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Special Assistant to the Chief, Information Engineering Branch (SL-2210-00/00)
National Center for Biotechnology Information

NIH-NLM-SL-17-1860320 $123,175 to $170,400 Friday, December 16, 2016 Apply Now Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals. Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute.
Supervisory Technical Information Specialist-NLM-MP (GS-1412-13/13)
Library Operations
2 Vacancies - details below
NIH-NLM-MP-17-1862587 $92,145 to $119,794 Monday, December 5, 2016 Apply Now Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Technical Information Specialist-NLM-MP (GS-1412-13/13)
Library Operations and Specialized Information Services
13 vacancies - details below

**U.S. citizens without Federal employee status may apply for these positions via the
NIH Library's Technical Information Specialist - ORS - DE **
NIH-NLM-MP-17-1861549 $92,145 to $119,794 Monday, December 5, 2016 Apply Now Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Deputy Director (ES-0340-00/00)
National Library of Medicine
NIH-NLM-SES-2017-1820064 $123,175 to $185,100 Thursday, December 22, 2016 Apply Now
  • Applications will be accepted from all qualified Individuals.
  • Current SES employees, individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility,
    and SES Candidate Development Program graduates need to apply to be considered for this position.
  • Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute.
National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows
N/A $53,435 (stipend) January 27, 2017 Apply now Recent graduate (within the past two years) with a master’s in information science/library science

 

NLM Invites Eligible Applicants for Supervisory Unit Head Positions (Application Closes 12/05/2016)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is recruiting up to 2 Supervisory Technical Information Specialists (Unit Heads) in the Division of Library Operations. You are eligible to apply if you are a current government employee or have another eligible status. If you are eligible, you may apply to the USAJobs posting.

Unit Heads are the foundation of the Division of Library Operations.  They are the supervisors who keep our staff motivated and appreciated for the hard work they do every day.  The Division of Library Operations, NLM is looking for leaders who can lead units, teams, workgroups, and develop into future section heads and division chiefs. NLM is looking for leaders who are and can demonstrate adaptability, effective change management, collaboration and communication skills, coaching, conflict resolution, commitment to leveraging diversity, mentoring, motivating others, and performance management.

Terminology, QA and User Services Unit, MEDLARS Management Section, Bibliographic Services Division

This position directs the work of six professional staff and 2 contractors who support the following programs: AccessGUDID, DailyMed, RxNorm, SNOMED CT, Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and UMLS. The work of this Unit supports the interoperability and unambiguous exchange of health data.  The Unit Head interacts with staff from FDA, ONC and CMS as well as collaborating with other NLM Divisions which support the tools and terminology standards developed for these products and services.

Staff supporting these products and services:

  • Support regular releases of data for these products
  • Provide quality control of data and tools used to support these products
  • Provide documentation for the releases
  • Provide training tools to learn about the products and services and how to use them

Licensing Unit, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division

This position directs the work of up to three professional librarians and two library technical support staff. The work of this Unit is to license and manage access to electronic resources under terms that support the Library’s national services and archival responsibilities.  The Unit Head serves as NLM's expert on the negotiation of favorable license agreements for electronic journals and other electronic information resources in accordance with NLM policies and guidelines.  The Unit Head interacts with publishers and vendors throughout the world to procure access to literature for NLM’s collections as well as collaborating with the NIH Library on shared license agreements and staff in other NLM Divisions which require access to electronic publications to support NLM products and services.

Staff supporting these activities:

  • Establish and re-negotiate licenses and maintain access to electronic biomedical and related publications for the NLM collection
  • Manage records related to licensing and access in the Electronic Resource Management System,  the link resolver system and the integrated library system
  • Coordinate and perform access-related problem resolution
  • Prepare reports from various systems to support analysis of electronic resources in the NLM collection and collection development decisions.

 


NLM Invites Eligible Applicants for Specialized Information Services and Library Operations Technical Information Specialist Positions (Application Closes 12/05/2016)

In addition to the Status Eligible listing announced on Thursday, December 1 for the Technical Information Specialist positions below, NLM Invites U.S. citizens without Federal employee status to apply for Specialized Information Services and Library Operations Technical Information Specialist Positions via the NIH Library's Technical Information Specialist - ORS - DE announcement at USAJobs (Application Closes 12/05/2016). 

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is recruiting up to 13 Technical Information Specialists in the Divisions of Specialized Information Services and Library Operations. You are eligible to apply if you are a current government employee or have another eligible status. If you are eligible, you may apply to the USAJobs posting. These GS-13 positions are:

To be considered, you’ll need to apply to the opening for a Technical Information Specialist (job series 1412). NLM hiring managers will contact qualified applicants about which positions they are most interested in. A library or information science degree isn’t required to apply, but you’ll need to demonstrate the experience described in the USAJobs announcement.

Technical Information Specialists serve an important role at the National Library of Medicine, providing the technical expertise that enables us to accomplish our vital public mission.  We’re looking for applicants who can demonstrate adaptability, effective change management, collaboration and communication skills, teamwork, and specialized technical expertise.

Bibliographic Services Division (3 positions)

The Bibliographic Services Division is seeking Technical Information Specialists in its two sections: MEDLARS Management Section and Index Section

Terminology Product Specialist

Coordinates the MEDLARS Management Section’s user and system support for NLM terminology products such as RxNorm, SNOMED CT, DailyMed and AccessGUDID, including monitoring content quality, staff and user training efforts, and working with other areas of NLM in the production, development and system testing of these products.  Provides oversight for customer service requests, outreach to terminology product users, and interactions with internal and external content providers in meeting and presentations.  Knowledgeable about NLM data products, analysis and manipulation of data, and the role these products play in NLM’s efforts in the areas of electronic health records and meaningful use.

Clinical Terminology Liaison

Serves as the representative to the members of the IHTSDO; coordinates NLM input into the IHTSDO member forum and serves of IHTSDO working groups as needed.  Provides program oversight and coordination for NLM’s system development and production efforts to provide SNOMED CT, the US extension, and related SNOMED content for use to U.S. organizations and users.

Gene Indexing and MeSH Specialist

Coordinates the Index Section's gene indexing program, including advising on policy, monitoring quality, training staff, and working with other areas of NLM to determine best methods for gene indexing. Serves as a member of the Section’s MeSH review team, researching and recommending new and revised MeSH terms, advising on MEDLINE indexing policy, and training indexers on the use of MeSH. Provides oversight of the MEDLINE indexing revision process and contributes to the creation and updating of the Indexing Manual and other MEDLINE indexing policy and training resources.

History of Medicine Division (3 positions)

The History of Medicine Division is seeking three Technical Information Specialists in its Rare Books and Early Manuscripts Section and Images and Archives Section.

Archival Collection Manager

Expert archivist responsible for the proper curation and management of the archival digital and internet-based collections of the Images and Archives Section of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine.  The collections include digital manuscripts, ephemera, blogs, web sites, and other materials. In coordination with the Section Head, the collection manager is responsible for setting standards for work evaluation; formulating production goals; monitoring a complex work flow; coordinating activities with other sections, divisions, and staff of NLM and stakeholders outside of NLM; and ensuring that work in process is properly tracked and that production goals are met. Collaborates with other operational units to negotiate and coordinate interrelated matters related to NLM’s Digital Repository and similar ventures pertaining to ingesting, storing, retrieving and making available the digital resources of the Library. Advises the Section Head and initiates workable solutions to matters affecting the HMD’s digital collection management activities. Serves as a main source of assistance to curators, reference staff, and other professional staff in answering reference questions, either from the general public or from staff. Represents the Section, the Division, and the Library in interactions with a variety of internal and external individuals and Federal and private organizations related to trends and technology for archival digital and internet-based collections.

Senior Rare Book Conservator

Manages the conservation and preservation functions for the Library’s historical collections. Set priorities for conservation actions for the collections and oversees their implementation by in-house staff and outside contractors. Stays abreast of current best practices and conservation techniques through study and involvement in the rare book conservation community. Develops methods, procedures, and techniques for conserving the unique items in the HMD collections. Advises collection managers on proper care and storage of materials. Serves as liaison to the Preservation and Collection Management Section of the Public Services Division.

Senior Rare Book Cataloger

Manages bibliographic control over the rare printed and early manuscript collections. Sets cataloging priorities and oversees the creation and maintenance of authoritative bibliographic and authority records according to national standards for rare materials. Makes decisions about the use of outside contractors to perform cataloging functions for the Section. Provides mentorship, guidance, and instruction to other catalogers and technicians in HMD. Serves as liaison to the Technical Services Division for collaborative cataloging arrangements, statistical reporting, and collection development.

National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR) (1 position)

NICHSR is seeking a Technical Information Specialist to serve as the Interoperability and Data Policy Specialist. This position reports to the Head of NICHSR and will develop, analyze and review policies of NLM, HHS and other Federal organizations related to health data standards and exchange of interoperable health information. Promotes the resources of the NLM in support of interoperable health data exchange to actual and potential users in both the public and private sectors. Participates in appropriate standards-related organizations, committees, and working groups, representing the NLM at professional meetings and in discussions and negotiations with producers and users of health data standards in order to identify key opportunities for standards development, promotion, coordination, and to coordinate the NLM responses to these opportunities.

National Network Coordinating Office (1 position)

The National Network Coordinating Office is seeking a Technical Information Specialist to serve as a Project Scientist who will coordinate work of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) as a member of the steering committee.  Provides guidance to Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and National Offices of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in support of the goals and objectives of the RML cooperative agreement.

Technical Services Division (2 positions)

The Technical Services Division is seeking Technical Information Specialists in the Library Technology Services Section and Cataloging and Metadata Management Section.

Senior Technical Information Specialist

This position reports to the Head of the Library Technology Services Section and serves as a technical authority on the NLM Digital Collections repository and digital library technologies that can enhance the searching, presentation and preservation of NLM digital resources. This position is responsible for:

  • Leading the Digital Repository Working Group with overall responsibility for implementing and maintaining new and enhanced functionality;
  • Developing policies and procedures for repository maintenance, ensuring procedures are refined and enhanced;
  • Revising public web pages describing NLM activities related to NLM Digital Collections, technical specifications, and other information;
  • Coordinating the QA review of digitized books conducted by staff across the library and ensuring that any quality issues identified get addressed in a timely fashion; and
  • Initiating and leading discussions of technical merits of proposed digital repository projects, including advising on technical issues and offering solutions.

Senior Metadata Specialist Librarian

This position reports to the Head of the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section, and serves as a technical authority in the area of metadata development and trends for bibliographic resources. This position is responsible for:

  • Supporting and developing workflows that involve metadata modeling, mapping, and transformation;  
  • Leading the library’s transition from creating bibliographic data in the MARC environment to sharing data in a linked data environment;
  • Representing NLM in internal and external groups dealing with metadata standards, policies, and infrastructure;
  • Assisting in building staff expertise in shifts in bibliographic formats and data encoding;
  • Building and maintaining collaborative relationships internally and externally, using the external community as a resource for metadata development at NLM; and
  • Strategizing with division management on metadata trends and directions with which to align NLM practices.

Division of Specialized Information Services (3 positions)

The Division of Specialized Information Services is seeking three Senior Technical Information Specialists. Two positions will be in the Disaster Information Management Research Center and one position in the Outreach and Special Populations Branch. These positions support the resources and programs of the NLM Specialized Information Services and will be responsible for:

  • Managing various databases or electronic resources targeted for health professionals, public health professions, and the general public;
  • Serving as a technical expert for one or more SIS products or services;
  • Developing and conducting training and outreach programs, especially those involving SIS resources for a variety of populations;
  • Providing leadership for the evaluation activities within SIS and collaborates with other offices and agencies involved in evaluation of programs and services;
  • Serving as the focal point for SIS training and other outreach activities to specific populations and other underserved groups;
  • Serving as the SIS liaison to minority populations and other underserved groups or to the disaster and emergency preparedness and response communities;
  • Serving as the SIS liaison with other NLM components involved in outreach, emergency preparedness and response, public health and evaluation including the Office of Health Information Programs Development and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; and
  • Developing new SIS programs to reach health professionals, emergency preparedness and response workers, public health workers, and the public.

 


National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows Program 

Interested in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, and digital communication? So are we. 

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Join us in making the future happen: yours and ours. 

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Library of Medicine.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Rotation at the NIH Library (by arrangement)
  • Experienced mentors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to complete a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($53,435 in 2016)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation funding to the Washington, DC region
  • One-year fellowship with an optional second year 

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2017.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/applicinfo.html Application deadline is January 27, 2017.   Between 4 and 6 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-827-4284 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov

About the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space, where we have regular cultural events for staff and the public. A Metro subway station (Medical Center on the Red Line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. We also have free parking.

NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.

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