Research and Instruction Librarian

Updated: 15 days ago
Location: Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA
Job Type: FullTime

Research and Instruction Librarian
Falk Library - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (21002472)

Research and Instruction Librarian

Health Sciences Library System (HSLS)

The Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a Research and Instruction Librarian to expand interprofessional education and community engagement activities across the health sciences.  The appointment will be at the rank of Librarian I.  HSLS is looking for a motivated, collaborative and enthusiastic individual who can thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment to join our team.  This position has the flexibility to allow candidates to highlight unique skills or experiences that enhance and complement our existing services

Research and Instruction Librarians are key members of the Research, Instruction, and Clinical Information Services team, reporting to the Associate Director for that department.  They serve as liaisons to identified health sciences departments and participate in collaborative liaison activities, led by the Coordinator for Liaison Services.  Research and Instruction Librarians provide a broad range of research and scholarly support and instruction services to faculty, staff, and students in the schools of the health sciences and the graduate medical education programs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Librarians work closely with the University’s health sciences community to connect research and information needs with library resources and services.  This position participates on interprofessional collaborations with the schools of the health sciences and other campus partners to integrate library services and resources into interprofessional activities, focused on health outcomes and community engagement.  The position works collaboratively with the HSLS Assistant Director of Advanced Information Support and Engagement Initiatives, Coordinator for Liaison Services, and HSLS liaisons to the schools of the health sciences.  

HSLS is seeking dynamic candidates with the potential to provide innovative approaches while maintaining a tradition of excellence.  Responsibilities include:

Interprofessional education and community engagement:

  • Serve as liaison to identified health sciences and University departments with a focus on interprofessional education and engagement, including the Pitt Working Group on Interprofessional Education (WGOIPE) and the Pitt Community Engagement Center (CEC) Internal Advisory Council/Health-Focused Team 
  • Maintain current knowledge of library services and opportunities surrounding interprofessional education focused on health outcomes and community engagement
  • Inventory existing interprofessional activities throughout the health sciences
  • Participate in strategic planning activities with the Associate Director and Assistant Director of Advanced Information Support and Engagement Initiatives to develop an implementation and assessment plan for library specific initiatives and responsibilities
  • Collaborate with HSLS liaison librarians and the Coordinator for Liaison Services to lead planning and teaching efforts to integrate library services and resources as part of interprofessional education and community engagement

Research and instruction:

  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of the library’s databases, search interfaces, and other resources in order to effectively match resources with information needs
  • Provide core reference services; including in-depth consultation, mediated database searching, identifying appropriate knowledge-based resources, search strategy development, and recommendations for citation management, download, and output
  • Design and build complex advanced literature searches to support systematic reviews, clinical guidelines, and other multifaceted literature searches.  HSLS librarians are recognized as members of the project team, and as such, write the methodology section for manuscript submission
  • Increase the knowledge of faculty, students, and staff regarding scholarly communication topics such as ORCiD, open access, open educational resources, scholarly identity, and research impact
  • Stay current with health sciences education trends, curricular structures, pedagogical methods, and innovative instructional delivery
  • Provide instruction on the library, information literacy, or other specialized classes to support research and evidence-based practice.  Conduct new student and faculty orientation sessions
  • Contribute to the development and evaluation of web-delivered courses and instructional materials
  • Work collaboratively to integrate the library into health sciences curricular, research, and clinical programs; including marketing library resources, giving presentations to departments, recommending instruction topics, assessing needs, and developing new classes, workshops, or programs to meet the needs of the health sciences community
  • Cultivate partnerships and collaborate with library and University personnel on projects including grants, papers, poster presentations, or other creative undertakings.  Share expertise and results of research with other information professionals and members of the academic community via publication in refereed journals, poster sessions, and/or presentations at professional meetings 
  • Serve on appropriate internal and external committees and participate in relevant regional and national library and health sciences professional organizations and associations
  • Monitor trends in health sciences librarianship and participate in relevant continuing education opportunities in both librarianship and health sciences disciplines or practices
  • Engage in scholarship and research activities

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree from ALA-accredited institution or equivalent combination of relevant Master’s degree and research support experience
  • Experience in an academic library setting 
  • Demonstrated success providing instruction or delivering presentations
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, showing initiative and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects and bring them to a conclusion in a timely fashion
  • Proven commitment to excellent customer service
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs
  • Evidence of skills needed to foster new connections and build relationships
  • Commitment to including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, and service

Preferred qualifications

  • Health sciences or research background
  • Experience in an academic health sciences library
  • Experience with community engagement and/or running community programs
  • Experience designing programs for  multi-disciplinary audiences and/or engaging collaboration across multi-disciplinary audiences
  • Experience assessing need and designing and evaluating appropriate outreach and education programs
  • Familiarity and experience with adult learning theory and instruction with adult learners
  • Experience designing and conducting library instruction
  • Experience with educational technology or instructional design
  • Demonstrated experience searching biomedical literature, such as PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar
  • Demonstrated knowledge of citation management software, such as EndNote

This position is for a full-time, faculty librarian at the rank of Librarian I.  Librarian I is the beginning faculty librarian position and requires a master's degree in library and/or information sciences from an ALA-accredited library school or a recognized equivalent degree. The librarian should demonstrate potential for academic librarianship and competence in the prescribed area of responsibility.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a personal statement explaining how they will draw on their background, experiences, and commitment to contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.  Application materials should include a letter of application, CV and names, and contact information for three professional references. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

The University of Pittsburgh ( ) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States.  For more information about the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, visit .



  The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets 
Assignment Category: Full-time regular
Campus: Pittsburgh
Required Attachments: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae
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