Job Opening: Library/Knowledge Management Intern

Institution: Vanderbilt University Library

Library: Eskind Biomedical Library

Closing Date: 12/31/2011

Description: Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) and Knowledge Management (KM) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) offer a one-year Library/Knowledge Management Intern appointment with the possibility for extension to a second year Fellowship given appropriate demonstration of skills/knowledge and successful completion of initial training.  Candidates who progress to a second year may be eligible for a regular librarian position upon successful completion of the Fellowship year.

The internship is designed to provide training in a dynamic health care environment where interns have unique opportunities for advanced training in health science librarianship, knowledge management research, and biomedical informatics.  It offers exceptional exposure to all facets of a dynamic, innovative and internationally-recognized academic medical center library.  The work schedule is primarily Monday-Friday, but includes 3-4 half-days/year on a weekend and may require participation in weekly on-call rotation.

Requires a master’s degree in library/information science.  Candidates with a science background or a second degree in a relevant field are preferred.

The successful candidate will possess:
• proven high-level oral and written communication skills
• strong organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
• a passion for learning more about health-science topics and genetic concepts
• a firm commitment to understanding principles of clinical research design, including quality appraisal and applicability
• an evident interest in lifelong learning and in contributing to the profession through research projects and scholarly communication
• strong searching skills and enthusiasm for acquiring the skills necessary to filter and summarize the literature for healthcare professionals
• proficiency with technology use and integration
• the ability to prioritize and work both independently and as part of a team
• a desire to work in a fast paced, highly demanding and dynamic environment where personalized medicine and pharmacogenetics are top priorities.
• demonstrated detail-oriented focus, a high level of self-direction and motivation and customer service skills

In addition to working with essential library products and services, interns experience a variety of exciting responsibilities such as providing filtered and evidence-based information services to VUMC clinicians; participating in projects to integrate filtered information provision into informatics tools; developing library research projects and scholarly communications; working with researchers; enhancing knowledge management tools; participating in and developing user and staff training sessions; and using their skills to assist fellow library staff and users.

The training approach is a mixture of life-long learning and project-based management.  Library/KM interns will be actively involved in various program areas or projects in order to develop or enhance skills such as leadership, setting priorities, planning, time management and allocating resources.  Along with the extensive experiential training, the intern is expected to complete the library’s comprehensive staff training program, attend biomedical informatics seminars and may potentially audit classes in the Vanderbilt Schools of Medicine and Nursing if needs warrant.  In addition, interns are expected to demonstrate knowledge gained through the training program in skills verification sessions.  Intern duties will be based, in part, on performance during the staff training program.

The minimum salary for the position is $38,000.  Following successful completion of key training modules and their corresponding verification sessions, the Library/KM Intern may be eligible to continue into a second year fellowship position with an appropriate salary increase.  Other benefits are those of exempt staff at Vanderbilt, including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, and 9 paid holidays.  More information about benefits is available at the Vanderbilt Human Resources Web site.

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter via the Vanderbilt Human Resources site, <;, job requisition number KCB33356.

Refer questions concerning the position to:

Frances Lynch, MLS, AHIP
Associate Director for Administration
Eskind Biomedical Library
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 37232-8340
Phone: (615) 936-2617
Fax: (615) 936-1384

Candidates contacted for an on-site or videoconference interview may be required to give a short presentation on a topic and provide a sample of their writing.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply.

Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment.  Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.

Vanderbilt is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1801-1810.  In accordance with that law and Vanderbilt policy, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on Vanderbilt property.


The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library is the principal health information delivery vehicle for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is listed on the 2009 “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE Magazine.  The architecturally striking facility was opened in March 1994 with state-of-the-art information management systems and technology.  The library, along with its newly formed Knowledge Management area, the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the Information Systems, Information Technology Integration, and Network Computing Services groups, and the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health form the Informatics Center.  Members of the Knowledge Management team work in partnership with other researchers and developers in the Informatics Center to innovate the delivery of health information to the region.

Unique among academic health centers, Vanderbilt University Medical Center entrusts its Informatics Center with the responsibility for providing the essential information infrastructure for patient care, management, research and education – including the support for informatics-related research and education in clinical informatics and the field of bioinformatics (including new initiatives in genomics and proteomics); and fusing scholarly research in biomedical informatics with the dissemination of the resultant knowledge to individuals through its education programs and into operation through the infrastructure.

The Medical Center, which includes a hospital and children’s hospital with 847 beds, state-of-the-art outpatient clinics, extensive research facilities, and the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, is an integral part of Vanderbilt’s ten schools and colleges.  Consistently rated among US News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” Vanderbilt is one of over 15 colleges and universities in Nashville, Tennessee, the state capital.  With a metropolitan population of over one million people, Nashville is a major business and education center for the mid-South.


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