Health Sciences Librarian — St. John’s University, Queens, NY

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Reporting to the University Librarian/Dean of Libraries, the Health Sciences Librarian (HSL) is responsible for the management and administration of the Health Education Resource Center (HERC), acting as the unit’s director. In that role, the HSL provides library services including reference; research assistance and support services; collection development; maintenance of and access to print and digital collections, including reserves; vendor outreach and licensing negotiations; and other related services as needed in support of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (PHARM) and the School of Nursing (SoN). While this position reports to the University Librarian, the HSL works primarily with faculty and students in PHARM, the doctoral program in Physical Therapy (DPT) and the School of Nursing, working closely with the Dean and the heads of those departments, but will also be an active member of the University Libraries particularly in partnership with the library-faculty liaison to these areas. This is a non-faculty administrative appointment.

Librarian Responsibilities:

Works closely with faculty in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, the School of Nursing and the doctoral in physical therapy program to establish programs, services and activities that meet the instructional, research and clinical needs of the School of Nursing and other assigned areas.
Provides health-science information literacy instruction, reference services and research assistance to students and faculty in relation to research and curriculum needs in the programs described above, both in-person and online.
Develop and maintain asynchronous learning tools and objects, such as libguides, online tutorials and other appropriate resources.
Works with the teaching faculty in these programs as well as with the librarians in the University Libraries, particularly the electronic resources librarian and the library-faculty liaison to identify, evaluate and acquire print and digital resources in a collaborative and cost-effective manner.
In collaboration with the electronic-resources librarian and the serials librarian, negotiates and reviews licensing agreements and ensures that appropriate procedures, particularly in regards to data privacy and security, are followed.
Provides one-on-one and/or group research support, training, workshops and seminars to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences community, and related programs.
Performs research for specific college related matters, as needed.
Works with the library-faculty and administrators in the University Libraries as well as vendors to resolve database-related technical issues.
Facilitates the procurement of the appropriate documents, resources and other information by faculty and students, as needed.
Maintains responsibility for cataloging and organizing resources based on the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification system in accordance with current best practices in library and information sciences.
Develops and maintains a searchable online database for HERC materials.
Maintains consistent and timely communication with the University Librarian and other key stakeholders in the University Libraries.
Develops access and other policies as needed.
Oversees and manages collection development, accession, de-accession and assessment, to ensure that collections remain current, relevant and in support of the educational programs within the College.
Contributes to activities that enhance student learning and engagement.
Serves on University Libraries and University committees, task forces and other working groups as required.
Other duties as assigned.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Manages the daily operations of the resource center, including but not limited to, opening and closing the center; greeting and validating users; assisting with technical support of computers, printers and scanners.
Staffs and supervises all personnel, including student workers and graduate assisntants in HERC.
Is responsible for creating and implementing strategic planning initiatives to align the resource center with University and College strategic repositioning/planning goals and objectives.
Oversees the budget and fiscal control of HERC.
Oversees overall facility’s maintenance.
Partners with the appropriate College administrators to negotiate budgetary needs, in coordination with the University Librarian.
Partners with the appropriate College faculty to research and evaluate special products for the resource center and or program specific needs.
Gathers data and produces reports on spending, facility usage, and external projects as they arise which will be shared with the University Librarian and the Dean of the College.
Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

MLS, MLIS, MS-LIS or its equivalent from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program.
Undergraduate or graduate degree in the health sciences or related fields.
Demonstrated fluency in using and/or the consulting NML classification system and MeSH subject headings.
Demonstrated ability to conduct systematic and strategic searches in appropriate databases including but not limited to PubMed, CINAHL, TOXLINE, etc.
Demonstrated proficiency with emergent information literacy and research technologies, including but not limited to Zotero bibliographic management software, libguides, etc.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills for advanced database searching.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience conduction systematic research and literature reviews.
Experience with collection development and evaluation of information resources and collections.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

Preferred Qualifications:

1-3 years relevant library experience.
3-5 years managerial experience in an academic setting.
Teaching and research assistance experience.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel, etc).
Comfort in working and teaching using virtual-environment tools such as WebEx, Teams, etc.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and administrative skills.
Ability to manage numerous projects effectively and through to completion.
Must be a self-starter, follow instructions, work independently and in a team setting.
Strong supervisory and leadership skills.

All persons hired are required to be vaccinated and boosted against the COVID-19 virus, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable law.
This position may be relocated to any of St. John’s University’s physical locations at any time.
St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.
St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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