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Employment Opportunities - Build your resume by joining a health information team


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.


There are no open positions available at this time.

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:
Cameron Watson, Library Supervisor,, 865-305-8148

Graduate Research Assistantship

Position start date : August 2023
Position Duties

Current enrollment in the University of Tennessee School of Information Science is required. Candidates must be in-state students. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in medical or science librarianship. Applicant must present evidence of strong communication and organizational skills. She or he 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 $1,500.00 per month, full tuition waiver for each semester employed, and graduate student health insurance.

Applicant Requirements

Drug & tuberculosis screening and background check upon hiring; in-state student tuition status
Resume or CV
Cover letter

To apply
Email resume or CV along with a cover letter to:

David Petersen, MSLIS, MA, AHIP
Assistant Professor
Research & Learning Services Librarian
Preston Medical Library / Health Information Center
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
University of Tennessee Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Highway, Box U-111
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: 865-305-6615


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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