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The New York Academy of Medicine
Job Title: Community Health Information Coordinator

The New York Academy of Medicine Library seeks an energetic individual interested in innovative models of delivery of consumer health information.

SUMMARY OF POSITION: Coordinates the implementation of health information access across multiple health library sites within the New York metropolitan area.  Each site will access a centralized virtual library (via the Academy website), a small reference collection, and training/mentoring of staff to make effective use of these resources in serving their own clients.

Consults with a network of community partners to assess health information needs and develop plans to meet those needs, customizing the service accordingly. Teaches workshops for each communities' clients and develops model curriculum so present staff can continue such workshops in future.

Using the expertise of librarians and partners from the Academy library, branch public libraries, and local community hospitals and social service agencies develops a triage model for the delivery of consumer health information that is both centralized for cost effectiveness and efficient for immediate delivery of patient care support needs.

TERMS: Starts at four days per week with potential for full-time; Grant-funded.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Masters' degree from an ALA accredited library program; Familiarity with consumer health/medical health resources; Working knowledge of NLM databases (e.g., MedlinePlus, PubMed), NOAH and other web-based resources; Spanish-speaking; Teaching experience; Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written communications; Ability to work cooperatively with all levels of staff and users. Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and ability to meet deadlines.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience providing reference services in a public, medical, or academic library; Experience working with any of the target populations (health care workers, seniors, Puerto Rican youth, pregnant women, teens, people with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, etc.); Flexibility and initiative. Problem-solving skills; ability to create and maintain web pages.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Develops and conducts training and demonstrations of MedlinePlus and NOAH and other health information databases; Trains and mentors staff throughout the multiple sites and other community partner organizations in effective use of health information resources; Provides collection development recommendations with identified neighborhood public libraries in areas of health science and consumer health;  Consults with each health library site to assess health information needs and develop plans to meet those needs, customizing the neighborhood library service accordingly; Serves as liaison between  broad range of community partners and local libraries; Advises Academy webmaster about website content; Monitors the CAPHIS (Consumer and Patient Health Information Service) list-serv for relevant consumer health advice from other information professionals; Promotes and markets the use of consumer health information throughout the communities; Attends meetings of site planning group; Reports on progress in accomplishing site project goals and objectives; Assists with planning and evaluation of the project activities; Seeks funding for continuation and improvement of health information services in NYC.

SUPERVISION: Reports to Director, Library Services, Academy Library. Performs independently within established strategy, objectives and principles. Operates with a high degree of independence developing and implementing actions consistent with the mission of the NYAM Consumer Health Library project.

Suggested salary: Minimum $38,302 with excellent benefits.

Resumes should be sent to

Janie Kaplan, Director
Library Services
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10029
FAX: 212-423-0266
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