College of Medicine Librarian Fellow -- Washington State University Spokane

Post date: August 23, 2022

Summary of Duties

The College of Medicine Librarian Fellow will engage medical students and faculty across the College of Medicine’s full spectrum of educational, clinical, and research activities, with an emphasis on the scaffolding of information literacy, evidence-based medicine, and research-data management concepts and practices across the medical school curriculum. The concept of “scaffolding” speaks to the educational focus of the fellow’s work—that is, to provide a consistent framework to establish and incrementally build on specific skills to be introduced and reinforced across the curriculum, along with specific measurable outcomes at different points, especially during years 1-2 of the medical school curriculum. The fellow will be engaged in a reciprocal learning process as well, discovering the intricacies and subtleties of how a librarian/informationist contributes to real-world educational, clinical, and research needs in Academic Health Sciences programs generally, and specifically in the WSU College of Medicine’s education and health care enterprise.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Using the principles of backward design and universal design for learning, collaboratively develop a scaffolding curriculum framework for information literacy throughout the course of the MD program particularly focused on the first two years of instruction with the goal of creating a sustainable model that will carry over beyond the fellowship year.

  • Using the scaffolding curriculum model, collaboratively design and implement a pilot phase of the curriculum aligned with student assessment and program evaluation.

  • Align with the Sewell Fund’s mission “to improve the quality of information used by health care providers by increasing librarians’ identification with medical, pharmaceutical, and health care professionals” by collaborating with the team-based health care initiatives at WSU. The fellow’s role, although focused within the College of Medicine, will integrate naturally and vitally into this interprofessional framework.

  • Provide information literacy and bibliographic instruction within the medical school to meet the research and curricular needs of students and faculty.

  • Provide professional development opportunities to faculty at all locations, using a train-the-trainer model to infuse information literacy skills throughout the curriculum.

  • Conduct assessment of student information literacy skills to guide instruction and information literacy programs within the medical school.

  • Engage in continuous quality improvement of the information literacy curriculum.

  • Conduct reference services for the medical school on an as-needed basis, including one-on-one research consultations with faculty, staff, and students.

  • Create, develop, and maintain online instructional content using LibGuide software.

  • Provide guidance and input for collection development and management activities of the Spokane Academic Library to ensure adequate provision of information resources for students and faculty of the College of Medicine.

  • Benefit the field of library and information science at WSU by creating an opportunity for truly embedded library support of and collaboration with health care practitioners, students, researchers, and educators. The close contact and breadth and depth of involvement the Sewell Fellow will have with the College of Medicine will provide a model for how the Spokane Academic Library and WSU Libraries as a whole can strengthen and enliven the relationships between librarians and others involved in educational and health care enterprises. The fellowship will serve as a model for enhanced library and information services as we move forward into an increasingly dynamic future in which the traditional skills of librarianship will reemerge as integral and transformational.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Information/Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited school.

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and desire to promote diversity, including a willingness to learn how personal histories and cultural perspectives influence students’ and clinicians’ mental models for information literacy.

  • Experience and skill in teaching, learning, and collaborating.

  • Experience creating online instructional and outreach materials using LibGuides or other systems.

  • Experience with and knowledge of information literacy, evidence-based medicine, and research data management concepts and best practices.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of instructional “scaffolding” and similar pedagogical concepts.

  • Experience providing information literacy instruction in a health sciences context.

  • Educational background in the physical, health, or life sciences.

  • Demonstrated familiarity with clinical and/or biomedical research and point-of-care resources.

  • Annual Salary: $68,000

  • FTE: 100%

  • This is a temporary position expected to end 12 months after appointment start date.

  • Screening Begin Date: September 12, 2022; open until filled

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Washington State University:

Washington State University, one of the two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution with campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, Everett, and the Tri-Cities. Due to its strong emphasis on excellence in research and education, the Carnegie Classification™ has designated WSU as RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity). The WSU strategic plan and the new OneWSU initiative have equity, inclusion and diversity as core values and the plan explicitly includes commitments to and goals surrounding being a national leader in “advancing the quality of life, economic development, sustainability, and equity through meaningful engagement in discovery, education and service with partners throughout the state, nation and world.”

The Libraries:

The WSU Libraries (, one of two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in Washington State, houses over two million books and over 30,000 journal and magazine subscriptions. The Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Unified Resource Management and shared Discovery environment. The Libraries also houses and co-directs the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (, a collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences that fosters digital projects across all disciplines and is home to national programs such as the Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program, The Sustainable Heritage Network (, the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal ( and Mukurtu CMS (

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine:

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Washington’s community-based medical school. Named after Washington State University’s late president, Dr. Elson S. Floyd, the college was created to expand medical education and health care access in communities across the state. The college is also home to the departments of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Translational Medicine and Physiology and Medical Education and Clinical Sciences.


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