Reference and Instruction Librarian

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
Closing date
Sep 12, 2021

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Reporting to the Head of Research, Education and Outreach, the Research & Instruction Librarian provides a broad range of research, scholarly support, and instruction services to members of Temple’s health sciences campus comprised of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, selected programs in the College of Public Health and Temple University Hospital.  Serves as the liaison to the School of Nursing (part of the College of Public Health) and the nursing department at Temple University Hospital. Provides a broad range of search services in support of systematic review service, for animal alternatives, and the library’s faculty credentialing service. Participates in the library’s instruction program by providing educational workshops and seminars for health sciences patrons throughout the academic year. Performs related duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library/information science.  Two years of professional experience in an academic health sciences library, teaching hospital library, or higher education library that serves health sciences programs. Experience providing reference and research consultation services. Demonstrated experience searching biomedical literature, such as MEDLINE, Scopus, Web of Science, Biosis and/or Embase. Demonstrated experience providing instruction or delivering presentations. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
*Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
*Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.

*Demonstrated expert searcher skills as delineated by the MLA statement on expert searching.
*Demonstrated commitment to professional development.
*Demonstrated ability to manage projects.
*Knowledge of technology and applications used for online collaboration and communication (such as Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts).
*Commitment to providing responsive and innovative services to a culturally and racially diverse campus community.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Medical Education and Research Building
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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