Job Posting: Research Informationist, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA


Open Sep 11, 2013 through Dec 11, 2013
Next review date: November 11th, 2013
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee


Department: Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Rank and Salary:
Assistant Librarian II – III ($48,504 – $49,464)
Associate Librarian I – VII ($49,464 – $70,956)
Position Availability: Immediately

Position Duties

The Research Informationist provides a broad range of information services, including data curation and management, across the entire research life cycle for UCLA students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the health and life sciences. The Research Informationist also contributes to research, consultation, instruction, and collection services within defined areas of responsibility from both clinical and basic science departments. The Research Informationist is a member of the Research, Instruction, and Collection Services (RICS) division and reports to the RICS Team Leader.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:
• Provide information services to students, faculty, and researchers throughout the research life cycle,
• Provide expert search services for systematic reviews and other intensive research projects,
• Serve as liaison for outreach, instruction, and collection services for disciplines which have significant data needs, such as: biostatistics, cardiology, epidemiology, genetics, infectious disease, oncology, and pediatrics,
• Develop and deliver a curriculum of instruction in data management across all disciplines,
• Provide data management advice and individualized consultations for groups and individuals working with research data,
• Assist researchers in locating data available for re-use and advise on appropriate repositories for sharing data,
• Advise students and researchers on intellectual property issues relation to data sets and to publications,
• Develop and maintain web-based resources for training in best practices in data management,
• Maintain familiarity with funder policies relevant to data management, such as NIH’s data sharing policy and NSF’s data management plan requirement, and communicate new requirements to relevant campus stakeholders,
• Assist researchers and staff with meeting the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy,
• Participate in library-wide groups on data management and scholarly communications,
• Contribute to the Biomedical Library and the UCLA Library’s communications vehicles, including but not limited to the Library’s web site, LibGuides, and social media,
• Contribute to the UCLA Library and the Schools and Departments it serves by participating on committees, task forces, and other formal engagements, including but not limited to those related to data management,
• Contribute to the profession and represent the UCLA Library in the academic, scholarly, and professional community, and
• Serve as a member of the UCLA Library team and work to further the overall goals of the UCLA Library.

Required Qualifications

• ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience),
• Two or more years’ experience working in a science-oriented academic or research library,
• Skill in searching online catalogs and databases,
• Functional understanding of collection development practices,
• Familiarity with the research process in the health and life sciences,
• Familiarity with research and teaching information needs in the health and life sciences,
• Familiarity with publication trends and characteristics, particularly scholarly publications in public health, medicine, and other health sciences disciplines,
• Experience using a wide range of bibliographic databases in the health and life sciences,
• Familiarity with the NIH Public Access Policy and the tools used to evaluate compliance,
• Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills,
• Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library services,
• Demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility,
• Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills,
• Sound technology experience and skills,
• 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,
• Ability to work with faculty, students, and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds,
• Ability to work collegially and as a leader with library colleagues, and
• Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion of librarians.

Desired Qualifications

• Four years experience working in an academic health science library providing a broad range of information services
• Extensive knowledge of health and life sciences databases, including record structure, indexing policies, and thorough knowledge of search interfaces,
• Demonstrated experience conducting EBM and systematic review searches,
• Knowledge of metadata standards,
• Familiarity with best practices for managing research data,
• Knowledge of subject-specific repositories,
• Knowledge of funder policies relevant to research in the health and life sciences,
• Experience managing data sets in a variety of formats,
• Familiarity with the NIH and NSF grant processes,
• Experience with book and journal selection and/or licensing,
• In-depth knowledge of the publication process in the sciences,
• Experience with MyNCBI My Bibliography and the NIH Manuscript Submission System,
• College course work in the health or life sciences, and
• Membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), a program of the Medical Library Association.

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