The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library is excited to begin recruiting for an Academic Health Sciences Informationist. We are seeking candidates from the field of health education, health promotions, public health practitioners and librarians. We are looking for individuals with a passion for working in a world-class academic medical environment and a desire to work on a collegial team of experienced, nationally recognized health information professionals.
Recently we have increased opportunities for extended activities within the fields of outreach, education, research, and clinical areas of UAMS. As an informationist/librarian with position-specific responsibilities, you will also serve as Liaison to assigned departments, units and colleges. Please note that all new faculty will receive training in the required responsibilities. Faculty are also mentored in professional development and promotion requirements. 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%).
The successful candidate will be provided training needed in expert literature searching, reference interviews, research collaborations, and instructional methods for teaching biomedical information resources. This faculty member will be mentored in professional development including learning about professional organizations, continuing education opportunities, publishing, research, and promotion requirements. New graduates or those obtaining the required master’s degree by December 2020 are welcome to apply.
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.
INSTRUCTION / TEACHING
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 Zoom or IVN) for remote educational sessions
ERS FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES
ERS Librarians participate in Education, Outreach, Research, and 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. Center for Health Literacy]
Stay abreast of clinical, biomedical and consumer health information resources and discovery products
Serve as a member of the Collection Development Team to assist the library in acquiring information resources 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
Founded in 1879, UAMS is the largest academic health sciences center in Arkansas with a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.
The UAMS Library supports the education, clinical, research, and outreach activities of six colleges (Graduate School, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), a comprehensive medical center, and several institutes of excellence. The UAMS Library serves the health information needs of the citizens in Pulaski County and provides support to the rest of the state through a nationally renowned network of Regional Center Libraries (formerly AHECs). This Library also serves as the only Resource Library in the state for the Network of the National Library of Medicine.
Faculty, staff, and students work and study in a stimulating and culturally diverse environment. Information on the beautiful, vibrant city of Little Rock can be found at http://www.littlerock.com/.
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
Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy
Master’s degree in an accredited education or health-related profession program (ex. MEd, MPH, MNSc, MS-Health Education and Promotion or others) OR ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library/information science
Professional experience in an academic library or work experience in a related job area
Experience making presentations in front of groups
Experience searching or strong desire to learn to search health sciences literature databases
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
Professional experience in an academic setting
Extensive experience providing instruction at the college or university level
Experience searching MEDLINE and other biomedical databases
Experience developing educational modules or programs
Experience with Camtasia, Blackboard, RefWorks and other educational resources
Internal Number: 69099
About University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library
Founded in 1879, UAMS is the largest academic health sciences center in Arkansas with a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library supports the education, clinical, research, and outreach activities of six colleges (Graduate School, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), a comprehensive medical center, and several institutes of excellence. The UAMS Library serves the health information needs of the citizens in Pulaski County and provides support to the rest of the state through a nationally renowned network of Regional Center Libraries (formerly AHECs). This Library also serves as the only Resource Library in the state for the Network of the National Library of Medicine.Faculty, staff, and students work and study in a stimulating and culturally diverse environment. Information on the beautiful, vibrant city of Little Rock can be found at http://www.littlerock.com/.
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