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Clinical/Medical Librarian, Boston VA Health Care System, Boston, MA

Are you an experienced medical or clinical or pharma or biosciences research librarian?  If you're energized by the challenges of engaging and training clinicians on the frontline of Veterans health care, please do consider applying to join our Boston team. 



The position serves as a librarian for the VA New England Health Care System's Library Services/Knowledge & Information Service (VISN1). The Librarian is located at the Boston VA HCS campuses and is a member of the Librarians team and works closely with other VISN1 Librarians to collaboratively set polices, survey users, collect and analyze usage data, purchased on VISN1 portals. The Librarian reports to, the VISN1 Library Knowledge Information Service Coordinator, based in Manchester, NH.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Aids patrons - training users to search eRources, access and use clinical apps, locate and access eBooks and eJournals;
  • Provides clinical and research reference service to Boston and Visn1 patrons - answering queries as team member of Librarians on Call (E-reference service);
  • Maintains personal mastery of all information biomedical technologies and eResources, offsite access apps, databases, etc.;
  • Adheres to compliance standards set forth by Copyright legislation;
  • Communicates frequently and articulately with customer groups and teams to create and present focused training, engender collaboration, and support information/knowledge projects and needs, eScience Data, and translational medicine;
  • Assists, trains and supports the development of effective user aids and training (LibGuides, one on one, small group, webinars, embedded podcasts, screenshots, etc.);
  • Develops effective and efficient instructional learning plans and modules for local educational credit;


    Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • May be required to serve a probationary period
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to- and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position.
Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Experience in the areas of clinical/ biomedical librarianship, biomedical research, health services research. (This experience must be reflected on your resume to receive credit for your response.) 

  • Completion of one (1) full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree. NOTE: You must submit transcripts with your application. Education will not be credited without documentation. ~OR~
  • A total of at least five (5) years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services. NOTE: You must submit transcripts with your application. Education will not be credited without documentation. Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.


 To Apply

The link to the full job description and application portal can be found here. Please upload your resume, along with a cover letter highlighting your experience, publications, etc. Our librarian team shares an office in the Jamaica Plain VA and works around all the VA Boston locations and clinics, virtually by sharing desktops or webinars as well as in person. 


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The Boston Clinical Librarians promote evidence-based, patient-centered care by teaching information literacy skills to clinicians, trainees, and researchers, providing information at the point of care and need, participating on research teams, clinical rounds, and more. The team also provides virtual reference assistance, and continuously trains users to access and search resources on their own. We also work with patients in a variety of ways.


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