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Medical Librarian, Howe Library, Massachusetts Eye and Ear (Boston)

MEDICAL LIBRARIAN                              

The Howe Library at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston seeks a Medical Librarian. Consistently ranked one of the top hospitals in the country in its specialty areas, Massachusetts Eye and Ear is a Harvard teaching hospital which focuses on ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and related medicine and research.

The mission of the Howe Library is to provide the highest quality information resources and services available for evidence-based decision making. Guided by the mission of the hospital, the library supports the patient care, educational, and research needs of the Mass. Eye and Ear community. Through its Archives and Rare Book Library, the library also preserves and promotes the rich heritage of the hospital, which was originally founded in 1824.

The Howe Library is a small two person library. This is a position with broad and diverse duties encompassing the provision of evidence-based information, in-depth reference service, user instruction, cataloging, document delivery and other duties as are needed by MEE staff, students, investigators and others.

Responsibilities include:

Provides reference service to physicians, investigators, support staff, students and visitors including simple and in-depth literature searches using a wide variety of databases.  Collaborates on systematic reviews.

Answers medical, statistical and historic (MEE) reference questions, verifies citations, teaches bibliographic skills including Endnote.

Develops instructional materials and teaches (classes and one-on-one) the use of library resources.

Provides outreach to staff at Schepens Eye Research Institute and MEE’s nineteen satellite locations, ensuring all users are aware of and know how to access library resources and services.
Assists the Library Director in maintaining and managing print and electronic resources. Assists with researching new digital and/or print monographs.

Assists Library Director in planning and implementing short- and long-range technology goals. Assess and recommend enhancements of existing and new technologies and related services.

Troubleshoots problems with software and equipment.

Produces LibGuides for teaching and informational purposes.

Catalogs new materials and processes them for placement in both the main and the Speech and Hearing Sciences collections.

Does shelf reading, copying, scanning and other tasks as needed.
Using Docline, manages document delivery service, finding the fastest and least costly way to deliver articles not available at the library.

Maintains a record of ILL activity.  

Adheres to copyright laws and stays informed in changes to it.

Provides articles from our collection on request for busy medical staff.
Attends professional meetings and/or takes professional classes to improve skills and stay current in library developments.



A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school. 

Minimum three years of experience working in a medical library. 

Experience conducting expert searches, including systematic reviews. 

Familiarity with EndNote and Covidence. 

Must possess the ability to balance multiple tasks while serving patrons with high expectations. 

A strong background in computers/technology and non-print materials format.  

Familiarity with trends in delivery of electronic information. 

Familiarity with LibGuides.

Strong commitment to customer service.

Ability to work with a diverse group of patrons (investigators, physicians, students, volunteers, patients and their families). 

The ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




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2019-10-21 |  Quick link to this job