Job Posting: Care Management and Population Health Librarian


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 8 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.


Our Health Sciences Library has an outstanding opportunity for a Care Management and Population Health Librarian to develop a responsive way of supporting the residents, faculty, and administrators working on transforming UW into an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and improving graduate medical education (GME) training models.

With our medical director for care management, DC Dugdale, M.D., who is taking the lead for UW Medicine, the Accountable Care Act is creating new models for healthcare delivery systems, and demands for increased accountability, quality and safety. This position will work closely with the Associate Director for Administration & Liaison Services to develop a systematic plan to integrate knowledge resources, tools, and librarian services into GME and ACO efforts at the University of Washington. Integration into the healthcare delivery system and residents’ clinical experience activities will be a primary objective of this position. Based in Seattle, WA, this position will interact with clinical librarians at other institutions and serve as a contact person for UW Medical Center. UW Medical Center is part of the UW Medicine health system, which also includes Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.


The Care Management and Population Health Librarian (CMPHL) works to identify and develop new and existing opportunities to partner with the diverse clinical community across the UW hospital system, whose mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals. This newly created position will help advance UW Medicine’s efforts as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Reporting to the Associate Director for Administration & Liaison Services, the primary duty of the Care Management and Population Health Librarian is to engage the clinical enterprise in knowledge-based care and provide the latest evidence-based integrated support for library and partner initiatives within the UW hospitals and clinics. This position will work to identify new roles for the library within the realms of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), patient safety, team-based care, LEAN processes, and performance management in the clinical setting. Additionally, this role will work closely with other members of the Public & Research Services team to maximize cross collaboration between clinical and educational initiatives taking place within the six UW health science schools.


In working with University of Washington Medical Center, the CMPHL identifies partnerships, new roles and opportunities for librarians within care management and the clinical enterprise; collaboratively works with colleagues to develop tools and strategies that assist UWMC administrators move the system to an accountable care organization (ACO) framework; develops expertise on programs like the Affordable Care Act and identifies how changes may impact library collections and services; working with the Clinical Librarian at UWMC, identifies unique needs of patients and clinicians in the primary care setting and develops resources focused on preventive medicine and chronic care; identifies and serves on various hospital committees related to initiatives such as developing LEAN processes, patient safety, guideline development, and similar topics; provides research assistance in the development of hospital policies, guidelines of care, and process improvement initiatives; provides curricular support for Graduate Medical Education; develops tools to assess and respond to the various needs of practicing clinicians to improve patient outcomes and hospital processes; works with various stakeholder groups including physicians, nurses, residents, fellows, students and administrators to provide evidence-based patient care in the inpatient and outpatient setting; and serves as the primary contact and support person for clinical personnel regarding HSL services.

In serving as a Liaison, the CMPHL provides comprehensive reference services in response to requests for information on relevant health subjects; responds to e-mail, telephone, or in-person requests from staff, using the full spectrum of print and electronic library resources and facilities available; serves as the liaison to the Graduate Medical Education program; works collaboratively on difficult information requests; prepares literature searches and bibliographies on requested topics; provides instruction in the use of print and electronic resources, bibliographic management software, and UW Libraries and WWAMI resources; provides back up support for the curriculum, including IPE; assists in class instruction program in designing and writing training plans and class manuals and in hands-on instruction; evaluates electronic resources pertinent to the Library’s programs; serves on the collection development team; and develops and maintains Website/Intranet content using a content management system; as well as

maintains and develops LibGuides.

As a member of the Public & Research Services team, works within the Public & Research Services unit and Health Sciences Library; identifies goals and develops strategies to meet them; collaborates with other P&RS team members; helps assess services and projects; identifies goals and objectives and develops strategies to meet them; recommends guidelines, policies, and procedures; and shares responsibility for logistics and administrative tasks; contributes towards all narrative reports prepared by the UW Libraries; and performs other duties as necessary.



* Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.

* Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

* Minimum of two years professional work experience in a health sciences library

* Positive leadership style and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

* Experience with strategic planning and project management

* Proven ability to develop and manage complex literature searches

* Established record of successful partnerships with campus and consortial organizations

* Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-based practice and its application within a variety of health science disciplines

* Familiarity with a variety of point of care tools and other applicable resources to the clinical setting

* Demonstrated comfort level with new and emerging technologies

* Ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a team

* Strong interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of trends/best practices to effectively build communication within a team or organization

* Familiarity or experience with administering or developing performance measurement tools and assessments


* AHIP accreditation

* Familiarity with the nuances of systematic review or guideline development

* Demonstrated ability to implement projects outside of the library setting

* Previous hospital library or clinical care experience

* Record of involvement in professional organizations and record of scholarly activities


$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.


To apply for this position, please submit the following information to<>:

* Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources)

* Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)

* List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)

* Please use “Librarian Application” in the subject heading.

* Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space until interviews are conducted. Then, some application materials will be circulated.


To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, January 16, 2015.

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The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at<>.

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