Job Posting: Research Support Librarian, Washington, DC

Do you like to work with faculty? Do you swoon over data? Have you mastered R? 
At the George Washington University’s Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, we strive to be a center of research, learning, and creativity. We develop and utilize the talents of librarians to achieve excellence in support of students, staff, faculty, and researchers.
We are looking for a talented senior librarian to join our team and shape our new program providing direct support to researchers. This new position requires someone who is passionate about supporting the GW research community and whose enthusiasm shines through when teaching, collaborating, and serving our diverse group of academic scholars.
Position Description: Research Support Librarian

The Research Support Librarian is a key member of the information, instruction, and reference team. This position provides information and instructional services to students, staff, and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, and School of Nursing with a focus on providing tools, skills and information support to foster research activities among emerging investigators. Other duties include reference and systematic review consultations, distance education student support, departmental liaison activities, and membership on various library and University committees. This position reports to the Director, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.

Duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

1. Performs online database searches and research consultations as requested to meet the scientific information needs of the research and academic community
2. Provides training and support for systematic and scoping reviews.
3. Provides training and support for PubMed, NCBI resources, and other specialized databases, including electronic collaboration platforms.
4. Provides data management support, especially as related to data deposits, data citations, ontologies, best practices, and funder compliance.
5. Works closely with the Research Scholarly Concentration in the SMHS, the SMHS Research Workforce Development office, the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, and doctoral programs in the health sciences, GWSPH and SON to support emerging researchers and investigators.
6. Serves as an embedded librarian in nursing, health sciences, and public health research courses. Acts as a librarian facilitator for the Clinical Skills and Reasoning program in the medical curriculum.
7. Makes recommendations for tools and resources needed to support the research community.
8. Collaborates with the Scholarly Publishing and Metadata Librarian on research impact metrics and scholarly communications issues. Supports research impact measurement and visualization. Consults on communicating research results widely. Promotes the creation of researcher profiles documenting skills, grants, publications, and collaborations.
9. Works with researchers to identify collaborators, partners, and research opportunities.
10. Participates in the departmental Library Liaison program providing instruction and information services to various departments (both academic and clinical).
11. Contributes to the development and evaluation of web-delivered courses and instructional materials.
12. Creates research guides to support student and faculty educational and research activities.
13. Participates in collection development activities for liaison departments.
14. Assists in management of research-related listservs and library e-mail accounts.
15. Other duties as assigned.

Required: MLS from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent combination of relevant Masters degree and research support experience. Demonstrated experience searching biomedical literature and using NCBI databases and tools. Demonstrated experience providing data management support. Demonstrated knowledge of the research lifecycle. Experience with collaboration tools, statistical software, course management software, and development of online instructional modules or tutorials. Experience teaching information literacy skills and providing reference services OR experience providing educational and research technology support.

Preferred: Experience producing and compiling research impact metrics. Knowledge of bioinformatics software and scientific programming software such as R. Experience in providing advanced information services in an academic health sciences library, including assisting with systematic reviews. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all levels of library staff and patrons.

To Apply: To be considered, applicants should complete an online faculty application at and upload a letter of interest and a current CV. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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