Cancer Information Librarian – Univeristy of North Carolina Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC

Announcement of Professional Vacancy
UNC Chapel Hill, Health Sciences Library
Position: Cancer Information Librarian
Available: May 1, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual to join the User Services Department as the Cancer Information Librarian. The individual in this position is charged with participating in fulfilling the Library’s mission to connect people everywhere with knowledge to help them teach and learn effectively, assure quality health care, conduct vital research, and make informed decisions.  To learn more about the Health Sciences Library, please visit:

Reporting to the User Services Assistant Department Head, the  Cancer Information Librarian will identify information needs and maintain outreach services to faculty, students, researchers and staff from five professional schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health), as well as to clinicians and patients at UNC Hospitals, and to the citizens of North Carolina.  Expected services include: expert mediated searching to provide synthesized answers to requests for cancer information; proactive dissemination of selected  cancer information for targeted audiences to help researchers and clinicians stay current; creation and maintenance of online cancer information user guides focused on the needs of specific user populations, including the general public; effective and innovative client-centered education services using a variety of methods and technologies both in client settings and in the library; and individual and group consultations on cancer information discovery, retrieval, and management.

Librarians at HSL are expected to participate in professional and scholarly organizations and activities, pursue personal professional development, and maintain awareness of the evolving trends in library and information services. The individual in this position is expected to maintain current knowledge of: cancer information resources and content; the issues related to health professional education across disciplines and levels;  the tools used to manage retrieved information (e.g. RefWorks, EndNote); the tools used to create online user guides (such as Drupal and LibGuides); the changing trends in scholarly communications including open access and NIH public access; services for finding grant funding; and the evolving requirements related to the management of research data.



ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science with at least two years of health sciences library experience. Ability to provide expert in-depth information searches in healthcare specific databases and other sources. Ability to synthesize medical information from a variety of sources.  Experience teaching, training or providing instruction.  Demonstrated ability to support a diverse user population and to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse group of colleagues. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to multitask and set priorities in a dynamic environment. Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development.


Experience, certification or degree in health informatics, public health, nursing, or other healthcare related field. Experience providing information outreach services in a subject area. Experience providing cancer information to diverse client groups.  Experience using RefWorks, EndNote or other citation management tools.  Experience using web tools and social media to deliver information services at the point of need. Understanding of the clinical and translational research process.

University and the Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on February 27, 2013.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply:

Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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