Job Posting: Medical Librarian – Howard University

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Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library – Howard University

The Talent Acquisition department hires qualified candidates to fill positions which contribute to the overall strategic success of Howard University. Hiring staff “for fit” makes significant contributions to Howard University’s overall mission.

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Operations at the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, the incumbent will serve as liaison to a specific Health Sciences College. The Medical Librarian will assess information needs, plan services, and evaluate programs for the Health Sciences. The incumbent is appointed by and serves at the Will of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library. The LSHSL receives management oversight and direction from the Office of the Provost

Provide information services that promote student success and support faculty research, including general and specialized reference services, consultation services, and innovative information delivery services.

Provide a broad range of liaison services including outreach, information literacy instruction, and collection management with one to two Health Science Colleges.

Design and oversee instructional programs for health sciences faculty, staff and students so that they are taught the use of the latest information technologies in relation to the education of healthcare professionals.

Create and maintain LibGuides and/or Research Guides for the Health Sciences colleges, as well as, designing, and maintaining subject specific guides for relevant and developing topics.

Participate on project teams and committees as assigned.

In collaboration with other LSHSL Librarians develop resource tutorials, teach online and in-person library courses, and plan programs for continuous training for all staff on the use of electronic resources.

Provide LSHSL information services in the detailed answering of questions, the provision of materials including faculty specified ones, the accessibility of learning resources and training users on effective methods of information access.

Perform Literature Searches and/or Reviews for Howard University Health Sciences Faculty and Physicians and Residents at Howard University Hospital.

Responds to and resolves user access problems with thorough troubleshooting measures for both locally and remotely hosted databases and e-resources available through the library.

Prepare quarterly and annual narrative reports.

Participate actively in professional and scholarly activities.

Stay informed of new developments in librarianship/information services and instructional and information technology to improve the services and efficiency of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Excellent interpersonal, listening, problem solving and group dynamic skills.

Strong Information searching skills.

Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Preferred proficiency with Ex Libris Alma and Primo and PubMed.

Knowledge of current and emerging technologies in digital and web-based library services.

Knowledge of webpage and web-based application development using HTML, CSS, and Springshare LibGuides.

Understanding of the research life-cycle, including assisting faculty with scholarly research, activities, and publishing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with library staff, university officials, faculty, students, and professional colleagues at other institutions and organizations.

Experience with library instruction and public speaking, both in-person and virtual.
Strong initiative and ability to function independently and as a contributing member of a team.

Ability to multi-task and prioritize; ability to demonstrate innovation and flexibility.
Excellent writing and presentation skills in oral and written English.

Commitment to professional issues, demonstrated through strong interest in local or national committee work, research, publication, etc.

Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.


Master’s Degree in Librarianship (MLS/MLIS/MSLIS) from an ALA Accredited school of library or information sciences and 2 years or more of professional experience in a health sciences academic research library environment.

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