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Coordinator of Medical Library Programs

Recruitment Period

Open December 3rd, 2013 through April 14th, 2014


Rank: Associate Librarian 2 - Librarian 3

Salary: $50,892 - $84,996

Organizational Unit: Research and Instructional Services Division

Position Overview: The University of California, Riverside seeks a dynamic, experienced, forward-thinking and innovative Coordinator of Medical Library Programs to partner and take a leadership role with the faculty of the recently-opened UCR School of Medicine in the important and exciting responsibility to develop and provide library teaching, learning and research services for the new School.

Located an hour drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour drive west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour drive east of ocean beaches, an hour and half drive north of San Diego, and an hour drive south of mountain ski resorts, UC Riverside is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and equally rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively-developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas. Among other schools, UCR boasts a new School of Public Policy; and the Bourns College of Engineering, ranked 10th in the world according to an international ranking organization.

Opening in fall 2013, the UCR School of Medicine is the first to open on the West Coast in 43 years. The School’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California and, especially, to serve Inland Southern California by training a diverse workforce of physicians and by developing innovative research and health care delivery programs that will improve the health of the medically underserved in the region and become models to be emulated throughout the state and nation. UC Riverside’s history in medical education dates to 1974, when the UCR/UCLA Program in Biomedical Sciences was established.

The UCR Libraries is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Libraries are no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.

The UCR Libraries is building a team of intensely collaborative colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; and able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

The UCR Libraries is comprised of four facilities housing more than 3,000,000 volumes, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Libraries provides services to more than 21,000 students and 1,830 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 118.27 FTE librarians and support personnel (including student FTE) in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Libraries are the world class Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Tuskegee Airmen Archive, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, and the newly established Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Libraries is available at https://library.ucr.edu.

The UCR Libraries is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library provides the core of the University’s digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.

Under the direction of the AUL for Research and Instructional Services, the Coordinator of Medical Library Programs will take a leadership role in collaborating with the medical faculty on integrating research content and instruction into the medical curriculum, develop innovative research services, and develop the medical library collections in response to the needs of the faculty, researchers and students.

• Assumes direct responsibility for the direction of the Biomedical Librarian. The Biomedical Librarian supports the research needs of the UCR biomedical researchers, provides research instruction for the undergraduate medical “student pipeline programs” and biomedical sciences graduate students, assists with the library medical instruction programs and services, and provides general science reference and instruction services in collaboration with the Orbach Library Information Services Department;
• Developes instructional services and programs, and provides instruction to medical students, interns, residents, clinical faculty and researchers on the content and application of medical resources, advanced database searching and evidence-based medicine, evaluating medical literature, and knowledge management;
• Provides expert searching and comprehensive reference service in the areas of medicine and the health sciences;
• Collaborates with clinical faculty and School of Medicine staff to integrate research content and instruction into the curriculum (through course management systems or other ubiquitous applications), adds information literacy competencies into the curriculum, and provides librarian-embedded learning situations where evidence-based medicine and research skills have the potential to improve educational outcomes;
• Develops online medical educational and research-related materials and learning objects;
• Provides medical resource training for UCR reference librarians; and gives medical-related workshops across the disciplines as needed;
• Selects medical resources based on faculty input, the curriculum, biomedical and medical research areas, and expert reviews; participates in the UC Health and Life Sciences (UCHLS) selectors group which collaborates on consortial purchases and the licensing of health sciences resources across several UC campuses;
• Manages and maintains currency of the medical collection, and evaluates new and existing products and resources, and arranges for previews of resources of interest to the medical school;
• Develops new services as new needs arise for the UCR health sciences and following trends in scholarly communication and e-science; acquires the latest knowledge and skills to retain expertise in medical research; and engages in scholarly, creative and professional activities;
• Participates on the UCR Medical Education Committee and serves as the liaison between the medical school and the library;
• Participate in the School of Medicine Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation process as it relates to library and information services;
• Participates in library-wide activities, administrative committees, special projects and library programs; represents the UCR Libraries on various University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups;
• Participates in national and regional medical library organizations such as the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Medical Library Group of Southern California (MLGSCA), and network with special interest groups like the New Academic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) Committee of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL).

UCR librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.

Required Qualifications
• Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent;
• Five or more years in providing medical library instruction to medical school students and/or medical residents or clinical faculty or researchers;
• Demonstrated experience integrating research content and instruction into academic curriculum through course management systems or other ubiquitous online applications; experience developing online medical educational and research-related materials;
• Demonstrated recent experience with advanced medical database searching;
• Familiarity with evidence-based practice concepts and tools, and familiarity with information literacy competencies;
• Familiarity with evaluating, selecting and maintaining medical library collections (print and online);
• Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects;
• Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies;
• Commitment to working in a collegial environment;
• Demonstrated high level of initiative and creativity;
• Effective oral and written communication;
• Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experience with program leadership and development;
• Demonstrated experience with evaluating, selecting and maintaining medical library collections (print and online);
• Experience with the provision of medical, clinical librarian or informationist services in a clinical or hospital setting;
• A degree in a biomedical or physical science or graduate-level coursework in a biomedical or physical science;
• Supervisory experience;
• Experience with mobile devices and other technologies used to deliver and retrieve medical information.

Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of $50,892 - $84,996. Appointment at rank of Associate Librarian 2 to Librarian 3 depending upon qualifications and experience. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer




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