Research Impact Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-10-22

Employer: Indiana Univeristy Ruth Lilly Medical Library

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The Ruth Lilly Medical Library seeks an enthusiastic, flexible, proactive, service-oriented, and innovative individual for the position of Research Impact Librarian in Indianapolis, IN. This newly-created position will work as part of RLML’s Research & Translational Sciences team to assist individuals and groups in their understanding, assessment, and reporting of impactful outcomes of research and clinical care efforts across [IUSM]{.caps}. This role provides advisory services for faculty, students, and staff such as: developing successful publishing and dissemination strategies, managing or tracking publications, measuring or assessing research impact by discipline, and communicating research impact for [IUSM]{.caps} recruitment and retention.

This is a tenure-track position that reports to the Assistant Director for Research and Translational Sciences.

[IUSM]{.caps} is the nation’s largest medical school with nine campuses throughout Indiana. This school is one of the nation’s premiere medical schools and is an innovative leader in medical education, research, and clinical care.

[IUSM]{.caps} is located in vibrant Indianapolis on the Indiana University-Purdue University campus. Indianapolis is the 13th largest city in the nation and the state capital, consistently ranking as one of the cleanest and safest cities in the country. Forbes magazine recently listed Indianapolis as one of the 10 best downtowns in the country, with a cost of living below the national average. Please visit to learn more about Indianapolis.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works in tandem with [IUSM]{.caps} and [IUPUI]{.caps} partners to collect and analyze research impact data using various resources and bibliometric methods to report impact of faculty and institutional publishing and research activities.
  • Understands and interprets a wide range of publication- and citation-based statistics.
  • Provides researchers with information on options for dissemination, publication, and preservation of scholarly works.
  • Investigates and provides specialized support for analysis, use, and emerging applications of impact data.
  • Develops and delivers instruction on topics related to understanding research impact, reporting impact to funding agencies, and optimizing dissemination of research outputs.
  • Maintains awareness of trends related to publishing and research impact, such as open access and federal funding policies.
  • Serves as a liaison to departments/groups across our nine campus statewide system.
  • Serves as a liaison to one campus at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Provides and contributes to curriculum and course development for [IUSM]{.caps} students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provides training and implementation on tools, such as electronic lab notebooks, RedCap, and Tableau.
  • Provides reference and expert searching services to support research, clinical practice, and medical education.


  • Cultivates partnerships and collaborates with university faculty on projects including teaching, grants, manuscripts, paper or poster presentations.
  • Contributes to the overall development and innovation of the library and the profession by participating in library, campus, university, state, regional or national meetings, committees, workgroups and task forces or by representing the library on consortia.
  • Develops a full network of contacts within assigned liaison areas (departments/units, institutes, and centers) and anticipates and meets their information needs.
  • Teaches orientation sessions, course-integrated instruction and workshops for library clientele.


  • Maintains current knowledge of the trends and issues in higher education, scholarly communication, research practice and health care.
  • Pursues an active and ongoing career plan in the areas of job performance, professional development/research support and service. Standards are outlined in the [IUPUI]{.caps} Promotion & Tenure Guidelines:[IUPUI]{.caps}-Guidelines/Resources.
  • Designs and implements a plan for continuing education, continuing professional development and actively contributes to the development of health sciences librarianship through scholarly and service activities. Participates on other projects and initiatives as assigned.


  • A[LA]{.caps}-accredited master’s degree or international equivalent in library or information science.
  • Experience with research impact metrics, bibliometrics and relevant related resources, e.g. [ORCID]{.caps}, [VIVO]{.caps}-based profiles, [NCBI]{.caps} My Bibliography.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and users.
  • Commitment to innovative and successful user services.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and engagement with diverse communities.


  • Two years of professional experience in a health or sciences library or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working in a research lab and/or as part of a research team.
  • Experience with data visualization and tools.
  • Experience delivering instruction to adult learners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of bibliographic and citation databases.

Archived on: 2018-11-05