Research & Education Librarian at Duke University – Durham, NC

POSITION: Research & Education Librarian
CLASSIFICATION: Professional Library Staff
DEPARTMENT: Research and Education Services
REPORTS TO: Associate Director for Research and Education
DATE: Review of applications will begin on April 29, 2019

The Medical Center Library & Archives is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourages 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 statuses.

We are seeking a dynamic and proactive librarian for our Research & Education team! This position will join a responsive, customer-service oriented department that provides curriculum-integrated instruction, advanced systematic review services, in-depth research consultations, online and in-person help, and research impact services. This librarian will serve as the Liaison to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program and other small academic programs. We value diversity, collaboration, and creativity. We offer mentorship, generous professional development, and opportunities for leadership in an entrepreneurial climate. We want you to shine and will set you up for success.


Searching and Research Services

  • Provides in-depth information consultations in the Library, Medical Center, and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  • Performs advanced searches of databases and grey literature sources.
  • Performs searches for systematic reviews and other review types.
  • Specializes in specific information management resources, such as PubMed, CINAHL, and EndNote.
  • Provides reference and information services via phone, email, chat, and other communication media.


  • Teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program curricula, including library orientation sessions for incoming students and faculty as well as leading searching and evidence-based practice sessions.
  • Teaches database searching and other information management classes to other students, clinicians, researchers, faculty, and staff at Duke Health.
  • Incorporates pedagogical principles in developing customized and innovative classes.

Liaison to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

  • Offers regularly scheduled office hours on-site at the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  • Anticipates the needs of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and works with library staff to develop responsive services that address them.
  • Communicates information about library services and collections to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and about DPT program priorities and initiatives to the Library.

Web Pages and Online Tutorials

  • Creates and maintains LibGuides and Web page content primarily for the Research and Education Department.
  • Provides recommendations for the design, organization, and content of the Library Website.

Project Management and Library Operations

  • Works with the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and other Duke Health departments on research and information projects.
  • Provides leadership by coordinating Medical Center Library projects and initiatives.
  • Participates in goal setting for the Research and Education department and the Library.
  • Actively participates in Library committees and task forces.
  • Approaches projects and planning with a broad vision of Library services and considers innovative and alternative approaches to traditional services and resources.

Other Duties

  • Evaluates and recommends materials for the Library’s collections.
  • Provides backup for other Library service units.
  • Performs other tasks to support Library services and operations.
  • Represents the Library on campus committees and task forces.
  • Represents the Library in professional library associations, consortiums, and networks.



  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of other education and experience.
  • Customer-service orientation; excellent organizational and communication skills; ability to work effectively with a diverse clientele; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment; initiative to acquire new skills; flexibility with assignments; ability to set priorities and lead projects; and knowledge of principles for searching and evaluating electronic resources.
  • Computer skills: Working knowledge of MS Office programs and citation management programs such as EndNote or Zotero.


  • Work or internship experience in a health sciences information environment; experience in systematic review searching, library instruction, reference services, in-depth database searching strategies, Web pages and online tutorials, and/or project management.
  • Knowledge of health sciences information resources, familiarity with health sciences disciplines; and a broad understanding of trends in academic medical libraries.
  • Computer skills: Graphics and visualization.

We are committed to investing in professional development and growth for the successful candidate so that they may strengthen searching and systematic review methodology skills.


Salary for this position is competitive and based on experience and education. Duke University offers excellent benefit packages, vacation and sick leave, and support for professional development.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send cover letter, detailed resume, and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references via email, fax or mail to:
Vanessa Sellars, Associate Director, Administrative Services
Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives
DUMC 3702
Durham, NC 27710
Fax: 919.681.7599

Duke is committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community. Every student, faculty, and staff member — whatever their race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability status — has the right to inclusion, respect, agency and voice in the Duke community. Further, all members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold these values and actively foster full participation in university life.

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