Terrific Opportunity for Entrepreneurial, Research-Minded Librarians and/or Informationists

April 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Posted in General News, Job Openings | Leave a comment

The National Library of Medicine’s new funding announcement offering support for informationists to work on NIH-funded research grants has been announced.

You can find it on the NIH Guide website .

These supplements provide funds to researchers who have existing research grants from any of the Institutes listed (NLM,  NCI, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NIDCD, NIDCR), to pay for adding an informationist to the project. The principal investigator of the grant must apply for this, so our librarian/informationist colleagues in academic settings might want to identify partners of interest and reach out to them to suggest that they apply, or alert people with whom they already work. An easy way to find potential partners would be to use the NIH reporter http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm to search by state and funding Agency.

From the purpose statement:

These administrative supplements provide funds to supported research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

This is a terrific opportunity for professionals with the skills and drive to get hooked into the research taking place at universities, health sciences centers, and medical institutions. Take advantage!


Job Opportunity: Knowledge Services Specialist

October 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Job Openings | 1 Comment

The Knowledge Services Specialist develops and provides library and scientific/medical information Services to colleagues in support of products. This is a service oriented position with a focus on rapidly identifying and solving problems for internal customers across the organization. Core responsibilities include overseeing an integrated process for enterprise-wide access to the medical/scientific literature, managing corporate subscriptions to journals and other content sources, searching literature databases, acquiring articles through a document delivery services vendor and maintaining a searchable, copyright compliant electronic repository of publications that is easily accessible to personnel.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Maintain and refine an integrated set of resources that connect end-users to the medical/scientific literature.
  • Assess, maintain and manage publication aggregator accounts and corporate journal subscriptions. Make decisions/recommendations on spending in this area.
  • Maintain and expand the eLibrary, a digital document repository and retrieval system for scientific articles and posters.
  • Fulfill document delivery requests.
  • Formulate search strategies and conduct literature searches using various literature search databases.
  • Create and distribute literature search notification alerts to internal stakeholders.
  • Determine copyright permissions based on the annual business license maintained with the Copyright Compliance Center (CCC) and specific publisher license agreements. Promote a culture of copyright compliance.
  • Maintain department’s SharePoint site.
  • Train employees on information resources including literature processes.
  • Conduct ongoing outreach to other functional groups to determine needs for additional knowledge services and to promote the sharing of information across the organization.
  • Research, assess and implement new technologies in collaboration with Information and Business Solutions to develop and promote a knowledge culture within the company.

Required Skills

  • Education: Master of Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited library school; Undergraduate degree in a health science discipline or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with a variety of Library/Health Science Services concepts, practices, and procedures within the Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Proficiency with standard software including Microsoft Office and Endnote.
  • Proficiency with literature databases such as Embase and PubMed.
  • Strong service orientation and demonstrated ability to solve customers’ problems and improve processes.
  • Experience with maintaining electronic subscriptions and link resolvers.
  • Html coding and development of websites.
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks within a team environment, relying on extensive experience and independent judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Self motivation and reliability.

Required Experience:

  • 2-5 years experience delivering integrated information support in an academic or life science organization (industry preferred).


Submit Resume to dclark@techstaffing.net

Debbie Clark
Director  Contract/Temp Staffing
Techstaffing Solutions /a div of PharmaLogics Recruiting
P:  781-848-5502
C: 617-784-9639



VA Medical Library – Job Opening

January 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Job Openings | Leave a comment


Here’s a great opportunity to work in beautiful central Maine, a short drive to the coast with hiking and fishing PLUS the opportunity to work in the very first VA Medical Library and join a network of committed professional librarians making a difference in the lives of veterans!

This job presents an opportunity to the right candidate to develop some informationist programs and address clinical information needs in a 21st century way.  Imagine delivering information at the point of need, at the point of care w/all your e-resources at your finger tips!  The Togus/August VA has a collection of e-jrls and e-resources and access to the N.E. VA Network e-resources, AND access to the new huge pile of VA national e-resources.

Take a look!  If you have any questions feel free to email Elaine.alligood@va.gov or Joan.bostwick@va.gov


[Submitted by Elaine Alligood, MLS, VA Technology Assessment Program, Boston]

Position Opening – Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

December 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Posted in General News, Job Openings | Leave a comment

Information Acquisition and Management Librarian

Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Duties and Responsibilities: The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine seeks an energetic and highly motivated librarian to join our innovative and dedicated staff in the role of Information Acquisition and Management Librarian. Responsibilities include managing information acquisition and management operations including serials management, metadata/cataloging, electronic resources, and monograph acquisitions; works with staff to meet the technical services needs of an innovative and creative library and information institution in an environment that fosters new approaches to information; analyzes workflow and works with staff to explore and institute new and creative solutions as improvements and updates; responsible for managing the library’s journal subscriptions including serials acquisitions and control and managing the technical services aspects of the annual subscription review and liaisons with vendors; manages library acquisitions in all formats; supervises metadata creation and cataloging; participates in collection development work including the evaluation of resources and selection in specified subject area; participates in Countway and Harvard University Library committees; manages statistics related to production; supervises, mentors, trains, and facilitates the work of 5.5 FTE and a varying number of student assistants. The librarian will report to the Collection & Knowledge Management Librarian.

Requirements: Masters degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent; at least 5 years of experience in information acquisition and management.

Additional qualifications: Experience at the department head or unit manager level preferred. Operational and strategic knowledge of two or more of the following areas; serials, electronic resources, cataloging, or collections. Ability to work within and train staff in national standards for information management databases and cataloging/metadata creation e.g. AACR2/RDA, MESH, NLM classification, LCSH, MARC21, Dublin Core, and other emerging standards. Evidence of effective relationships with library vendors. Experience with library management systems, Ex Libris’ Aleph preferred. Exceptional organizational, problem-solving, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Understanding of continuing and emerging issues related to online resources and scholarly communications; proven experience in project management; strong understanding of database structure and standards. Demonstrated excellence in planning, leadership, communication, and project management skills. Awareness of current and emerging issues in library technical services and knowledge management. Experience working in an academic research library. Familiarity with copyright issues, digital rights, preservation and technical issues. Successful candidate will display evidence of initiative, creativity and resourcefulness and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a collegial environment.

Full-time, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

Click here for more information

Betsy Eggleston
Collections and Knowledge Management Librarian
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck St.
Boston, MA 02115

Voice (617) 432-4147
FAX (617) 432-2237

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