CDC Public Health Library and Information Center Fellowship – Now Accepting Applicants


Public Health Library and Information Center Fellowship
Division of Library Science and Services
Epidemiology, Analysis Program Office
Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Sciences
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA
CDC-DLS-2013-0007

Project Description:

A fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Library Science and Services (DLSS) within the Epidemiology, Analysis Program Office (EAPO) within the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s Public Health Library and Information Center (PHLIC) has served as a hub of research, information exchange, and learning for the CDC community since the establishment of the Communicable Disease Center in 1946. Today, the PHLIC is a heavily used resource serving the information needs for more than 15,000 CDC researchers, scientists, and public health professionals in nine libraries throughout the U.S.

The Public Health Library and Information Center (PHLIC) ORISE Fellowship will provide graduate students and recent graduates from ALA-accredited library graduate school programs with a wide range of skills and technologies supporting information management in a biomedical research library environment. The program provides an opportunity to:

  • Gain experience and exposure to foundations, skills, and traditional and emerging technologies shaping and impacting the field of library and information science
  • Gain exposure to and experience providing information services in a biomedical research library environment supporting the specialized information needs of public health and occupational safety and health professions
  • Examine emerging issues, trends, and evolving roles in the field of library and information science.  Examples include but are not limited to services supporting specialized needs, including literature searching to support systematic reviews, guidelines, and protocol development; E-Science, data management, and bioinformatics services; and scholarly publishing, open access, and digital repository initiatives.

The Research Participation Program for CDC is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed for up to two years upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

Qualifications:

This fellowship opportunity is open to library and information science professionals and graduate students completing their degrees meeting the qualifications below:

  • An ALA accredited Master’s degree is required. Applicants must have received their degree within the last five years, or must expect to complete all requirements for such a degree prior to the start of the fellowship. (http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/directory)
  • Desirable knowledge, skills, and interest include:

o   Experience working in a health sciences and/or research library setting

o   Experience searching health sciences databases

o   Experience and/or interest working in library systems, technical services, collection management, research and reference services, systematic reviews and mediated searching, evidence-based healthcare, training and outreach, instructional media and social media, e-science, data management, and bioinformatics.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of DeAnna Copeland at DeAnna.Copeland@orau.org. Please reference CDC-DLS-2013-0007 in all communications.

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