Job Posting: Hospital Librarian – Abington, PA

Title:  Hospital Librarian Position – Abington, PA

For details and to apply, please visit and enter 2016-0845 in the Search by Job Number field.

Reporting to the VP Physician Services, and under the direction of the Chairperson School of Nursing and working in conjunction with Health System Library leadership, provides operational leadership for AJH Library Services.

Essential Function(s)
1. Meets all standards of the Patient Satisfaction Initiative Criteria in order to make Abington – Jefferson Health (AJH) the hospital of choice for Patients and Employees.
2. Working in conjunction with Jefferson Health Library team, proactively sets up processes and provides group and/or one-on-one educational time to educate AJH medical staff, faculty, residents/fellows, staff, and nursing/medical students to foster independent use of library services.
3. Actively participates in ‘rounding’ and /or ‘scholarly activities’ with clinical team, providing educational resources.
4. Working with Health System Library team, ensures journals, online and paper subscriptions, books, interlibrary loan resources and all other services meets the needs of AJH. Provide document delivery and interlibrary loan services. Maintain statistics as needed.
5. Working in conjunction with Jefferson Health team and in support of AJH medical staff, residents, faculty, staff, and nursing students provides operational leadership for AJH to ensure library services meet the ACEN/Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing/ACGME and other regulatory bodies, including but not limited to leadership with budgeting, planning, resources, interlibrary loan and all library services.
6. Active participation in Faculty Organization/Curriculum Committee representing library activities.
7. Acts as a resource for communicating current regional and national trends for best practices and development to enhance organization goals, efficiencies and improvements as relating to library science.
8. Performs other duties as assigned.

A. Experience: 2+ years of experience in a health sciences or hospital library. Experience using biomedical and evidence based information tools such as PubMed, OVID, and CINAHL. Experience with clinical librarianship or evidence-based practice methods. Library reference experience.
B. Education & Training: Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA – Accredited Program.
C. License, Certification & Registration: Valid driver’s license, current registration
D. Other Requirements: Proficient with Microsoft Office. Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; excellent organizational skills. Ability to work independently and also collaboratively with faculty, residents/fellows, students and staff. Current auto insurance with proof of coverage required. Must possess a driving record free from major violations within the past five years, and maintain an acceptable driving record with no major violations in accordance with Motor Vehicle Regulations and AJH’s auto insurance policy. Any and all major violations incurred must be immediately reported to the manager, department head, or Human Resources department.

A. Reports to (Title): VP Physician Services; Chairperson School of Nursing; indirect reporting to Associate Director, Information Services, Scott Memorial Library
B. Titles(s) of Positions Supervised: N/A
C. Number of Employees Supervised: Direct: 0
Indirect: 2
Volunteers: 2

Webinar: What’s new with the Affordable Care Act and what you need to know about it

Please join us next Wednesday June 8th at Temple’s Ginsburg Health Sciences Library to watch the new MLA Webinar “What’s new with the Affordable Care Act and what you need to know about it”

When:  Wednesday, 06/08/2016
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Ginsburg Health Sciences Library
Temple University
3500 North Broad St., Room 246a
Medical Education and Research Building (MERB)
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Register for the ‘live’ event or access the recorded webinar at:

Librarians working with consumers and communities are now called upon to assist people, not in enrolling for health insurance, but in using health insurance—learning new terminology and navigating the health care system with their health insurance coverage.

Join Affordable Care Act (ACA) expert and author Emily Vardell as she provides ACA updates and practical guidance on:

  • the ACA timeline, focusing on what librarians need to know
  • resources to support consumers’ use of health insurance
  • partnerships between librarians, ACA practitioners, and community members
  • achieving successful ACA outreach
  • locating ACA datasets



The Tri-Chapter Meeting in Philly is Coming!

The Philadelphia Chapter, MAC Chapter, and the New York/New Jersey Chapter are sponsoring a joint meeting in Philadelphia, September 25 – 28, 2016.

The meeting theme is “L3: Librarians, Leadership and Learning” and will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, just minutes away from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and numerous other arts, dining, shopping and entertainment venues.  Registration is now open.

Poster and Paper presenters are needed.  For more information and to submit poster and paper abstracts online go here   The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 27, 2016


Join us for Spring Social & Private Museum Tour

Join us Thursday March 31st for a social reception and private tour of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Philadelphia’s finest Victorian house museum. Guests will have ample time to meet and relax with other chapter members, explore this hidden gem, and visit the NLM touring exhibitionThe Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Yellow Wallpaper.” Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Mansion has ample free on-street parking, and is a short walk from Septa’s Tulpehocken station.



When:  Thursday, March 31st, 2016,  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location:  Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia


MLA-Phil Member – $20.00 (USD)
Current MLA-Phil members are welcome to bring a guest at the members’ price.

Other Organizations – $20.00 (USD)
Current TCLC and SLA members are welcome to attend!

We look forward to seeing you at our first social event of 2016!


Data Management Workshop

On March 4th, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Medical Libraries Association held a workshop on data management roles for medical librarians at Drexel University’s Hahnemann Library. Chapter members joined Lisa Federer, Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library for a discussion of how to position library services to react to emerging data preservation and sharing mandates for government-funded research, and gained hands-on experience working with data cleanup tools such as OpenRefine.


Pictured: Lisa Federer, NIH (left) and Maylene Qiu, MLA-Phil (right)