Reference and Instruction Librarian – Icahn School of Medicine – NYC

Role Summary

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinaia��s Levy Library is seeking dynamic candidates for its Reference and Instruction Librarian position. Reporting to the Manager of Information and Education Services, this position supports the reference and instruction needs of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai community. The ideal candidate for this role will be a customer-service oriented information professional knowledgeable about biomedical resources and reference management tools.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as Levy Librarya��s reference management expert, assisting users through training sessions and consultations. (20%)
  • Participate in Levy Librarya��s Ask-A-Librarian service answering reference questions from students, faculty, physicians, nurses, housestaff and others within the Mount Sinai community. (20%)
  • Maintain and enhance LibAnswers knowledgebase, LibGuides content, and digital learning content pertaining to areas of responsibility. (25%)
  • Manage Levy Librarya��s open class offerings, providing instruction to students, faculty and staff on effective use of library resources, citation management tools and a variety of topics pertaining to scholarly publishing. (15%)
  • Develop and maintain awareness of current trends and best practices in reference and instruction services, within and beyond the medical library community. (10%)
  • Manage electronic deposit of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences theses and dissertations, including maintaining documentation and assisting students through the process. (10%)


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program required
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Proficient written and spoken communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated aptitude for teaching
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively


  • Familiarity with LibApps platform (LibGuides, LibAnswers, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) practice model
  • Experience with EndNote, Zotero and other reference management tools
  • Experience using biomedical and interdisciplinary resources such as PubMed/MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Web of Science
  • Experience providing library reference and instruction services in an academic and/or medical library setting

To Apply

Please email cover letter and curriculum vitae to

About John Pell

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

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