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Job Posting: Health Sciences Librarian, Penn State University

Health Sciences Librarian
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Penn State College of Medicine University Park Regional Campus Harrell Health Sciences Library To apply, please visit

The Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons seeks an experienced Librarian to support the expanding Penn State College of Medicine (COM), University Park Regional Campus [State College, PA]. Reporting to the Harrell HSL Associate Dean & Director, the incumbent will be co-located at the regional medical campus and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the health sciences library satellite location. This position will provide a broad range of information services and will lead library education and instruction activities in support of the students, faculty, staff, and researchers located at the regional medical campus. This is a three year non-tenure track, fixed-term faculty appointment.

Position Summary:

The Health Sciences Librarian will partner with the Harrell HSL administration to plan and build a comparable program of support and services at the regional medical campus that actively positions the library as a key resource and extends the reach of the Harrell HSL in support of the COM regardless of location. The selected candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination of library-related instructional activities for the regional medical campus and the integration of EBM into the curriculum. Additionally, the Librarian will work closely with the COM faculty to design, develop and teach a variety of classes, workshops and course-integrated instruction; design and develop online tutorials and provide individual consultations and orientations; provide expertise, support, assessment and implementation for new and existing instructional technologies used in teaching and learning; participate in collection development activities; provide in-depth reference and consultation service; participate in library orientation for new medical students and residents; and will function as the sole liaison to the regional medical campus.

Other responsibilities of the position include daily oversight of the library satellite location at the Penn State COM University Park Regional Campus and executing responsibility and accountability for the physical facility, services, and collections located at the regional medical campus; evaluating new and existing library programs, services and resources; contributing to the assessment of user needs, participating in the evaluation of services, marketing and planning, and the development of outcome measures of the Harrell HSL; collaborating with librarians in related subject areas libraries/departments at University Park, including Life Sciences and other STEM libraries; and contributing to the profession through librarianship, teaching and learning, service, research, and involvement in professional organizations. Critical skills needed for this position include leadership skills and the ability to function independently as well as effectively in a team environment; technology skills; flexibility and the capacity to embrace change in a diverse, dynamic, and evolving organization; and a facility for cross-departmental communications.

Required Qualifications:
Requires a Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); several years of experience in medical library environment, with increasing levels of responsibility; knowledge of evidence based practice principles and aware of current trends in Academic Health Sciences Libraries and medical education; experience designing and delivering instruction/training; knowledge of and experience with health/STEM databases and resources including expert literature searching skills; ability to work independently and effectively across organizational lines and in collaboration with colleagues to build strong relationships; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making skills; and strong leadership and organizational skills with a commitment to diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include the understanding the principles of adult learning and training; an undergraduate or graduate degree in a biomedical or physical science field or graduate-level coursework; and active membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals.


The University Libraries is ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. The library serves approximately
6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students university-wide. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Penn State Hershey, located approximately 100 miles from University Park, is the medical campus of Penn State University. The Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons, located on the Penn State Hershey campus, is the health sciences library for Penn State University. Penn State College of Medicine confers the doctor of medicine degree and in conjunction with Penn State’s Graduate School, offers a variety of doctoral, masters, and graduate certificate programs in the biomedical sciences. The recently established Physician Assistant Master’s Program inaugural graduating class of 2016 achieved a 100 percent national board pass rate as first-time test takers of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam.

The University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine is a collaborative effort between Penn State Hershey, Mount Nittany Health and other local State College providers. The regional medical campus offers a wide spectrum of medical education opportunities, including clerkships, electives and acting internships for Penn State medical students. The regional medical campus is expanding and will be accepting the inaugural class for the new competency based curriculum currently under development, fall 2017. The University Park Regional Campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. To apply,
please visit To be
considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three
professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications
will begin October 3, 2016 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

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Webinar: Getting Started With Statistics

Getting Started with Statistics

When: September 7th, 2016,  1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Thomas Jefferson University, Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A
1020 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

As librarians interact with more research through efforts with evidence-based practice and systematic reviews, they have a growing need for understanding statistics. This confidence-building course will help you be more comfortable with statistical concept for reading research findings and interpreting data.  Join MLA Chapter members and colleagues as we participate in this live webinar. Participants are eligible to earn 1.5 CE credits.

Register for the webinar

Member (on-site attendee):  Free
Member (recording only):  Free

Not a Chapter member? Join now to get free access to this webinar and future continuing education opportunities. If you’re interested in these topics, Chapter membership can save you money!

Can’t join us in person? No problem- use the “off-site” registration link to access the recorded webinar. A link to the recording will be sent to you 5-7 days after the ‘live’ date.

Continuing Education Courses at Tri-Chapter Meeting

Continuing Education Courses at the The 3Ls – Librarians, Leadership and Learning
September 25 – 28, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
MACMLA, NY-NJ and PHIL Chapters
Register for conference
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Continuing Education (CE) courses at the 2016 Tri-Chapter meeting in Philadelphia have something for everyone. Do you want to increase your understanding of medical concepts and improve your ability to communicate with health professionals? Doctor Speak for Medical Librarians will unravel the mysteries of clinical concepts and terminologies. Need help making sense of research studies?  Introduction to Research Design will provide the knowledge to define study types and strength of evidence.  And we haven’t forgotten searching skills: From the Classroom to the Clinic will deliver advanced searching techniques in the classroom and clinical settings.

Take advantage of expert instructors, a convenient location, and budget-friendly prices by registering today. You may enroll in a CE course independent of the conference registration fee. All courses will be held on Sunday, September 25th at the DoubleTree Hotel or Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). A transport service will be provided for those attending a class at TJU.

Check out the full list of courses below and find details at

  • Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization
  • Doctor Speak for Medical Librarians: An Introduction to Laboratory Tests, Medical Imaging, and Common Drug Types
  • From the Classroom to the Clinic: Advanced Searching Techniques for Different Scenarios
  • Genealogy – Getting It Right the First Time
  • Introduction to Research Design for Librarians

If you have questions about the Tri-Chapter CE, contact Donna Gibson ( or Ashley Cuffia (

Resume Clinic at the Tri-Chapter Meeting

Resume Clinic at the The 3Ls – Librarians, Leadership and Learning
September 25 – 28, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
MACMLA, NY-NJ and PHIL Chapters
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  • Seeking Experienced Professionals Interested in Reviewing and Writing Resumes
  • Seeking Meeting Attendees Who Want Their Resumes Critiqued

We plan to offer a resume clinic during the Tri-Chapter Meeting and are seeking volunteers willing to share their expertise and time.  This is an opportunity to network and share your knowledge.  Our focus will be on providing quality time for meeting attendees to have their cover letters, resumes, and CVs reviewed by experienced health sciences and medical librarians. This is also an opportunity to discuss successful interview techniques for job seekers.

If you are interested in supporting your colleagues and those new to the profession by reviewing resumes, please send an email to Donna Gibson ( For those who want a second pair of eyes to review their resumes, please send an email to Ashley Cuffia (

Additional details about the resume clinic will be shared as we draw nearer to the conference date.  With your support and interest, we hope to make this a rewarding experience for all who participate.

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