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Research and Education Librarian Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations the position of Research and Education Librarian. The successful candidate will serve in the capacity of liaison librarian to support Medical College of Virginia Campus schools, centers, institutes, departments, and VCU Health. This dynamic position will be responsible for School of Medicine, Basic Science programs and support the research and education mission of VCU Libraries by providing interdepartmental support for all programing, research, and education initiatives. The liaison librarian will have the opportunity to bring new ideas into practice. This position will assume a leadership role providing research and instructional support for faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, Virginia, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is one of Virginia's largest universities and among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive print, journal, database and collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of medicine, and comic and book arts.


Reporting to Head of Research and Education, the Research and Education Librarian will serve as liaison librarian to designated schools, departments, or centers and assume leadership for providing research and instructional support for faculty, staff, and students of VCU’s MCV campus with emphasis on VCU School of Medicine Basic Science programs. The successful candidate will engage with faculty, staff, and students to better understand the research and information needs of basic science researchers and develop or strengthen library support for basic science programs. This position will expand bioinformatics and basic science support through the development and teaching of courses, workshops, and consultations. In addition, this position will provide support for the growing research demands of faculty, staff, and students on the MCV campus. The successful candidate will apply adult and active learning theories, principles, and practices to develop and deliver course content to support teaching and learning in curriculum-integrated and library based instruction. Among the technology tools the librarian will use are course management systems such as Blackboard, eCurriculum, and LibGuides; web conferencing systems including Zoom and Google Hangouts; audience response systems; and mobile devices including tablets and smartphones. Teaching responsibilities range from general orientation sessions to course-integrated instruction and workshops. Use of active learning and flipped teaching techniques are necessary. The successful candidates will provide in-depth and on demand research consultations for individuals and small groups. The successful candidate will use energy and enthusiasm to guide faculty, staff, and students in the effective use of library services and resources to support evidence-based practice and clinical decision support. Research and Education faculty are expected to actively contribute to the library’s education and outreach programs beyond their liaison assignments. Tompkins-McCaw librarians are expected to pursue and maintain membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). The Research and Education Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated and promoted on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.


Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Undergraduate or graduate degree or previous work experience in a basic science or STEM-related discipline. Demonstrated success in academic instruction with emphasis on use of emerging technology as well as active learning and adult learning styles. Familiarity with specialized sources and research methods for science, bioscience, and health science.Evidence of creativity, initiative, and flexibility when working independently and on teams. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with academic and clinical faculty. Experience at urban research institutions, HBCU, or minority-serving institutions is desired.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

As one of only 28 public universities with academic medical centers to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Highest Research Activity,” Virginia Commonwealth University ranks among Virginia’s largest research universities, enrolling over 31,000 students. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 40 doctoral, 74 masters, 3 professional, and 62 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-four of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 22 programs ranking in the top 50 and sculpture and nurse anesthesia ranked number one. Over 3,300 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding awards totaled over $275 million in FY2017, placing VCU among the top 50 research institutions in the United States.

The VCU Libraries is the newest member of the Association of Research Libraries and the first new U.S. member in over 15 years. Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University (including the newly renovated James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus) employ over 55 professionals and 90 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $20 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, SPARC, CNI, NDSA, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

The VCU Medical Center located on the MCV Campus in historic Court End, near the government and financial centers of the city. The campus includes the schools of allied health professions, dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy as well as the VCU Health System (VCUHS). VCUHS includes an 820-bed hospital (MCV Hospitals), outpatient clinics, a 600-physician-faculty group practice and nearly 200 specialty areas, many of national and international renown. It also includes the Massey Cancer Center, Virginia's first NCI-designated cancer center. In addition to multidisciplinary centers for cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, and transplantation, the VCUHS offers virtually every form of contemporary medical service.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $50,000 annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at Review of applications will begin 01/16/2018 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to VCUjobs at , complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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