Medicine and Research Services Librarian

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Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian – Medicine and Research Services Librarian

University of Washington: Academic Personnel: University Libraries
Location:  Seattle, WA
Open Date: Nov 23, 2022


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 1.5 million electronic books, more than 190,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts, and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries play a significant leadership role regionally as a member of the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession, as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) is a national leader in the development and application of innovative strategies and technologies to meet information and research needs for the benefit of patients and communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The HSL supports the education, research, and clinical programs of the six UW health science schools, the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network (ACN), as well as the wider interdisciplinary biomedical community of the University. The UW Medicine Accountable Care Network spans 46 cities and neighborhoods and includes 1,000+ primary care providers; 4,000+ specialists; 1,000+ clinics; 19 hospitals; 33+ urgent care clinics; and 19 emergency departments. The HSL provides library services to six schools: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work. The HSL librarians support interprofessional education activities among the six schools.

UW School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is a school of the University of Washington and serves a five-state region: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI). U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the University of Medicine as best in the nation for primary care education and training, and second in the nation for NIH research grants with $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2020. There are approximately 4,800 students and trainees in the School of Medicine. The School of Medicine encompasses the M.D. program, physician assistant program, residency and fellowship program, and Ph.D. training across 32 academic departments. Graduates go on to serve in a wide variety of capacities, from providing high-quality healthcare throughout the WWAMI region to pursuing innovative biomedical research. For more information, see


Working in a collaborative team environment, under the direction of the Director of Clinical Research & Data Services, the Medicine and Research Services Librarian is a creative, flexible, and self-directed individual that can provide support for the School of Medicine and its associated departments. The person in this position cultivates productive relationships to integrate library resources and services into the UW health sciences community’s curriculum, research, and clinical operations. The Medicine and Research Services Librarian will also develop and promote library services and resources; participate in professional and scholarly organizations and activities; pursue personal professional development; and maintain awareness of evolving trends in library and information science related to health sciences.

This position is not tenure eligible. Please see the Librarian Personnel Code for the Librarian promotion process.

The University of Washington and the Service Employees International Union, Local 925 (SEIU 925) are currently in the process of negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement. This position is subject to the collective bargaining agreement and represented by SEIU 925. For more information and updates on the bargaining process, please visit

This position is eligible for hybrid work, on campus and remote.


  • Serve as the primary liaison from HSL to the students, faculty, and staff in the School of Medicine and departments affiliated with the School of Medicine including WWAMI sites and associated clinical and academic departments.
  • Provide individual and group consultations in information literacy, research strategies, searching, information management, and tools for evidence-based practice.
  • Develop and maintain expert searching skills in order to conduct complex literature searches.
  • Design and present creative and effective instructional sessions in support of the School of Medicine and affiliated departments. Instruction would be expected to occur in-person and online, in settings including classes, workshops, webinars, and in one-on-one and small group meetings.
  • Develop LibGuides and other instructional materials for the UW Health Sciences community.
  • Gain knowledge of HSL, its collections (including OER and OA resources), and its value and purpose in supporting the teaching and learning goals of the health sciences schools and teaching hospitals (UW Medicine).
  • Cultivate and sustain collaborative relationships with faculty, students, researchers, and staff in support of campus teaching, learning, and research.
  • Perform professional responsibilities in teaching, scholarship, and service. Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional growth.
  • Keep current with the trends in medicine and library services and implement new services to provide research support for the School of Medicine.
  • Provide liaison services to other departments and schools as requested.
  • Play an active role in staying informed and participating in Libraries and unit meetings, activities, and events.


Position will be at the Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian rank, depending on qualifications and background. See the Librarian Personnel Code for librarian rank appointment criteria at


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax. A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.


The base salary range for this position will be $4,834.00 – $5,667.00 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a moving allowance.


While we hope to fill the position by Winter 2023, we are happy to work with the successful candidate to explore opportunities for an earlier or later start date.


Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and a more socially just society and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Strong public service orientation with an aptitude for providing online and face-to-face instruction and consultation services.
  • Commitment to professional development.
  • Self-motivated with record of follow through.
  • Understanding and willingness to work in a team-based environment.

Preferred Qualifications – please consider applying if you do not meet the preferred qualifications as we welcome librarians with varied experience

  • Evidence of team-based work in an academic, research, or clinical setting.
  • Experience using health sciences information resources to provide instruction and research support.
  • Familiarity with interdisciplinary collaboration and team-based care.
  • Experience with medical research.

Application Instructions


Applications received by 8:59 p.m. PST/11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, will receive priority review. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling biweekly basis at the discretion of the unit.

The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses, and specify current supervisor)
  • Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement*

*UW Libraries Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement Guidelines

Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries and an integral component of the Libraries 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. We aspire to become a truly inclusive and equitable organization. In your application, please include a separate statement of no more than 300 words that describes your potential to support and contribute to the Libraries’ commitment to providing equitable services and resources to all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status.

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