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From the GMR: Position announcement: Clinical Education Librarian, University of Iowa


Position Description: Reporting to the Hardin Library's Coordinator, Education and Research, the Clinical Education Librarian plans, promotes and provides information services that support the needs of faculty, researchers, staff and students of the university's five health sciences colleges and affiliated hospitals and clinics.

The incumbent:

  • serves as the liaison to the Carver College of Medicine's Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum and the Graduate Medical Education office by cultivating relationships with faculty and researchers to identify opportunities for library partnerships;

  • works with faculty to integrate library education into the curriculum;

  • writes curriculum and provides instruction to students, staff and faculty one-on-one and in group settings;

  • provides reference service at public services desks;

  • assists users with research and information management tools;

  • serves as Hardin Library's expert on Evidence-Based Practice;

  • is proficient with current technologies and investigates new technologies;

  • works with others to develop and revise programs to respond to changing information needs;

  • serves on working groups/committees and participates in initiatives of the Libraries, health colleges, university, and hospital; and

  • contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.


  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science;

  • Three years post-Masters experience in a health sciences or life sciences library;

  • Experience providing instruction and reference services;

  • Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practice concepts;

  • Experience with mobile devices, social networking and other new forms of technology

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;

  • Strong customer service and public services abilities;

  • Experience providing advanced information services, including searching biomedical literature and full-text databases;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team; and

  • Demonstrated involvement in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession of librarianship, or the scholarly community. Examples might include service on a committee of a professional organization, presentations, or publications.


  • Experience teaching Evidence-Based Practice concepts including EBM resources and Critical Appraisal;

  • Experience using health sciences specific applications for PDA and Smartphones;

  • Knowledge of course management systems;

  • Knowledge of medical simulation techniques and applications for use in health sciences education and professional continuing education; and

  • Knowledge of scholarly communication and open access initiatives.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian II level with a salary range of $44,000 to $49,000. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, TIAA/CREF retirement, and a flexible selection of medical, life, and dental insurance, childcare credit, and additional options.

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences: The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences serves the combined information and research needs of the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (including related allied-health education programs), and the Department of Communication Disorders. The mission of the Hardin Library is to assist faculty, staff and students of the University of Iowa in searching and retrieving quality information in support of education, research, and health care, and to preserve the scholarly record for the future. Additionally, the Hardin Library serves as regional and outreach library within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and serves the state through a number of electronic and traditional information services. The Hardin Library is the largest medical library in the state; its collection includes more than 360,000 print volumes and 2,300 serials subscriptions primarily in electronic format.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa library system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University's locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring more the 225,000 digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists' books.

Librarian liaisons promote the development of critical thinking and research skills, and support teaching, learning, research, and clinical services through one-on-one research consultations, course-related instruction and Instant Messaging and e-mail reference. They also help promote Iowa Research Online and provide outreach and education on issues related to scholarly communication. Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico.

The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,000 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving 30,500 students, approximately 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 8% of the University's faculty and staff and 9% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 7% of the students are international students.

Iowa City is a community of some 63,000 people (more than 100,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 31% of the students are minority, with 16% identifying as African-American, 8% as Latino/Hispanic, 7% as Asian-American, and .5% as Native American during the 2008/09 school year.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at http://jobs.uiowa.edu. To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number -- 57068. Applications must be received by October 9, 2009.


For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries and community, please see
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/ and http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/about/employment/recruiting.html

For more information about the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, please see

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