DATE ENTERED: March 12, 2019
POSITION: Evidence Synthesis Librarian
LOCATION: Virginia Tech University Libraries, Research, Learning & Informatics Division
APPLY BY: Review begin date: March 27, 2019

Title: Evidence Synthesis Librarian
A/P faculty, rank: Lecturer
University Libraries, Research, Learning & Informatics Division
Research Collaboration and Engagement Department
Posting Number: AP0190061
Full posting and application:

Position Summary:
The Evidence Synthesis Librarian, reporting to the Director, Research, Collaboration and Engagement, supports evidence synthesis at Virginia Tech for Blacksburg, Roanoke, the National Capital Region, and other locations and affiliates. Lead, manage, and develop a programmatic approach for evidence synthesis services. Provide guidelines-based support and consultations for systematic review and meta-analysis projects. Provide evidence synthesis instruction and training to the university community. Partner with individuals in and outside the Libraries to advance evidence synthesis services. Explore emerging tools and methods for evidence synthesis, such as text and data mining. Supervise student employees and/or guide undergraduate research projects related to evidence synthesis. Incorporate inclusive communication and collaboration to liaise effectively with diverse partners and audiences. Serve as subject area liaison to one or more departments, institutes, or program areas, providing research assistance and instruction; collections support; outreach and communication; and partnership towards area initiatives. Contribute to supporting the VT community in adoption of open and collaborative research practices; sharing and disseminating research results; and tracking research impact.

Major Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Director, Research Collaboration and Engagement (RCE) this position will:

Lead and Manage Evidence Synthesis Research Services:

  • Lead and manage evidence synthesis services with a focus on support for systematic review and meta-analysis projects
  • Develop a programmatic approach to set service goals, assess service outcomes using a variety of data points, and identify and implement ongoing improvements
  • Promote equity in evidence synthesis and research support activities through inclusive practices and by promoting diversity among research collaborators and participants as a critical aspect of research
  • Facilitate a systematic review services working group within University Libraries
  • Develop and manage opportunities for student employees and/or undergraduate research projects related to evidence synthesis as part of services, training, and/or outreach
  • Provide project consultations and co-authorship partnerships for evidence synthesis projects at Virginia Tech tailored to specific discipline needs. This includes systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, and other synthesis projects
  • Provide training and engagement events to promote and instruct others in evidence synthesis best practices, including: customized course sessions or workshops, and panel or event organization.
  • Develop and/or maintain asynchronous, accessible, online learning options for evidence synthesis practices, including library guides, online tutorials, and online course content
  • Actively reach out to campus partners and build relationships as an ambassador for evidence synthesis work at Virginia Tech
  • Investigate software/tools for evidence synthesis and negotiate terms of service with evidence software vendors as appropriate
  • Stay current in and share best practices and emerging approaches to guidelines, methods, and tools for evidence synthesis

Cultivate partnerships with members of the Virginia Tech community as liaison librarian for two or more areas.

  • Utilize inclusive communication methods to reach out to and engage with diverse faculty, staff, and students in liaison areas
  • Provide customized consultations and services; develop and support partnerships for special projects
  • Provide instruction (guest lectures, workshops, and/or course or subject guides)
  • Assist with development, evaluation, maintenance, and promotion of collections; manage firm order funds

Support the University Libraries' Research and Engagement Initiatives

  • Promote methods and practices for making research results open and accessible; and promote use of a range of Libraries’ research and scholarship services
  • Support researcher compliance with funding agency publication and data/information sharing requirements – including consultations and referrals to data services and other Libraries’ services
  • Support and/or develop initiatives to increase diversity, equity and inclusiveness

Uphold a breadth of professional responsibilities and initiatives

  • Maintain professional growth and keep abreast of emerging areas in evidence synthesis and the library and information profession
  • Maintain or work toward membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) or equivalent membership if previously agreed upon
  • Serve actively on departmental, library, university-wide, and professional committees; service to the profession will likely include work at the regional, national, or international scale
  • Provide quality services in a professional manner with a demonstrated commitment to team efforts, service excellence, and diversity and inclusion

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree from an ALA-accredited graduate program; OR an advanced degree in a position-related field, such as: data science, epidemiology, health sciences, life sciences, social sciences, public health, or statistics, or other related fields
  • Demonstrated experience designing, planning, implementing, and maintaining complex projects
  • Demonstrated experience using health or science information sources
  • Demonstrated experience providing reference or research assistance in an academic, research, or clinical environment, including using advanced techniques to conduct information searches in various sources (such as research databases, web searches) for a variety of information types, such as: research literature, patents, industry standards, datasets
  • Demonstrated experience providing instruction in an academic, research, or clinical environment
  • Demonstrated experience in outreach, relationship building, and/or collaboration with diverse populations and groups
  • Demonstrated service activities or work experience showing a commitment to inclusion and diversity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting expert literature searches using advanced searching techniques in MEDLINE/PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, and other key health sciences databases and grey literature resources; or experience as a systematic review information retrieval expert
  • Demonstrated experience using and/or training others in citation management tools, such as: BibTeX, EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, or others
  • Demonstrated experience supporting or participating in systematic review teams
  • Demonstrated experience using and/or training others in evidence synthesis project management tools, such as: Covidence, DistillrSR, Excel, Open Science Framework, REDCap, Rayyan, or others
  • Demonstrated experience using and/or supporting others in evidence synthesis search methodologies, guidelines, and standards as recommended by: Cochrane, Institute of Medicine, PRISMA, or others
  • Demonstrated experience managing and/or analyzing data
  • Demonstrated experience in using and/or training others in text or data mining tools or methods
  • Demonstrated experience supervising students and/or staff

Employment Conditions:
Must have a criminal background check.

Employee Category:
Administrative and Professional Faculty, Non-Continued Appointment Track. Lecturer rank

Appointment Type:
Regular, Full-time calendar year

$50,000 minimum, dependent on qualifications and experience

Work Location:
Blacksburg but may need to travel to other VT Campus

Work Schedule:
M-F 8am-5pm or as assigned

Full posting with requirements and application information available at:

How to Apply for this Job:
Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include: (a) a resume, (b) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, and (c) names of three (3) references and their contact information.
Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities.
Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.
University Libraries of Virginia Tech is a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance:

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