Heath Informationist-Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Health Informationist, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta campus

Position and Responsibilities

Ranked as the #4 Most Innovative University https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/innovative by U.S. News and World Report, Georgia State University has one of the fastest growing research profiles in the country and a proven commitment to the success of students from all backgrounds. Georgia State University Library seeks an innovative, collegial, and highly-engaged information specialist to support research and teaching within the School of Public Health and health-related disciplines at Georgia State University. This position works to enhance collaborative research and team science in critical areas of public health, including biostatistics and epidemiology, health promotion and behavior, health management and policy, environmental health, and urban and global health.

The Health Informationist provides regular consultations, research assistance, instruction in information and data use, and has a strong commitment to student learning and success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Based within the downtown Library’s Research Data Services Team http://research.library.gsu.edu/dataservices, this position serves as liaison librarian and content specialist for the School of Public Health and other areas as assigned. The Health Informationist is a new type of embedded specialist who works to link library resources and expertise with grant-funded research projects. Granting agencies such as the NIH/National Library of Medicine provide administrative supplements for informationists in order to enhance storage, organization, management, and use of digital research data, and the successful candidate is expected to explore opportunities in these areas.

The successful candidate is well versed in the research lifecycle, with an understanding of the processes of conducting systematic literature reviews; analyzing, organizing, and preparing original data; and presenting research findings and raw data for publication and reuse. This involves, but is not limited to identifying and employing appropriate data standards, assigning metadata, recommending strategies for data curation, information retrieval and visualization, and tracking the output and impact of published research. In addition, the successful candidate maintains an awareness of federal agency requirements (specifically NIH) regarding data management, as well as the broader scholarly communication and curation issues associated with e-science and open data initiatives. The successful candidate serves as a member of the library faculty (non-tenure track), holds faculty rank, and is expected to engage in service and scholarly activities as outlined in the University Library’s faculty guidelines.


Georgia State University, a public research university located downtown Atlanta, is the largest institution of higher education in the University System of Georgia and is recognized as a national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds. Georgia State educates future leaders, prepares citizens for lifelong learning, and has one of fastest growing research profiles in the country. Enrolling one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation at its downtown research campus, at its five Perimeter College campuses, and online, the university provides educational opportunities for more than 52,000 students at the graduate, baccalaureate, associate and certificate levels, including 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students at the downtown campus. With over 1.4 million visitors in the past year, the main University Library is an integral part of the university community. The library is engaged with the campus community, offering an open, inviting, and centralized facility supporting both research and learning with expansive collections and outstanding assistance. Its signature link, a multilevel glass structure that overlooks downtown Atlanta, connects the library’s two prominent downtown buildings. CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment http://curve.gsu.edu/, a service of the University Library, brings together students and expert researchers from all disciplines in a shared, hands-on, interactive space featuring cutting-edge hardware and software for data visualization and analysis. More about the Georgia State University Library at http://library.gsu.edu .


ALA-accredited Master’s in Library/Information Science and/or relevant graduate degree in a related field

See the full Vacancy Announcement http://library.gsu.edu/files/2012/11/Vacancy-Announcement-Health-Informationist-Final.pdf (pdf) for more details.

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