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Dentistry Liaison Librarian

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for a collaborative and partnership-oriented Dentistry Liaison Librarian to join a team of health sciences librarians who work to advance the teaching, learning, and research initiatives of the University of Minnesota health sciences programs.

We welcome experienced librarians, librarians who are new to the field, and those with another advanced degree and relevant experience to apply. No prior knowledge of dentistry is required. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse educational and work experience, and we invite you to envision the way your unique background and perspective brings value to our organization. Our culture is one of continual on-the-job training and mentorship, support, and professional development.

The successful candidate will clearly articulate the connection between this position and their unique work, education, and lived experience, and they will bring a strong interest in growing and developing professionally as a health sciences librarian. They will serve as a key member of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) Education and Research Services team of nine librarians, reporting to the HSL Associate Director. The Dentistry Liaison Librarian will work closely with faculty, students, and staff in the School of Dentistry, and with colleagues in HSL and across the University Libraries system.


The Health Sciences Libraries, part of the University of Minnesota Libraries system, include the contemporary Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. Both libraries serve as anchors in the Health Sciences Education Center where they offer technology-rich spaces and state-of-the-art collections, supported by the deep expertise of our staff. Together, these resources position the Health Sciences Libraries as recognized partners with the University of Minnesota Academic Health Sciences, one of the nation's few comprehensive health sciences programs, encompassing medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and allied health that span the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester campuses. Collectively, the Academic Health Sciences enrolls 6,000 students and employs 2,400 faculty and 4,200 staff.

The University of Minnesota Libraries is recognized amongst its peers for the breadth and depth of its contemporary and special collections. The Libraries uses the liaison librarian model to provide deep subject expertise to support individual academic subject areas and also has functional specialists that support campus needs such as copyright, research data management and scholarly communication. The Health Sciences Libraries work to advance both the Academic Health Sciences and the broader mission of the University of Minnesota.

The University of Minnesota, set in the heart of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, is one of the nation's top research universities. It has a student population of 52,000 and advances over 200 graduate and professional programs.

The Twin Cities are home to a vibrant community that is reflected in their restaurants, sports teams, museums, parks, live music venues, storefronts, and theaters. The Health Sciences Libraries are centrally located on Twin Cities Campus, with access to nearby restaurants, open areas, museums, and an international airport. Downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis can be easily accessed on light rail or other public transportation.


The Dentistry Liaison Librarian will apply their skill set to offer library-related expertise and services in alignment with the School of Dentistry's patient care, basic and clinical research, and dental education initiatives. Focus areas include the integration of evidence-based practice and health information literacy into the School of Dentistry curriculum, and support for research and scholarship, including systematic reviews and other information-related research processes.

The successful candidate will:
• Actively engage with faculty, administrators, clinicians, and students to understand their teaching, learning, and research needs, and identify ways in which the libraries can meet those needs.
• Develop and teach course-integrated instruction sessions, incorporating evidence-based practice, health literacy, and new technologies into the learning environment.
• Provide library consultations for affiliated faculty, staff, and students that support their teaching, learning, and research needs.
• Provide literature search results to School of Dentistry faculty and staff by request.
• Work as a team to partner with researchers on evidence synthesis/systematic review projects.
• Contribute to Health Sciences Libraries and broader University Libraries-wide projects and initiatives.

This position is a continuous-track appointment position and the successful candidate will be expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Continuous-track appointment librarians are evaluated and promoted on the basis of their fulfillment of the position expectations, their service to the Libraries, University and/or community, and their professional development and contribution. The successful candidate will receive annual professional development funds. Professional development leaves are also available to continuous appointment librarians.

This position offers flexible work options, with a current requirement of working two days onsite at the Health Sciences Library. It also requires occasional (4-6 times/year) work into the evenings in order to accommodate the School of Dentistry's teaching schedule.

The University of Minnesota is located in the center of the vibrant Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Twin Cities are known for their cultural amenities, such as the Guthrie Theater and Walker Art Center, and for their extensive park and recreational systems.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-track appointment, academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The hiring salary for this position starts at $60,000. The University offers excellent benefits and a substantial moving allowance: hr.umn.edu/Jobs/Applicant-Center/About-Working-U/Benefits-Working-U-M. This position is eligible for flexible hours with a hybrid work environment based on departmental and operational needs.


We value many individual and unique skills that would strengthen the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library, or teams, and our collective work.

• American Library Association accredited Master's degree in Library/Information Science OR equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
• Understanding of current trends in academic libraries and higher education, including teaching, learning, and research trends in the health sciences.
• Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in alignment with the scope of the position.
• Demonstrated commitment to continual and collaborative learning and professional development.
• Ability to take initiative, develop and carry out projects, and manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to fostering principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or accessibility in an organization.

Preferred: Note that candidates need not meet preferred qualifications to be considered.
• Work or educational experience (e.g., internship, practicum, coursework) in an academic research library or health sciences library.
• Work or educational experience (e.g., internship, practicum, coursework) related to health sciences librarianship, including but not limited to systematic reviews, evidence-based practice, research data management, research compliance, and research impact measures.
• Demonstrated teaching skills, with an understanding of pedagogical best practices and instructional design principles for online and in-person instruction.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Please attach the following documents in Word or PDF Format: (DO NOT copy and paste.)
• Resume.
• Cover Letter (identify cover letter with UL476).

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there. Review of applications begins immediately.

The application deadline is 06/24/2024 . Review of applications begins once the application process is closed. Names and contact information of 3 professional references will be requested of final candidates.

QUESTIONS: Questions about the position or application materials are welcomed and can be directed to Liz Weinfurter, Search Committee Chair at eweinfur@umn.edu. We also encourage potential applicants to visit our information sheet that provides additional information about our organization and our search process.

VISA SPONSORSHIP: Visa sponsorship is not offered for this position.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America's Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022
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