Health Sciences Librarian -- University of Incarnate Word -- San Antonio, TX
Position Title: Health Sciences Librarian
UIW Mission: University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.
Position Summary: The Health Sciences Librarian at the Feik School of Pharmacy provides high-level library research assistance, information literacy instruction, point of care assistance, a full complement of services to all students enrolled in health science programs, as well as, instructional support to faculty in the health sciences. The Health Sciences Librarian will be expected to assess and adapt services and resource selection to meet the needs of the program aligned with the UIW Libraries Mission and strategic objectives.
- Provide comprehensive research/reference assistance to library users;
- Assist students with high-level requests for information and research support;
- Work with faculty to support research components in the curriculum;
- Work with faculty on special projects which require assistance with location, validation, and retrieval of obscure information in the medical field;
- Instruct users in formal and informal information literacy sessions using a variety of resources. Instruction includes groups, classes, and one-on-one consultations;
- Assess the effectiveness of instruction by adapting guidelines for graduate and professional student criteria to the specific discipline;
- Report all instruction to the Information Literacy Coordinator as well as track activities in a timely manner;
- Work closely with faculty to support the learning objectives of course offerings;
- Collaborate with faculty in developing instructional materials and library assignments to meet course objectives;
- Liaison activities, both formal and informal:
- meeting/collaborating with faculty one-on-one or in groups, creating research guides to support specific classes and assignments, embedding in classes through the course management environment, keeping faculty abreast of service, resource, and facility enhancements, working with faculty to create a library environment conducive to student success;
- Acquire and de-accession materials to maintain a current and relevant collection;
- Work with the director to provide resource and collection analysis to lead faculty and academic deans interested in developing new programs.
- Help maintain a collection of resources (owned and accessed) to support all health science programs offered at UIW with an emphasis on the specific discipline;
- Maintain existing library services with processes and procedures in keeping with the UIW Mabee Library and the other health science libraries;
- Supported services may include circulation, interlibrary loan, document delivery, recall/request and hold services, faculty reserves, technology-related support for research gathering and management, and any other services specific to the location;
- Work with other UIW health science librarians to avoid resource duplication and to encourage resource sharing via e-preferred acquisitions;
- Promote quality library services and resources;
- Create opportunities for outreach to students and faculty throughout the semester;
- Participate in marketing and outreach activities at other health science libraries and those scheduled on the Main campus;
- Serve on committees and task forces related to marketing and outreach.
- Screen applications, interview, hire and manage student workers;
- Adhere to existing UIW guidelines for procedures governing the supervision of student workers.
- Performs other duties as assigned
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
- Expert in the use of library databases and bibliographic tools in the health sciences;
- Basic knowledge of the development of interactive online artifacts in support of teaching, learning, and scholarship;
- Ability to instruct end-users on the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels;
- Proficiency with bibliographic management tools;
- Strong commitment to public services and teamwork;
- Fluency in the use of major medical databases;
- Possess strong written, oral, and presentation skills and able to work well with all members of the academic community;
- Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures;
- Employee shall adhere to all applicable rules and regulations of the University, the Conference, and the NCAA.
MLS/MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.
Required Work Experience
- Two (2) years of professional experience in an academic library reference environment;
- Evidence of collection development and instruction in the health sciences;
- Experience having managed an academic library unit, department or independent library facility;
- Experience in assisting students and faculty evaluate the authenticity of publications, including the identification of predatory publications.
- Four (4) years of relevant experience in an academic health science library or experience as a subject specialist for a health science discipline;
- Supervisory experience;
- Familiarity with the course management software, LibGuides, collection development software, the staff side of an ILS, assessment guidelines for health science libraries, DOCLINE
Typical hours are 9 am – 6 pm, Monday – Friday. Hours may vary depending on scheduled events and need.
UIW is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sex, gender, age, or religion (except in limited circumstances when religious preference is both permitted by law and deemed appropriate as a matter of University policy).