Academic Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through a cooperative agreement, HSLS serves as the regional medical library headquarters for the Middle Atlantic Region, one of eight regions in the NNLM nationwide program. NNLM MAR comprises Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The NNLM mission is to ensure health professionals, researchers, the public health workforce, patients, families and the general public have access to quality health information.

The Academic Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs aimed at library staff working in academic institutions, with a special focus on community colleges, research universities and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health. The position has an expanded role in aligning NNLM MAR programs for academic libraries with new and changing NLM initiatives. This position is NNLM MAR’s liaison to initiatives aligned with NLM’s call for a new generation of “data-savvy librarians”.

The position is one of a team of five coordinators reporting to the NNLM MAR Executive Director.

The position involves substantial travel that will include site visits, exhibits and teaching, primarily within the states served by NNLM MAR. Depending on budget, the incumbent travels 20-25% of the time.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Maintains advanced knowledge of National Library of Medicine priorities and initiatives and identifies/creates relevant programming for academic libraries. Current areas of growth include data management and citizen science
  • Provides support, advocacy, and consultation for academic librarians at community colleges and colleges/universities with a focus on building skills that promote access to biomedical and health information
  • Develops in person and online workshops and training sessions with a special emphasis on increasing access to biomedical and health information and promoting NLM and NIH resources; works collaboratively with NLM other NNLM staff to share information and to mitigate duplication of effort; seeks MLA CE for new classes
  • Serves as the liaison to academic librarians and attends regional chapter and national meetings, such as ALA, ACRL, SLA, Joint Council of Librarians of Color, and MLA.
  • Exhibits at national, regional and local conferences and meetings reaching NNLM MAR target populations; submits regional and national workshop proposals aimed at educating librarians, students, faculty, and staff about NLM and NIH resources
  • Provides information and consultation on NNLM MAR funding and awards; solicits funding applications from Network members and monitors progress of ongoing awards; provides Grants & Proposal Writing training for members
  • Participates on the NNLM National Research Data Management committee; Edits NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery ; Oversees subawards related to research data management; Creates and supports trainings for data-adjacent and data librarians
  • Contributes articles to the MAR Newsletter and identifies network members to highlight
  • Identifies newsletters and communication channels to reach staff at community colleges and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health
  • Serves as primary staff contact and provides support to the NNLM MAR Academic Outreach and Health Sciences Library Special Advisory Groups
  • Maintains standards of accessibility for all resources created and maintained. Accessibility must be in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and follow NNLM guidelines for class materials
  • Assists as needed with other NNLM MAR outreach and network activities to promote NNLM and NLM resources, programs, and services.

Required qualifications for the Academic Coordinator are:

  • MLS from ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent advanced degree
  • Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NLM resources, including PubMed
  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication, project management, and problem-solving
  • Experience in developing classes and teaching workshops and/or seminars
  • Proficiency in software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Web-based applications for online education
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Flexibility and ability to manage competing priorities
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, health professionals and consumers in a diverse, inclusive environment

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of data management resources and tools
  • Demonstrated experience in higher education (university or college) library setting
  • Experience with literature searching
  • Experience providing online education through Moodle, webinars, and/or tutorials

Qualified candidates should submit applications via email document attachments to Kate Flewelling, NNLM MAR Executive Director at flewkate@pitt.edu. Include cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin on May 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum starting salary is $54,000. Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; excellent medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance. This position is currently funded through April 30, 2021. Position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian.

The University of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year. It is also one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer in both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs. In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the Northeastern United States.

The University of Pittsburgh is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled Employer. The University and HSLS are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all races, genders, ages, ethnicities, cultural heritage or nationalities; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientations or gender identities; and socioeconomic, veteran or ability status.

The City of Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources. Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at: VisitPITTSBURGH.

For more information about NNLM MAR, visit http://nnlm.gov/mar.

For more information about The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, visit https://www.hsls.pitt.edu.

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