Health Literacy Librarian

University of Maryland at Baltimore
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Health Literacy Librarian

Would you like to play an important role in fostering access to useable, actionable health information? Would you like to work to ensure the availability of a trained workforce to support community health information needs? If so, please consider applying to join our team.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Regional Medical Library (NNLM, Region 1), housed within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL), provides funding and health information outreach and education for the following states in alignment with the National Library of Medicine strategic plan: DC, DE, KY, MD, NC, NJ, PA, VA, and WV.

NNLM Region 1 seeks a creative and collaborative Health Literacy Librarian to cultivate partnerships and foster relationships across the region to improve access to consumer health information for health professionals, librarians, and the public. The librarian engages Region 1 members by providing multi-modal instruction for classes, workshops, and symposia; creating resources such as online guides and tutorials; and providing guidance for funded projects related to health information outreach. While a successful candidate is not expected to have this expertise at the time of appointment, a willingness and dedication to develop it over time, with our professional support, is necessary.

The librarian works in a team environment in the HSHSL and with other NNLM Regional Medical Libraries, Offices and Centers (ROCs), serving as the primary Region 1 liaison to relevant national NNLM topics and curriculum groups. The responsibilities will evolve along with the NNLM and library environments, requiring a commitment to continuous learning and professional development.

This is a full-time, grant funded faculty position. Fully committed to championing diversity, equity, and active inclusion, we encourage applications from those who identify as members of historically underrepresented populations.


  • Contributes to regional programs related to consumer health information, outreach and collaboration with public libraries, and health literacy as well as a coordinated national training and education program
  • Presents information about NLM and NNLM programs in training sessions, demonstrations, meetings, exhibits, and other events
  • Serves as Region 1 liaison to relevant national NNLM working groups and committees
  • Provides guidance to recipients of health information outreach grants
  • Supports the overall success of the NNLM Region 1 and network members through outreach and education programs in support of NNLM initiatives
  • Collaborates with NNLM Regional Medical Libraries, Offices, and Centers (ROCs) to support national programs and initiatives

Participates in professional service and professional development activities

Qualifications :


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent advanced degree
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment


  • Demonstrated commitment to applying principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in all activities and interactions
  • Established ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Evidence of a strong service orientation, ability to represent the NNLM accordingly
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with colleagues, health professionals, information professionals, and the public in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Expressed commitment to developing expertise in health literacy with proper training and support
  • Demonstrated desire to teach
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


Applicants without these qualifications who possess a commitment to learn and gain expertise in these areas are encouraged to apply.

  • Project management, strategic planning, and team leadership skills
  • Experience developing and conducting workshops and training, interacting confidently with audiences
  • Familiarity with health literacy concepts and methods
  • Knowledge of NLM and NNLM programs, resources, and services
  • Evidence of professional and scholarly activities
  • Adaptability in the face of techno-glitches, program alterations and task modifications
  • Experience with Moodle LMS, video conferencing, webinar, and social media technologies

MINIMUM SALARY: $55,000, commensurate with experience


Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; 3 references including names, titles, relationship to applicant, phone numbers, email addresses; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” - does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by October 8, 2021.

BENEFITS: Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at .

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request . You may also contact . Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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