We are actively recruiting for the Head of Clinical Research and Education. This position leads the Medical Library’s program in educating trainees and clinicians, supporting clinical research and quality improvement, and advancing patient care. Reporting to the Associate Director and working in a highly collaborative environment, the incumbent will determine the information needs of clinicians and promote library services across Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), the primary clinical affiliate of the Yale School of Medicine. This position will develop innovative services, formulate a strategy for setting and achieving program goals, assess skills and resources required to ensure success, and evaluate program effectiveness. This position will serve as the Medical Library’s point person for clinical support and will build and sustain relationships with key user groups including Graduate Medical Education and hospital leadership committees. The Head of Clinical Research and Education leads the work of a team of Research and Education librarians and the long-established liaison program in a busy, patron-focused environment. This includes hiring and evaluating the work of four or more direct-report librarians, and collaborating with all levels of library staff. This position participates in collection development and provides direct support to clinical departments using a wide range of instructional resources and information technologies. The Head of Clinical Research and Education serves on the Library’s Leadership Team and the Research and Education Managers Team. The incumbent partners closely with other Heads/Assistant Directors in the Library to promote teamwork and collaboration, foster the training and development of all staff, and ensure the provision of high-quality education and research services. This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 3 to 4 based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions . Essential Duties 1. Leads the Medical Library’s program in support of Yale New Haven Hospital and the clinical enterprise of the Yale School of Medicine. Promotes the development, implementation, and evaluation of library services that align with user needs and the clinical care and research priorities of the university and the hospital. 2. Establishes and maintains relationships with clinicians, administrative and house staff, hospital and health system administrators, chairs of academic departments and librarians in the affiliated hospitals of YNHH. 3. Provides leadership and vision for the Clinical Team and manages the Library’s clinical liaison program. 4. Hires, trains, coaches, supervises, and evaluates the work of four or more librarians. 5. Serves as a liaison librarian to selected departments and offers orientations, instruction, consultation, searching, and research services and support to faculty, staff, and trainees. 6. Provides training in the use of knowledge management and information resources, tools, and strategies including: evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, citation management tools, databases, mobile apps. 7. Collaborates with the Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian and other librarians in the health system to build robust clinical collections, resources, and tools. 9. Serves on the Library’s Leadership Team and helps shape the vision and strategic direction of the Library. 10. Collaborates with other librarians and libraries at Yale University. 11. Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies in support of clinical practice. 13. Serves on YNHH, Library and University committees. 14. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices to encourage innovation and ensure the excellence of the Library. 15. May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts. 16. May perform other duties as assigned. Required Education and Experience Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and a minimum of five years of professional library experience in a medical/health sciences library, or equivalent. Required Skills and Abilities • Demonstrated understanding of a clinical environment in an academic health center and the ability to establish positive, productive collaborations with diverse groups of stakeholders • Proven ability to design, implement, and assess innovative outreach programs and services to achieve library objectives. • Ability to supervise the work of others and commitment to mentoring, training and developing staff. • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs. Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively with varied groups in a rapidly changing team environment. • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, plan and meet deadlines, and to conceptualize new solutions to problems with creativity and flexibility. Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: • Eight to ten years of professional library experience in a biomedical or clinical environment. • Participation in health sciences research teams as a peer. • Experience supervising librarians. • Second degree in a health science, education, science or public health area. To apply, visit this link: http://bit.ly/YaleCareers-60495BR For more information about working at Yale, visit: https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/careers
Holly Grossetta Nardini's blog
by Kate Nyhan These future medical librarians are students at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven attending a career fair to learn about STEM careers. Research and education librarian Holly Grossetta Nardini, reference librarian Melissa Funaro, and public health librarian Kate Nyhan (pictured) talked with students from New Haven's public schools about what medical librarians do, how informationists fit into the health care team, and how these young people can prepare for STEM careers like ours. We were impressed with the confident kids at this STEM career fair. Many of them already have career goals, and lots of them discussed quite sophisticated strategies for seeking and evaluating information online. A good number of these students have visited the Cushing Center and learned about the history of science and medicine there. The best part of this career fair was interactive: live searches in PubMed on health care topics relevant to these students. Speaking of which -- are you the track coach whose runners found an article suggesting that a short warm-up is as effective as a long one? I promise we talked to these young athletes about the importance of searching comprehensively. If they cherry-picked this evidence to get out of doing the long warm-up, remind them that evidence-based medicine is based on a thorough literature review! Many thanks to Many Mentors, the Yale League of Black Scientists, and Wilbur Cross High School. We were glad to be part of the STEM career fair team, and we look forward to next year. And in the long term, we hope we can look forward to welcoming some of these talented students to the always rewarding profession of medical librarianship!
Please come visit us in the Library, which is all dressed up for the holidays! In particular, marvel at our iconic Book Tree, nestled by the fireplace in the Medical Historical Library. Library staff lovingly built the 3rd edition of our Book Tree, using almost 500 volumes from the National Union Catalog. We wish you a very happy holiday season!
The Yale MeSH Analyzer Two of our librarians, Lei Wang and Holly Grossetta Nardini, have developed a web-based tool to simplify search design and refinement for major, comprehensive database searches. This tool was released at NAHSL’15 in Providence this past October and is primarily for those involved in comprehensive database searching and systematic review research teams. At Yale, based on work by Jan Glover, we have a "best practice" for major searches: creating a MeSH analysis grid. A MeSH analysis grid helps us identify problems in a search strategy by showing how key articles are indexed in the MEDLINE database in an easy-to-scan tabular format. Creating a MeSH analysis grid manually is useful for search validation but time-consuming. The Yale MeSH Analyzer removes the tediousness from the process by automatically retrieving the article metadata and formatting and generating a grid. Using the tool is easy: simply paste a list of up to 20 PMIDs into the text box and click "Go.” You can delimit the PMIDs in any way you like, even pasting in a paragraph that includes text. The Analyzer will scan for PMIDs and attempt to retrieve article data from PubMed, creating a grid in either HTML or Excel for you to manipulate. There are other customizable options, and you can install a browser button on your toolbar to do an analysis in one step. You can then easily scan the grid and identify appropriate MesH terms, term variants, indexing consistency, and the reasons why some articles are retrieved and others are not, a common frustration for expert searchers. This inevitably leads to fresh iterations of the search strategy to include new terms. In addition to MeSH terms, author-assigned keywords, article titles, and abstracts can be included in the analysis display. We hope that this tool helps you refine your searches and saves you time. We would love to hear your feedback.