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About Preston Medical Library

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 5 professional faculty librarians, 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.


Research/Learning Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Preston Medical Library in Knoxville, TN is accepting applications for a full-time Research and Learning Services Librarian /Assistant Professor.

This faculty position 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 Magnet Nursing shared governance councils by attending meetings and offering other support to nursing staff. Expert searching of medical and nursing literature using a variety of sources is done as part of general reference services and as part of a systemic review service. Other reference services provided include staffing the reference desk, developing and teaching education programs, developing research guides and core collections, using reference software, maintaining reference statistics, promoting scholarly communications and guiding faculty in the evaluation of publication metrics.

This position also provides outreach to the community and 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 needed.

Additionally, this position will assist in mentoring and training graduate research assistants and library student assistants as needed. Other duties include developing education programs to support LCME and ACGME curriculum, integrating information literacy and health literacy into the curriculum, teaching consumer health information resources to community groups and other library partners, participating in library and information science research and biomedical research related to information and consumer health literacy.

Master of Science in Information Science from an ALA-accredited school
Medical Library Association Academy of Health Information Professionals credentialing within six months of hire.
Minimum of 3-5 years as health sciences librarian

Specialty Skills
Reference, instruction, database searching, systematic reviews, scholarly communication, consumer health, academic health sciences or hospital librarianship

Background or experience
Comprehensive knowledge of library reference sources and strong database searching skills including the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed and CINAHL. Strong service orientation, self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to multi-task. Experience designing and teaching library instruction classes and developing supporting materials. Demonstrated analytical, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience working in a clinical or hospital setting as a clinical liaison librarian. Demonstrated skills in providing patient education and working with health consumers. Teaching experience with graduate students in the health sciences. Training and experience with systematic review methodologies. Experience with publication metrics services or scholarly communications. Experience with health sciences collection development.

Applicants should address cover letter to the attention of David Petersen, Chair, Search Committee.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

UT is ideally located in beautiful East Tennessee, at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, affording metropolitan conveniences coupled with rural charm.

To apply:

Position is open until filled; however, applications received prior to February 5, 2020 will receive priority consideration.

Questions about the position can be directed to David Petersen, Search Chair:

Students & Interns

Reference Student Assistant

Note: No vacancies at this time

Position Description

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.
Pay: $10.50/hour
Applicant Requirements
Drug and tuberculosis screening upon hiring
Resume and Cover Letter
Benefits - Free parking, Meal discounts, Free flu shots
To apply
Send resume and cover letter to:
Jennifer Luhrs, Library Supervisor,, 865-305-7340

Graduate Research Assistantship

Note: No vacancies at this time.


Preston Medical Library Postgraduate Internship

Position Description

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

To apply
Email resume, a statement of interest, and names and contact information for three references to Martha Earl, Library Director,, 865-305-6616. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Opportunities limited to one Intern annually. Top

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