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Health Science Center Librarian - Houston Campus

Texas A&M University
Houston, Texas
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Jul 10, 2021

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Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, and dynamic medical librarian to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as HSC (Health Science Center) Librarian for the Texas A&M University Health (TAMU Health) Houston Campus. We are hiring one individual for a full-time position with an 11-month academic appointment. This is an open-track faculty search, allowing applicants to indicate a preference for either a tenure-track/tenured position with research and service expectations or a non-tenure track position with professional service expectations. Applicants will be considered for the faculty titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor or for Clinical/Instructional Assistant Professor, Clinical/Instructional Associate Professor, Clinical/Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications.

Located in the Texas Medical Center--the largest medical city in the world—this new position offers the successful candidate a range of opportunities to engage with students, faculty, staff, and other health sciences librarians in a fast-paced, exciting environment. Through its partnership with the Houston Methodist Hospital, which consistently ranks among the top hospitals in the U.S. and is the #1 ranked hospital in Texas, the College of Medicine (COM) graduates highly-motivated and skilled students for medical residencies in a variety of specialties. The nation’s first engineering medicine program, EnMed, was launched at the Houston campus in 2019, to train students in a new kind of career as physicianeers, blending medicine and engineering for innovative approaches to patient care.

Reporting to the Dean through the Associate Dean for the Medical Sciences Library (MSL), the HSC Librarian—Houston Campus will provide a broad range of support for students, faculty and researchers in the professional schools located on TAMU Health’s Houston campus. This position serves as a local liaison to health sciences programs in Houston and has primary responsibilities for establishing library services in Houston. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and delivering instruction—particularly in evidence-based practice—and for providing reference and searching services, overseeing library spaces, collaborating on faculty and medical education teams, and participating in clerkship activities as a clinical librarian. The HSC Librarian for the Houston campus will rotate primarily at three locations: the main COM campus building (the location of the library); the main Houston Methodist Hospital; and the Willowbrook branch of Houston Methodist, one of the COM clerkships sites. The incumbent will work as a solo, embedded medical librarian, with strong communications and support from the main MSL location in College Station, as well as with the HSC Regional Services Coordinator located in Austin.

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and social justice. In keeping with the University’s charge, the incoming HSC Librarian—Houston Campus must apply a culturally competent lens to this vital position within our organization to accomplish our mission and to fulfill our core values.

Tenure-track responsibilities include engaging in research activities leading to publications and national service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure and promotion. Non-tenure track responsibilities include engaging in professional service at multiple levels with demonstrated national impact.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA- accredited program.

Five or more years of professional experience as a health sciences librarian, either in an academic or hospital setting.

Excellent technical, written, and verbal communication skills for the purposes of teaching, presenting, and customer service effectively both in person and virtually.

Demonstrated experience providing instructional and reference services for health sciences students and faculty, including the creation of classes, online tutorials, surveys, or guides. Record of teaching and instruction in evidence-based medicine/evidence-based practice (EBM/EBP).

Experience in searching biomedical and health sciences databases and resources and in communicating search results to clients.

Demonstrated ability to initiate and establish positive and productive collaborations with faculty and health professionals and to work creatively, independently, and collaboratively with a diverse population of deans, faculty/staff, students, and colleagues.

Ability to work as a solo, embedded librarian.

Strong service orientation.

Desired Qualifications:

Advanced degree in health sciences, computational sciences, or instructional design

AHIP membership

Demonstrated experience in establishing a new service or opening a new library.

Experience in assessing and communicating the impact of library services.

Training and/or experience in clinical medical librarianship.

Ability to respond effectively and collegially to a rapidly changing environment.

Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

Ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with deans, faculty, and administrators to align activities with the interests of the Medical Sciences Library and the Texas A&M University Libraries.

Record of experience in instructional design and teaching with technology, including experience with a Learning Management System (LMS)

Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools/skills

The Libraries:

The vision of the University Libraries is to be the indispensable hub for discovery, learning, and creativity at Texas A&M. The pillars of this vision are a distinguished collection of information resources unbounded by place and preserved for future generations; a suite of robust services and a dedicated team exceeding customer expectations; an inspirational environment that delights and invites use; and an organizational culture celebrated for its trust, openness to risk and strengthened by its collaboration and diversity.

The Libraries currently rank in the top ten among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries with competitive starting salaries (taking into account the regional cost of living). Current staffing includes approximately 160-170 classified and professional staff and 85-90 faculty. More information can be found at

The University:

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth-largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 68,000 students and 3,200 faculty.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Salary/Benefits: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $62,000. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA; paid holidays; no state or local income tax. Funding is provided for professional travel and development activities.

Applications: Applications must be received by June 14th, 2021 for consideration.

Applications should include a letter of application, current complete vita, and contact information for 3 professional references. They must be submitted through the Interfolio portal at for the Academic Professional Track - Instructional position:

Applications for the Tenure Track position will be accepted through Interfolio at

Please be aware that this is a non-binding selection and can be changed at point of negotiation with the successful applicant. Please direct questions to Aimee Upton at [email protected].

The letter of application should explicitly address the applicant’s qualifications in context of knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to the specific position. References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.

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