Job Posting: Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh

The primary responsibility of this position is to provide reference service utilizing a variety of print, electronic, and database resources. The position reports to the Senior Associate Director.

Major responsibilities include:

  1. Provide core reference services both in person and by virtual means using online chat, email, and telephone.
  2. Suggest, create, and teach library-related classes. Provide overviews and introductions/tours of the resources and services of the HSLS to students and faculty in the Schools of the Health Sciences.
  3. Monitor trends in health sciences librarianship such as evidence-based practice, Web 2.0 communication, and social networking technology.
  4. Collaborate with other librarians and staff concerning library programs and services

Qualifications:  The applicant must have a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school, as well as knowledge of computer applications, including medical and consumer databases, Internet searching, web design, and HTML experience.  Highly preferred is a background in health sciences. The applicant must have demonstrated ability to interact with the public in a patient and tactful manner as well as flexibility, ability to manage multiple tasks, and to work collaboratively and independently in a complex and fast-paced environment.  Applicant must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, as well as skill in written and oral communication.  Evidence of continued professional growth should also be demonstrated.

Position is a full-time non-tenured faculty librarian position, and may occasionally require additional work hours beyond the 40-hour workweek.  Salary and appointment level are dependent on qualifications and experience.  Screening of applications will begin Feb 24, 2014 and the position is open until filled.

Environment:  The Health Sciences Library System provides collections and services designed to meet the information needs of the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Nursing, and the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.  HSLS has an active user education program, participates in the curricula of the health sciences schools, provides a full complement of information services and hosts the popular Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians. HSLS is also the home of the Middle Atlantic Region of the National of the Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM-MAR). For additional information about HSLS, see

Please send letter of application, resume and names of three references to:

Search Committee, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Applications should be sent via e-mail to


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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