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Biomedical Research Services Librarian, Wayne State University, Detroit MI

Essential Functions (Job Duties):
Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library seeks a creative, innovative, and team-oriented individual to serve as Biomedical Research Services Librarian. Shiffman Library serves as a central point of research for faculty, students, and researchers in the School of Medicine and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In its role as Resource and Outreach Library for the National Library of Medicine, Shiffman has held a long tradition of service to the people and communities in Southeast Michigan. 

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through its 13 schools and colleges. Located a few blocks south of the main campus in midtown Detroit, TechTown Detroit, the University’s research park and business incubator, and the future home of the WSU Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, Shiffman Library is positioned to provide support for an active research community. The Library sits on the Medical Center Campus in close proximity to the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, the largest single-campus medical school in the nation with more than 1,000 medical students. In addition to undergraduate medical education, the school offers master’s degree, Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science to about 400 students annually. 

Responsibilities: The Biomedical Research Services Librarian reports to the Director of the Medical Library. In this position the Research Services Librarian has primary responsibility for the management and coordination of research and research Data Services. Working in a team environment the Research Librarian formulates vision, sets goals, and recommends policy leading toward the creation and development of programs that expand the Library’s role in supporting and participating in E-science, Research data services, and translational research initiatives. The successful candidate for this position is expected to explore and develop new methods of research support; to determine and proactively meet educational and research needs; and to establish and support collaborative networks within the University. 

This position acts as liaison to select research centers, units, and departments in the basic and clinical sciences. As a member of the Shiffman Medical Library professional team, the Research Services Librarian participates in policy formation and decision-making related to services, resources, and technologies. Shiffman Library is a part of the Wayne State University Library System and as such the Biomedical Research Services Librarian will be expected to participate in activities of the integrated University Libraries and serve on system-wide committees and teams.  

Master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of full-time experience in a health sciences library or biomedical research facility with exposure to EBM, Research and Research Data Service concepts and skills; substantial experience working with bioscience and physiochemical information sources; customer-service orientation; excellent organizational and communication skills; skill in building relationships with diverse clientele; flexibility in coping with changing environments and handling multiple priorities; working in teams and independently; initiative to acquire new skills; knowledge of principles of evaluating print and electronic resources; evidence of innovation in delivering library services.