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Monday, August 29, 2016

[LIBJOBS] Drexel University Libraries job posting (Philadelphia, US)

Drexel University Libraries seeks an innovative and experienced librarian to lead the Libraries’ program of liaison to the Drexel University College of Medicine, focusing on the College’s programs of medical education.


Reporting to the Director of Library Academic Partnerships the Liaison Librarian for Medicine will serve as the primary liaison to the College of Medicine’s medical education programs and administration, and will work with the Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences in supporting the College’s basic science departments (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Microbiology & Immunology; Neurobiology & Anatomy; Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Pharmacology & Physiology). 

The Liaison Librarian for Medicine will take a lead role in collection development and management for health sciences, including nursing and health professions.  The Liaison Librarian for Medicine is a member of the liaison team, a group of librarians who work in close partnership to develop, implement, and assess instructional and research programs that advance the mission of Drexel University.  The liaison team is expanding its expertise and engagement into the evolving areas of digital scholarship, data analysis and management, and data literacy.

The position will be based at the Hahnemann Library on Drexel University’s Center City (Philadelphia) campus.   Drexel University Libraries’ professional staff are expected to contribute to the ongoing operations through participation in departmental planning and decision-making, and in implementation of library and departmental policies. Regular reporting of activities and appropriate statistics is required.  Librarians are encouraged to participate in university activities and initiatives as well that of their professional associations.    Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as liaison librarian to the medical education programs of the College of Medicine.
  • Collaborate with constituent faculty and staff to create and integrate information literacy instruction into appropriate courses within the medical education curricula
  • Collaborate with the Life Sciences Liaison Librarian in support of the basic science departments of the College of Medicine
  • Actively build partnerships with students, faculty, and staff within the College of Medicine for understanding and enriching their learning, teaching, and research efforts Create and maintain web-based library guides, instructional materials, and web pages to help users in development of their information literacy and lifelong learning skills
  • Provide general as well as specialized and customized reference services in person, phone, email and chat
  • Lead collection management & development for the health sciences, incorporating datasets and tools into Libraries’ resources
  • Collaborate with Libraries’ colleagues to develop programs and tools that enliven and grow data literacy on campus
  • Contributes professionally through participation in campus activities, external service, and/or publication and presentation


Required Qualifications

·         ALA accredited MLS or equivalent graduate degree

·         Minimum three years of academic medical library experience

·         Demonstrated knowledge of health and life sciences information resources

·         Experience developing and implementing information literacy instruction in an academic health sciences environment

·         Experience delivering reference and research consultation in academic health sciences environment

·         Demonstrated knowledge of the pedagogy and instructional norms of medical education

·         Experience in collection development for academic health sciences library

·         Demonstrated experience and knowledge of learning management systems

·         Demonstrated experience working in virtual service and online learning environments

·         Demonstrated knowledge of trends in medical education, health sciences librarianship, and higher education

·         Demonstrated knowledge of trends in scholarly communication and research; particularly in regards to open access, public access, and research funder mandates regarding research data.   

·         Excellent communication skills

·         Demonstrated involvement and contribution to the professional community

·         Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment; able to lead as well as execute and take constructive input from multiple sources


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience and/or expertise in scholarly communication, research, or instructional design
  • Undergrad degree or minor and/or graduate work or degree in affiliated health sciences field
  • Project management experience
  • Demonstrated success working within a matrix organization
  • Demonstrated success working in a changing organization


Supplemental Posting Information:

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.  Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.

Interested, qualified applicants may apply at:



Ann C. Yurcaba
Director, Administrative Services


Drexel University Libraries 
Drexel University
3300 Market Street
W. W. Hagerty Library
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 215.895.2750  |  Fax: 215.895.2070






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