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Reference & Instruction Librarian

Location: Green Valley, NV
Company: Touro College
Hours: Full time
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Under the general direction of the Library Director, the Reference and Instruction Librarian is responsible for providing library instruction and reference services for the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Medicine. This faculty position will also serve as the library liaison for the College of Health and Human Services programs (Nursing, OT, PT, PA, Education). Working with a small team of librarians, the Reference and Instruction Librarian provides consultations and instruction in bibliographic research methods, evidence-based practice, research data management, systematic reviews, and scholarly communication. This position will cultivate and sustain collaborative relationships with students, residents, faculty, and staff in support of campus research, teaching, and learning. The Reference and Instruction Librarian will develop classes and workshops and will be responsible for the overall promotion and development of the Library and its services.

The Reference and Instruction Librarian is responsible for providing reference services, research support, and information literacy instruction for the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Medicine.


1. Provides reference services.

1.1. Provides in-depth reference services in support of CHHS and COM to faculty, staff, students, residents, and preceptors.

1.2. Provides regularly scheduled reference services on the virtual chat service platform (Libraryh3lp).

1.3. Responds to reference queries submitted via email, phone, or chat in a timely manner, with in-person reference services expected to resume in July 2021.

2. Provides library research instruction.

2.1. Provides library orientation and training to new students, faculty, staff, residents and preceptors.

2.2. Provides expert literature search services in support of education, research projects, systematic reviews, and research data management as well as mediated literature searches with faculty.

2.3. Provides instruction on effective searching and evaluation of results for biomedical databases, evidence-based practice resources, and point-of-care tools. Provides instruction on such topics as evidence-based medicine, online proprietary database searching, and research techniques.

2.4. Partners with CHHS departmental faculty to teach information literacy instruction sessions.

2.5. Designs and delivers interactive information literacy instruction modules in the Learning Management System (Canvas) and develops online information literacy tutorials in support of research and evidence-based practice.

2.6. Develops and assesses student learning outcomes for information literacy sessions.

2.7. Provides formal and informal education courses, seminars, webinars, and workshops in support of research development across the university.

2.8. Develops and maintains Libguide research guides for Nursing, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Education programs.

3. Assists with collection development in the CHHS.

3.1. Identify resources needed by departmental faculty within the CHHS and provide this input to the Library Director.

4. Promotes library services.

4.1. Serves as the liaison librarian to the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

4.2. Works collaboratively with the Research and Instruction Librarian to promote library services to the College of Medicine.

4.3. Works with the Dean of Students to schedule library orientation sessions for all incoming students.

5. Serves on faculty and university-wide committees.

6. Participates in faculty functions where faculty attendance is expected, such as White Coat Ceremony, Commencement, and new student orientation.

7. Other duties as required.

Required Education: MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science program.

Required Experience: Minimum of three years of academic library experience.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of library procedures and biomedical and educational electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of Cochrane Reviews and JBI Systematic Reviews (preferred).
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Ability to develop instructional modules in an LMS (Canvas).
  • Experience in developing instructional support materials (e.g., research guides, video tutorials, etc.).
  • Proficiency in the use of current and emerging instructional technologies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.


Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, copies of graduate transcripts, and a brief Teaching Philosophy Statement.

Applications received by March 22, 2021 will receive full consideration. This position will remain open until filled.

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