Position Opening – Health Sciences Outreach Librarian –WSU Spokane
Washington State University Health Sciences | Spokane invites applications for a Librarian 2, a full-time, 12-month temporary position.
The Health Sciences Outreach Librarian, jointly funded by a National Library of Medicine (NLM) subaward and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESF COM), will identify and provide outreach services to health professionals in eastern Washington. Initially focusing on six counties in eastern Washington (Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, and Spokane), the librarian will make contact with National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) members and other healthcare agencies or facilities to offer workshops, liaison services, and advice on use of NLM, state, and relevant university resources.
The librarian will work with faculty from WSU’s ESF COM to identify physicians involved in medical education within the six counties and in other areas served by the College. The librarian will use that information to plan outreach activities highlighting all the resources available to improve access to information that will enhance healthcare professionals’ ability to provide excellent evidence-based care. The librarian will travel for face-to-face sessions, and will be able to offer sessions via WSU’s Academic Media Services (AMS) video-conference system.
The librarian will collaborate with Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine faculty to equip medical students with an understanding of resources for evidence-based practice and strategies for professional growth beyond the university environment. Secondarily, the librarian will contribute to the library’s outreach, research assistance, and instructional efforts on the WSU Spokane campus.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Identifies and provides outreach services to health professionals in eastern Washington.
• Makes contact with NN/LM members and other healthcare agencies or facilities to offer workshops, liaison services, and advice on use of NLM, state, and relevant university resources.
• Works with faculty from WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESF COM) to identify physicians involved in medical education within eastern Washington and in other areas served by the College.
• Plans outreach activities in conjunction with the ESF COM highlighting all the resources available to improve access to information that will enhance healthcare professionals’ ability to provide excellent evidence-based care.
• Travels for face-to-face sessions and offer sessions via WSU’s Academic Media Services (AMS) video-conference system.
• Collaborates with ESF COM faculty to equip medical students with an understanding of resources for evidence-based practice and strategies for professional growth beyond the university environment.
• Contributes to the library’s outreach, research assistance, and instructional efforts on the WSU Spokane campus.
Scholarship, Service & Professional Development:
• Maintains current awareness of health sciences library trends, evidence-based medicine, and library outreach by reading professional literature, participating in professional organizations and committees, and attending workshops, institutes, seminars, and conferences.
• Shares with library colleagues and department faculty and staff relevant knowledge gained from professional activities.
• May participate in faculty governance and service as a library faculty member.
• May conduct research for publications and presentations in areas of health sciences librarianship, evidence-based medicine, outreach, and related subjects.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. We offer excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program. Competitive benefits available hrs.wsu.edu/benefits<http://www.pnla.org/hrs.wsu.edu/benefits>.
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.
Located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The campus is home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, scheduled to welcome its charter class in August 2017. The University has relocated all of its health sciences disciplines and built new facilities on the campus in recent years. Among the new construction: an $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and a $34.6 million Nursing Building. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University.
Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.
Applicants need to apply online through WSU Human Resources at www.wsujobs.com<http://www.wsujobs.com/> and be prepared to upload:
• A cover letter addressing how you meet the qualifications for this position
• Current Curriculum Vitae
• Minimum of three references: names and contact information
Review of applications will begin July 5, 2016.
Finalist for this position will be subject to a background check as condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee liaison in an email to Emily Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Washington State University is an EO/AA/ADA educator and employer. WSU Health Sciences | Spokane seeks candidates who are prepared to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
-Master of Library Science (MLS) or Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA-Accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire
-Coursework or experience with health sciences information resources, such as PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Reviews, or others
-Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills
-Proven ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues
-Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with diverse communities
-Experience working with or supporting medical school faculty and students, physicians, or other healthcare professionals
-Familiarity with Health Evidence Resource for Washington State (HEALWA), the provider of clinical and educational information resources to licensed healthcare practitioners in Washington State
-Familiarity with the NLM, NN/LM, and related organizations and resources
-Familiarity with current trends in evidence-based medicine and health sciences librarianship
-Familiarity with hospital electronic health record (EHR) systems, clinical research, and point-of-care resources
-Experience creating instructional and outreach materials utilizing LibGuides or other systems
-Experience providing outreach services, both in-person and remotely, across a broad geographic area