Health Sciences Librarian, Librarian I


$52,000 minimum

Position Summary

The Michigan State University Libraries seeks an energetic, versatile, and collaborative professional to join a team of librarians working with the Michigan State University medical schools to support research, clinical care, and medical education.  Responsibilities will include database searching in support of grants and publications, helping to build information literacy into the medical curricula, and supporting medical school faculty, students, residents, and other library users distributed across Michigan by creating guides and other online resources, consulting on research questions, and promoting library resources and services.

The successful candidate must be broadly focused, adventurous, and willing to continuously build new skills and expertise to shift responsibilities to participate in new initiatives and meet the evolving needs of two dynamic medical schools.  Following emerging trends in health sciences librarianship such as new technologies or research data management issues will be expected.

Reporting to the Health Sciences Coordinator, the librarian will join the MSU Libraries' Health Sciences Group of 6 librarians cooperating to provide mutual assistance with teaching, services, and resources common to all of the university's health science colleges and programs.   The librarian will also participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment in Main Library Reference.   Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position in addition to serving on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

The MSU College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine are both diverse, community based medical schools which, combined, have a total enrollment of over 2000 medical students and expanding footprints across the state.  MSU's health sciences librarians work out of the Michigan State University Main Library located on the East Lansing campus, which also houses the physical health sciences collection.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Knowledge or background in health sciences information (coursework, degree or practical experience). Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment  to engaging in scholarly activity consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to independently pursue continuing professional development.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with searching health sciences databases.  Internship or experience working in a health sciences library or with health sciences professionals.

Closing Date

5pm on Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Special Instructions to Applicants

Minimum $52,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references to posting number 5096.