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Nursing and Health Science Librarian

Apply now Posting #: 4920
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, Copley Library

Position Title & Department:

 Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian 
Posting #


Department Description:

The Hahn School is a community of progressive scholars in an intellectually rigorous, research-intensive environment. It includes the Beyster Institute of Nursing Research and the Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center and offers the following programs: Master’s of Science in Health Care Informatics, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, Master’s of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Certificate Program, and International Programs. The School served 450 students and has 23 full-time faculty and 122 part-time faculty members. For more information about the Hahn School see https://www.sandiego.edu/nursing/.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The University of San Diego’s Copley Library seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial-style individual for a 12-month tenure-track Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian position. Reporting to the Dean of the University Library, the Nursing and Health Science Librarian serves as the embedded liaison with an office in the beautiful Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.

The Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian will be deeply engaged in the Hahn School and responsible for cultivating a strong collaborative and consultative relationship with faculty and graduate students through one-on-one in-depth research consultations, collection development, and instruction for graduate programs in both face-to-face and online environments. Teaching responsibilities will include experience with curricula or research support, library research methods classes, course-integrated instruction sessions, online education courses, specialized trainings, and workshops. In addition, the Nursing and Health Science Librarian will assist faculty and students with APA style, altmetrics, impact factors, literature reviews, systematic review, copyright, dissertation research, publishing opportunities and procedures by locating data sets and statistics, and grant writing research support. The Nursing and Health Science Librarian will periodically present at the Hahn School faculty meetings, as well as serve on Hahn committees.

This librarian will be fully embedded in the school and possess the skill set and interpersonal abilities that will allow him/her to professionally get to know the majority of the school’s faculty and students. The Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian will consult with the Digital Initiatives Librarian to promote the library’s institutional repository and the Associate Dean for Student Success and Diversity to discuss student success. This librarian will collaborate on other services and new initiatives with the Hahn School faculty and Copley Library faculty, as well as serve on Hahn, library, and university committees.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:


  • ALA accredited MLS or MLIS is required.
  • Minimum two years’ experience as a Nursing Librarian Liaison in an academic library or health science library
  • Possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in health sciences, medical, or related field
  • Conduct consultations in-person, phone, email, and chat
  • Significant experience conducting literature searching in health subject areas (e.g. systematic reviews)
  • Strong teaching and presentation skills; provides instruction through course sessions, workshops, and online modules on topics
  • Significant knowledge of health sciences literature and scholarly communication practices
  • Experience conducting research and have an understanding of evidence-based practices
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a team environment or individually; able to lead as well as execute collaborative projects and take constructive input from multiple sources
  • Experience serving distance education students and faculty
  • Adept at learning and working with technology and software packages, such as Dedoose, SPSS, EXCEL, Canvas, Zotero, Endnote, LibGuides, as well as keeping up with emerging technologies
  • Experience in conducting outreach and engagement efforts with students and faculty
  • Demonstrates commitment and evidence of self-motivation, intellectual curiosity and the ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with strong customer service orientation
  • Excellent organizational skills, including time and management of multiple projects
  • Record of active membership in professional associations and scholarship (presentations and publications) to meet reappointment, tenure, and promotion


  • A doctorate or an advanced degree in a field related to this position’s responsibilities
  • Experience serving as a library faculty member or working collaboratively with librarians
  • Engage Hahn School faculty in information literacy outcomes, assessment, and library research methods
  • Experience conducting independent or collaborative systematic reviews.
Posting Salary:

$6,796-11,564/month; Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and advanced degrees. Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Benefits included:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance
  • Retirement plan 403(b) (immediately vested)
  • 24 paid vacation days as well as holidays
  • Tuition Remission available to you, your spouse, or a dependent
  • Rent assistance for the first year $500 per month
  • Faculty home buying program
  • Moving expenses covered up to $5,000
  • Access to Faculty Research Grant funds
  • One day per week devoted to research
  • One day per week work remotely
  • Conference/travel money
  • New faculty orientation stipend
  • Access to wellness resources, including on-campus fitness centers

For more information on faculty benefits, please see link: https://www.sandiego.edu/provost/administration/recruitment-and-relocation.php

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:

Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application. 

Please upload the following documents (please do not send any additional materials). If you have difficulty uploading any documents, please contact Human Resources at (619) 260-6806 or (619) 260-2725 and reference job posting#4920

  1. Letter of application
  2. Resume
  3. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of four professional references (colleagues, liaison faculty, and previous supervisors)

Questions can be directed to Dr. Theresa S. Byrd, Dean of the University Library, (619) 260-2370, tsbyrd@sandiego.edu.

Deadline: Formal review of application will begin July 31, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate can begin work immediately or by September 9, 2024.

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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