University of California, Davis

                                          General Library


                                   Announcement of Vacancy



Position:  Health Sciences Reference, Instruction and Outreach Librarian


Salary:    $37,920 - $52,620 (Assistant Librarian I - Associate Librarian IV)

                (Appointment level and salary based on qualifications and experience)


Open:   July 1, 2005


Scope:   The health sciences libraries at the University of California, Davis (Carlson Health Sciences and Medical Center) serve the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and UC Davis Health System. Staffing for these units consists of 7.5 FTE librarians, 22 FTE library assistants, and 10 FTE student assistants.


Responsibilities:  The Health Sciences Librarian delivers responsive, innovative information services that support the needs of a highly interdisciplinary health sciences and university community. The position reports to the Head of the Carlson Health Sciences Library and participates as a team member to:  provide reference desk services at both libraries; perform liaison and outreach services to the School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine and/or Health Informatics Program (HIP); develop and deliver instructional programs supporting the schools' curricula; utilize educational and instructional technologies to create and maintain web-deliverable interactive instructional programs; provide individualized consultation with clientele in information management tools and skills; provide information services and products, including design of web pages and instructional guides; participate in the health sciences component of the California Digital Library.


Required Qualifications:  Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited institution or its equivalent.  Academic course work in health sciences and/or experience as a medical librarian in a clinical setting.  Familiarity with print and electronic standard subject indexes and major reference works in the health and/or life sciences.  Demonstrated understanding of health scientists' information needs and the application of information technologies in serving this population.  Excellent computer and internet skills, especially in a networked environment. Strong bibliographic verification skills. Superior oral and written communications skills and interpersonal skills. Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Experience in designing web-based resources for reference and instruction.  Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.  Ability to work with colleagues, students, faculty and staff in a rapidly changing, complex, multicultural environment.  Demonstrated initiative and flexibility in adapting to change.  Strong commitment to public service.  Ability to develop and to deliver discipline-related instructional sessions for faculty and students.


Desired Qualifications:  Degree in life and/or health sciences and successful experience in providing reference service in a health sciences and/or life sciences academic research environment.  Database search skills, particularly with Medline and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources. Familiarity with the activities and services of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the Regional Medical Library (RML) programs. Familiarity with bibliographic management software programs. 


About the Health Sciences Libraries:  The UC Davis Health Sciences Libraries support information needs of the research, teaching and clinical programs of the UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The School of Veterinary Medicine ( is considered one of the premiere veterinary schools in the country, with the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital ( offering a number of veterinary residency specialties on the Davis campus. The School of Medicine faculty ( are located on both the Davis campus at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento ( The UC Davis Medical center is the primary clinical education site for the UC Davis School of Medicine and is one of five UC teaching hospitals. The Medical Center is the region's only Level I comprehensive adult and pediatric trauma center. Among the many interdisciplinary institutes and programs are the California Primate Research Center, the Center for Comparative Medicine, and the Western Regional Human Nutrition Center on the Davis campus.


The Environment:  The UC Davis General Library ( ranks among the top 45 research libraries in North America, with current holdings of over 3 million volumes, including over 32,000 currently received serials.  The General Library is an active partner with the California Digital Library (, and is currently embarking on several digital library collections initiatives.  


The University of California, Davis campus ( is a multicultural environment that supports equality and respect for differences based on gender, cultural ethnicity, level of disability and sexual preference and has a strong commitment to create a diverse community of faculty, staff and students.  It has an enrollment of over 30,000 students, offering a range of academic programs including Colleges of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Letters & Science; Schools of Education, Management, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and several research institutes such as the Bodega Marine Laboratory.  


Davis is a pleasant, environment-oriented community of 65,000 in a college-town setting.  Davis is ideally located for many recreational, cultural, and professional activities.  It is within easy driving distance of Sacramento, California's capital city, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains/Lake Tahoe area, Berkeley, San Francisco, the Napa Valley wine country, and the Pacific Coastal areas.  The University and surrounding communities sponsor a wide range of cultural events.


Benefits:  Librarians are academic appointees.  They earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per annum.  The University has an excellent retirement system that is coordinated with Social Security. Several health, dental, and vision plans are currently provided by the University. Group term life insurance and reduced enrollment fees are available. 


To Apply:  Cover letters should include a statement indicating how applicant's credentials and experience meet the posted requirements for this position.  Applicants should send cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references (including current supervisor) to:


Debbie Ojakangas          

Library Administration   

University of California  

100 North West Quad

Davis, CA 95616-5292


Phone:  (530) 752-3444

Fax:      (530) 752-6899

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Screening of applications will begin April 8, 2005 and the position is open until filled.  This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.   


The University of California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran's status, medical condition, ancestry, or marital status. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Call (530) 752-2071 for more information. Speech or hearing impaired persons may dial (530) 752-7320 (TDD).



-- Jo Anne Boorkman, Head
Carlson Health Sciences Library
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-5291
( 530) 752-6383 voice
(530)  752-4718 fax
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