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Medical Librarian

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Medical Librarian

Assistant Librarian - Librarian

$51,693 - $75,215

Organizational Unit
Medical Library Services
Position Overview: The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks a motivated, proactive, user-orientated Medical Librarian to join the Medical Library Services team. The successful candidate will be part of developing new and established services to support the needs of faculty, students, and staff of the School of Medicine. The School of Medicine is a new, community based school with multiple affiliated faculty and facilities. The Medical Librarian will be based in the Orbach Science Library which is situated across from the School of Medicine education building on the UCR campus.

Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR 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.

The UCR School of Medicine’s (SOM) inaugural class began in August 2013. 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. Prior to the opening of SOM, UCR had a two-year medical education program as part of the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences in place since 1974. Students began their medical education at UCR and received their M.D. degrees from UCLA.

The UCR Library is building a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking 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 Library is comprised of four facilities housing more than 3,000,000 volumes, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library 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 staff members and student employees in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library are the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, 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 Library is available at

The UCR Library 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.

Reporting to the Coordinator of Medical Library Programs, the Medical Librarian will work collaboratively with the coordinator to develop and implement instructional, reference, research and liaison services that support the needs of the faculty, researchers, staff, and students of the School of Medicine (SOM).

Develop and teach instructional sessions and embed sessions within the School of Medicine medical curriculum, pipeline and residency programs;

Create and maintain informational and instructional online and physical materials to support SOM curriculum and research programs;

Provide group and individual in-person and digital instruction and consultation to SOM students, faculty, and staff supporting curriculum, research, and administrative needs;

Maintain currency and expertise in new and emerging databases, technology, and resources and disseminate information and implement ideas to appropriate users;

Participate in collection development activities including; evaluation of new and existing electronic databases and electronic and print collections, selection and de-selection projects, timely purchases within assigned collection areas, participation in the appropriate University of California collections subject selectors group;

Acts as the liaison between the Medical Library Services unit and the Science Information Services Team;

Collaborate on the development of new services;

Create materials to support the outreach program to affiliated SOM members and institutions;

Collaborate on the provision of data management information and training;

Perform the duties of a librarian liaison to designated departments or research groups within SOM;

Participates in general administrative departmental duties, library-wide activities, administrative committees, special projects and library programs; represents the UCR Library on various University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups.

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;

At least two years working in a health sciences, medical or hospital library or in an academic library supporting health science disciplines, or as a practicing health care professional or in research groups. A second Masters or PhD in a health science field will substitute;

Demonstrated experience working with medical or biomedical databases and resources;

Familiarity with evidence-based medicine (EBM);

Experience in providing instruction, presentations, or workshops and the design of supporting materials or experience implementing programming support including the use of appropriate technology;

Ability to use technology for instructional and information purposes e.g. web pages, Libguides, powerpoint, videos, course management systems, and other storyboard software.

Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies;

Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects;

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 healthcare providers, colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni;

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience integrating research skills and knowledge of data and data management into curriculum.

Experience in implementing or teaching curriculum within a Medical School and/or pipeline programs;

Demonstrated professional activities such as presentations, grants, or publications;
Experience or proven interest in developing services in a specific area of medical librarianship e.g. curriculum, research, data management, systematic reviews, EBM.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of: $51,693 - $75,215. Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian depending upon qualifications and experience. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Application Information:

Please complete and submit the information requested in AP Recruit (cover letter addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position, resume/curriculum vitae, and three to five professional references as directed at The final date to apply is June 10, 2015.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV - Resume (pdf)

  • Cover Letter - Cover Letter (pdf)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service. (pdf)

  • Misc / Additional - (pdf)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)