Library Services Liaison - University of Nevada, Reno

Item 8.A-September 12, 2014
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Incumbent(s) Name (if applicable):
Position #(s): 12077
Current Title:
Current Range:
(JCC: )
Department: Savitt Medical Library (Reno)
College/Division: University Libraries
Account #(s): 1108-119-1901 and OAA funding
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Proposed Title: Library Services Liaison
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or new HR
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Employee’s Signature
I/we have reviewed the statements in this form and they accurately reflect the job assignments.
Immediate Supervisor’s Signature Mary Shultz, Director of Savitt Medical Library
Melissa Piasecki, Sr Assc Dean, OAA / Thomas Schwenk, VP, HS/Dean, SOM
Approved for Salary Placement Committee review.
Pres / Vice Pres / Vice Prov Signature Stacy Burton, Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs Date
Action Approved by the Provost/President (Completed by Faculty HR):
67619 Range:
Pos #(s): 12077
Eff: 9/1/2014
Approved Title: Library Services Liaison
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Rev: 10/1/2012
Position Description – Library Services Liaison
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1. Summary Statement: State the major function(s) of the position and its role in the university.
Attach an organizational chart with positions, ranges, and names for the division which reflects the
position in it as well as those supervised in the department. (This section is used for advertisement
of the position.)
The Library Services Liaison in the Savitt Medical Library provides advanced information services to
University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) faculty with a special focus on the Clinical Adjunct
Faculty population. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating and developing instructional offerings to
UNSOM faculty regarding the use of learning technology resources available at the School of Medicine.
This includes the utilization of mobile technologies to locate health sciences information as well as
evaluating the usefulness of recommended technologies. Working closely with the Savitt Medical Library
Director and staff, the position focuses on the discovery, assessment, and integration of new approaches
to deliver informational resources and educational services to UNSOM faculty. The incumbent participates
in general Library duties including the provision of reference and instruction services. The position reports
to the Director of the Savitt Medical Library under the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,
2. List the major responsibilities, including percentage of time devoted to each. Provide enough
detail to enable a person outside the department to understand the job (percentage first with
heading and then bulleted information).
30% - Collaboration and Coordination of Liaison Services
 Act as point of contact for all Clinical Adjunct Faculty questions including how to access online
resources, how to install and utilize mobile technology, how to effectively search for information,
how to manage citations, etc.
 Collaborate with the Office of Academic Affairs to coordinate services and information to Clinical
Adjunct Faculty
 Develop and implement an assessment program for the services offered and perform follow-up
adjustments to the services based on findings
 Develop a marketing plan to reach Clinical Adjunct Faculty across the state, i.e., welcome package
of services for new hires, periodic training in northern and southern Nevada locations; introduction
of new mobile applications to staff, create training classes, etc.
 Monitor current trends in library liaison support programs and library CME offerings
 Monitor trends in library services and programs related to UNSOM strategic initiatives
 Create and maintain policies and procedures with respect to support for Clinical Adjunct Faculty
30% - Library Instruction for UNSOM Faculty
 Develop and provide instruction and technical support activities utilizing a variety of media: online
through webinars, instant messaging, email, phone, and in person; submit training for certification
credit approval
 Build UNSOM faculty competencies in information retrieval and management skills, raise
awareness of important clinical decision support tools, and assist in improving access to essential
library resources
 Develop and offer webinars and workshops targeted at UNSOM faculty
 Acquire CME certification for library instructional offerings
 Perform ongoing needs assessments to determine the types of training and services needed by our
Clinical Adjunct Faculty
 Utilize online distance instruction tools to provide remote support, i.e., Ready Talk, WebCampus,
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25% - Information Technologies Support and Promotion
 Investigate and promote web and mobile applications utilized for health information access and
 Monitor trends in technological media such as mobile medical applications, social media, and
citation management
 Evaluate mobile medical applications for reliability, credibility, ease-of-use, cost, and other usability
 Develop a training program for Library staff on mobile technologies and on social media
 Develop a social media policy for the Library that parallels policies in place at UNSOM and the
University of Nevada, Reno
 Build strong relationships and communication with Savitt Library team and Knowledge Center
librarians with regard to emerging technologies and current applications
 Develop a plan to implement and create sustained use of promotional outlets for Library services
and resources including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.
15% - General Library Responsibilities and Duties
 Provide assistance with general library reference and instructional services
 Develop and maintain web-based subject guides for the Savitt Medical Library
 Edit the monthly Savitt E-Minute News Bulletin
 Assist Director with special projects
 Travel to southern Nevada to present training to faculty at UNSOM
3. Describe the level of freedom to take action and make decisions with or without supervision
and how the results of the work performed impact the department, division and/or the university as
a whole.
Level of Freedom
The Library Services Liaison works independently to develop strong relationships and communication with
the UNSOM Clinical Adjunct Faculty, under the general supervision of the Library Director. Additionally,
the incumbent works in collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) and ensures strong
communications with OAA and with the Library Director in regard to new programs and services for Clinical
Adjunct Faculty. The position has latitude in the delivery of library instruction and services to the Clinical
Adjunct Faculty and in the design and presentation of information. The incumbent works independently in
the selection and testing of mobile medical apps but seeks advance approval from the Director for any
purchases. The Director has oversight of program goals and gives overall approval of the marketing plan
and training development.
The work of the Faculty Services Liaison is highly visible to UNSOM faculty and administration and to the
Savitt Medical Library Team. Decisions and performance have a direct impact on the ability of the Library
to serve the UNSOM Adjunct Faculty population and indirectly on the UNSOM student population. Failure
to provide these services would impact the unit’s ability to provide quality programs and services, which in
turn impact the academic, research, and patient care success of UNSOM.
4. Describe the knowledge, skills (to include cognitive requirement and verbal and written
communication), and abilities (to include task complexity, problem solving, creativity and
innovation) essential to successful performance of this job (in bullet format).
Knowledge of:
 The health care environment and the variety of professions within the health care field
 An academic health sciences library environment
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Familiarity with medical disciplines, medical jargon and terminology
Health sciences information sources and resources
Information seeking behaviors of health care professionals
Web 2.0 technologies
Curriculum management systems, such as WebCampus
Mobile Devices, especially Ipad tablets, Iphones, and Android phones
Medical and health related software and apps for mobile devices
Online instructional platforms such as ReadyTalk
 Proficiency in use of a personal computer and relevant software applications including mobile
 Organizational and problem solving skills
 Time management and project oversight
 Creativity and innovation
 Excellent verbal and written communication
 Attention to detail
 Supervisory skills
Ability to:
 Interact effectively and work collaboratively with faculty, residents, fellows, students, and staff at all
levels within the organization
 Build relationships across the institution and at all levels
 Manage resources effectively and efficiently
 Research issues, analyze problems, and work consultatively to achieve appropriate solutions
 Discover, review, and support apps and software appropriate to the educational, clinical, and
productivity needs of Clinical Adjunct Faculty
 Travel statewide to provide training to staff
5. Describe the type of personal contacts encountered in performing the duties of the job. Explain
the nature and purpose of these contacts: i.e., to provide services, to resolve problems, to
Library faculty and staff
UNSOM permanent and adjunct
UNSOM IT staff
UNSOM Human Resources
Reason for Contact
To share information, participate in decision making, serve on
committees, collaborate on projects
To provide information, instruction, and support for health sciences
information resources; to act as a conduit for all questions coming
from the Clinical Adjunct Faculty, referring questions to
appropriate individuals and departments, and following up to
ensure problems are resolved
To ensure IT policies and guidelines are followed within Savitt
Medical Library, both northern and southern Nevada
To ensure new adjunct faculty are provided proper training and
resources regarding Library services
Reason for Contact
To gather information about software and other products; test and
troubleshoot mobile applications
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6. Indicate the minimum qualifications which are necessary in filling this position should it become
vacant. Please keep in mind the duties/responsibilities of the position rather than the qualifications
of the incumbent.
Minimum educational level, including appropriate field, if any.
Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution
Minimum type and amount of work experience, in addition to the above required
education necessary for a person entering this position.
Master’s Degree and one year of experience using information resources and mobile
Preferred Licenses or Certifications: None
Indicate any license or certificate required for this position.