Saturday, April 17, 2010

Liaison Sevices Librarian

The Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan invites applications for the position of Liaison Services Librarian. This position provides a unique and exciting opportunity for a creative, service-oriented information professional to join the staff of an innovative digital library system. The Health Sciences Library has a strong liaison program, partnering with faculty, staff, and students in the health sciences. There are currently 14 liaison librarians, working with each of the five health sciences schools, departments, and research centers. The Liaison Services Librarian will cultivate partnerships between the library and the health sciences communities at the University of Michigan and will also work closely with library staff in providing leading edge information and education services to support the instructional and outreach missions of the library.

The Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library serves over 21,000 users in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry in addition to the University of Michigan Health System. As part of the University Library system, the Health Sciences Library offers access to a rapidly expanding collection of over 20,000 electronic journals and databases and is part of a vigorous and ambitious digital library program ( The Health Sciences Library is recognized as an integral partner in the development and provision of innovative and effective information services vital to the University's instructional, patient care and research initiatives. The University's recently launched Michigan Digitization Program ( and Life Sciences Initiative ( provide unparalleled opportunities for partnership in campus-wide efforts to expand learning in a variety of rapidly growing fields.

The primary responsibilities of the Liaison Services Librarian will include: cultivate partnerships with the health sciences communities; proactively establish networks and relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators; partner with faculty to integrate the library into the health sciences curricula and the clinical environment; assess and develop programs that fulfill the information needs of clientele; create an environment for open communication between the libraries and designated departments; collaborate with faculty on appropriate projects including grants; identify departmental information needs and develop strategies to meet these needs; select print and electronic materials for the collection; promote awareness of library services, collection resources, and developments in information management and how these can improve education, research, and patient care.

Additionally, the Liaison Services Librarian provides general information services including individual and small group consultations, expert searching, and reference services; participates in library and university committees; and contributes to the profession through activities in library, education, and health associations and publications.

Required: Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library program or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience; excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; demonstrated creativity in designing instructional materials; very strong public service orientation; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment; innovative skills in the use of technology to deliver and manage information.
Desired: Experience or coursework in health sciences librarianship; experience working with public health; community-based outreach experience; successful experience providing library instruction to a diverse user population; grant writing experience; AHIP accreditation.

Benefits, Salary, and Leave
Final rank and salary dependent on experience and qualifications; position is anticipated to be filled at Assistant, Associate, or Senior Associate Librarian level. Professional positions receive 24 days of vacation a year; 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits as well as opportunities for professional development and travel.

Retirement Options: TIAA-CREF or Fidelity Investments

To Apply
Send cover letter & resume as email attachments to directed to Robert Campe; Library Human Resources; 404 Hatcher Graduate Library North; University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190. For further information, call .

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

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