Consumer Health Librarian, East Brunswick Public Library, East Brunswick
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 12:00 AM

Consumer Health Librarian
East Brunswick Public Library
Information Services Department
Salaried, Full-time
Schedule:35 hours per week, including regular weekend and evening shifts.

Duties: East Brunswick Public Library, an innovative library serving a diverse community in central New Jersey, is searching for a Consumer Health Librarian who is passionate about public libraries and their role in building healthy communities. The Consumer Health Librarian oversees the library’s nationally recognized “Just for the Health of It” health literacy initiative; researches health information for patrons; attends library outreach events; and provides quality, multidisciplinary reference service to the public at the Information Desk. Responsibilities would include managing the library’s diverse suite of health programs by nurturing ongoing partnerships with local hospitals, doctors, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, nonprofit organizations and healthcare providers.

The librarian also manages the “Just for the Health of It” (justforthehealthofit.org) health portal and works closely with the library’s web developer to maintain the portal. The librarian also participates in any grant-funded activities. The librarian must understand new and emerging technologies to perform daily activities. These include, but are not limited to, databases, health websites, Drupal, Zoom, electronic journals, eBooks, and mobile devices. The librarian possesses strong communication skills and is expected to perform public speaking when introducing health programs, doing presentations to organizations and students, and interacting with healthcare professionals and the public. The librarian exhibits a patient and compassionate demeanor that is necessary to communicate health information with a highly diverse and multicultural community. The librarian has strong organizational skills, the ability to create spreadsheets and maintain statistics, and the ability to work without oversight. The position requires occasional travel to participate in outreach community events to promote library programs and grant initiatives. This position will require regular evening and weekend shifts.

Educational Experience: Candidates must have completed an accredited MLS program. The position requires a commitment to professional development and the attainment of Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level 2 certification through the Medical Library Association within the first year of service. The librarian will need to master Drupal, an open-source content management system, to maintain the health portal. Training in Drupal will be given by the library’s web developer. Experience running library programs, public speaking, or prior work experience in any area of public health is desirable but not necessary.

Salary: Starting at $57,945.00. Salary commensurate with experience. A competitive benefits package is included.

Start Date: March 1, 2022

Supervisor: Karen Parry, Manager of Information Services

Application: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send resume, cover letter and application to Human Resources at the East Brunswick Public Library: [email protected]. Applications at https://ilove.ebpl.org/sites/default/files/employment-application.pdf


MLS or Library School Required:
Yes

Salary Meets NJLA Minimum:

Job Focus:
Public/Adult Service