Health Sciences Librarian

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Full Time

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Health Sciences Librarian

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
Northeastern University Library seeks an engaging and innovative individual to join our STEM & Entrepreneurship Team in Boston, Massachusetts in a newly created Health Sciences Librarian position. Reporting to the Head of STEM & Entrepreneurship, the Health Sciences Librarian will serve as liaison to departments in the Bouve College of Health Sciences and other related departments throughout the University. The Health Sciences Librarian provides high quality, learner-centered teaching, learning, and research support virtually and in-person through instruction sessions, consultations, and the creation of asynchronous learning resources for students, faculty, instructors, staff, and research labs. To both help support University research initiatives and better support the campus, the Health Sciences Librarian will also develop skills in a specialized support area such as bibliometrics, open science & collaborative research platforms, 3D printing, and/or data science. This includes building knowledge, monitoring trends, and developing support for specialized area(s) as needs emerge.

To the point: Be a collaborative and engaging expert; contribute to a strong team and staff culture; enhance core services; innovate and develop new research and instruction services. Help us expand the possible!

About the Department & the Library
The STEM & Entrepreneurship department is a team within the Research & Instruction department. Team members across Research & Instruction are deeply engaged in teaching and learning support and are actively developing partnerships and new modes of support for information, data, and digital literacies. A major focus in Research and Instruction is online learning and the creation of interdisciplinary and discipline-specific learning objects. Other signature initiatives include expanding collaboration with labs, centers, and institutes through research data services, support for systematic reviews and other forms of scholarly communication.

The Research & Instruction department is located within the Research & Learning Division and consists of three teams: the STEM & Entrepreneurship team, the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities team, and the Online Learning and Global Campus Engagement team.

The Northeastern University Library supports the mission of the University by working in partnership with the University community to develop and disseminate new scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual and professional growth, enriches the research, teaching, and learning environment, and promotes the effective use of knowledge by managing and delivering information resources and services to library users.


  1. Design and deliver instruction sessions and materials in person, online, and/or asynchronously on information literacy for health sciences both within and outside of courses.
  2. Provide open workshops on topics such as citation tools, discovery tools, review types, and other knowledge/areas/tools supporting the needs of students, faculty, instructors, and/or researchers.
  3. Develop online learning objects, research guides, and other web resources partnering with other liaisons when appropriate.
  4. Provide research support such as scheduled consultations, on-demand research help, and classroom instruction both in person and online.
  5. Partner with staff across the library to support systematic reviews, research data management, scholarly communications, repository services, helping to build support around emerging researcher needs, resources, and tools at Northeastern and in the larger health sciences field.
  6. Maintain frequent, ongoing communication with students, faculty, instructors, and researchers in assigned disciplines to actively support teaching and research as well as promote library services, offerings, and initiatives.
  7. Evaluate and select materials in assigned disciplines appropriate to meet the needs of the university. Recommend budget levels and expend allotted budgets. Evaluate collections to meet program, accreditation, and grant activities.
  8. Build knowledge, monitor trends, and if relevant, develop an interdisciplinary program for a specialized support area serving as a subject matter expert within the library.
  9. Actively participate in the Northeastern community through committees, teams, working groups, projects, or initiatives that further the university's mission
  10. Keep abreast of developments and trends in the rapidly-changing field of academic librarianship

MLS or equivalent degree. At least 2 years of experience working as a research librarian in an academic research, hospital, or other medical environment, preferably with a Health Sciences background or supporting Health Sciences fields. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as an interest in applying a culturally competent lens to teaching and learning. Strong skills in collaboration and teamwork within a fast paced, dynamic, continually evolving environment. Proactive attitude and ability to take initiative, develop, and carry out projects as well as manage multiple priorities and deadlines. Strong service orientation and interest in focusing on/developing an understanding of user needs. Successful candidates must be willing to experiment, learn, adapt, iterate, and share their own ideas/projects with colleagues as well as provide constructive feedback on projects/ideas from other team members.

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Why Northeastern?
Join a leading R1 institution committed to intensive research and deep, meaningful educational experiences for students at all levels. Here you'll find a diverse campus community driven by innovative leadership in higher education where experiential learning and deep research are central to the mission. In this landscape the University Library is a vital partner in learning, teaching, and research, serving a vibrant urban campus and global online community. Unique space planning initiatives, new collaborations with key partners, and a commitment to experiential learning, diversity and inclusion, community engagement, and supporting the research lifecycle shape the library's innovative spirit and strategic directions.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see To learn more about the Northeastern University Library's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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