School/Unit: VCU Libraries
Department: University Libraries
Purpose of Position:
The Research and Education Librarian will serve as the liaison to the School of Pharmacy or School of Medicine. In this position the liaison will assume a leadership role for providing research and instructional support for faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidates will apply adult and active learning theories, principles, and practices to develop and deliver course content to support teaching and learning in curriculum-integrated and library instruction settings. S/he will work collaboratively with library team members and independently to develop and provide inter-disciplinary support of scholarship and research at VCU, and as appropriate, support outreach efforts related to community engagement.
Reporting to the Head of Research and Education, the Research and Education Librarians will serve as the library liaisons to designated schools, departments, or centers and assume leadership for providing research and instructional support for faculty, staff, and students in the Schools of Medicine or Pharmacy and VCU Health. The successful candidates will apply adult and active learning theories, principles, and practices to develop and deliver course content to support teaching and learning in curriculum-integrated and library based instruction. Among the technology tools the librarian will use are course management systems such as Blackboard, eCurriculum, and LibGuides; web conferencing systems including Google Hangouts and Zoom; audience response systems; and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Teaching responsibilities range from general orientation sessions to course-integrated instruction and workshops. Use of active learning techniques is necessary. The successful candidates will provide in-depth and on demand research consultations for individuals and small groups. S/he will guide faculty, staff, and students in the effective use of library services and resources to support evidence based practice. Research and Education faculty are expected to actively contribute to the library's education and outreach programs beyond their liaison assignments. Tompkins-McCaw librarians are expected to pursue and maintain membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). The Research and Education Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The incumbent will pursue opportunities for professional development and networking in the American Association for Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) or the American Association of Colleges of Medicine (AAMC) or other organization appropriate for his/her designated liaison role. VCU Libraries faculty are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service. The selected candidate must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently. Early career or entry level librarians are encouraged to apply.
ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Experience working in an academic health sciences library setting. Undergraduate or graduate degree or previous work experience in a basic science, health science, or biomedical field. Knowledge of current and emerging trends in teaching and learning in academic library instruction with emphasis on active learning and adult learning styles. Experience teaching to a variety of audience levels and using a variety of emerging technologies for education, communication, and professional purposes. Demonstrated success in applying technology to support student learning. Familiarity with Web authoring tools including LibGuides. Knowledge of principles related to evidence based practice. Experience with literature reviews, systematic reviews, and mediated searching of relevant databases including AccessPharmacy, BIOSIS Reviews, CINAHL, Web of Science, and NCBI databases including PubMed, and others. Experience searching additional information sources including but not limited to conference proceedings, statistical data and government databases. Experience evaluating and using electronic resources. Understanding of scholarly communications and awareness of government mandated policies related to scholarly publishing. Experience with reference management software including RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley or other systems. Successful experience working in a collaborative environment. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work professionally with academic and clinical faculty. Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to succeed in an evolving, fast-paced environment. Strong service orientation. Enthusiasm and energy. Ability to bring new ideas and concepts to current practice. Interest in developing new skills through continuing education opportunities.
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