Library/Knowledge Management Intern
Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) and Knowledge Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) offer a one-year Library/Knowledge
Management Intern appointment with the possibility for extension to a second year Fellowship given appropriate demonstration of
skills/knowledge and successful completion of initial training. Candidates who progress to a second year may be eligible for a regular
librarian position upon successful completion of the Fellowship year.
The internship is designed to provide training in a dynamic health care environment where interns have unique opportunities for advanced
training in health science librarianship, knowledge management research, and biomedical informatics. It also offers unique exposure to
all facets of a dynamic, innovative and internationally-recognized academic medical center library. The work schedule is primarily
Monday-Friday, but includes 3-4 half-days/year on a weekend.
Preferred Education, Skills and Experience
Requires a master's degree in library/information science earned by August 2012. Candidates with special library experience, a
science background or a second degree in a relevant field are preferred.
The successful candidate will possess:
- proven high-level oral and written communication skills
- an evident passion for learning more about health-science topics and genetic concepts
- strong organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
- a high level of self-direction and motivation, demonstrated attention to detail, and customer service skills
- ability to easily adapt to change, including duty re-assignment as needed to best reflect the needs of the organization
- an evident interest in lifelong learning and in contributing to the profession through research projects and scholarly communication
- a proactive, professional attitude towards searching the literature, combined with a passion for learning how to best filter information from a variety of biomedical resources and databases
- proficiency with technology use and social media communication
- the ability to prioritize and work both independently and as part of a team
- a desire to work in a fast paced, highly demanding and dynamic environment where personalized medicine and pharmacogenetics are top priorities.
Goals and Projects
In addition to working with essential library products and services, interns experience a variety of exciting responsibilities such as
developing library research projects and scholarly communications; working with researchers; enhancing knowledge management tools;
providing filtered and evidence-based information services to VUMC clinicians; participating in projects to integrate filtered
information provision into informatics tools; participating in and developing user and staff training sessions; and using their skills
to assist fellow library staff and users.
The training approach is a mixture of life-long learning and project-based management. Library interns will be actively involved in
various program areas or projects in order to develop or enhance skills such as leadership, setting priorities, planning, time
management and allocating resources. Along with the extensive experiential training, the intern is expected to complete the library's
comprehensive staff training program, attend biomedical informatics seminars and may potentially audit classes in the Vanderbilt
Schools of Medicine and Nursing if needs warrant. In addition, interns are expected to demonstrate knowledge gained through the
training program in skills verification sessions. Intern duties will be based, in part, on performance during the staff training
The salary for the position is $39,000. Following successful completion of key training modules and their corresponding verification
sessions, the Library Intern may be eligible to continue into a second year fellowship position with an appropriate salary increase.
Other benefits are those of exempt staff at Vanderbilt, including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, and 9 paid holidays. More
information about benefits is available at the Vanderbilt Human Resources Web site.
Submit your resume and cover letter via the Vanderbilt Human Resources site, job requisition number 1201610.
Refer questions concerning the position to:
Taneya Y. Koonce, MSLS, MPH
Associate Director for Research
Eskind Biomedical Library
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 37232-8340
Phone: (615) 936-3931
Fax: (615) 936-1384
Candidates contacted for an on-site or videoconference interview may be required to give a short presentation on a topic and
provide a sample of their writing.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are
encouraged to apply.
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required
information and/or documentation.
Vanderbilt is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1801-1810.
In accordance with that law and Vanderbilt policy, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on Vanderbilt property.
The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library is the principal health information delivery vehicle for Vanderbilt University Medical
Center, which was listed on the 2009 "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE Magazine and was recently named to both Thompson
Reuters 2011 Top Hospitals and the 2011 U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll." The architecturally striking facility was opened in
March 1994 with state-of-the-art information management systems and technology. The library, along with its newly formed Knowledge
Management area, the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the Information Systems, Information Technology Integration, and Network
Computing Services groups, and the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health form the Informatics Center. Members of the Knowledge
Management team work in partnership with other researchers and developers in the Informatics Center to innovate the delivery of health
information to the region.
Unique among academic health centers, Vanderbilt University Medical Center entrusts its Informatics Center with the responsibility for
providing the essential information infrastructure for patient care, management, research and education - including the support for
informatics-related research and education in clinical informatics and the field of bioinformatics (including new initiatives in
genomics and proteomics); and fusing scholarly research in biomedical informatics with the dissemination of the resultant knowledge to
individuals through its education programs and into operation through the infrastructure.
The Medical Center, which includes a hospital and children's hospital with 847 beds, state-of-the-art outpatient clinics, extensive
research facilities, and the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, is an integral part of Vanderbilt's ten schools and colleges.
Consistently rated among US News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," Vanderbilt is one of over 15 colleges and universities in
Nashville, Tennessee, the state capital. With a metropolitan population of over one million people, Nashville is a major business and
education center for the mid-South.