Librarian (Medical Science), VA New England Health Care System, Various Locations MA & NH


These positions are located at the VA New England Health Care System, in Boston, MA, Bedford, MA/Manchester, NH, and Northampton, MA*. The person in this position assists users while developing comprehensive skills to provide and promote evidence-based patient-centered care by teaching information literacy skills, and providing clinical decision and research support. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists in locating materials and how to access/use online resources;
  • Provides reference service as a team member on E-reference service;
  • Instructs and assists staff in the use of databases, e-journals, e-books, etc.;
  • Participates in the acquisition, processing and de-activation of library materials;
  • Communicates frequently and articulately with customer groups and teams (clinicians, Service Chiefs, house staff, etc.);
  • Supports the implementation of decision support and knowledge-based content on the Knowledge and Information Services Center's intranet site;
  • Works with senior Librarians to assist collecting usage measures and statistics electronically;
  • Participates in local and regional information networks;
  • Assists in the compilation of usage, cost and effectiveness statistics on all e-content and Library Services;
  • Works on statistical reports and works to improve quality and/or identify opportunities for redesign; and
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Full-time positions: Monday through Friday; 8:00AM - 4:30PM; Part-time position: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4 days a week (Work schedule may vary based on the day and/or time to suit work practices)

*NOTE: The position located in Northampton is a part-time position (20 hours/week). The salary listed represents full-time employment and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay-period. Likewise, benefits and time-off accrual will also be pro-rated and based on your part-time work schedule.

The position located in Bedford will be split as needed between Bedford, MA and Manchester, NH.


Basic Requirements for GS-1410 Librarian Series:
Completion of one (1) full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree. NOTE: You must submit transcripts with your application. Education will not be credited without documentation. -OR-
A total of at least five (5) years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

NOTE: You must submit transcripts with your application. Education will not be credited without documentation. Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.

In addition to the Basic Requirements above, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Librarian (Medical Science). Specialized experience includes but not limited to serving as an information specialist providing reference services, literature searches, and information consulting to medical facility professional staff, trainees and clients; experience must demonstrate the ability to perform in the functional areas of work covered by this series, medical librarianship; understands the concepts, theories, new developments, and co-relationship of information in this field; maintains up-to-date information on the state of the art; plans, coordinates, and carries out the successive steps in reference work, fact-finding and analysis of search results, problems or issues in accordance with accepted librarian practices; plans, develops, and implements library outreach and library/information services marketing programs; requires a variety of oral, written and graphic communications methods and techniques in presenting information about the medical center and library's services and resources; and develops detailed plans, goals and objectives for the long-range implementation and administration of the library and information services program.

Note: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Education: Successful completion of two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education from an accredited college or university in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g. LL.B. or J.D., directly related to this position as a Librarian (Medical Science). Note: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

Combination: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed progressively higher level graduate education and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. The education portion must include progressively higher level graduate courses directly related to the work of this position (as described above). Note: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: "I have experience and/or internship with Medical or Science Librarianship functions and services obtained in a healthcare setting."
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Knowledge of library resources
  • Ability to engage with a wide variety of individuals
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively

Physical Demands & Work Environment: The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required. Some walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items, computer equipment, presentation aids, displays and packets is required. You may be required to make periodic visits to other facilities, local community organizations, training sites, and other locations. Work is typ0ically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. The work may require walking between clinical areas and travel between Medical Centers and Community Based Outreach Clinics.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

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