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University of Rochester Liaison Librarian - 232593 in Rochester, New York

Liaison Librarian Job ID 232593

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 Institute for Innovative Educ


8 AM-4 PM



As one of our liaison librarians, you leverage your independent judgment and self-direction to establish dynamic, collaborative networks and relationships with the researchers, faculty, staff, and students in University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). You identify and support information needs through the provision of novel services and tools. You promote awareness of library services and resources, and developments in information management that can improve education, research, and patient care. Both formally and informally, you develop and administer educational programs and instruct library users.

Our engagement-centered model embraces the concept that librarians, like all library staff, have leadership responsibilities regardless of their job classification. Leadership on the part of librarians includes activities such as contributing to goals and strategic library directions through active participation on committees and task forces, locally, and nationally, and sharing expertise throughout the library in order to further library and university missions.



  • Serve as primary liaison to assigned URMC departments, divisions, or centers. Take initiative to identify, meet, and facilitate on-going, two-way communication – individually and in groups – in regard to service expectations and resource needs. Develop strategies to meet these needs. (25%)

  • Develop and maintain a strong and effective system for communicating about library resources and services. This system may include any or all of the following: email, newsletters, social media, office hours in a location convenient to personnel, departmental meetings, orientations, “house calls.”

  • Provide in-depth, specialized research consultation and reference services

  • Perform complex and highly technical literature searches.

  • Participate in the Edward G. Miner Library on-call service.

  • Assist customers, in person, over the telephone, via e-mail or text or chat in finding information in various print and electronic resources, both in-house and remote.

  • Cover the on-call shift assigned; assist other librarians with on-call shifts, as needed.

  • Provide informal, impromptu training to library customers in the use of databases and other resources provided and supported by Miner Libraries.

  • Remain current on trends in scholarly communication, research and teaching. Use information to guide personal continuing education and response to customer needs.


  • Design and implement strategic and pedagogically appropriate instruction through a variety of methods. Encourage and support lifelong learning in a highly complex and constantly changing information environment. (25%)

  • Develop plans to deliver strategic and effective instruction.

  • Develop instructional programs and learning materials in a variety of formats, using instructional design principles.

  • Deliver effective instructional sessions; and/or provide alternate learning opportunities such as LibGuides, train-the-trainer sessions, research consultations, online tutorials, or other just-in-time methods.

  • Develop and apply appropriate methods to continually measure and ensure the quality and value of instructional services.

  • Engage in reflective teaching through use of instructional improvement tools such as peer

  • evaluation or teaching portfolios.

  • Serve as an instructor for the Clinical Research & Information Resources sessions in Medical Evidence & Inquiry (MEI), a mandatory class for all first-year medical students.


  • In close collaboration with the Head of Scholarly Communication and Research Initiatives, develop data programs and services to support and enrich the medical center’s research activities, and develop strategies and projects to support faculty, staff, and students at URMC. (25%)

  • Offer guidance, support, and leadership to faculty, staff, and students on methods, systems, innovations, and best practices related to research data management, curation, discovery, use, and sharing.

  • Provide training, support, and expertise on existing and emerging data management, sharing, and analysis tools and workflows, with an emphasis on open and reproducible practices.

  • Remain current on trends and issues in digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and open scholarship, particularly in the context of research data and code

  • Plan and conduct outreach efforts and instructional sessions about data management, discoverability, repositories, and publisher mandates to faculty, staff, and students at URMC.

  • Support other scholarly communication and research initiatives projects and tasks as assigned.


  • Use current technologies and information tools to promote the use of subject-specific information resources and services to meet customer needs and expectations. (10%)

  • Share knowledge about emerging and emergent technologies through formal and informal educational activities.

  • Collaborate with colleagues in the application of emergent technologies in providing reference and educational services.

  • Identify areas where new online learning and digital tools can place the Libraries into the flow of teaching, learning, research, and patient care.

  • Utilize virtual reference services such as Chat.


  • Expand access to services through office hours, embedded librarianship, and other novel approaches. (10%)

  • Build relationships with faculty, clinicians, nurses, residents, researchers, staff, administration and students.

  • Analyze and assess trends in patient care, teaching and research; be aware of current and future programs; use information to guide personal continuing education and response to customer needs.

  • Participate in URMC groups focused on research and education, i.e., Curriculum Committee, journal clubs, etc.


  • Service to libraries, the university, and the profession. (5%)

  • Serves on appropriate committees or groups (within Miner Libraries, Institute for Innovative Education, University of Rochester, greater-Rochester region, national associations), as appropriate.

  • Represents Miner in collaborations with local, regional, and national library associations.

  • Keeps current with issues and trends related to scholarly communications, publishing, and emerging information and data sharing services and innovations.

  • Contributes to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, and research.


    This position reports to: Head of Scholarly Communications & Research Initiatives, Miner Libraries

    Supervision and direction exercised: None


  • Computer and peripherals

  • Personal mobile device(s)

  • Printer

  • Scanner

  • Photocopier

  • Telephone


    Minimum Acceptable Qualifications : ALA accredited MLS; 2-5 years’ experience as a library professional or paraprofessional. Educational background in the biomedical or health sciences, experience in a health sciences environment, or equivalent. Expertise in online database searching. Experience with: wide variety of software applications; navigating the Internet; web development software; social networking tools and mobile devices; teaching adult learners; speaking fluently and persuasively before a group. Familiarity with current trends, standards, and emerging technologies in libraries and the web. Superior oral and written communication skills.

    Essential personal characteristics: Flexibility, initiative, creativity, and the ability and willingness to work cooperatively in an evolving technological environment. Continuous learning is essential to expand both subject domain and information science competence. Ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex environment with a positive and creative attitude. The library’s mission has a strong service orientation and staff are expected to advance that goal.

    Desirable Qualifications: Educational background in the biomedical or health sciences, experience or familiarity with data management.


    Library Professionals embrace and model the values of:

  • Accountability

  • Accessibility

  • Competency

  • Confidentiality

  • Dependability

  • Honesty

  • Ethical behavior

  • Fairness

  • Integrity

  • Perseverance

  • Responsibility

  • Trustworthiness

    In addition, Library Professionals require both personal and professional competencies.

    Professional Competencies relate to the individual’s knowledge of information resources, access, technology and management, and the ability to use this knowledge as a basis for providing the highest quality information services. As outlined by the Special Libraries Association, there are three major competencies:

  • Creating and maintaining collaborative relationships;

  • Managing information resources and information services; and

  • Understanding and applying information tools and technologies.

    Personal Competencies represent a set of attitudes, skills, and values that enable practitioners to work effectively and contribute positively to their organizations, customers, and profession. These competencies range from being strong communicators, to demonstrating the value of their contributions, to remaining flexible and positive in an ever-changing environment.

    Library Professionals are encouraged to use the competencies outlined in greater detail in:

    “Competencies for Information Professionals of the 21st Century”

    “MLA Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success”

    “Competencies for Professional Success: Health Sciences Information Knowledge and Skills”

    …to create roadmaps of growth and development for themselves, their colleagues, and their organizations.

    How To Apply:

    All applicants must apply online. Applicants must submit cover letter with resume.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online. Applicants must submit cover letter with resume.

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