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Clinical Services Liaison
Clinical Services Librarian
Clinical services librarians at the University of Louisville (UofL) Kornhauser Health Sciences Library serve as
an information expert for clinical departments and researchers including their staff, residents, faculty,
attending physicians, nurses and students.
Responsibilities include:
Serving as a clinical librarian embedded within clinical departments
Engaging with users in their preferred environments, typically outside the library
Building a collaborative relationship within clinical departments to support information literacy and
evidence based practice
Actively participating in hospital rounds, morning report and evidence- based healthcare teaching
Collaborating with clinical faculty, residents or students on journal clubs, seminars, systematic
literature review projects, and other clinical forums
Providing immediate information as requested using current technology and resources
Keeping students, faculty, and staff in touch with emerging technologies and electronic information
tools in the field of medicine
Participating in the development of the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library’s clinical library services
Participating in the management of the library
Providing service at library information desk
Engaging in scholarship and activity in appropriate professional organizations
Required Qualifications
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent in library or
information science
Excellent presentation and relationship building skills
Ability to think and react quickly in an intense clinical environment
Experience using biomedical and evidence based practice literature, research, and clinical tools
Demonstrated ability to learn and use new technologies
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in multiple formats to diverse audiences
Demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility with planning and problem-solving
Proven ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively as both a team member and
Demonstrated commitment to health sciences librarianship
Potential to meet promotion and tenure requirements
Desirable Qualifications
Experience working with users in their environments, as opposed to traditional library services
Understanding of evidence-based practice
Experience in a health sciences library
Experience using EndNote or similar citation management software
Health sciences background
Additional graduate degree or certification in a related discipline
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