Research Communications Librarian

California, United States
26 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford Medicine is seeking a motivated and resourceful Research Communications Librarian (Librarian 2 or 3) to develop services to inform researchers and educators at Stanford Medicine about the scholarly communication process and analyze the impact of research output. The Research Communications Librarian will develop research impact models for departments and individuals and advocate and inform the Stanford Medicine community on best practices in scholarly communication; including copyright, open access, alternative publishing models, and open educational resources.

The Research Communications Librarian serves as liaison to select departments in the School of Medicine and provides research support services for Stanford Medicine including the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) and Stanford Health Care (SHC). Reporting to the Manager, Research and Instruction, the Research Communications Librarian is a key member of the Research and Instruction Team at the Lane Medical Library and Knowledge Management Center. This position will work closely with other Research and Instruction librarians to provide consultations and other research services, collaborate with students and faculty on systematic reviews, and provide training in databases and research software. We are seeking dynamic candidates with demonstrated potential to lead our efforts and provide innovative educational approaches while maintaining a tradition of excellence. The position works closely with other staff to influence and achieve our collective goals in support of the School’s research, clinical and educational mission.

Duties include:

  • Develop, lead, and implement an education program for Stanford Medicine on issues of scholarly communication in a digital environment, including copyright.  
  • Develop and coordinate research impact services to support Stanford Medicine in discovering, tracking and communicating the impact of a variety of research outputs, including scholarly articles and datasets. 
  • Be informed of, and keep library staff and its users up to date on national and international trends, legislation, and pending changes in intellectual property rights, commercial and academic/research scholarly publishing, and trends and issues in bibliometrics and research impact.  Plan and organize regular events and programs in these areas. 
  • Provide services, consultations and training for best practices in tracking and communicating the impact of research, such as creating and maintaining researcher profilers and using impact metrics tools. 
  • Investigate and provide specialized support for analysis, use and emerging applications of impact data. Work with colleagues to provide research impact for personal citation metrics and provide guidance to departments supported by Lane Library. 
  • Provide liaison support for faculty, staff and students to designated departments.  
  • Provide end-user training by developing and offering web-based training tools or tutorials and in-person classes and workshops. 
  • Provide expert searching in support of research projects, systematic reviews, bibliometrics and patient care. 
  • Collaborate with library faculty and staff across the libraries on research, teaching, and research communications related projects. 
  • Recommend software and tools to support researchers in the publication lifecycle. 
  • Other duties may also be assigned


  • Solid understanding and application of scholarly communication practices, including copyright, open access, alternative publishing models, and open educational resources. 
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze research impact and deliver reports and other documentation of impact. 
  • Experience designing, planning, implementing, and maintaining complex projects or services. 
  • Familiarity with research impact software and tools.  
  • Experience executing systematic reviews, meta-analysis or related research projects. 
  • Ability to think creatively and identify new areas of library service across the institution. 
  • Ability to work as part of a small, highly collaborative team. 
  • Ability to easily network and influence both internally and externally across the organization. 
  • Deep understanding and engagement with the range of library operations, trends and practices. 
  • Strong commitment to continuous service improvement and innovation. 
  • Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills. 
  • Deep understanding and engagement with the range of library operations, trends and practices. 
  • Evidence of professional contribution and achievement beyond the library may be expected at this rank. 
  • Demonstrated success in engaging with colleagues across the University and beyond in a collaborative and construction fashion. 
  • Ability to manage projects, develop policies or drive library initiatives across functional lines. 
  • Evidence of engagement in relevant professional or academic communities. 
  • Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills 


Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries and two or more years of relevant experiences in a relevant library setting or a combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Experience with relevant aspects of library operations including understanding of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the broad scope of library operations with ability to understand how their role interacts with the rest of the organization.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and negotiate issues with people from different parts of the library.
  • Ability to identify challenges and opportunities, engage others in their resolution and recommend appropriate courses of action.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate online resources in terms of content quality, functionality and user interface issues.
  • Ability to independently perform complex job functions such as collection management reviews, preparation of major exhibits, developing policies for business practices.
  • Consistent display of strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated bibliographic expertise or basic managerial/supervisory skills.


  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.

*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


May work in confined spaces and at height 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors bases on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 1782
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: H
Requisition ID: 83666