Academic Health Sciences Informationist/Librarian

Posted Date 1 month ago(3/4/2020 10:51 AM)
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Regular Full-Time
AA Library Education & Research Srvs
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Non-tenured faculty: Associate or Assistant Professor



The Education and Research Services (ERS) Department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library is seeking an innovative, collaborative health sciences professional, educator or medical librarian to coordinate education services.  This non-tenured faculty position reports to the Head of Education and Research Services and works in a team-oriented environment. Some travel is required (10%-20%).


ERS faculty enjoy the variety of opportunities that arise from working in a diverse, vibrant academic environment and contributing to the mission of UAMS, which is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world by:

  • Educating current and future health professionals and the public;
  • Providing high-quality, innovative, patient- and family-centered health care and also providing specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings; and
  • Advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements.

Our department offers services in support of instructional, clinical, and research activities, such as literature searching, teaching about information resources and their use, rounding with clinicians, and designing community outreach programs. A primary goal of our work is to promote awareness of information resource services to UAMS faculty and staff, whether they are at the Little Rock campus or spread across the state at the UAMS Regional Centers or the Northwest Campus.

ERS faculty are engaged in a variety of professional activities, which include service to professional associations, contributions to the profession’s knowledge base through research, conference presentations, creation/teaching of continuing education courses or original publications. The pursuit of expertise and improvement of professional skills are encouraged for all ERS faculty.


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary offered commensurate with experience.



  • Collaborates with faculty to identify and deliver course-integrated instruction
  • Promotes the integration of information resource literacy into the curricula of all UAMS colleges
  • Investigates new technologies; designs and implements new initiatives to improve the delivery of instructional and informational services; and provides training as necessary
  • Teaches classes on use of biomedical information resources
  • Plans and evaluates educational services within the Library  
  • Works with library personnel within other departments to ensure they are prepared to successfully assist users and utilize knowledge-based resources
  • Develops educational materials including online tutorials and LibGuides
  • Utilizes online meeting spaces (such as CoSpace or IVN) for remote educational sessions


  • Works with Regional Library Centers to identify educational needs on consumer health and medical information resources
  • Supports regional information staff in developing educational programs
  • Supports nurse educators with accreditation information requests and pursuit of magnet status
  • Develops and offers consumer health information classes for community members


All ERS Librarians participate in Education, Outreach, Research, Clinical Search Services and as Liaisons with responsibilities to:

  • Contribute to and teach classes
  • Contribute to the Research and Clinical Search Services by conducting literature searches and maintaining searching technical skills
  • Provide departmental coverage, fulfill requests for information and consultations
  • Provide presentations across campus and at regional health centers on specific resources
  • Assist in Outreach efforts with exhibits, presentations and classes
  • Serve on library and university committees
  • Support all liaisons with educational programming, and act as liaison to an assigned college, department and/or unit [e.g. Nursing]
  • Stay abreast of clinical, biomedical and consumer health information resources and discovery products
  • Serve as a members of the Collection Development Team to assist the library in acquiring information products that meet user needs
  • Actively participate in Library’s programs, services and strategic planning processes
  • Contribute to special Library projects and department workflow as designated

May perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in an accredited education or health-related profession program (ex. MEd, MPH, MNSc, or others)  OR  ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library/information science
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in an academic library or work experience in a related job area
  • Experience making presentations in front of groups
  • Interest in learning to search health sciences literature databases
  • Intermediate proficiency using Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to communicate (written and verbal) and collaborate with a broad range of health professionals, students and peers
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with peers and team members.
  • Commitment to continuing professional development and participation in professional activities
  • Sporadic travel to regional centers required (e.g. Fayetteville, Magnolia, and other sites)

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Education and/or experience in life sciences or general education at the college/university level
  • Experience searching MEDLINE and other biomedical databases
  • Experience developing educational modules or programs

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

Physical Requirements

Stand: Occasionally
Sit: Frequently
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Frequently
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Never
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment
Noise Level: Quiet
Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: None


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