Job Posting: Medical Sciences Librarian, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA


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We are currently seeking a Medical Sciences Librarian for the San Diego, California area.


  1. Full professional knowledge of Library Science as evidenced by education and/or experience in library science; mastery of the major library functions of reference, collection development, library automation, serials management, cataloging.
  2. Certification or experience equivalent to the Medical Library Association’s certification requirements.
  3. Extensive knowledge of medical subject areas and terminology.
  4. Extensive knowledge of medical subject resources, including but not limited to published books and serials and electronic databases, with particular expertise in MEDLINE, Defense RDT&E On‐Line System (DROLS), OCLC, military, other government, and difficult to locate statistical sources.
  5. Knowledge of Sirsi Corporation’s STILAS integrated library system.
  6. Must be able to obtain a security clearance for access to classified material at the level of SECRET.
  7. All work will be performed in accordance with Department if Defense and Department of the Navy regulations and instructions. Guidelines are also based on standards for health science libraries, as set forth by the Medical Library Association, and for science research libraries, as set forth by the Special Libraries Association. These guidelines are general and require personal judgment and extensive interpretation and augmentation and adaption for the diverse and extensive information needs of the NHRC researchers. Published thesauri and retrieval manuals do not adequately cover the rapidly evolving terminology or the highly specialized fields of knowledge of the researchers.
  8. Contractor will interact daily with administration, department heads, principle investigators, researchers at NHRC, other members of the library staff; librarians of organizations on the international, national, and local levels; contractors doing work for the library or within NHRC; information science and subject area specialists, vendor representatives and service agents; representatives of professional associations. Other contacts include administrators, directors, department heads of Department of Defense activities and other federal agencies and programs. The purpose of these contacts is varied. Frequently they are to assist researchers so they can fully use library programs or services; to clarify needs of patrons for research materials; to present library policies governing library usage and scope, collection development; to achieve cooperation of library Committee or other management whose proposals may be at variance with library guidelines or resources; to persuade management to support and provide resources for new technologies. In addition to the day‐to‐day matters in maintaining a library, contractor is concerned with long‐range library and information issues and problems, and uses tact, persuasion, and negotiation skills.
  9. Extra mural contacts with vendors deal with support of library systems, such as STILAS, and obtaining services such as book and journal purchases, online systems, and other sources to maintain an easy supply of research materials needed by NHRC personnel. Often the main purpose is to obtain difficult materials, such as unpublished research results, sensitive statistics, policy statements; to work with international, national, and regional programs to insure access to materials needed by NHRC researchers; to insure compliance with national standards and policies.
  10. The work is generally sedentary, but does require some physical exertion, such as periods of standing; or recurring activities such as bending, stooping, stretching, reaching; or occasional lifting of moderately heavy items such as boxes of books or journals.
  11. Performs light duties and other related duties as required and assigned.


  1. Master’s Degree in Library Science (MSLS or MLS)
  2. Several years of experience in a medical library are required, with some experience in a medical school setting desirable.
  3. As described in the requirements above the Medical Sciences Librarian plans and solves the complex problems in collection development (selecting journals and books), reference services, serials management, cataloging and library automation. The librarian applies theories, principles, and practices of descriptive and subject cataloging.
  4. Must be proficient in written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Librarian provides instruction on the use of indexes and library resources.
  5. Must be able to work independently following a brief period of specific technical training.

For more information, please visit the NHRC job posting.

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