NN/LM PNR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle WA

The University of Washington Libraries seeks an innovative librarian with expertise in consumer health information services and resources to join the Regional Medical Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR).

 

This position is an opportunity to do creative, challenging, and important work to promote the effective use of health information for patients, families, and other members of the public.  The successful candidate will initiate, develop and foster strategies to increase consumer health outreach in state, public, and medical libraries, in addition to agencies and community organizations that reach underserved populations whether due to location, poverty, ethnicity, non-English speaking, limited literacy, or adverse health status.

 

The Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator will develop and conduct outreach and educational programs about health literacy, culturally appropriate health information resources, and topical consumer health issues. The successful candidate will find opportunities to work with libraries, agencies for seniors, K-12 schools, and promotoras by cultivating contacts with relevant organizations or programs, including library associations, area agencies on aging, 4-H, and promotora training programs.

 

Duties will also include working with the staff of seven other Regional Medical Libraries (at major institutions under contract with the National Library of Medicine) and staff in the National Network Office headquartered at the National Library of Medicine.

 

This position requires excellent communication, program planning, management, evaluation, and interpersonal skills.  The successful candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to take initiative and set goals and priorities in a collaborative, team environment. S/he will demonstrate knowledge of issues and trends in consumer health, and respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

 

Responsibilities: Develop culturally and linguistically appropriate educational resources to offer in-person and distance training for public libraries, community-based, faith-based, and K-12 organizations that reach underserved audiences and age groups, such as Native American, Hispanic and multi-cultural populations, as well as teens and seniors; make site visits to network member organizations to provide consultation on collaboration, training resources, or strategies to support health literacy programs in their communities; foster librarian's emerging role in consumer health by teaching and sharing information with network members about relevant topics (e.g. health literacy, patient engagement, patient education, Affordable Care Act) via the PNR blog, Twitter, Facebook, and website; co-coordinate the health literacy and community engagement committee of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC); with the Associate Director, develop, support and monitor awards for consumer health outreach projects by PNR Network member organizations; serve as the lead staff in the PNR office for scheduling and hosting NN/LM PNR distance learning continuing education webconference meetings and presentations for network members and priority audiences; publicize and provide training on NLM resources such as PubMed and MedlinePlus at association meetings, exhibits and other events as required.

 

Required: An ALA-accredited degree or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree with a minimum of 3 year's experience in an academic or health sciences library or consumer health environment; excellent written, teaching, and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience designing health literacy or library outreach programs; experience with web conferencing and online instruction platforms; familiarity with NLM and NN/LM products and services; demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and collegial team environment; excellent organizational, time, and project management skills; demonstrated ability to thrive in an environment characterized by ambiguity, change, and occasionally competing agendas; demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace. Valid driver's license and frequent travel required. Salary: $52,000 minimum, with level of appointment and starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.

 

For fullest consideration, apply by February 24, 2014 with a cover letter, supporting resume and name and address of at least three references.

 

Please refer to http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/employment/librarians/consumer-health-outreach-coordinator for a full position announcement.

 

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