Job #:  1577

A creative librarian who is flexible, collaborative, and able to deliver responsive and innovative information services in the health sciences, this position serves as the Pacific University Libraries’ liaison to the College of Health Professions, College of Optometry, and School of Communication Sciences Disorders in the College of Education. Responsibilities include collaborating with health sciences faculty to teach information literacy, to develop evidence-based practice curriculum, and to contribute to life-long learning skills development through a competency-based curriculum. This position is also responsible for ongoing development of the library collections that directly support these programs. In addition, this position participates in reference and information services in the Libraries. The Health Sciences Librarian reports to the University Librarian, is a member of the Library Faculty, and works as a team member with both library faculty and staff in a rapidly changing, technology-rich environment.


1.       Develop, deliver, and assess instruction for students and faculty in liaison areas related to information literacy, health literacy, and evidence-based practice.

2.       In collaboration with Collection Management Services, develop, evaluate, and maintain the Library’s collections (both print & electronic) in the health sciences using evidence-based collection strategies.

3.       Develop and maintain LibGuides and other online self-directed learning materials for departments and programs in the health sciences.

4.       Provide consultations for faculty, students, clinicians, and researchers in order to facilitate research and academic success; provide orientations for new students and faculty.

5.       Coordinate and work with faculty library liaisons in assigned departments/schools to inform collection and curriculum development.

6.       Promote, and collaborate in the provision of, outreach services to affiliated and non-affiliated healthcare practitioners as part of the Universities responsibilities as a NN/LM Resource Library.

7.       Serve as Project Manager for the Libraries’ NIH/NLM subaward, “Knowledge is Health: Interprofessional Partnerships to Promote Health Literacy” (project period: 2016-2021); duties including supervising and collaborating with the Interprofessional Education Outreach Coordinator.

8.       Engage in scholarly activity that informs, and contributes to, the work of this position and the University Libraries as a whole.

9.       Hire, train, and supervise student employees.

10.   Serve as a member of the Library Faculty.

11.   Collaborate on the development and revision of University Libraries policies, including, but not limited to, collection development policies.

12.   Participate in University-wide committees/activities/service.

13.   Participate in professional organizations and activities relevant to health sciences librarianship.

14.   As relevant, actively contribute to the Orbis Cascade Alliance as a representative of the University Libraries.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:  Perform other, relevant duties as needed/required.

JOB SCOPE:  This position is responsible for all library liaison (instruction, reference, collection development) services for both traditional and online health science programs in the Colleges of Education, Health Professions, and Optometry. In addition, this position provides leadership for library resource sharing partnerships and library grant projects directly related to the health sciences.

SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY:  This position may supervise student employees; independent training and evaluation of student employee work performance will be necessary.


·         MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.

·         Demonstrated experience in health sciences reference services, library instruction, and collection development, preferably in an academic library.


·         Demonstrated knowledge of a variety of information resources (across disciplines and formats) in the field of health sciences.

·         Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in health sciences librarianship.

·         Demonstrated ability to evaluate and select information resources in relation to curricular and collection needs across the health sciences.

·         Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in, one-on-one, group, and online settings.

·         Aptitude for learning new technology and information tools in a rapidly changing environment.

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills that display consideration for diverse background and communication styles.

·         Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

·         Demonstrates critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.

·         Demonstrates ability to work collegially with others in a collaborative environment.


•          Undergraduate or additional advanced degree in the sciences/health sciences.

•          Knowledge of, or experience with, evidence-based practice instruction.

•          Experience with community outreach related to health literacy or public health.

•          Experience with application process and project management for externally funded projects.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Academic library environment, working in public areas and in a normal office environment. Primarily sedentary work that requires sitting and using a computer. This job is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions. Faculty, exempt, non tenure-track, full-time, year-round (11 month contract).

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:  Feeling; Fingering; Grasping; Hearing; Lifting; Pulling; Pushing; Reaching; Repetitive motion; Standing; Stooping; Talking; Walking.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Sedentary work. Light work. Visual acuity.

APPLICATION:  Please email cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references to  Please name your documents as shown in the following example: (Example:  Adams_Amy letter, Adams_Amy resume, Adams_Amy references).  You may also mail your application materials to Human Resources/Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR  97116.  Priority consideration will be given to application materials received by September 29, 2017.  Position is open until filled.

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check.  If the position is posted on our job board at it is an available position and you may apply.  No phone calls please.


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,