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HSL Hiring a Tenure-Track Research & Education Librarian

April 9, 2019

The Health Sciences Library seeks an enthusiastic and innovative candidate for a faculty, 12-month appointment, tenure-track Research & Education Librarian.

As a member of the Health Sciences Library, the Research and Education Librarian will initiate and build partnerships with faculty, staff, and students from one or more assigned health sciences college, school, or department especially within the College of Medicine through a liaison model. The successful candidate will engage with faculty and develop skills as needed to deliver education and research services and resources when and where needed.


  • Develops and maintains successful relationships with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas
  • Develop, implements, and assesses innovative and strategic instructional and curricular programs through a variety of methods and formats
  • Develops expertise and participates in evidence based practice, information literacy, and research support initiatives across the health sciences. Builds and adapts expertise of new tools and approaches as needed to support research, education, and clinical missions.
  • Provides in-depth research support through consultations and innovative services, including but not limited to basic data management planning, research impact assistance, and copyright knowledge.
  • Advises and/or performs complex literature searches in support of systematic reviews and other research endeavors
  • Monitors patterns of research and emerging issues associated with scholarly communication and informs faculty, staff, and students as appropriate
  • Serves on Health Sciences Library, University Libraries, and University committees and working groups and collaborates with university centers, offices, and other librarians as appropriate
  • Participates in strategic planning and goals setting at the Health Sciences Library, including leading initiatives as appropriate
  • Conducts research and scholarly activities in appropriate venues in order to meet the Libraries’ and University’s requirements for promotion and tenure (see https://library.osu.edu/document-registry/docs/356/stream).

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and information studies from an ALA-accredited program or a comparable graduate degree from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • Experience with health sciences database searching
  • Curiosity and desire to learn more about scientific terminology, methodologies, and health professions
  • Able to take initiative and lead individual efforts
  • Familiarity with current trends and technologies facing academic environments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in life or health sciences and/or professional experience in the fields of biomedicine or health sciences
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in an academic, life, or health sciences library
  • Ability to adapt and work well within a complex, changing environment
  • Evidence of ability to lead projects and initiatives relevant to research and education within an academic or health sciences library

Rank and Salary

This position is full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure track faculty appointment. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience with a target hiring salary range of $55, 000 to $60,000 per year.


The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, dental, vision, long-term disability and life insurance. State and alternative retirement choices are available. For a summary of benefits, see: https://hr.osu.edu/new-employees/benefits-overview.


The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment that supports the free exchange of ideas in a professional and collegial manner in all academic endeavor as we engage audiences and serve our communities from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and experiences. The Ohio State University is an EEO/AA Employer and fosters a tobacco-free environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by May 8, 2019. Individuals interested in this faculty position must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter as one PDF and complete the application on The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center career site, job ID 448152.


Discover Ohio State

For 149 years, The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. The university’s main campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State also includes a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

About the Health Sciences Library

Located on the south end of the main Columbus campus of OSU, the Ohio State University Health Sciences Library primarily serves all faculty, staff and students of the Wexner Medical Center and the five Health Sciences colleges (Medicine, including the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing, Dentistry, Optometry, and Public Health) via its physical and its vast digital resources, along with the expertise of its librarians and technical staff.  The specialized expertise of the Health Sciences Library supports research and discovery – from helping faculty focus their funding proposals and research questions, to improving faculty access to their most-needed journals, to conducting systematic literature reviews, to creating original medical illustrations that strengthen faculty research submissions to leading journals. Though administratively separate from University Libraries, librarians are part of the University Libraries faculty unit, and the libraries collaborates in a variety of ways, including collections, teaching and learning, and digitization efforts.

About The Ohio State University Libraries

The Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression, advances effective teaching, curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. Libraries faculty and staff live these values in all that we do: Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship. Learn about our strategic directions here https://library.osu.edu/strategic-directions.

The Libraries’ greatest resource is our faculty and staff. Their expertise produces value beyond the collections and their commitment to continual improvement and innovation is one of the most significant ways the Libraries meets the diverse and evolving information needs of university students, faculty, staff, alongside scholars throughout Ohio and the world.

As a global leader, the Libraries is actively engaged in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives to help shape the future of academic research libraries. These activities and the innovations that result enhance our ability to acquire, manage, and preserve emerging information resources, support knowledge creation, and enable its effective transmission to future learners. Information about the Libraries is available at https://library.osu.edu.

The Libraries strives to provide welcoming, supportive environments for all to pursue and share knowledge. The Libraries is guided by our strategic priorities that facilitate, celebrate and honor diversity, inclusion, access and social justice. All positions are expected to contribute to building and advancing this environment, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.