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Health Sciences Librarian

Appointment Rank
Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Faculty
Liaison Programs
Minimum $52,000
January 1, 2019


The University of Tennessee Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative and highly motivated individual to join our Liaison Programs team as a Health Sciences Librarian. This position advances the teaching and research missions of the University by proactively building partnerships and delivering responsive library expertise.

This newly created position partners with our existing health sciences librarian to provide in-depth consultation, engagement and instruction to the departments of Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health, and Audiology & Speech Pathology. The librarian develops instruction and engagement opportunities to reflect inclusive experiences, perspectives, and learning styles. The librarian maintains awareness of the research needs and collaborates to deliver services and expertise to support the UT community throughout the research cycle. The successful candidate will be committed to cultivating close working relationships that serve the diverse needs of faculty, students, staff, and connecting them to library resources and services.

This position provides specialized research support for faculty and students, course-integrated library instruction in support of programmatic student learning outcomes, and collection development for health sciences programs.  This position serves as a resource to other liaisons at UT Libraries as they provide support for faculty and students across disciplines, particularly in health-related research and interdisciplinary areas. The liaison develops and shares best practices for the implementation and facilitation of emerging technologies in health research, including the Libraries’ new 3D Virtual Anatomy Table.

This liaison will actively participate in team-based and library-wide liaison activities to develop a shared vision for library resources and services which align with the UTK Libraries’ Strategic Plan.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Proactively develop relationships with faculty, staff and students to understand and support their teaching, learning, and research needs
  • Collaborate throughout the library to foster responses to meet identified needs
  • Create effective ongoing channels of communication with departments
  • Ensure awareness of library services and collections through active outreach and engagement
  • Conduct customized and expert research consultations for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in assigned departments
  • Collaborate with other librarians to identify and support interdisciplinary research needs in health sciences and build related partnerships
  • Develop and deliver instruction to support the information literacy needs of students and faculty in health sciences programs
  • Maintain ongoing awareness of curricular and research needs of faculty and students
  • Foster relevant collections by selecting, evaluating, and managing print, electronic, and media resources in assigned subject areas
  • Develop and promote scholar’s services and resources and advocate for new scholarly communication models
  • Serve the institution and the profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other professionals and institutions
  • Produce and disseminate scholarly work through publications, presentations, and other creative outlets

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must exhibit the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to achieve common goals and demonstrate enthusiasm to meet dynamically changing needs within a culture of continuous learning.

  • Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research process and impact in the health sciences.
  • Ability to engage and serve diverse user populations and information environments.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills include the ability to build relationships across professional and disciplinary areas.
  • Proven commitment to customer service and user experience.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in a research library, and/or education a health sciences field.
  • Experience providing research consultation and instructional services.
  • Demonstrated experience with scholarly communication trends and issues.
  • Familiarity with LibGuides software or other web development tools.
  • Experience with emerging technologies in health research.


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the campus, a land-grant Carnegie university and the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Main Library, Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, and George F. DeVine Music Library serve the Knoxville campus.

The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community. We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The UT Libraries participate in cultural programming on the UT campus, hosting a Writers In The Library series of readings, international and documentary film series, and co-sponsoring programs with campus groups such as the Baker Center for Public Policy and UT’s Ready For The World initiative.

The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment.  More information about how we continually strive to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville is available at

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at


Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of $52,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development.

UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.

Application Procedures

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring. In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Executive Director, Libraries Administration and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000. Application materials may be sent via email attachment to Review of applications will begin December 3, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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