Preston Medical Library serves the University of Tennessee (UT) Graduate School of Medicine and supports the school’s mission of providing excellence in education, patient care, research and service. The library provides exceptional reference, research and instruction at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for faculty, residents, students, physicians and staff as well as outreach to the community. Library employees strive to accomplish this through innovation, collaboration and provision of exceptional, personalized services to both the medical center and broader community.
Preston Medical Library is a small academic medical library of 8,500 square feet with 4 professional faculty librarians, 3.5 FTE support staff, a Graduate Assistant, part-time Reference Student Assistants, and a Postgraduate Intern. Opportunities for building your resume by joining the PML team are described below.
Although the main focus of Preston Medical Library is to serve the needs of health professionals at the UT Graduate School of Medicine and its academic partner, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, an additional service makes our library unique to the area - ou Consumer and Patient Health Information Service (CAPHIS).
The Consumer and Patient Health Information Service is a free information resource offered to community members. Health-related questions can be e-mailed or called in to the service. Preston Medical Library staff will search for information on the health topic in question and provide the information digitally or hard copy, free of charge. The service is funded, in part, by grants and charitable gifts from grateful patients and members of the community.
The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine seeks an outstanding professional library leader with a proven history of success in providing leadership for medical and patient centered libraries. The Director of The Health Information Center and Preston Medical Library reports to the Dean of The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) and the Chief Financial Officer of University Health System (UHS). The Library Director has the primary responsibility for providing vision and leadership for planning, directing and evaluating services and resources. The library has a dual function, serving as both an academic medical center library and a patient centered library. As such, it serves with equal emphasis, the staff, faculty, students and healthcare providers at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as well as its patients, family members and community.
The Director must have experience in administrative leadership, strategic and financial planning, personnel management, obtaining grant funding, implementing research, and publishing. The successful candidate must be able to function in both an academic setting and a patient centered hospital setting. Candidates must have excellent communication skills with a diverse community of scholars, administrators, patients and families seeking health information. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to knowledge of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and diversity and inclusion. A master's degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited program is required and second master's degree in business administration or education is desired. A minimum of five years of experience in a senior leadership role in a health sciences library and a member of the Academy of Health Informational Professions is required. Faculty rank and salary commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, and three references with contact information to Mitchell Goldman, MD, Assistant Dean, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, 1924 Alcoa Highway, U-94, Knoxville, TN 37920. Please direct questions to Dr. Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 305-9290.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.
Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.
In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.
Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 920 Madison Avenue, Suite 825, Memphis, Tennessee 38163, telephone 901-448-7382 (V/TTY available). Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.
The Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee, is seeking applicants for a Clinical and Research Services Librarian. Rank shall be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
This is a faculty position which provides medical reference services in the library and clinical setting. Working with assigned departments, the librarian determines information requirements, and plans the delivery of services to support evidence-based practice. This may include attending rounds, department meetings or other forums. This position will represent the library on a Magnet nursing shared governance council by attending meetings and offering other support to nursing staff. Expert searching of the medical and nursing literature using a variety of sources is done as part of general reference services and as part of a systematic review service that will be developed by this position. The systematic review service will offer consultation, literature searching and authoring of the methods sections of manuscripts. Other reference services provided include staffing the reference desk, developing and teaching education programs, developing research guides, using reference software, maintaining reference statistic, outreach to the community and providing information for the Consumer and Patient Health Information Service. This position initiates and participates in research and scholarly activities and will participate in medical library professional organizations locally, regionally and nationally. Other library duties may be required as need is determined.
Required: Master's degree from an ALA accredited library school and two years of experience in a health sciences library required. Experience working in a clinical setting and searching National Library of Medicine's PubMed required. Strong service orientation, self-motivation and the ability to multi-task, comprehensive knowledge of library reference sources, experience designing and teaching library instruction classes and developing supporting materials, and systematic review methods. Strong demonstrated analytical, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. Medical Library Association Academy of Health Information Professionals certification required within a year.
Preferred: Experience as a clinical or liaison librarian. Systematic reviews training. Demonstrated experience in providing patient education and teaching graduate students in the health sciences.
Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to:
Sandy Oelschlegel, MLIS, AHIP
Health Information Center/Preston Medical Library
The University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the University. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in its education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 920 Madison, Suite 420; Memphis, TN 38163; Telephone (901) 448-7382(TDD available) or 901-448-2112. Requests for accommodation of a disability should also be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity.
(No vacancies at this time.)
Previous library experience preferred but not required. Two years working in a college or university environment is preferred. Strong work ethic and customer service skills required. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills required. Ability to communicate with diverse clientele required. Candidate must be proficient in computer programs such as Word and Excel. Professional attitude and appearance required.
Candidate must be available to work evenings, weekends, semester breaks, and some holidays. Approximately 12 hours are available Monday-Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. Additional hours will be available as needed for substitute work shifts.
Drug and tuberculosis screening upon hiring
Resume with three references
Benefits - Free parking, Meal discounts, Free flu shots
Send resume and cover letter (including available hours) to:
Kelsey Leonard, Health Information Services Librarian, email@example.com, 865.305.5707
(No vacancies at this time.)
Current in-state enrollment or acceptance for in-state enrollment in the University of Tennessee School of Information Science is required. Applicant must present evidence of strong communication and organizational skills. He or she should have a desire to learn and develop as a professional member in a team environment. Ability to take initiative and work on developing and implementing research projects required. Applicant must have some experience with customer service.
This is a 12 month appointment and requires a 20 hour per week time commitment. Hours are variable and will be determined based on staffing needs and student’s class schedule. Evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
Remuneration will include: a stipend of $1,000.00 per month, full tuition waiver for each semester employed, and graduate student health insurance.
Applicant Requirements - Drug & tuberculosis screening upon hiring
Email resume, a statement of interest, and names and contact information for 3 references to Sandy Oelschlegel, Library Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-305-6615. Applications are preferred by April 1st
(No vacancies at this time.)
Applicants should be graduates of an ALA accredited school of information science, should have completed coursework in at least one course related to science, medicine or special libraries, or have an undergraduate degree in science. Excellent customer service, communication and telephone skills are necessary as well as the ability to handle multiple communications and basic computer skills. Professional attitude and appearance required.
Weekends and evening hours are available after training is completed.
This is an unpaid internship that offers recent graduates in Information Sciences the opportunity to work in a special library environment to gain library experience.
Applicant Requirements - Drug & tuberculosis screening upon acceptance
Email resume, a statement of interest, and names and contact information for three references to Sandy Oelschlegel, Library Director, email@example.com, 865-305-6615. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Opportunities limited to one Intern annually.
1924 Alcoa Hwy
Knoxville, TN 37920
The Library is proud to host routine events such as the Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.) stress-reduction dog visits and Literary Rounds: Where Medicine Mingles with the Muse. Both programs support complementary and alternative initiatives at UT Medical Center and the UT Graduate School of Medicine’s narrative medicine curriculum.
The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920 | 865-305-9290
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