We’re Hiring an Innovation Librarian!

Jessica Van Der Volgen

Jessica Van Der Volgen
Assistant Director, NN/LM Training Office

The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah invite applications for an Innovation Librarian. Applications are encouraged from energetic, creative individuals interested in collaboration, teamwork and innovation, both entry level and those with experience.  The Innovation Librarian reports directly to the Associate Director for Education and Research and indirectly to the Library Director.  The Innovation Librarian will directly support students, faculty, and staff working on medical gaming, innovation, and medical entrepreneurism, and may directly supervise innovation fellows and other part-time employees. In addition to the specific innovation focus, the Innovation Librarian will be part of a team responsible for literature searching, general reference, education, and outreach. The Innovation Librarian shares responsibility for innovation and gaming-related event planning and social media promotion of the Library’s value. Other duties may be assigned. This position is a full-time, tenure track faculty position.  All librarians are expected to contribute to the profession through service, scholarship, outreach, and mentoring.

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. Housed within the Library is the University of Utah’s Center for Medical Innovation and The GApp Lab, a collaboration between the Center for Medical Innovation, the Entertainment Arts & Engineering program, and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (http://library.med.utah.edu) serves University of Utah Health Care, 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.



  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school or other relevant accredited graduate degree
  • 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
  • Willingness to seek membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)


  • Previous professional work experience within health sciences libraries
  • Familiarity with tablets, smartphones, gaming systems, and emerging technologies
  • Experience with evidence-based information retrieval and in-depth literature searching
  • Knowledge of health, business, engineering and technology information resources
  • Experience providing instruction in an academic setting
  • Demonstrated ability in project management
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Experience using social media for outreach
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Sense of humor

Salary and Benefits:

Based on experience, starting at $44,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Rank is dependent on the qualifications of the candidate. 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.


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. Letters of recommendation will be required for final candidates.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/33290