University of Alabama at Birmingham — Clinical Reference Librarian

UAB Libraries at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking an innovative, proactive, and motivated reference librarian to join the hospital library team.  A branch of UAB Libraries, Lister Hill Library at University Hospital is on site within the university’s academic tertiary care center, the only Magnet-designated hospital in the state.  This librarian will support the education, research, and patient care activities of a variety of clienteles in a fast-paced, dynamic clinical space.  They will also have the opportunity to interact closely with the Center for Nursing Excellence through a variety of embedded activities. As a member of the library faculty, this individual will be expected to contribute to the profession and build a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include research consultations, searching assistance, development of instructional materials and guides, customized group and individual instruction, and point-of-use reference.  The successful candidate will participate on library, hospital, and university committees.  

Required:  ALA accredited MLS or equivalent, excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrated experience in reference support, strong public service orientation, flexibility, ability to manage projects and work independently, and demonstrated ability to interact well with varied clienteles and co-workers.  

Preferred: one year professional experience in a health or life sciences library or a hospital library, demonstrated skill in interacting with adult learners, knowledge of evidence-based practice principles, and experience with supporting nursing activities.

This is a non-tenure-track faculty position with academic rank at the time of appointment dependent on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.  This position is located in the Lister Hill Library at University Hospital and reports to the Clinical Services Librarian. Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent fringe benefits, including TIAA/CREF.  Apply online at https://uab.peopleadmin.com/postings/10938. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

UAB Libraries are committed to advancing equitable access to information, intellectual freedom, and the public good for the UAB community and the community at large. We recognize our social responsibility to advocate for marginalized voices and to inform and educate to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and mutual respect.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

About UAB and Birmingham

UAB has been ranked as the top Young University in the United States for two consecutive years by Times Higher Education, and Forbes recently named UAB America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer, No. 4 in the nation among Best Employers for Diversity. UAB has been consistently recognized among a select few universities as a Diversity Champion by Insight into Diversity for the institution’s longstanding commitment to shared values that include diversity, inclusion and respect. UAB —among one of the most diverse campuses in the nation — is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and creating an environment that can serve as a model for the kind of society we strive to build. UAB is the first university in the United States to adopt the Okanagan Charter and become an internationally recognized Health Promoting University.

Downtown Birmingham has enjoyed a revitalization in recent years, with the development of Railroad Park — an award-winning urban park — and its adjacent Regions Field, home to the minor league Birmingham Barons — an award-winning stadium. The park and stadium projects have kickstarted major growth in surrounding districts, including craft breweries, boutique shops, restaurants, loft and apartment buildings, innovative workspaces, and hotels.

There are a host of attractions only a short walk from UAB’s campus, the Birmingham Civil Rights District National Monument, composed of sites such as Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Civil Rights Institute — a major destination for visitors from around the world. Birmingham’s cultural scene is thriving, with museums, numerous galleries, music and arts festivals, theaters and live music venues, a professional ballet company, a professional opera company, a School of Fine Arts, the Jazz Hall of Fame, and the recent restoration of the historic Lyric and Alabama theaters. Birmingham is in proximity to many state and national parks, lakes, urban greenspaces, and hiking and biking trails. The city has more green space per capita than any other major city in the United States.

The laws and regulations regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccination continue to evolve.  Please be aware that UAB may determine that obtaining the COVID-19 or related vaccination is a requirement for this position, based on legal changes or otherwise. If that occurs, the successful candidate may be required to submit proof of vaccination or obtain an approved vaccination exemption as a condition of employment.

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