Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Library Intern - Nashville, TN

Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
(VUMC) offers a 1-year Library Intern appointment with the possibility
for extension to a second year Fellowship given appropriate
demonstration of skills/knowledge and successful completion of initial
training. Candidates who progress to a second year may be eligible for
a regular librarian position upon successful completion of the
Fellowship year.

The internship is designed to provide training in a dynamic health care
environment. The library operates as an Integrated Advanced Information
Management System (IAIMS) library that is integrated with the Department
of Biomedical Informatics and other departments as part of the
Informatics Center. In this unique setting, interns have opportunities
for advanced training in health science librarianship and biomedical

Goals and Projects
In addition to working with essential library products and services,
interns experience a variety of exciting responsibilities such as
filtered and evidence-based information services to VUMC clinicians;
working with researchers; participating in projects to integrate
filtered information provision into informatics tools; developing
library research projects and scholarly communications; enhancing
knowledge management tools; participating in and developing user and
staff training sessions; and using their skills to assist fellow library
staff and users.

Training Approach
The training approach is a mixture of life-long learning and
project-based management. Library interns will be actively involved in
various program areas or projects in order to develop or enhance skills
such as leadership, setting priorities, planning, time management and
allocating resources. Along with the extensive experiential training,
the intern is expected to complete the library's comprehensive staff
training program and may potentially audit classes in the Vanderbilt
Schools of Medicine and Nursing and attend biomedical informatics
seminars and grand rounds. In addition, interns are expected to
demonstrate knowledge gained through the training program in skills
verification sessions.

This intern position offers unique exposure to all facets of an
innovative and internationally-recognized academic medical center
library. The program is designed for recent MLS graduates who want the
opportunity to participate in a dynamic library environment as well as
for librarians with 2-5 years of experience who wish to enhance their

Desired Qualifications
The successful candidate will have strong organizational, analytical,
and critical thinking skills, a high level of self-direction and
motivation, demonstrated attention to detail, and proven excellent oral
and written communication and customer service skills. Interns should
have a demonstrated interest in lifelong learning and in contributing to
the profession through research projects and scholarly communication.
Interns should be very proficient with technology use and integration.
Candidates should also be able to prioritize and work both independently
and as part of a team. Candidates should possess a vision for the
future of libraries/information services and be excited about working in
a fast paced, highly demanding and dynamic environment. Candidates
should be committed to working in a non-traditional health sciences
library and have demonstrated interest in the biomedical sciences.
Candidates with dual master's degrees, particularly in the areas of
public health, informatics, or business, are especially encouraged to

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). Shift hours could
vary; will work 5-6 Saturdays/year.


The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library is the principal health
information delivery vehicle for Vanderbilt University Medical Center
> . The architecturally striking facility
was opened in March 1994 with state-of-the-art information management
systems and technology. The library, along with the Department of
Biomedical Informatics, the Information Systems, Information Technology
Integration, and Network Computing Services groups, and the Vanderbilt
Center for Better Health form the Informatics Center
<> . Members of the
library work in partnership with other researchers and developers in the
Informatics Center to innovate the delivery of health information to the

Unique among academic health centers, Vanderbilt University Medical
Center entrusts its Informatics Center with the responsibility for
providing the essential information infrastructure for patient care,
management, research and education - including the support for
informatics-related research and education in clinical informatics and
the field of bioinformatics (including new initiatives in genomics and
proteomics); and fusing scholarly research in biomedical informatics
with the dissemination of the resultant knowledge to individuals through
its education programs and into operation through the infrastructure.

The Medical Center, which includes a hospital and children's hospital
with 847 beds, state-of-the-art outpatient clinics, extensive research
facilities, and the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, is an integral part
of Vanderbilt's ten schools and colleges. Consistently rated among US
News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," Vanderbilt is one of
over 15 colleges and universities in Nashville
<> , Tennessee, the state capital. With a
metropolitan population of over one million people, Nashville is a major
business and education center for the mid-South.

Salary and Benefits

The minimum salary for the position is $38,000; the salary is
commensurate with experience. Following successful completion of key
training modules and their corresponding verification sessions, the
Library Intern may be eligible to continue into a second year fellowship
position with an appropriate salary increase.

Other benefits <> are those
of exempt staff at Vanderbilt, including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days,
and 9 paid holidays. More information about benefits is available at the
Vanderbilt Human Resources Web site (

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter via the Vanderbilt Human Resources
site <>
(, job requisition number SC11899.

Submit questions concerning the position to:

Frances Lynch, MLS, AHIP
Associate Director for Administration
Eskind Biomedical Library
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 37232-8340
Fax: (615) 936-1384

Candidates contacted for an on-site or videoconference interview may be
required to give a short presentation on a topic to be assigned and
provide a sample of their writing.

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