We’re Hiring a Evidence Retrieval and Synthesis Librarian

Tallie Casucci

Tallie Casucci

The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah invite applications for an Evidence Retrieval and Synthesis Librarian. This is a career-line (non-tenure-track) faculty position. The Evidence Retrieval and Synthesis Librarian reports to the Associate Director for Education and Research and is a member of the EHSL Education and Research Department. The Evidence Retrieval and Synthesis Librarian acts as a key member of the EHSL team, which is responsible for the Center for Clinical and Translational Research Systematic Review Core.

The Evidence Retrieval and Synthesis Librarian collaborates to provide an effective and superior quality systematic review service, including working with students and faculty to develop workable research questions and protocols, creating and documenting expert literature searches, validating and peer reviewing information retrieval strategies, advising on systematic review standards and methods, supporting citation management throughout the process, and co-authoring manuscripts based upon completed systematic reviews. The Evidence Retrieval and Synthesis Librarian may also collaborate on practice guidelines, scoping reviews, narrative reviews, rapid reviews, clinical evidence summaries, and knowledge synthesis projects that directly inform clinical practice or support new and ongoing funded research.

The successful candidate will also conduct training sessions, perform outreach about systematic reviews on behalf of the Systematic Reviews Core and the EHSL, and actively cultivate funding streams by developing new service lines, cultivating partnerships, and contributing to collaborative grant opportunities. This position will also assist with literature reviews and provide consultations as a part of the Public Services Department.

This position is a full-time, career-line faculty position in the EHSL. All librarians are expected to contribute to the University of Utah and the profession through service, scholarship, and outreach.

The mission of the EHSL 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.

The EHSL (http://library.med.utah.edu) serves University of Utah Health, 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 of Utah Health Care, which includes the Hospitals and Clinics. The EHSL also serves as 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
  • Minimum 2 years professional experience in a health sciences library or as a systematic review information retrieval expert
  • Expert literature searching experience, particularly using MEDLINE/PubMed, Embase, Cochrane CENTRAL, and other key health sciences databases and grey literature resources
  • Familiarity with evidence synthesis search methodologies, guidelines, and standards, including the NAM Standards, PRISMA, and the Cochrane Collaboration
  • Familiarity with the concepts of evidence-based practice
  • Flexibility and adaptability for work in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Comfort learning new technologies and processes
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team member and independently
  • Commitment to diversity in the workplace and community
  • Sense of humor


  • Demonstrated experience working on systematic review teams across health-related disciplines
  • Experience using evidence synthesis project management tools, including Covidence, DistillrSR, EndNote, Excel, REDCap, Rayyan, or others.
  • Experience providing instruction in an academic setting
  • Awareness of scholarly communication issues within the health sciences
  • Demonstrated ability in project management
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Expert knowledge of bibliographic management tools, including EndNote

Salary and Benefits:
Based on experience, starting at $53,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, career-line (non-tenure-track) faculty position. Rank is dependent upon 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://academic-affairs.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; a curriculum vitae; names of three references; and a sample of an expert search you have completed using MEDLINE (a completed systematic review manuscript with complete search strategy you have designed and executed is preferred).

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/67118

Review of applications: Begins September 1, 2017 and continues until the position is filled.

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

Tallie Casucci, Innovation Librarian
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 North 1900 East, Building 589
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5890


The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health 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 our mission.

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.

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