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Medical Education Librarian

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, California
$60,116 - $82,767
Date posted
Nov 10, 2022

Job Details

Medical Education Librarian

Department: Sciences User Engagement, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian ($60,116 - $82,767)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: January 6, 2023



The UCLA Library seeks a highly collaborative, user-focused professional for the position of Medical Education Librarian. Recent graduates and those looking to enter medical librarianship are strongly encouraged to apply.




Position Duties


Reporting to the Director of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library, the Medical Education Librarian works to advance research, scholarship, collections, and teaching in medicine. The librarian will serve as liaison to the David Geffen School of Medicine, be an ex officio member of the school’s Medical Education Committee, and be the primary contact for medical school curriculum instruction and research support. Secondarily, the Medical Education Librarian will support systematic review work at UCLA through participation in the Library’s systematic review service.


Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with faculty and library staff to plan, deliver, and assess library and instructional services to the David Geffen School of Medicine on various topics, including biomedical databases, citation management tools, and biomedical research strategies; Provide consultations and research support for graduate students, residents, faculty, and researchers on the use of biomedical and citation management resources and tools; Develop workshops, programs, and orientation sessions; Support collection development through review of existing collections and recommendation of new resources; Perform literature searches in support of systematic reviews, research, grants, clinical practice, teaching, and publishing; Provide general reference and research support for students, faculty and researchers in the health sciences in collaboration with Biomedical Library colleagues; Develop and maintain relationships with campus partners in collaboration with library colleagues; Maintain awareness of changes and trends within David Geffen School of Medicine and related campus programs; Participate in outreach events and activities grounded in teaching, research, creative and civic engagement and that demonstrate a commitment to including diverse voices; Actively contribute to a User Engagement Functional Team and library-wide initiatives; and Work with Library Development to identify, cultivate, and steward donors, collections, and gift funds.

The successful candidate will be committed to promoting and enhancing diversity through engagement with and promotion of the [UCLA Principles of Community](


Required Qualifications


  • ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience). Experience with or interest in expanding knowledge of databases and resources in the health sciences. Experience with or interest in expanding knowledge of supporting systematic review. Familiarity with the operation of a research university, and ability to work effectively and collegially in a team-based environment with colleagues, clients, and administrators at all levels. Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population. Excellent analytical, organizational, time, and project management skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills. Familiarity with the research life cycle and information literacy principles.

Applicants with all the above basic qualifications and any of the following preferred qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: 1) Work or educational experience in an academic research library or health sciences library; 2) Work or educational experience in advanced or expert searching techniques; 3) Teaching or training experience.



General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. Librarians at UCLA are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance may be provided.


Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility.  Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program.  In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, and/or university and community service, and/or scholarly activities.  Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.


Application Procedures

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here:


Applications must include:

  • a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
  • a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and
  • the names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. A Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) - Equity, diversity, and inclusion are key components of The University of California’s commitment to excellence. Thus, teaching, research, professional, and public service contributions that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion are encouraged and given due recognition in the evaluation of each candidate’s qualifications. Please provide an EDI statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing marginalized communities, and your awareness of and commitment to promoting an inclusionary library and campus environment. Describe your past, and/or future contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Candidates are invited to review the following: UCLA EDI statement ( Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Statement FAQs ( UCLA Library ARI and EDI efforts:


UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.



Description of Unit

User Engagement (UE) brings together public services librarians and staff across three major divisions (Arts, Music, and Powell; Management/Humanities and Social Sciences; and Sciences) and five functional teams (Anti-Racism, Collections, Outreach, Research, and Teaching and Learning). The UE group is a matrixed organization designed to enhance library services through a cross-disciplinary and cross-functional approach.


The Sciences division is comprised of librarians and staff from three library locations. The unit supports research, teaching, and clinical care in a wide variety of settings and at all levels (undergraduate through post-graduate), including specialized collections and services for health, physical, life, and applied sciences and engineering. The team consists of 8 FTE librarians and 1 FTE instructional and outreach specialist.



Description of Institution and Library

As one of the world's great public research universities, UCLA integrates education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout the region and around the world.


UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.


To enable these accomplished students, faculty, and staff to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the benefit of global society, the UCLA Library is re-envisioning how it is acquired, synthesized, and shared across academic audiences and with the public.  It was among the first academic libraries to develop subject-specialist librarians and to launch a program to enhance students’ research skills. Its Special Collections pioneered the acquisition by public institutions of rare and unique books, children’s literature, pulp and detective fiction, works by or about women and minorities, screenplays, architectural plans, and Los Angeles-related materials and today leads the way in collecting archival resources in digital format such as emails and manuscripts.  It has launched innovative data management services and an affordable course materials initiative that have served as models for other libraries.


The Library serves UCLA students, faculty, and staff whenever and wherever they need its resources and expertise. Reconfigured, high-tech spaces and services in its ten campus libraries enable users and librarians to explore and work with print and digital materials collaboratively or individually, pursue new lines of inquiry, and develop new pedagogical approaches as well as novel forms of scholarship.  More than 3.5 million people visit annually, while an additional 3.4 million visitors enter online through its virtual front doors.


Whether on campus or online, the Library forms the intellectual heart of UCLA, a hub for cutting-edge discovery, scholarship, and instruction.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.  For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see:  University of California – Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace at


Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.


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