Position Vacancy: Health Professionals Outreach Librarian, NN/LM GMR





Health Professionals Outreach Librarian

NN/LM Greater Midwestern Region

Specialist (PLB2-4A) or Expert Librarian (PLB3-5A)


Position Description: The University of Iowa (UI) Libraries is seeking a collaborative, experienced, customer-focused professional to be a part of the Regional Medical Library for the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. This position reports to the Regional Medical Library (RML) Associate Director, is funded via a five year grant and is full-time, benefit-eligible.


The NN/LM is a network of libraries and information centers administered by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with a mission to provide U.S. health professionals and consumers with equal access to biomedical and health information resources.
Application Procedure: To apply, visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at https://jobs.uiowa.edu/pands/view/69283. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on July 29, 2016.

Appointments will be made at either Specialist Librarian (PLB2-4A) within a salary range of $47,000 to $60,000, or Expert Librarian (PLB3-5A) within a salary range of $55,000 to $76,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Start date is negotiable. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending  accounts, and additional options.


The Health Professionals Outreach Librarian will develop and maintain partnerships in the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Identify organizations and educational institutions within the region to target as potential outreach partners.
  2. Participate in Health Professionals Workgroup meetings, communicating feedback and recommendations to GMR leadership.
  3. Work with the NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO) to develop an assessment tool to evaluate and prioritize health information needs of professionals within the region.
  4. Identify metrics to measure the effectiveness and value of NN/LM GMR outreach services to health professionals.
  5. Communicate assessment findings to NN/LM GMR staff and network members, to be used for planning and decision-making.
  6. Develop education and outreach plans for network members, which may include in-person classes, online classes, exhibiting and webinars.
  7. Assist with the development and promotion of NN/LM GMR funding opportunities for health professionals and support applicants with the proposal process.
  8. Monitor subcontracts awarded for outreach projects in the region, evaluating quarterly reports and providing feedback to awardees, NN/LM GMR and NLM.
  9. Develop and maintain a subject guide promoting evidence-based healthcare (EBHC) containing information on NLM resources and tutorials.
  10. Promote evidence-based healthcare (EBHC) through the distribution of resources to faculty at educational institutions in the region.
  11. Exhibit at national and regional conferences to promote NLM databases, the NN/LM, NN/LM GMR.
  12. Serve as the regional liaison to healthcare professionals.
  13. Perform other related duties and participating in special projects as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library science program.
  • Three years of professional experience to qualify at the Specialist Librarian level plus demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Five years of professional experience to qualify at the Expert Librarian level plus evidence of continuing achievement, particularly at the national level, in an area of professional interest that will enhance his/her value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Familiarity with NLM and NN/LM programs and demonstrated knowledge of NLM resources.
  • Experience developing classes and teaching workshops and/or seminars.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as web-based applications for online education.
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience or knowledge developing classes, teaching workshops or seminars for online education.
  • Experience educating health professionals in an academic or hospital environment.
  • Experience with evaluation or assessment of an educational program.
  • Experience developing or participating in an outreach program targeting health professionals.


Universal Competencies:

  • Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.


The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University’s locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books.


Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, CRL, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.


The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,000 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving 30,500 students, more than 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University’s faculty and staff and 10% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 8% of the students are from foreign countries.


The University of Iowa is home to the Writers’ Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. It is also home to the International Writing Program where, since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have participated. The University has recently instituted a program in creative writing in Spanish. In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as a world City of Literature.


Iowa City is a community of some 71,000 people (more than 150,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 35.4% of the students are minority, with 19.8% identifying as Black, 8.4% as Hispanic, 6.7% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% as Native American during the 2014/15 school year.


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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