Seattle, WA; Research Impact & Social Work Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

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Health Sciences Library
Health Sciences Library (HSL) is a national leader in the development and application of innovative strategies and technologies to meet information and research needs for the benefit of patients and communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The HSL supports the education, research, and clinical programs of the six UW health science schools; UW Medicine Accountable Care Network (ACN), as well as the wider interdisciplinary biomedical community of the University. The UW Medicine Accountable Care Network spans 46 cities and neighborhoods, and includes: 1,000+ primary care providers; 4,000+ specialists; 1,000+ clinics; 19 hospitals; 33+ urgent care clinics; and 19 emergency departments. The website links users to an extensive library of electronic resources in the five state WWAMI region.

Working within the HSL, the Research Impact and Social Work Librarian will design and develop a research information and analytical service for educational, research and clinical endeavors supported by the HSL that have research output that can be in, but not limited to, the form of publications. The Research Impact Librarian will be involved in the Public and Research Services librarian group as the expert on bibliometric and research impact in addition to liaison duties supporting the six schools which consists of School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and School of Social Work. The main liaison duties for this position will be with the School of Social Work which is ranked the best social work school in the US. This position will also support the schools’ various research initiatives and UW Medicine that includes Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, and UW Neighborhood Clinics. The Research Impact Librarian will identify methodologies and algorithms to inform citation analysis and use the various tools to map and benchmark the quality and impact of the University’s health sciences research. The Research Impact and Social Work Librarian will lead and be responsible for identifying and managing research impact modeling, advocate and inform colleagues and customers research information metrics, and design, develop, implement and evaluate skills training for the health sciences research community on research impact.

Bibliometrics and Research Impact Service:
• Analyzes methods and approaches for citation analysis/bibliometrics and research impact.
• Designs and develops a research impact service to assess the reach of the health sciences schools’ endeavors.
• Designs, develops and evaluates research impact skills training for librarian colleagues and HSL customers.
• Designs and develops a program of advocacy to promote HSL services in regards to research impact and citation analysis/bibliometrics.
• Fosters and maintains links to the various areas of the health sciences focused on research such as, but not limited to, the Office of Research, etc.
• Develops and maintains an awareness of the trends and issues on research impact (bibliometrics and other forms of impact measurement).
• Serves as a resource for groups supported by HSL looking at research impact of their discipline and works with customers to understand and appropriately use tools that generate research impact measures.
• Works collaboratively with librarian colleagues to provide research impact consultations for personal citation metrics and provide guidance to departments supported by HSL on research impact.

Liaison and Other Duties:
• Serves as a liaison for faculty, researchers and students to School of Social Work and other assigned departments. Provides individual and group consultation on information literacy, research strategies, searching, information management and evidence based practice instruction for assigned schools and departments in addition to research impact.
• Designs and performs instructional classes for faculty, students and researchers that promote the efficient and effective use of UW and other web resources in the areas of support.
• Participates in UW Libraries and University committees, task forces, teams, and program planning as appropriate.
• Understands and abides by the Libraries Personal Communication Responsibilities. Communicates appropriately, effectively and positively. Plays an active role in staying informed and participating in Libraries and unit meetings, activities and events.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
• Ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, legislators, and vendors.
• Ability to manage workload, priorities and deadlines and achieve timeline goals.
• Ability to multi task and maintain high degree of organization or work process.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

• Demonstrated experience with different bibliometric data sources and knowledge of bibliometric software.
• Knowledge of issues related to research identification and experience using researcher profiling systems.
• Data management, manipulation, interpretation and analysis skills.
• Demonstrated experience in the field of Social Work or another health sciences field.

$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.

Position will be at rank of Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian depending on qualifications and background.

Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.

To apply for this position, please submit the following information to as a single PDF:
• Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director Libraries Human Resources).
• Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements).
• List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses).
• Please use “Librarian Application: Research Impact & Social Work Librarian” in the subject heading.
• Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.

To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, August 4 2017.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at

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