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GALTER HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY
Northwestern University, Chicago


EDUCATION/ REFERENCE LIBRARIAN 

 The Galter Health Sciences Library seeks a dynamic team player for its
Reference Team, a unit of the User Services Department. The individual should
be creative and enthusiastic about providing services to users in both on-site
and remote environments.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Galter Library User Services Department is responsible for providing
quality programs and services to library users in support of the Library’s
operational and service goals. The education/reference librarian is a member of
the User Services Department. The position is responsible for instruction,
reference, and research support with an emphasis on clinical and basic sciences
resources in various formats (i.e. electronic and print). The position
assignment includes participation in education program design and planning,
providing group user instruction, staffing the reference desk, providing
point-of-need consultation and instruction, and providing timely research
question follow-up. Other position responsibilities include participation in
relevant library teams, outreach to faculty, staff, and students, assistance
with departmental/library projects including strategic planning, web projects,
and specialized research activities. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·       Participates in educational activities such as curricula design,
planning, and instruction 
·       Provides educational programs in various formats that meet the needs of
our users including but not limited to classroom instruction, individual
consultation, and online instruction (this may include online training, user
guides, or other means of instructing our users about information access)
·       Develops new and creative educational tools, resources, and
opportunities as they arise with new technology and other trends
·       Creates and promotes new reference related services such as user
guides,
pathfinders, news services or other reference resources (both online and print)
to maximize user access to information
·       Provides reference desk service to assist users with information access
questions
·       Provides point-of-need consultation and instruction to users
·       Provides in-depth reference assistance through scheduled consultations
·       Participates in library planning and development through library
committees such as assessment, communications, staff development, reference,
and others


POSITION REPORTS TO:    Head, User Services

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Background Qualifications

·       Master’s degree in library/information science from an accredited
college or university.
·       Previous professional library experience in a public service role in an
academic or health sciences library preferred
·       Health sciences information and advanced reference course work
preferred.
·       Experience with electronic resources such as MEDLINE and other health
sciences databases.
·       Internet/web experience such as searching, quality filtering, selection
of quality resources, and creation of HTML documents.
·       Computer literacy, including working knowledge of word processing,
spreadsheets, HTML editors, and presentation software.

Performance Qualifications

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills.
·       Creativity and initiative.
·       Ability to work well in a collaborative team environment.
·       Strong user-focused public services orientation.
·       Demonstrated organizational skills.
·       Evidence of flexibility and good judgment skills.
·       Commitment to personal continuing education and involvement in the
profession.

MINIMUM SALARY:         $33,000 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   June 22, 2001

PROPOSED START DATE:    September 1, 2001

APPLICATIONS TO:                Linda Walton, Associate Director
                                        Galter Health Sciences Library
                                        Northwestern University
                                        303 East Chicago Avenue
                                        Chicago, IL 60611
                                        E-mail:  [log in to unmask]              
                                                       FAX:  312-503-1204




LIBRARY ENVIRONMENT:

The Galter Health Sciences Library supports the educational, research and
patient care activities of Northwestern University’s Medical and Graduate
Schools. The library’s vision is to be anywhere the user wants it to be.
Recently, the Galter staff has extended this vision to include becoming a
top-tier health sciences research facility. The library houses a collection of
print, non-print and electronic materials for use by faculty, staff, students,
and alumni of the university and its affiliated institutions and includes more
than 290,000 volumes, 1,900 serial subscriptions, and over 3,300 non-print
titles and computer programs. The staff actively assist in meeting the many and
varied information needs of its users through a range of services. Cornerstones
of the electronic library include Voyager, the integrated library system; and
the OVID Technology databases (MEDLINE, Evidence Based Medicine Reviews,
Journals @ Ovid, CINAHL, EMBASE: Pharmacology and Drugs, PsycInfo, and BIOSIS)
along with MD Consult. The electronic library demonstrates to users the growing
integration of resources accessible from a multitude of locations. Resources
are highly selective to match Northwestern University interests and priorities.
The components of the new and information system supported the vision and
mission of the institutions served by the Galter Library. The Galter Library is
a charter member of the HealthWeb project, an organized and critically
evaluated, and regularly updated Web site of health-related information
resources. The Galter Library staff participates in HealthWeb committees and is
responsible for HealthWeb subject pages in Diabetes, Endocrinology, Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, and Physiology. The
Galter Library is a recent recipient of an NLM Systems Grant to design and
implement the HealthSmart Library.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. 

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