Health Sciences Collections and Technology Librarian, Librarian I
Michigan State University
East Lansing


Health Sciences Collections and Technology Librarian, Librarian I



Position Summary:

The migration of health sciences library resources to digital formats opens up
opportunities for quantitative as well as qualitative management.
As a member of the six-librarian Health Sciences Group ,
the librarian in this position would work side-by-side with current health
science college liaison librarians to ensure the most efficient and effective
contribution by the library to teaching and research needs. Analysis of
digital resource use will support informed, flexible and responsive decision-
making. Activities of this librarian would include management of the million-
dollar plus medical materials budget, based on factors such as cost-per-use
reports, impact factor, analysis of user choices on the web site, and
understanding of citation patterns by faculty authors; development of reports
including contributing to national reporting norms such as the annual AAHSL
Statistics, or in support of accreditation reviews; analysis of the growing
use of resources on mobile and handheld devices; analysis of patterns of use
for new media such as video and images, including images used for coursepacks
and class tutorials; advice to faculty about grant-seeking, data management
and data curation; and general assessment of outcomes that involve library
resources. It is critical that this librarian understand the overall strategy
for delivering health science library resources at MSU, work collaboratively
and effectively with all health science liaisons, and balance competing needs
within the available materials budget. This librarian would also have a
limited liaison function, for example to the Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders, and would participate in reference and information
literacy as those relate to the health sciences and share responsibility with
other health sciences librarians for helping faculty and students with
database searching for grants and systematic reviews.

The successful candidate must be broadly focused and adventurous enough to
expand or shift their range of responsibilities to meet evolving campus needs,
as well as participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment
based on the needs of the library and candidate interests.
Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment
system and are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities
related to their position in addition to serving on library and university
committees as elected or assigned.

Michigan State University Libraries serve more the 4,900 faculty, 36,000
undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like
campus of over 5,000 acres. The Main Library and 4 branch libraries have
combined holdings of over 5 million volumes. East Lansing is a community of
50,000 located adjacent to Lansing, the State capital.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in information or library science from a program accredited by
the American Library Association. Knowledge or background in health sciences
information (coursework, degree or practical experience). Excellent oral and
written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills
including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment;
exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically
and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work
collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various
unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conducting
independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment;
capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with health sciences collection management including collection

Closing Date:

5pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Minimum $50,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and
names, addresses and email addresses of three references to posting number 9207.

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