Medical and Health Sciences Librarian - (LIB000042)

The University of Houston Libraries seeks a collaborative and creative candidate for the position of Medical and Health Sciences Librarian at the Health Sciences Library, located at the main campus biomedical district. The Health Sciences Library serves the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy, as well as other health-related research initiatives throughout the University.

In addition to the responsibilities for instruction, collection management, and research support, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with others to develop and assess new and specialized services to meet the needs of faculty, researchers and graduate students in alignment with the University Libraries' Strategic Plan.

The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively with staff and librarians throughout the Libraries, including in Liaison Services, Digital Research Services, and the Art & Architecture and Music Libraries. This position reports to the Director of Library Services for the Health Sciences. There will be opportunities to develop expertise and contribute to the development of new services and initiatives.

The University of Houston is a dynamic, forward moving university with goals emphasizing both national research competitiveness and student success. Librarians are expected to proactively develop partnerships with faculty to advance these initiatives and contribute to departmental priorities in alignment with the UH Libraries 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.

The Medical and Health Sciences Librarian is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Libraries' Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship and professional involvement. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

Applicants should submit the names and contact information for 3 professional references as part of the application. At time of application an unofficial transcript of the ALA-accredited library/information science degree is requested.

Library Information

UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. The University Libraries' total staff is 160 FTE, including 62 professionals. Additional information about UH Libraries is available at

The UH Libraries' Strategic Plan 2017-21 focuses on quality collections, research productivity, student success, and transforming library spaces. The complete document is available at . The Libraries' Strategic Plan supports an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and furthers the drive for flagship status: . We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.

General Information

The University of Houston campus comprises 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of more than 45,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a reasonable cost of living. For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see /. For information about housing and living in Houston see .

Visit the UH Libraries Employment page for more information: . Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, at 713-743-9761 or

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the university prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Qualifications :

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively with stakeholders in a complex changing environment
  • Professional experience in a health sciences library, academic library, or relevant healthcare setting; or demonstrated awareness of patron needs in an academic, health sciences library
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in teaching; or a strong commitment to student success and student learning
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills


  • Experience searching and teaching relevant medical databases such as PubMed and CINAHL

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, evidence-based practice, research data management, and tools for demonstrating research impact

  • Knowledge of relevant research and publishing processes
  • Experience or interest in online instruction

Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a librarian appointment and will be requested upon selection of final candidate. All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.

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