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Library Support Specialist Part-Time

Company name
National Board of Medical Examiners

Philadelphia, PA

Date Last Verified
Mar 08,2018

Posted on
Mar 06,2018

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The NBME is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality examinations for the health professions. Protection of the health of the public through state-of-the-art assessment of health professionals is the mission of the NBME, along with a major commitment to research and development in evaluation and measurement. The NBME was founded in 1915 because of the need for a voluntary, nationwide examination that medical licensing authorities could accept as the standard by which to judge candidates for medical licensure. Since that time, it has continued without interruption to provide high-quality examinations for this purpose and has become a model and a resource of international stature in testing methodologies and evaluation in medicine. Although the NBME's mission is centered on assessment of physicians, it encompasses the spectrum of health professionals along the continuum of education, training, and practice and includes research in evaluation as well as development of assessment instruments.

The NBME has nearly 500 employees and is located in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood, home to some of the country's most esteemed universities, nonprofit research institutes, and research and teaching hospitals.


The Library Support Specialist will provide part time support (21 hours a week) to NBME staff and Committee members as needed including ordering books and journals, managing subscriptions, obtaining various articles from NBME articles and other sources, and maintaining and troubleshooting online databases.


  • Provide information and other services to Test Development and other Committees.

  • Maintain central library collection and archives.

  • Provide assistance and training to staff and Test Development Committee members in use of library and other information resources.

  • Coordinate purchase of books, journal and newsletter subscriptions for other departments and divisions as needed.


  • Accurate and timely research/literature searches.

  • Up to date, well organized library resources.

  • Ideas for new information sources.

  • Current awareness service via print and email to NBME staff.

  • Excellent customer service.

  • Timely procurement of research materials (articles, etc.).

  • Cost savings to NBME via resource sharing among several local and national library consortia.

  • Attentive support of Test Development Committees.

  • Careful preservation of historical NBME materials.

  • Other duties as assigned by manager and team.


Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of information resources within and outside of the NBME.

  • Searching techniques specific to certain databases and applicable to other sources of information.

  • Classification skills to codify, clarify the organization and relationship of print and non-print resources.

  • Sensitive communication skills to help people define their information needs.

  • Absorb and make useful new and changing technologies and information.

  • Must be able to work independently.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, EBSCO and Ovid.


A minimum of three years previous experience in a medical library, specialty library or research library.


Master of Library Science, Master of Library and Information Sciences or actively working towards degree is required.

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