JOB: Librarian, John A. Graziano Library at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland

General Information: The John A. Graziano Library at Samuel Merritt University seeks an energetic, innovative, service-oriented individual for an information literacy and allied health professions librarian position. The John A. Graziano Library is an academic research library serving the schools and departments of nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and podiatric medicine. The library has a strong emphasis on providing access to a wide variety of electronic information resources, and educating faculty, students, and staff through course-integrated instruction, face to face research assistance, and online tutorials.  The library contains more than 40,000 volumes and receives more than 130 current print journals and more than 1,800 current electronic journals.  Users include medical, nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy undergraduate and graduate students, 129 full-time faculty, and a large number of other health professionals. The library staff of 8.55 FTE includes 6 librarians/professionals. For additional information, see the library’s web pages at

Job Summary:
Primary responsibility for information literacy as well as library reference and outreach services, collection development, and selection and integration of electronic resources for the allied health professions.  Works with the Library Director in support of library strategic planning and participates in divisional and university-wide planning efforts.  Coordinates with the Library Director to create, prioritize and implement library goals and objectives.  Supervises other library employees in the Director’s absence.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the health science literature, especially in the field of nursing
  • Skill in searching electronic information sources
  • Ability to download, manipulate and disseminate the results of database searches
  • Familiarity with RefWorks and other bibliographic citation tools
  • Familiarity with MeSH, CINAHL, PubMed and NLM classification systems
  • Ability to teach in a classroom setting as well as to small groups
  • Ability to use software programs such as the Microsoft Office Suite to create effective documents, tables, graphs, bibliographies and instructional materials
  • Experience in training people of diverse backgrounds and skill levels
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to explain complex concepts using the English language
  • Some familiarity with AACR2 cataloging rules desirable
  • Ability to function independently and use good professional judgment

Education and/or Experience

  • MLS or MLIS from an accredited program or a minimum of two years of professional-level experience in a health sciences library
  • Three years experience in an academic or health sciences library

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to communicate using the spoken word and to hear verbal communication
    • Ability to lift and carry 25 pounds, as well as push, climb, bend, kneel and stoop
    • Ability to read and keyboard documents
    • Ability to concentrate on complex tasks for prolonged periods of time
    • Ability to understand and communicate complex ideas by means of the spoken word
    • Must have the ability to move about campus and transport oneself to various off-site locations, including the main Oakland campus
    • Ability to sit for extended periods of time

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