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Liaison Librarian

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University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 000

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8:30 AM-5 PM


Position Summary:

As one of our liaison libraries, 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 patrons.

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.

Speak knowledgeably about issues such as scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, data curation, digital collections, emerging digital resources, health literacy, and information management.

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

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.”

Seeking professional development opportunities in subject areas (e.g. participating in scholarly organizations).

Developing studies to assess faculty and student research tools and methodologies and using the results to shape collections and services.

Conducting (and attending) workshops on specific database or technological innovations that can be used in teaching or research.

Speaking effectively; listening actively.

Regularly reading literature, such as Chronicle of Higher Education, about trends in higher education, subjects, and disciplines, and sharing information with colleagues.

Serving on appropriate committees or groups (within IIE, URMC, University of Rochester, greater-Rochester region, National Associations).

Teaching and Learning

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.

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 Technology & Resources sessions in Mastering Medical Information (MMI), a mandatory class for all first-year medical students.

Examining the schedule of classes each semester; identifying core/foundational, research methods, and capstone courses critical for library instruction; contacting appropriate faculty.

Meeting with directors of undergraduate and graduate studies on a regular basis.

Identifying and using new technologies in order to understand how they are being used for teaching and learning.

Developing and maintaining teaching and presentation skills.

Sharing techniques and methods through informal and formal communication with teaching partners and librarians, and participating in workshops, events, professional development opportunities, etc.

Research Services

Provide in-depth, specialized research consultation and reference services

Expand access to services through office hours, embedded librarianship, and other novel approaches.

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.

Developing and maintaining expert knowledge regarding the collection of the library, the services the library provides, and the policies and procedures of the library.

Developing and maintaining expert skills in the databases provided by Miner Libraries including, but not limited to: PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Web of Science.

Learning to proficiently use bibliographic software.

Digital Tools

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

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.

Contribute to the Miner “News & Tips” blog, Facebook page, and Twitter.

Utilize virtual reference services such as Chat.

Creating and maintaining appropriate online guides.

Keeping up with emerging technology issues among faculty.

Communicating with and learning from colleagues on emerging technologies.

Keeping abreast of data management issues.

Contributing to technology implementation efforts.

Scholarly Communication

Educate and inform faculty, students, and campus administrators on issues of scholarly communication.

Monitor patterns of research and emerging issues in scholarly communication.

Demonstrate competency on broad issues of copyright and how to responsibly use resources in an academic setting.

Be familiar with topics that pertain to scholarly publishing and open access (OA): OA journals; disciplinary repositories such as PubMed Central; local institutional repositories such as University of Rochester’s “UR Research.”

Helping faculty and graduate students understand their rights as authors (e.g. that they can alter contracts to include retaining rights to distribute their own work in classes and on personal websites).

Keeping up with current research in disciplines and areas of study and communicating emerging trends in modes of scholarship with library colleagues.


ALA accredited MLS. Experience with online database searching. Experience with a wide variety of software applications; navigating the Internet; 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. Good oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Educational background in the biomedical or health sciences, experience in a health sciences environment, or equivalent. Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to data management/curation, including format migration, preservation, metadata, data retrieval and use issues. Experience or interest in planning or developing web-based learning objects and tutorials using tools like Camtasia, Captivate, and podcasts.

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The University of Rochester is one of the country's top-tier research universities. Our 158 buildings house more than 200 academic majors, more than 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and some 11,100 students—approximately half of whom are women. Learning at the University of Rochester is also on a very personal scale. Rochester remains one of the smallest and most collegiate among top research universities, with smaller classes, a low 10:1 student to teacher ratio, and increased interactions with faculty.

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