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Librarian Informationist, Treadwell Virtual Library (Massachusetts General Hospital), Boston, MA

The Treadwell Virtual Library of the Massachusetts General Hospital has an opening for a Librarian Informationist. Details about this position can be found at the Mass General Careers web site: In the search box, type in the Job ID #:  3097474.

Under the general direction of the Library Director and as an engaged team member of the Treadwell Virtual Library, the incumbent will perform activities that meet the knowledge-based information needs of the MGH community as it accomplishes its mission to deliver the very best in clinical care, research, teaching, and community health. Incumbent will meet these needs through providing expert research and consultation services, including those for systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis projects. Incumbent will also engage in a range of instructional and outreach activities such as those supporting evidence-based practice and scholarly communication efforts at MGH. The Treadwell Virtual Library services are available to all MGH employees and students.


  • Provides ready reference and in-depth research and reference services
  • Provides advanced searches of databases and other online information resources. Provides quality filtering of results and other value-added services.
  • Provides expert search services and consultations for systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis projects from protocol development to publication, using a variety of tools and methods for searching evidence, documenting and managing data for synthesis, and reporting findings.
  • Provides instruction, both individually and in group settings, on how to retrieve and manage information, creating and tailoring curricula to users' needs and interests.
  • Assists in the development of instructional materials.
  • Consults with users about citation management software.
  • Provides guidance and support for scholarly communication related activities, including optimizing dissemination of research output, metrics and altmetrics.
  • Uses the library's content-management system (LibGuides) to develop and maintain webpages that support the library's efforts to provide relevant information and instruction to the library's clientele.
  • Stays informed of biomedical advances to better meet the needs of our users.
  • Carries out preliminary trouble-shooting when electronic access problems arise.
  • Evaluates new online tools.
  • Takes part in formulating library policies and procedures. Identifies areas for quality improvement or opportunities for redesign.
  • Participates in library marketing, publicity and user needs assessment activities.
  • Cultivates partnerships and collaborates with hospital employees on projects, teaching, etc.
  • Serves on hospital committees.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in library and information studies from an ALA-accredited program, or a comparable graduate degree, reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic and customer service focused.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse clientele and colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a constantly changing environment.
  • Curious and motivated to acquire new knowledge and skills.
  • Flexible with assignments, projects and priorities.


  • Previous professional experience in a medical/hospital/biomedical/science library.
  • Knowledge of current issues, trends and technologies impacting major teaching hospitals.
  • Medical Library Association's Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) certification.



  • Excellent reference interviewing skills
  • Expert database searching skills, preferably using health sciences databases such as PubMed, Ovid Medline and CINAHL.
  • Experience teaching adult learners and using active learning techniques
  • Competence with Microsoft Office and ability and willingness to learn other software as required.
  • Familiarity with library software and web tools, such as LibGuides, Covidence, citation management software, and research metrics products

To Apply: Apply online here. In the search box, type in the Job ID #:  3097474.

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