Job Posting: Nursing Liaison Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

POSITION:        Nursing Liaison Librarian

AVAILABLE:      July 1, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual to join the User Services Department team as the subject specialist for nursing. The individual in this position is charged with participating in fulfilling the Library’s mission to connect people everywhere with knowledge to help them teach and learn effectively, assure quality health care, conduct vital research, and make informed decisions.  To learn more about the Health Sciences Library, please visit:

Reporting to the User Services Assistant Department Head, the Nursing Liaison Librarian will identify information needs and maintain outreach services to faculty, students, researchers and staff from the School of Nursing and UNC Hospitals (a Magnet Program), as well as help the department team to meet the health information needs of the citizens of North Carolina.  Expected services include: expert mediated searching to provide synthesized answers in response to advanced requests for nursing and patient care related information; proactive dissemination of selected  nursing information to targeted audiences to help researchers and clinicians stay current; creation and maintenance of online nursing user guides focused on the needs of specific user populations including the general public; effective and innovative client-centered education services using a variety of methods and technologies in client settings, the library and online; and individual and group consultations on nursing information discovery, retrieval and management.

Librarians at HSL are expected to participate in professional and scholarly organizations and activities, pursue personal professional development, and maintain awareness of the evolving trends in library and information services. The individual in this position is expected to maintain current knowledge of nursing information resources and content; the issues related to health professional education across disciplines and levels;  the tools used to manage retrieved information (e.g. RefWorks, EndNote); the tools used to create online user guides (e.g. Drupal, LibGuides); the changing trends in scholarly communications including open access and NIH public access; resources for finding grant funding; and the evolving requirements related to the management of research data.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. At least two years of experience in an academic health sciences library, nursing school library, hospital library, or other academic library supporting nursing education.  Demonstrated understanding of nursing research and education processes. Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, and demonstrated commitment to continued professional development. Experience providing nursing information to diverse client groups and using technology to deliver information services at the point of need, particularly in a healthcare setting.

Preferred: A nursing degree. Experience teaching adults using emerging technologies and instructional methods. Demonstrated experience working on systematic reviews and other comprehensive searches. Understanding of the clinical translational research process.  Experience using one or more bibliographic formatting programs, e.g. RefWorks, EndNote, Mendelay, Zotero, or Papers.  Knowledge of scholarly communication and open access initiatives such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy and compliance. Knowledge of finding tool(s) for grants or foundation funding, e.g., COS Pivot, Foundation Directory online.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.  University Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on March 21, 2014.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply

Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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