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Health Sciences Librarian

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $61,920 -$87,552.

Application Window

Open date: February 22, 2024

Most recent review date: Sunday, Mar 24, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Jul 20, 2024 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.

Position description

Health Sciences Librarian

Library of the University of California, Davis

Overview of Position

The Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks a creative, versatile, and enterprising librarian to work closely with health sciences professional students, residents and fellows, clinical and teaching faculty and staff, and institutional stakeholders in a diverse, fast-paced academic health sciences environment. Reporting to the Head of the Blaisdell Medical Library, the successful candidate will be responsible for partnering to improve the discovery and use of biomedical and health information, especially regarding clinical health care and translational research. In partnership with multiple stakeholders, the Health Sciences Librarian provides biomedical research and instructional services to the clinical and academic communities of the University of California, Davis. This position will work closely with the clinical programs and practices of the institution and is responsible for leading outreach and training to increase the value of library services to this community. The successful candidate must be able to independently and collaboratively plan, design, and collaborate on services for all the areas of import for the health sciences campus (research, education, clinical care) while also aligning such services with the University Library’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities.

UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and UC Davis Library

The University of California, 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 39,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics and researchers, and 17,400 other personnel. The university's annual sponsored research budget of over $960 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, UC Davis 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. The university is ranked among the top institutions in the country in contributing to the public good (e.g., recruiting and graduating low-income students), LGBTQ inclusivity, and serving first-generation and Hispanic students. In addition to the main campus in Davis and the medical center in Sacramento, UC Davis has research facilities in Bodega Bay and Tahoe and faculty in every county of the state through its agricultural extension program.

UC Davis is a top-tier public university, ranked 5th nationally by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 9th in the QS USA University rankings, and 10th nationally by US News and World Report among U.S. public universities overall and for research funding. It is also ranked #1 in the diversity and internationalization category in the QS USA University rankings. The US News and World Report rankings also highlight UC Davis as 16th among “top performers on social mobility,” which is determined by the outcomes of Pell Grant recipients and other stats. Check out more ranking information on our “About Us” webpage.

UC Davis Health is a significant driver of economic prosperity in the Sacramento region and Northern California. UC Davis Health harnesses the power of an entire university’s nationally-ranked resources and research to tackle the most pressing healthcare issues facing the world today. UC Davis Health’s clinicians and researchers include partners working in the nation’s best School of Veterinary Medicine, the nation’s best School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, one of the nation’s best Colleges of Biological Sciences, and one of the nation’s best Colleges of Engineering – all from within one of the top five “Best Public Universities” in the entire United States. Providing the region's only academic health center, UC Davis Health is focused on discovering and sharing knowledge and providing the highest quality of care. UC Davis Health is a hub of innovation that encompasses UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis School of Medicine, The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis Medical Group, a Clinical & Translational Sciences Center, and multiple other centers and institutes.

The UC Davis Library is ranked among North America's top academic research libraries. It belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and other organizations that position it to collaborate with other leading organizations. The Library is building a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, researchers, faculty, clinicians, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment.

The successful candidate will be familiar with evidence-based practice, evidence syntheses, information fluency concepts (including data fluency), pedagogy, and teaching best practices. They will also be committed to problem-solving in collaborative and significant ways for the UC Davis Library and its users and willing to continually learn and iterate in accord with continuous quality improvement.

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with a strong record of research and/or teaching and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our community. Please review the full Job Posting to learn about the initiatives that keep UC Davis an inclusive and safe campus for our incredibly diverse students, staff, academic appointees, and faculty.

Position Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Head of the Blaisdell Medical Library, the incumbent will:

  • Design, develop and implement instruction sessions (including curricular collaborations) and learning materials (e.g., instructional objects, handouts, tutorials, videos, online guides, web-based information), both in-person and online, for graduate medical education residents, fellows, faculty, and other clinical health professionals on topics such as evidence-based practice (i.e. Fuld National Institute), scholarly activities, evidence syntheses, critical analysis, finding evidence for clinical care, and research and reproducibility best practices.
  • Foster relationships, build strategic partnerships, and lead outreach efforts to graduate medical education and clinical programs (e.g., pharmacy, clinical nursing) groups to foster education and scholarship opportunities between the Library and these programs and clinics.
  • Collaborate on creating and developing marketing and promotional materials for the UC Davis Health community.
  • Provide consultations to faculty, residents, fellows, students, staff, and clinicians on topics such as finding quality evidence, finding and using data, data management and sharing, evidence syntheses, evidence appraisal, and the research publication lifecycle.
  • Participate as a team member on the Library’s Systematic Reviews Team, and collaborate with researchers on evidence syntheses projects, including systematic reviews.
  • Participate in program evaluation and learner assessment, as well as departmental and service evaluation and assessment work
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • As an academic appointee, engages actively in pertinent ongoing research, scholarship, or creative activity and/or teaching.

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary: Assistant Librarian, Salary Point 1, $61,920 to Associate Librarian, Salary Point 10, $87,552. (Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.)

The incumbent will be an LX Collective Bargaining Unit member 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. In addition, there are 13 university holidays.

Information Sessions

Interested in learning more? We invite you to attend one of the following informational sessions, with members of the hiring committee. In these sessions, we will share the vision for this role, details of the application and interview process, and answer any questions you may have.

Information Session #1

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 5pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Information Session #2

Thursday, March 7, 2024 12pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Information Session #3

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 12pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Application Information

Applications must be submitted via the UC Davis RECRUIT website:

Candidates applying by March 24, 2024, will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. See for this posting and information about working at the UC Davis Library.

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. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a major component of this position as well as one of the Library’s strategic goals. Please make sure you discuss your commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues throughout library activities in your letter.

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of 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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant accredited graduate degree equivalent with demonstrated experience using health information resources and tools
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices about or ability to:
    • Design, develop and deliver instruction in person, using online video conferencing tools, or via other online or hybrid modalities
    • Respond effectively to changing needs and priorities by strategizing, prioritizing, and taking a flexible approach to a rapidly changing environment
    • Work independently, as well as on cross-functional teams or projects, within the framework of an organization’s policies and goals
  • Familiarity with current and emerging trends, issues, and tools in research or education related to health and/or biomedical disciplines
  • Ability to locate and evaluate health information resources for healthcare providers and/or researchers
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, problem-solving, time management, and communication skills
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Masters in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent
  • One or more years of recent experience in supporting the clinical, research, and learning needs of health professionals, and health professions faculty, students, and staff in a clinical environment
  • Conducted evidence-based practice, instructional design, health data management, and health evidence syntheses (e.g., systematic reviews)
  • Experience in developing collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary research adjacent to health sciences and intersectional research (e.g., health disparities, health equity, environmental impacts on health)
  • Evidence of knowledge of pedagogical theory and or instructional methods as well as of current and emerging trends in instructional and research support services for health professionals
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively with library colleagues and partners within the library and across the campus
  • Evidence of commitment to fostering an inclusive environment
  • Evidence of professional engagement, such as membership in a professional organization or committee service, and/or a record of accomplishment such as presentations at conferences, publications/creative activities or teaching consonant with an academic appointment
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion within the Librarian Series
  • Record of accomplishment in research, scholarship, or creative activity and/or teaching consonant with an academic appointment

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Diversity, equity, and inclusion are significant components of this position and one of the Library’s strategic goals. Please make sure you discuss your commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues throughout library activities in your letter.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

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

Names and contact information for at least four references.

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About UC Davis

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

For the University of California's Affirmative Action Policy, please visit:

For the University of California's Anti-Discrimination Policy, please visit:

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at:

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their "Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Sacramento, California