We're Hiring! Research Librarian (tenure-track faculty position)

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The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an innovative, motivated and collaborative professional for the tenure-track faculty position of Research Librarian. Individuals interested in this faculty position must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, and complete the application on The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center career site, job ID R20787. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Application deadline is January 31, 2022.

Research Librarian
Classification: Assistant Professor
Working Title: Research Librarian
Reports to: Assistant Director, Research and Education

As part of the Research and Education liaison team, the Research Librarian will develop and provide instruction and consultations in classroom, small group, and individual settings and also produce online guides and learning materials that support the research efforts of biomedical and health sciences basic scientists. The successful candidate will engage with faculty, staff, and students and develop expertise to inform and enhance the research enterprise.


80% Librarianship (Assigned Professional Time)

  • Develops expertise in areas of interest to basic scientists, such as publication metrics/bibliometrics, data management planning and journal/funder requirements, genetic information databases, open access and open science, and expert comprehensive searching for the purposes of grant and/or IRB submissions and systematic, scoping or other review types. Within an appointment-only research consult model, provides in-depth consultations connected to these areas.
  • Develops, implements, and assesses strategic instructional and curricular programs or courses through a variety of methods and formats aimed at the information needs of basic scientists in the health sciences, primarily but not limited to the College of Medicine.
  • Engages in successful relationships with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas, and collaborates with other librarians and research-oriented units across the medical center and University as appropriate.
  • Stays abreast of new tools and approaches to partner with and support the research community.
  • 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.

20% Scholarship and Service (Unassigned Professional Time)

Conducts research and scholarly activities in appropriate venues in order to meet the Libraries' and University's requirements for promotion and tenure (see additional details on this Ohio State University Libraries webpage).

What does this work look like on a regular basis?

“Basic scientists” is a phrase used in medical schools/colleges to denote faculty and staff who are typically doing bench science in areas such as anatomy, cell biology, physiology, genetics, or other biomedical related areas. As a faculty tenure-track librarian in this area, work might include (but not be limited to) the following kinds of activities:

  • Learn about the nuances of h-index, impact factors, and other measures of research impact. Develop and teach sessions about these topics, often collaborating with existing structures for reaching faculty.
  • Develop expertise in comprehensive searching of PubMed, Scopus, EBSCO databases as appropriate, Cochrane Library, and other pertinent biomedical databases connected to the work of basic scientists at OSU (especially genetics and molecular biology). Develop and teach sessions on basic and comprehensive searching. Apply this knowledge to systematic reviews, guiding or joining teams as appropriate.
  • Develop a personal knowledgebase about basic data management concepts and determining the best repositories for sharing data. Develop some knowledge about managing and sharing human subject data in anticipation of NIH 2023 data policy.
  • Teach or co-teach an undergraduate biomedical science literature course within that major’s curriculum one semester per year.
  • Use your personal expertise in building relationships with faculty, exploring new information needs as they develop, and in helping the HSL plan for the future.

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; or a PhD or other terminal degree in a biomedical, biological/life sciences, biologically-oriented chemistry, or bioinformatics field with demonstrated interest and/or expertise in health sciences librarianship.
  • Experience with health sciences database searching and familiarity with common information workflows in basic science research settings
  • Familiarity with scientific terminology, methodologies, and the evolving health sciences information landscape
  • Able to take initiative, lead individual efforts, prioritize and scale services; willingness and courage to try new ventures
  • Familiarity with current trends and technologies facing academic research environments
  • Familiarity with complex academic settings

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a biomedical, biological, life or health sciences field
  • Minimum 2-4 years of experience in an academic, life sciences, or health sciences library
  • Ability to adapt and work well within a complex, changing environment
  • Documented evidence of ability to lead projects and initiatives relevant to research and education within an academic or health sciences library
  • Experience in a research/academic laboratory setting

Rank and Salary

This is a full-time, regular, 12-month appointment as a tenure-track faculty member. The candidate will be required to meet university and Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary and faculty rank at either Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor are dependent on qualifications and experience. Targeted hiring minimum is $60,000/year.


The university offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available.  For a summary of benefits, see: https://hr.osu.edu/new-employees/benefits-overview.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.  The Ohio State University is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.

Individuals interested in this faculty position must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, and complete the application on The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center career site, job ID R20787. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Application deadline is January 31, 2022.


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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 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, faculty 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 at 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.

Your Contact

Stephanie Schulte, MLS

Associate Professor
Assistant Director
Research and Education Services

Prior Hall 206

Library Liaison for:
College of Medicine