Instruction/Clinical Librarian-Houston Campus Librarian

  • Texas A&M University, Libraries
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Nov 17, 2021
Full time Library & Information Science Medicine & Dentistry Library Administration, Librarian

Job Description

 

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, and dynamic medical librarian to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as Instruction/Clinical Librarian for the Texas A&M University Health (TAMU Health) Houston Campus. We are hiring one individual for a full- time position with an 11-month academic appointment. This is an open-track faculty search, allowing applicants to indicate a preference for either a tenure-track/tenured position with research and service expectations or a non-tenure track position with professional service expectations. Applicants will be considered for the faculty titles of Tenure-Track/Tenured Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor or for Academic Professional Track - Instructional Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, depending on qualifications. 

Reporting to the University Libraries Dean through the Associate Dean for the Medical Sciences Library (MSL), the Instruction/Clinical Librarian—Houston Campus will provide a broad range of support for students, faculty, and researchers in the College of Medicine (COM) located on TAMU Health’s Houston campus. This position serves as a liaison to the COM programs in Houston, including the newly established EnMed program designed to graduate “physicianeers” who will earn medical doctorates and master of engineering degrees. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and delivering instruction—particularly in evidence-based practice—and for providing reference and searching services, overseeing library space, collaborating on faculty and medical education teams, and participating in clerkship activities as a clinical librarian in clerkship locations in the greater Houston area. The successful candidate’s primary office location will be at our MSL site in the Texas A&M Innovation Plaza, with opportunities to work virtually and in person at clerkship sites within the Texas Medical Center and greater Houston area. This position is a solo, embedded medical librarian, with strong communications and support from the main MSL location in College Station and from the MSL’s Regional Services Coordinator.

Texas A&M University and University Libraries are committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, by promoting a culture that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and social justice. In keeping with the University’s charge, the incoming Instruction/Clinical Librarian--Houston Campus must apply a culturally competent lens to this vital position within our organization to accomplish our mission and to fulfill our core values.

Medical Sciences Library (MSL)

The Medical Sciences Library (MSL) is one of the University Libraries, and serves as the primary library for the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the Texas A&M Health Science Center Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health, and for the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. As part of MSL’s service mission, librarians work toward integration with curricular programs, serving as ex-officio members of the Curriculum, Pre-Clerkship and Core Clerkship Committees. Librarians provide literature searching content, lecture, and office consultation hours for students, and facilitate small group and team-based learning classes. Texas A&M librarians have faculty status, and may have tenured, tenure-track, or academic professional track classifications at the assistant, associate, or full professor levels.

 

The needs of students, faculty and researchers drive the services and resources provided by MSL. Library users have full access to all MSL resources and services, as well as to the extensive biomedical and life sciences resources that are provided by the general University Library to support undergraduate and graduate level education programs. The Texas A&M Libraries currently rank 8th in materials expenditures ($23.6 million) and 4th in ongoing expenditures ($16.6 million) among all Association of Research Libraries.

MSL is a member of the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL), a consortium of libraries serving medical schools in the five-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. MSL is also a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Region 3. More information may be found here: https://msl.library.tamu.edu/.

University Libraries

The vision of the University Libraries is to be the indispensable hub for discovery, learning, and creativity at Texas A&M. The pillars of this vision are a distinguished collection of information resources unbounded by place and preserved for future generations; a suite of robust services and a dedicated team exceeding customer expectations; an inspirational environment that delights and invites use; and an organizational culture celebrated for its trust, openness to risk and strengthened by its collaboration and diversity.

 

The Libraries currently rank in the top ten among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries with competitive starting salaries (taking into account the regional cost of living). Current staffing includes approximately 160-170 classified and professional staff and 85-90 faculty. More information can be found at http://library.tamu.edu

 

The University:

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth-largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 68,000 students and 3,200 faculty.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

 

Salary/Benefits: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $57,000. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA; paid holidays; no state or local income tax. Funding is provided for professional travel and development activities.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA- accredited program.
  • Three or more years’ experience as a professional librarian, either as a medical/health sciences librarian serving health sciences communities in an academic or hospital setting, or with a combination of medical/health sciences and engineering librarianship.
  • Excellent technical, written, and verbal communication skills for the purposes of teaching, presenting, and providing customer service effectively.
  • Demonstrated experience providing instructional and reference services for health sciences or engineering students and faculty, including the creation of classes, online tutorials, surveys, or guides, and ability to learn new technology tools/skills.
  • Record of teaching and instruction in evidence-based medicine/evidence- based practice (EBM/EBP).
  • Experience in searching biomedical, health sciences (PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, BIOSIS, CINAHL, Cochrane, etc.), and engineering databases (Compendex, Inspec, IEEE, etc.) and resources and in communicating search results to clients.
  • Ability to work independently as a solo, embedded librarian.
  • Strong service orientation.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in health sciences, computational sciences, instructional design, or experience as a medical professional
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals membership (AHIP).
  • Training and/or experience in clinical medical librarianship.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing a new service or opening a new library.
  • Experience in assessing and communicating the impact of library services.
  • Ability to respond effectively and collegially to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational, and problem- solving
  • Ability to work collaboratively and to build relationships with deans, faculty, and administrators.
  • Demonstrated evidence of working effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
  • Experience in instructional design and teaching with technology, including experience with a Learning Management System (LMS).

Application Details

Applications: Applications must be received by January 7, 2022 for consideration. Interviews will be held in late January/early February.

Applications should include a letter of application, current complete vita, and contact information for 3 professional references. They must be submitted through the Interfolio portal for the Academic Professional Track - Instructional position: http://apply.interfolio.com/86240. For the Tenured/Tenure Track position: http://apply.interfolio.com/86238

Please be aware that this is a non-binding selection and can be changed at point of negotiation with the successful applicant. Please direct questions to Aimee Upton at a- upton@library.tamu.edu.

The letter of application should explicitly address the applicant’s qualifications in context of knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to the specific position. References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.

Tips for faculty applications

When the Search Committee reviews applications for positions, the information you provide is scored against a rubric that is built off of the position announcement.  The highest scoring candidates will usually be invited for a phone interview.  Following the phone interview, the highest scoring candidates will be invited for an in-person interview that will last approximately a day and a half.  So are you wondering how to make it to that short list?  Here are a few tips to follow in preparing your application materials.

  • Read the Position Announcement carefully and make sure you meet the Required Qualifications.
  • Customize your application letter to the specific position and explain to us how your qualifications match those sought in the position announcement.  A good, solid cover letter for an entry level position typically runs around 1½ to 2 pages single spaced.  If a person has extensive relevant experience to relate, the letter could run 2 to 3 pages.
  • Provide us with a Curriculum Vita (CV), not a business-style resume.  This means include all experience or activities that provide relevant information about your qualifications for the position or what you can bring to it.  There are no page limits on a CV, longer and more complete is better than brevity.  But make sure what you include is relevant.
  • Do not assume we will know the details about your activities or experience.  Explain in your cover letter or as part of your vita what you have actually accomplished in a position or activity and how it relates to the qualifications for the position.  If you want to point to a specific activity as an example of your leadership skills, explain why and what impact it had or what you learned from it.  If you want us to consider prior specific experience, you need to tell us what your responsibilities included or what you accomplished in the role.
  • Check your grammar and accuracy in spelling. Do not rely on MS Word to catch everything and watch that auto-correct did not make a mistake.  It is considered bad form to misspell the name of the person to whom you are sending the application.
  • Provide concrete examples of your intellectual output (such as links to guides, handouts, institutional repository submissions, etc.).
  • Do not overlook telling us about your interpersonal skills or work style.  Enthusiastic, supportive of diversity, dynamic, creative, customer-service oriented are all legitimate characteristics we are seeking.  Tell us how you are a fit for them.

 

When inquiring or applying for this job opening, please also reference AcademicCareers.com

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at Texas A&M University and at other institutions of higher education in the region on www.AcademicCareers.com

Application Deadline

Jan 7, 2022