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Digital Project & Systematic Search Librarian

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 26th, 2019
Next review date: Sunday, Aug 25, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Digital Project & Systematic Search Librarian

Blaisdell Medical Library, University of California, Davis (Sacramento Health Sciences Campus)

Position Overview

The Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks an energetic, collaborative, and experienced librarian to work closely with faculty, researchers, programmers, and policymakers in a highly interdisciplinary academic community. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing expert search collaborations on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Network (PSNet) web content and for working closely with researchers and trainees at the UC Davis Health Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) on literature reviews for systematic reviews and policy analyses. S/he must be able to work effectively with faculty, web developers, trainees, and librarians. This is a .50 FTE temporary position located at Blaisdell Medical Library, University of California Davis (Sacramento campus). This position will report directly to the Head of Blaisdell Medical Library and be responsible for the above-referenced CHPR and PSNet-related work. The position’s continuance is contingent on grant funding and/or federal contract continuance.

UC Davis Health, CHPR, and AHRQ PSNet

UC Davis Health serves a 33‐county area with 6 million residents. It includes the region’s only level I adult and pediatric trauma centers, National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, comprehensive full‐service children’s hospital, transplant services, heart and vascular centers, institute for neurodevelopmental disorders, and a world‐renowned telemedicine network. The U.S. News and World Report ranks University of California, Davis Medical Center nationally in 10 adult specialties and 5 children's specialties. It also achieved the highest rating possible in 7 procedures and conditions. With annualized external research funding reaching $300 million for 2018, UC Davis has nearly 1,000 basic science, translational, and clinical research studies underway, funded by federal and state governments, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, private foundations, and philanthropy.

The mission of CHPR is to facilitate research, promote education, and inform policy about health and healthcare through interdisciplinary and collaborative research and training. Designated as an organized research unit by the University of California’s Board of Regents in 1994, CHPR supports investigators pursuing original research and translating findings to support evidence-based policymaking. CHPR supports innovative research and education in comparative effectiveness, health disparities, and cost and quality of care. CHPR’s work informs health policy in local, state, federal, and international policy arenas as well as the UC Davis community.

In 2004, AHRQ established two patient safety resources – (1) PSNet, and (2) Web Morbidity and Mortality (WebM&M). In 2015 AHRQ combined PSNet and WebM&M into one website to streamline the user’s experience; the website is now called PSNet. PSNet is a national, web-based resource featuring carefully selected, annotated resources on patient safety for multiple audiences, including health care providers, policymakers, patients, and educators. The current PSNet offers weekly updates of patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings and a vast set of carefully annotated links to important research and other information on patient safety. PSNet provides powerful searching and browsing capability, as well as the ability for diverse users to customize the resource to their interests, and is supported by a robust patient safety taxonomy and web architecture.

UC Davis and UC Davis Library

UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near Sacramento, California’s capital, UC Davis has more than 38,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics and researchers, and 17,400 other personnel. The university has an annual research budget of over $785 million, includes a major academic health system, and over two dozen specialized research centers. Recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the US and the number one university in the world for agricultural research and veterinary medicine, UCD offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges - Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools - Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing.

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of the Blaisdell Medical Library, the librarian delivers responsive information services that support the needs of CHPR and PSNet. The librarian will continuously engage across multiple teams to communicate updates and project status to the PSNet team, CHPR team, and the Head of BML.

● Major activities conducted by the librarian include:
○ *creation, execution, and management of advanced resource queries designed to retrieve literature, research, tools, news, gray literature, and websites relevant to the patient safety community;
○ *guide PSNet project team on proper, accessible, and copyright-compliant (working with the UC Davis Library Scholarly Communications Officer) linking and citation for resources referred to on the website.
○ content development, production, and coordination related to the creation and maintenance of PSNet Publications and Resources;
○ identify project responsibilities by co-determining project phases and elements.
*responsibilities of primary focus
● UC Davis librarians are expected to participate in library and system‐wide conversations and planning, to be able to work comfortably in a collegial environment, and to be active professionally.
● Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions.
● As an academic appointee, engage actively in pertinent ongoing research, scholarship, or creative activity and/or teaching, including peer review, dissemination, and corresponding university and disciplinary engagement.
● Ability to work at UC Davis, Sacramento campus during orientation and project initiation phases and as directed by management. Otherwise, work may be remote, subject to management approval.

Required Qualifications for the Position

● Master’s degree in Information and Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
● Demonstrated proficiency in expert information search and retrieval for the health sciences, and advanced knowledge of databases, websites, and resources hosting patient safety research and information.
● Evidence of strong analytical and problem‐solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex work.
● Evidence of ability to work effectively in a shared decision-making environment as both a teammate and project leader.
● Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with multiple constituencies in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate, orally and in writing (including technical/search strategy/taxonomy documentation), with stakeholders at all levels of technical expertise.
● Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion within the Librarian Series.

Preferred Qualifications for the Position

● One or more years of experience in development of search queries and processes consistent with systematic review methodology and best practices.
● Demonstrated ability to synthesize and write plain language synopses of technical health research information.
● Familiarity with building metadata and taxonomy schemas to classify information and organize digital assets. Evidence of experience with one or more metadata content and encoding standards (e.g., MARC/MARCXML, Dublin Core, SNOMED CT) in a healthcare environment.
● Knowledge in related relevant domain (e.g., patient safety, medicine, nursing, public health) to inform metadata and taxonomy structure and tagging.
● Demonstrated understanding of how taxonomy relates to website design and usability.
● One or more years of experience supporting health sciences research or learning in a library, research, and/or teaching environment.
● Familiarity with copyright law as related to scholarly publications.
● Knowledge of basic project management processes and procedures.
● Record of accomplishment in research, scholarship, or creative activity and/or teaching consonant with an academic appointment.

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary: Assistant to Associate Librarian ($30,600 - $44,435). (Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.)

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).

Benefits: The University of California is one of the largest employers in California, and offers outstanding health and retirement benefits to its employees and their families. Librarians are academic appointees and earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year at full time. In addition, there are 13 university holidays.

Application Information
Applications must be submitted via the UC Davis RECRUIT website:

Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least four references.

Applicants are also required to complete a Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Please visit for information about why diversity statements are requested and guidelines for writing a diversity statement.

Candidates applying by August 25, 2019 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014.

Job location

Davis, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)