Job Opportunity: UMN Health Sciences Libraries – Medical School Liaison

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an outgoing, forward-looking, and creative academic professional to join the Health Sciences Libraries.  We are looking for an individual who shares our values of knowledge, openness, service, collaboration, and diversity, and who thrives in a learning organization that fosters creativity and innovation.  The University of Minnesota Libraries is one of the state’s greatest intellectual assets, and in 2017 was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

The Medical School Liaison is a member of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) division of the University Libraries, which includes the Bio-Medical Library (, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the Veterinary Medical Library.  HSL is led by the Director and Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences, and the position reports to the Associate Director for Education and Research Services.  

The successful candidate will be one of three liaisons assigned to the Medical School ( and will collaborate with colleagues in HSL as well as across the Libraries.  The Medical School Liaison will be an outgoing and engaged professional who can develop collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and students from diverse communities and cultures.  The individual will also possess an understanding of patient care, clinical research, and medical education in order to develop new services, programs, and initiatives. Areas of responsibility include the integration of evidence-based practice and health literacy into the curriculum and eLearning environment, support for scholarship, including systematic reviews, the management of research data, and the application of methods to measure research impact.  Experience with or an interest in data visualization, statistical analysis, and/or computer programming applications that support research data workflows is desirable.

The individual will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, while working toward continuous appointment status.

The University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center (AHC, is one of the nation’s few comprehensive centers encompassing programs in medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and allied health, as well as a number of interdisciplinary programs that serve the entire University. A new Health Sciences Education Center ( will open in 2020, and a reconceived Health Sciences Library will be an exciting element of the Center.  In addition, the University of Minnesota and the Libraries have a strong record of outreach and service to the state and region.

Responsibilities of the Medical School Liaison:

·  Develop and teach classes and workshops based on user needs, developing learning objects and integrating them into the online learning environment. Classroom teaching includes for-credit classes such as FMCH 7600 (Family Medicine Clerkship, required clerkship course for all 3rd & 4th year medical students).

·  Forge relationships with faculty, administrators, and clinical care teams in assigned departments of the Medical School, providing consultation and collaboration with a diverse community of faculty, trainees, and health professions staff on a wide range of topics including evidence-based practice, scholarship, and research.

·  Participate in hospital rounds, morning report, case conferences, and other clinically relevant forums within assigned departments of the Medical School, demonstrating how knowledge-based resources can be integrated into clinical research and practice.

·  Collaborate with researchers from a variety of cultures, communities, and disciplines to develop effective and efficient strategies for managing research data and information and for supporting research reproducibility.

·  Collaborate with library colleagues on developing and offering research services such as systematic reviews and research impact reports.

·  Promote new modes of scholarly communication and recruit institutional scholarly output for inclusion in the University Digital Conservancy (UDC, and the Data Repository for the U of M (DRUM,

·  Provide leadership for and contribute to library-wide projects and initiatives.

·  Contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement.



·  American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science OR equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.

·  Experience in developing and providing services in one or more areas of medical librarianship.  Examples of such services may include, but are not limited to, systematic reviews, clinical rounding, evidence-based practice, data visualization, or computational support for research data workflows.

·  Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the benefits of diversity and inclusion throughout an organization.

·  Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills.

·  Ability to initiate and actively engage in conversations with faculty and/or administrators, identifying opportunities for partnership and services.

·  Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently as well as collaboratively within a research-intensive environment.

·  Ability to respond effectively to a rapidly changing environment.


·  Undergraduate or graduate degree in the physical, life, health, or related sciences.

·  Experience in a health science or academic research library.

·  Demonstrated understanding of scientific research processes and methods for measuring research impact.

·  Ability to think and react quickly in an active clinical setting to find the best evidence.

·  Facility with technology (e.g., basic programming, web applications, APIs) and its applications in academic contexts.

·  An understanding of and facility with statistical analysis.

·  An understanding of and experience with data visualization methods and best practices.

·  Demonstrated ability to teach, with an understanding of instructional design principles, particularly in an eLearning environment.

·  Demonstrated involvement in professional activities.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at Assistant or Associate Librarian. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.

TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and CV.

Please attach the following documents in Word or PDF format (DO NOT copy and paste):

·  Curriculum vitae.

·  Cover letter addressing all required qualifications and any relevant preferred qualifications (identify the cover letter with UL391).

·  Names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

DIVERSITY: The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

Nicole Theis-Mahon, MLIS
Librarian Liaison to School of Dentistry

HSL Collections Coordinator

Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
301 Diehl Hall | 505 Essex St. SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455
ph:  612-625-5410 | fax: 612-626-5260 | email: 

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