Job Announcement: Urban Health Research Resident at Wayne State University – 2 Positions Available

Position Summary
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Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

The Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University Library System is pleased to announce the creation of a new three-year Library Residency position in Urban Health Research.

The Residency in Urban Health Research Librarianship will give two new library professionals the opportunity to gain expertise in biomedical library services in a vibrant, urban health research environment while pursuing certification from the Medical Library Association (MLA) in research data management or consumer health information management, or in-depth knowledge and skills in scholarly communications and publishing. The overarching goal of the residency experience is to foster the professional growth and development of underrepresented groups in academic research librarianship in a supportive, team environment.


● Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited program in information and library science earned by December 2019.

● At least 2.5 years of professional experience working in an academic, public, special, or research library setting.

● Direct experience working with diverse user groups and building professional networks.

● A growth mindset, driven by effectively embracing challenges and welcoming opportunities.
General knowledge of MLA professional competencies.

● Some experience or increasing knowledge of providing reference services, conducting literature searches, delivering online library instruction via Zoom, Teams, and Skype, and creating LibGuides.


A strong desire to work in the field of medical librarianship.


Two dynamic, service-oriented, and team-oriented Urban Health Research Librarians (UHRL) will be chosen to support the academic and clinical communities of Wayne State University School of Medicine and Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, delivering in-depth biomedical information research support, user consultations and instruction, information management responsibilities, and some special projects.

The positions will be fully embedded in the Shiffman Medical Library organizational structure, working with a team of librarians and staff and reporting to the Library Director. They will be responsible for assessing user needs, ultimately leading activities, training, and projects to increase the discovery and application of library resources for urban health research.

Special Instructions
to Applicants

Potential candidates must submit an application that includes a letter of interest addressing how they meet the position qualifications and their potential contributions, a diversity statement, a resume, and the names, titles, and contact information of three professional references.

Recruitment Range

$58,000 (minimum)

Job Open


Open Until Filled

Until Suitable Candidate(s) is Found
Type of Appointment

Time Limited

Apply Posting Number: 046732

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