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We’re hiring a Patient-Centered Care Librarian!

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The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah invite applications for a Patient-Centered Care Librarian. Applications are encouraged from energetic, creative individuals interested in collaboration, teamwork, and patient-centered care. The Patient-Centered Care Librarian is a two-year appointment, reporting directly to the Associate Director of the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library and indirectly to the Library Director. The Patient-Centered Care Librarian is responsible for organizing and maintaining a database of University of Utah Health Care-sponsored and branded patient education materials, and working with hospital and patient education staff to educate providers about the materials. Health literacy education and outreach is another major role of the Patient-Centered Care Librarian, and may include chairing the University’s Health Literacy Interest Group. In addition, the successful candidate will be encouraged to directly support patient care in inpatient and outpatient settings through a variety of information-based methods. The Patient-Centered Care Librarian will collaborate on ongoing and future research and translational projects in health literacy and clinical librarianship. Other duties may be assigned. This position is a full-time, two-year non-tenure track faculty appointment that may be extended dependent on funding. All librarians are expected to contribute to the profession through service, scholarship, outreach, and mentoring.

The Hope Fox Eccles Health Library is a branch library of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library directly serving University of Utah Health Care patients in person, online, and via Skype phone to community clinics. The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library contributes to the success of health professionals, students, researchers and the community. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery and has a long tradition of clinical medical librarianship and leadership in health information literacy promotion.

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (http://library.med.utah.edu) serves University of Utah Health Sciences Center, the Intermountain West’s only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health as well as the University Hospitals and Clinics. The Library also serves as headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the National Library of Medicine Training Center. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school
  • 2-3 years professional work experience within libraries
  • Strong commitment to improving patient care through information
  • Familiarity with health literacy concepts
  • Working knowledge of metadata standards, institutional repositories, and database design
  • Flexibility and adaptability for work in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team member and independently
  • Commitment to diversity in the workplace and community

Preferred:

  • Professional work experience in health sciences libraries
  • Familiarity with tablets, smartphones, consumer health apps, and emerging technologies
  • Experience with evidence-based information retrieval and in-depth literature searching
  • Familiarity with point-of-care, consumer health, and patient education resources
  • Experience working directly with health care providers and patients, including rounding
  • Research interest or experience, including study design and assessment
  • Familiarity with the clinical environment
  • Demonstrated ability in project management
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with applying metadata
  • Branding, marketing, or communications interest
  • Sense of humor

Salary and Benefits:

Based on experience, starting at $47,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, two-year appointment at the rank of Research Assistant Librarian. The appointment may be extended dependent on funding. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/ CREF retirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook: http://admin.utah.edu/faculty-handbook. See https://www.hr.utah.edu/benefits/ for a full list of benefits.

Applications:

The University of Utah uses an online application system. Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above, and how you would contribute to the Library’s reputation and leadership; a curriculum vitae; and names of three references.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/34588

Review of Applications: Review of application begins September 16, 2014, and continues until the position is filled.

If you have any questions about this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Erica Lake
Associate Director
Hope Fox Eccles Health Library
University Hospital
50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
801.581.4685
erica.lake@utah.edu

 

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and Respect.  The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

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