Nursing and Consumer Health Liaison Librarian

Gainesville, Alachua County
Mar 20, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION: Nursing and Consumer Health Liaison Librarian RANK: Assistant University Librarian REPORTS TO: Assistant Director, Biomedical and Health Information Services, Health Science Center Libraries SALARY: Minimum Salary $46,417; Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials REQUISITION #: 0905237 DEADLINE DATE: May 1, 2014 - review of applications will begin on April 3, 2014 Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials - see our website at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. JOB SUMMARY The George A. Smathers Libraries seeks a creative and service-oriented liaison librarian at the Health Science Center Library. The liaison librarian provides reference assistance and consultations, instruction, outreach, and collection management for assigned departments and programs in the Academic Health Center. This tenure track faculty position serves as a member of the Biomedical and Health Information Services team, and provides services in a variety of modes (in person, email, “house calls”.) The position is responsible for special projects as assigned, such as collection reviews, development of web-based resources, and service evaluation. The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and, consequently, the liaison librarian will be asked to serve on various committees and teams. The liaison librarian performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria. The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the liaison librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the liaison librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The liaison librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. RESPONSIBILITIES • Provides liaison librarian services to the students, staff and faculty of the College of Nursing. Liaison services include instruction, consultation, collection development, and other client-centered services as appropriate. • Provides instruction and develops resources for students’ and clinicians’ consumer health information needs. • In collaboration with Academic Health Center faculty/students and HSCL librarians, develops meaningful opportunities for providing information to health care consumers and patients. • Provides on-call, by appointment, and e-mail reference services to faculty, students and staff of the University of Florida Academic Health Center. • Participates in instruction programs using traditional classroom methods and modern educational technologies. • Participates actively in the development, selection and evaluation of web resources for subject guides and other client services. • Participates in collection management program. Selects and evaluates subject based materials related to liaison assignment and works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and research programs. • Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making relating to health science services, collections and new technologies. • Actively serves on committees and in a team-based environment. • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with library faculty tenure and promotion criteria. QUALIFICATIONS Required: • Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school, or equivalent advanced degree in a life or health science field. • Strong commitment to client-focused service. • An interest in providing information services to, and collaborating with, clinicians and health science students, educators, and researchers in general, and specifically, those in the College of Nursing. • An interest in developing and providing information services to health care consumers and patients. • Ability to work effectively as part of a team within a culturally diverse community. • Ability to work effectively with all levels of library clients – faculty, researchers, clinicians, students (professional, graduate and undergraduate), and staff. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment. • Understanding of and enthusiasm for reference resources and services. • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services. • Interest in and ability to contribute to the profession via research, publication, presentation, and service. • Proficiency with technology. • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at Preferred: • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work. • Undergraduate or advanced degree in health or life science, or experience serving a similar client population. • Experience using health-related literature databases such as PubMed. • Experience with/demonstrated enthusiasm for working with the public. • Demonstrated ability in developing and delivering instruction. • Familiarity with web-based instructional tools. • Experience working in an academic health science library. THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER LIBRARIES The HSC Libraries provide services and programs to support the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine; the McKnight Brain Institute; the University of Florida Genetics Institute; the Emerging Pathogens Institute; the Institute for Child and Health Policy; and the Institute of Aging; Shands HealthCare; the University of Florida/Shands Cancer Center; the University of Florida Physicians Clinics (12 primary and 21 specialty care); and the North Florida AHEC program. The HSC Libraries also support 52% ($291,000,000) of all campus research awards by providing up-to-date research content and information access and management support. Since 1999, the HSC Libraries have operated a liaison librarian program to facilitate partnerships with academic faculty and programs by assigning each HSC College or Department a dedicated librarian who works closely with its faculty, staff and students. COMMUNITY Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville's accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, America’s Best Places to Live & Visit. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive. BENEFITS Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at APPLICATION PROCESS The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process. Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; a written statement regarding the application of new technologies to reference services and instruction (250 words); your current resume and a list of three references including their address, telephone and email information. Apply by May 1, 2014 (applications will be reviewed beginning April 3, 2014). Send all required application materials to Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: Please note that candidates selected for onsite interviews will be required to give a 20 minute public presentation. Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at