Research Support Librarian

Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Research Support Librarian

New Orleans, Louisiana
Open Date:
May 10, 2021

The Research Support Librarian (Health Sciences) provides access to a variety of tools, training, and research support in biomedical and public health resources to the departments and programs in the Health Sciences Center at Tulane University. This position is part of the Matas Library’s coordinated team approach to user support services offering research consultations, general or specialized instruction, and programming tailored to the requirements of the clinical, biomedical research, and public health communities at the point and place of need.   As part of the Tulane Libraries’ broader scholarly engagement groups, this position will collaborate with colleagues on the uptown campus in instruction and outreach efforts as appropriate to serve the life and health sciences communities at Tulane.


Research Support

  • Instructs researchers and students on effective access and use of health science information resources, including databases, e-journals, software, online tools/tutorials, and printed materials.
  • Provides research support and scholarly communication tools, and access to data repository resources.
  • Develops and presents instruction on information access and management of resources such as literature databases, online web resources, and reference management software. Instruction can take the form of collaborative teaching/lectures with faculty, hands-on sessions, tutorials, webinars, online self-paced tutorials, or instruction materials.
  • Provides virtual or in-person research consultations to faculty, researchers, staff, students, and residents.
  • Develops workshops and programs that provide timely, accurate information which adds measurable value to research participant’s work endeavors.
  • Provides appropriate data acquisition, collection development, and data management needs for the health sciences center.
  • Develops increasing expertise in emerging technologies and other trends relevant to health science information services.


  • Develops courses or curriculum-based instruction programs in information resources for the assigned departments and programs, in collaboration with department/program faculty.
  • Develops educational content for biomedical and public health resources using evidence based (EBM and/or EBPH) resources and tools.
  • Instruction sessions are timely, accurate, informative, and available at the point and place of need using relevant point-of-care or point-of-service tools.

Scholarly Engagement Services

  • Connects with assigned research and departmental faculty/researchers to establish continuing communication by developing a working, interactive and dynamic relationship.
  • Conducts resource and service needs assessments periodically for departments and programs.
  • Maintains regular communication and awareness of evolving community needs.
  • Provides regular reporting on liaison activities to the liaison coordinator/team, library or school leadership, or both.


  • Provide the best possible service to all library users in a timely, thorough, and courteous manner.
  • Employ creative approaches in the provision of services and use of resources utilizing appropriate technology and information formats.
  • Seek on their own, and with fellow librarians/staff, to develop their professional knowledge and increase their professional skills.
  • Work together (among librarians and support staff) to achieve the highest potential for service and innovation.
  • Share (among librarians and support staff) expertise in the use of information resources in both traditional and nontraditional formats.




  • ALA accredited MLS or other relevant graduate degree (e.g., Master of Science in health-related fields).
  • Minimum of one year of research support and teaching experience in an academic medical information center or clinical or public health setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of health sciences information resources, clinical resources & tools including NLM/NCBI resources to track evidence.
  • Excellent presentation and instruction skills with demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of relevant information technologies, information management tools, and analytical and searching techniques.


  • Strong computer/technology skills
  • Demonstrated teaching experience
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of faculty, staff, students across the University, the health sciences centers, and the community at large.


  • Experience with emerging information technology hardware and software.
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in the life or biomedical sciences, public health, or related field.
  • Any certification/documentation in advanced or specialized user service training.

Application Instructions:

To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, current resume/CV and names with full contact information of at least 3 professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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