Sunday, May 20, 2012

Research and Education Librarian

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, Virginia, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is one of Virginia's largest universities and among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with holdings exceeding 2.3 million volumes, 61,000 serials, 500,000 e-books, and nationally prominent collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of medicine, and comic and book arts.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position Research and Education Librarian at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. The VCU Libraries seeks an energetic, knowledgeable, and technologically capable individual who will support the teaching, research, outreach, and user support missions of the VCU Libraries on the MCV Campus. The incumbent will develop and deliver Web-based tutorials, workshops, and classroom programs that teach research skills, promote information literacy, and enhance the student experience at VCU.  The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.


Reporting to the Associate Director, Research and Education, the Research and Education Librarian will develop and provide instruction, research, and outreach support for the VCU Medical Center.  Guide faculty, staff, and students in the effective use of library services and resources to support evidence based practice. Apply adult learning theories, principles, and practices to support teaching and learning. Deliver library instruction using technology tools including course management systems, web conferencing systems, audience response systems, mobile devices, and podcasts. Serve as a liaison to a specified health sciences program or school at the VCU Medical Center. Provide in-depth and on demand research consultations for individuals and small groups. The Research and Education Librarian will be an active member of the library’s education and outreach programs, teaching general orientation sessions, course-integrated instruction and workshops; developing course content and instructing students in the classroom; leading tours and staffing outreach and orientation events. Assume a leadership role in developing and coordinating special programs as needed.  The Research and Education Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.


Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline.  Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
 Preferred: Experience working in an academic health sciences library setting. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning in graduate and professional education. Experience teaching to a variety of audience levels. Strong knowledge of Web 2.0 and emerging instructional methods and technologies. Knowledge of current and emerging trends in teaching and learning in academic library instruction. Experience searching relevant resources such as PubMed, Web of Science, and CINAHL to assist with literature reviews, systematic reviews, and mediated searching. Demonstrated success in the application of technology to support student learning and familiarity with Web authoring tools. Understanding of scholarly communications and an awareness of national trends in scholarly publishing. Experience in evaluating and using electronic resources.  Ability to work independently as well as with a team.  Strong service orientation.  Excellent presentation and public speaking skills. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities under pressure. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Flexibility and adaptability for work in an evolving, fast-paced environment. Willingness to seek membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).


Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

Virginia Commonwealth University is Virginia’s largest research university, enrolling over 32,000 students. Located in Richmond, Virginia (, it is classified by Carnegie as Research University (very high research activity), VCU offers 40 doctoral, 67 masters, 3 professional, and 60 baccalaureate degree programs. Twenty-seven of VCU's graduate, professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 21 programs ranking in the top 25 and two programs — sculpture and nurse anesthesia — ranked number one. Over 1,900 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $230 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan ( embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. An off-site storage facility was completed 2010 and major renovations to create a Learning Commons in Cabell Library opened summer 2010.  A major space planning study for library facilities is underway.
Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University (including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus) employ 47 professionals and 73 support staff with an annual budget exceeding $16.6 million. VCU also operates programs in Doha, Qatar, including a library supporting the program there; Northern Virginia; and in various additional locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, SPARC, CNI, BioMed Central, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries uses a suite of products from Ex Libris in addition to CONTENTdm and DSpace as the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services. It is in the process of adopting Primo as its discovery layer and has been selected by Ex Libris as an early adopter for Alma, its next generation cloud-based system for library management.
The VCU Medical Center is mainly located on the MCV Campus in historic Court End, near the government and financial centers of the city. The campus includes the schools of allied health professions, dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy as well as the VCU Health System (VCUHS). An independent school of public health is being formed; when complete, VCU will be one of only six universities nationally with a fully comprehensive health sciences campus. VCUHS includes an 820-bed hospital (MCV Hospitals), outpatient clinics, a 600-physician-faculty group practice and nearly 200 specialty areas, many of national and international renown. It also includes the Massey Cancer Center, Virginia's first NCI-designated cancer center. In addition to multidisciplinary centers for cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, and transplantation, the VCUHS offers virtually every form of contemporary medical service.
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $45, 000 annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see
For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at Review of applications will begin June 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications must be received prior to June 30, 2012. Submit cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:
Pamela H. Fraga
Assistant to the University Librarian
VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
804-828-0151 (fax)

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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