Library Fellow, The Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester MA

Under the direction of a Librarian or designee, the Library Fellow contributes to the organization by performing meaningful projects and assignments. The Library Fellows Program (LFP) is designed to provide a 2 year work experience emphasizing hands-on learning and research into topics of information management, and medical librarianship. The program incorporates training, professional development, and research. It is designed to guide the fellow toward a professional career in academic medical librarianship. The underlying principle of the fellow program "is shared value". The Lamar Soutter Library (LSL) provides a learning laboratory where recent MLS graduates experience the real working world and explore the range of experience when assisting clinicians and researchers with their information needs.

• Provide in depth and ready reference service to patrons
• Provide reference service on demand via personal contact, telephone, or e-mail using a variety of information tools and library systems
• Promote information and research services, engaging users to assess work needs beyond initial reference inquiries
• Provide end user access to information resources using local, regional, and national collections and systems
• Provide technology support to patrons
• Participate in and lead strategic initiative teams, committees, and task forces
• Develop content for the library's web page and posts using content management tool, e.g. LibGuides
• Evaluate services and suggest changes to improve effectiveness
• Participate in Library professional staff and consortia meetings
• Design and implement research projects and publications in order to contribute to the advance in medical librarianship
• In collaboration with the librarian mentor complete a research project related to health science librarianship in a focus area such as technology, evidence- based medicine, informatics, data or knowledge management
• Deliver reports, presentations, and publications at peer reviewed level
• Create a self- directed course of study and investigations to meet the challenge of interpreting results for decision making in a library environment
• Perform other duties as required.

• MLS degree from an American Library Association (ALA) - accredited library/information sciences program
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
• Basic knowledge of Web 2.0 applications
• Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written communications
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent customer service skills, listening/inquiring skills, and ability to offer informal instruction
• Must be able to work independently and as a member of a team
• Must be able to work varied schedules

• 1 - 2 years of library, research, or health related experience
• Working knowledge of the internet; familiarity with using HTML and/or website development experience.

Under the direction of a Librarian or designee


Usual library environment

The training is done through shadowing selected hands- on experience with LSL Librarians, and appropriate workshops. Training opportunities may include, but are not limited to:
• Reference resources and techniques
• Advanced searching techniques
• Bibliographic management tool
• Institutional Review Board (IRB)
• Morning report in various clinical departments
• Embedded librarianship in a research area
• E-Science programs and seminars
• Workshops and professional meeting with NAHSL, BLC, MLA, MASLIN etc....
• Participate in the house librarians program
• Conduct projects utilizing research and research methods

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

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