Job: Innovation Librarian – Health Sciences Libraries, Temple University

Innovation Librarian – Health Sciences Libraries at Temple University

The Health Sciences Libraries at Temple University seek a dynamic and creative colleague to take a leadership role in developing and coordinating the libraries innovation services. Based at the Ginsburg Library, this new position will engage health sciences faculty, staff and students in exploring new technologies (such as 3D printing and VR) for groundbreaking applications in patient care, education and research. Temple University is a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Innovation Librarian will lead the Health Sciences library’s innovation efforts, coordinating and expanding the library’s current services and programs. S/he will oversee the Ginsburg Library’s new innovation space – managing equipment, software and tools; oversees and trains innovation space student staff; and develops and delivers educational programs that support and promote the use of new technology. The Innovation Librarian will seek out partnerships within the health sciences community, as well as relevant constituents from areas such as bioengineering and computer sciences, to identify areas of collaboration and build new interdisciplinary connections. This position reports to the libraries’ Director, with a dotted line to the Head of Research, Education and Outreach. The Innovation Librarian will also serve as part of a team providing research, reference and consultation services. Performs related duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
ALA accredited master’s degree in Library Science.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of 3D printing and scanning, 3D design software (such as SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, or SketchUp), and/or related makerspace technologies, including virtual reality (VR) platforms such as Google Cardboard.
  • Familiarity with implementing new technologies in an academic (college or university) library or health sciences library setting.
  • Aptitude for teaching and developing user-oriented documentation, particularly web-based.
  • Commitment to professional development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • One (1)+ years of experience working in a makerspace or lab environment.
  • Experience in an academic health sciences library.
  • Familiarity with copyright and patent law, and laboratory safety practices.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply:
To apply for this position, please visit, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference 16003937. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

Fall Social at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Visit the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and view a sampling of staff favorites from the collection, as well as items from the Library’s upcoming exhibition in the Mütter Museum, Divine Monstrosities.

College Librarian Beth Lander will discuss recent staff and programmatic changes in the Library, as well as its future as an interactive space for Museum visitors.  Perhaps see some memorabilia from the chapter’s own archives. (Did you know CPP hosts it?)  Greet MLA-Philadelphia chapter friends and make a few new ones. Get acquainted with the new chapter officers.

Date: Friday, 11/04/2016 5:00-7:00 PM

Historical Medical Library of
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S. 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Fee: $10.00.
RSVP by 10/31/2016. Advance registration is required for attendance. Walk-ins cannot be accepted. Maximum number of participants: 20.

Public Transportation: College of Physicians is located between SEPTA Suburban Station or 30th Street Station.
Parking: There is a lot directly behind the College off of 21st St at the intersection with Ludlow St. There are also lots off Market Street within easy walking distance.

Note: Admission to the Mütter Museum is not a part of this event.

Job Posting: Veterinary Library Internship, University of Pennsylvania

Veterinary Library Internship

SALARY: $15.00/hour

HOURS: 20 hours per week; daytime hours

DUTIES: This is an opportunity to gain broad library experience, particularly in the following areas:

  • Special projects: e.g. citation entry and analysis, collection analysis, digitization, documentation, displays
  • Web page and online resource creation and maintenance.
  • Live Chat reference service.
  • Workshop support.
  • Reference work for members of the public, students, faculty and staff.
  • Circulation desk responsibilities (limited hours).

The Veterinary Library is located in beautiful surroundings in the school’s modern Hill Pavilion. It includes a computer classroom, multipurpose meeting rooms and a media editing lab. A branch library is located at the large animal facility in Kennett Square. Our staff consists of the head librarian with 17 years experience; a part-time liaison librarian and part-time assistant librarian; two full-time support staff and student workers from the school of veterinary medicine and other Penn programs. Opportunities to participate in in-house presentation program for Penn Libraries interns, and technology workshops.

REQUIREMENTS: Must be a current student or recent graduate of an ALA accredited Library/Information Science graduate program. Good academic background. Able to learn quickly, take initiative, handle multiple projects. Science background not required. Familiarity and ease with technology, understanding of basic HTML. Public service orientation.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to:
Royce Drake
Use subject line “Vet Library Internship.”

Visit Penn Libraries for more information.

MLA Rising Star Award

Applications are due to MLA November 1, 2016 for the Rising Stars Award. This award is presented annually by MLA. Visit MLAnet for details and nomination application.

The MLA Rising Star program has been developed to give members the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics needed to become a leader in MLA. The yearly leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:

  • Monthly classes led by MLA member leaders and staff.
  • Experiences and training to develop self-awareness of skills and dispositions as a leader.
  • Opportunities to discuss, reflect upon, and apply concepts from classic leadership texts.
  • Opportunities to gain a comprehensive, intimate view of all aspects of MLA, from Board meetings to MLA history, with a focus on strategic planning.
  • Individualized projects that contribute materially to improving MLA.
  • Structured exercises to give and receive the gift of effective feedback.
  • Structured exercises to gain skills in effective and persuasive communication.\
  • Guidance in finding and working with a career mentor.

Learn more about the award at MLANET.

Call for Nominations

MLA’s greatest assets are the collective wisdom of its members and the support received from friends and affiliates.  Some of our colleagues have made sustained and outstanding contributions to the profession and are deserving of recognition as Fellows of MLA.  Individuals who are not members but who have similarly contributed in a significant way to advancing the missions of the Association and profession may also be recognized as Honorary Members.  Please consider nominating a colleague for Fellow or a non-member for Honorary Member status.  Peer recognition builds a stronger community!

Nominations are due to MLA November 1, 2016.  Please visit the Fellows and Honorary Members section of MLANET at for details and to access the online nomination form.  Previous applicants will be considered if renominated.