Medical Librarian, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston, Massachusetts

The Howe Library at Massachusetts Eye and Ear seeks a Medical Librarian. The Howe Library is a small two person library, so the position requires someone willing to be a jack-of-all-trades. This is a position with broad and diverse duties encompassing the provision of evidence-based information, in-depth reference service, user instruction, cataloging, document delivery and other duties as are needed by MEE staff, students, investigators and others.

Responsibilities include:

Provides reference service to physicians, investigators, support staff, students and visitors including simple and in-depth literature searches using a wide variety of databases. Collaborates on systematic reviews;

Answers medical, statistical and historic (MEE) reference questions, verifies citations, teaches bibliographic skills including Endnote;

Teaches groups and individuals the use of and access to print and serial collections;

Provides outreach to staff at Schepens Eye Research Institute and the satellites, ensuring all users are aware of and know how to access library resources and services;

Assists the Library Director in maintaining and managing print and electronic resources. Assists with researching new digital and/or print monographs;

Assists Library Director in planning and implementing short- and long-range technology goals. Assess and recommend enhancements of existing and new technologies and related services;

Troubleshoots problems with software and equipment;

Produces LibGuides for teaching and informational purposes;

Catalogs new materials via OCLC and processes them for placement in both the main and the Speech and Hearing Sciences collections;

Prepares completed journal volumes for binding and processes them for shelving;

Does shelf reading, copying, scanning and other tasks as needed;

Using Docline, manages document delivery service, finding the fastest and least costly way to deliver articles not available at the library;

Uses OCLC, AVSL, NLM and other network providers to obtain materials;

Cooperates with consortial groups in loans as well as reference matters;

Maintains a record of ILL activity;

Adheres to copyright laws and stays informed in changes to it;

Provides articles from our collection on request for busy doctors;

Attends professional meetings and/or takes professional classes to improve skills and stay current in library developments.


A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school;

Minimum three years of experience working in a medical library;

Must possess the ability to balance multiple tasks while serving patrons with high expectations;

Must have strong expert searching and systematic review experience;

A strong background in computers/technology and non-print materials format;

Familiarity with trends in delivery of electronic information;

Familiarity with EndNote and LibGuides;

Strong commitment to customer service;

Ability to work with a diverse group of patrons (investigators, physicians, students, volunteers, patients and their families);

The ability to work both independently and as part of a team;

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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