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Research and Education Librarians

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for two Research and Education Librarian positions. The successful candidates will serve in the capacity of liaison librarians to support MCV Campus schools, centers, institutes, departments, and VCU Health. One will be assigned to the School of Medicine and one will be assigned to the School of Pharmacy and pharmacology-related programs. The liaison librarians will assume leadership roles providing research and instructional support for faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidates 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 the Head of Research and Education, the Research and Education Librarians will serve as the library liaisons to designated schools, departments, or centers and assume leadership for providing research and instructional support for faculty, staff, and students in the Schools of Medicine or Pharmacy and VCU Health. The successful candidates 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 Google Hangouts and Zoom; audience response systems; and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Teaching responsibilities range from general orientation sessions to course-integrated instruction and workshops. Use of active learning techniques is necessary. The successful candidates will provide in-depth and on demand research consultations for individuals and small groups. S/he will guide faculty, staff, and students in the effective use of library services and resources to support evidence based practice.

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. The incumbent will pursue opportunities for professional development and networking in the American Association for Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) or the American Association of Colleges of Medicine (AAMC) or other organization appropriate for his/her designated liaison role. VCU Libraries faculty are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service. The selected candidate must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently. Early career or entry level librarians are encouraged to apply.



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.


Experience working in an academic health sciences library setting. Undergraduate or graduate degree or previous work experience in a basic science, health science, or biomedical field. Knowledge of current and emerging trends in teaching and learning in academic library instruction with emphasis on active learning and adult learning styles. Experience teaching to a variety of audience levels and using a variety of emerging technologies for education, communication, and professional purposes. Demonstrated success in applying technology to support student learning. Familiarity with Web authoring tools including LibGuides. Knowledge of principles related to evidence based practice. Experience with literature reviews, systematic reviews, and mediated searching of relevant databases including AccessPharmacy, BIOSIS Reviews, CINAHL, Web of Science, and NCBI databases including PubMed, and others. Experience searching additional information sources including but not limited to conference proceedings, statistical data and government databases. Experience evaluating and using electronic resources. Understanding of scholarly communications and awareness of government mandated policies related to scholarly publishing. Experience with reference management software including RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley or other systems. Successful experience working in a collaborative environment. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work professionally with academic and clinical faculty. Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to succeed in an evolving, fast-paced environment. Strong service orientation. Enthusiasm and energy. Ability to bring new ideas and concepts to current practice. Interest in developing new skills through continuing education opportunities.

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 “Very High 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 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 totals over $270 million, placing VCU among the top 50 research institutions in the United States.

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, BioMed Central, 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 is mainly 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 (VCU Health). VCU Health 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. Renovation to the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences began in 2016 and are scheduled for completion in 2017.

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 VCU Human Resources.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page. Review of applications will begin January 30, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to the job posting, 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. 


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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