including evidence-based practice, scholarship, and research.

  • Coordinate and participate in hospital rounds, morning report, case conferences, and other clinically relevant forums within assigned departments of the Medical School.

  • Work with clinical care teams in the University’s experiential learning sites to understand workflow and clinical information requirements, and identify how knowledge-based resources can be integrated into clinical research and practice.

  • Collaborate with researchers to develop effective and efficient strategies in managing clinical research data and information.

  • Seek opportunities to partner with researchers in projects or grants that require deep expertise in information science and data management, for example integrating library content into decision-support technologies.

  • Collaborate with library colleagues on developing and offering research services such as systematic reviews and research impact reports.

  • Apply active-learning techniques in classroom and workshop settings on a range of information-related topics, such as evidence-based practice and consumer health literacy.

  • Promote new modes of scholarly communication and recruit institutional scholarly output for inclusion in the University Digital Conservancy (http://udc.umn.edu) and the Data Repository for the U of M (DRUM, http://z.umn.edu/drum).

  • Provide leadership for and contribute to library-wide projects.

  • Contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement.

Qualifications

Required:

American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science OR equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and actively engage with faculty and students.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a research-intensive environment.
Ability to think and react quickly in an active clinical setting to find the best evidence.
Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

Preferred:

Undergraduate or graduate degree in the physical, life, health, or related sciences.
Demonstrated understanding of scientific research processes and methods for measuring research impact.
Experience in a health science or academic research library.
Experience in the design and integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
Facility with technology (e.g., basic programming, web applications, APIs) and its applications in academic contexts.
Experience with evidence-based information retrieval and in the use of clinical reference sources, tools and search engines.
Demonstrated ability to teach, with an understanding of instructional design principles, particularly in an eLearning environment.
Demonstrated involvement in professional activities.

This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level.

 

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