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Geisinger Health System Informationist in Danville, Pennsylvania

JOB TITLE: Informationist

LOCATION: Geisinger Medical Center Hospital

DEPARTMENT: Health Sciences Library


WORK TYPE: Full Time (1.0 FTE)


Collaborateson a team that engages with students, faculty, clinicians, and researchers to optimize access to and use of information. The Informationist team develops and delivers innovative services, information products, and online tools that enable clients to efficiently and effectively identify, locate, manage, and use information for teaching and learning, patient care, and research. Each Informationist focuses on a specific client community: health professions education, clinical, or research. To accomplish this work, consults for individuals and teams on topics, such as finding and managing information, incorporating content into instruction, identifying opportunities or venues to present scholarly work, tracking research impact, or complying with public access mandates. May also design and deliver instruction, participate in the libraries’ information and research services, collaborate on developing user-focused collections of information resources, participate in library, division, and system-wide initiatives and projects, and provide back up for other information services.


Maintains productive relationships within assigned client community and communicates regularly to ensure awareness of library resources and services and to identify opportunities for the library to collaborate.

Develops and delivers information products, tools, and services to optimize client’s access to and use of information.

Consults with clients to develop research strategies, address questions related to scholarly communications, and provide technical support on use of mobile apps and knowledge management tools.

Participates in the libraries’ information and research services; responds to requests for information and expert searching, in-person and virtually; collaborates on quality improvement of the service.

Develops and provides customized instruction through classes, group training sessions, and online instruction to enable clients to be self-sufficient in seeking and managing information.

Contributes content to the libraries’ websites and other media to assist clients with research and scholarly communications, to promote use of library resources and services, and to inform clientele of other relevant information.

Collaborates with library staff on projects to provide health information to patients and the community.

Reviews and recommends content for the library collections using standard tools and resources and knowledge of clients’ needs.

Works at physical service points as needed. Duties include circulating materials and assisting library clientele.

Cultivates subject and interdisciplinary knowledge for providing effective consultations, reference assistance, and instruction.

Serves on library, client, or system-wide committees as relevant to primary job assignment or as requested by supervisor.

Participates in relevant professional and scholarly associations and organizations; including maintaining membership and/or accreditation and participating in continuous professional development activities.

Other responsibilities specific to an informationist’s area of focus may include:

1) Medical school: organizing and collaborating on collection evaluation projects across libraries and making recommendations based on findings; overseeing acquisitions and processing of materials for the medical school library collection; supervising library desk clerks (ie, student employees), including recruitment, scheduling, and training.

2) Clinical community: consulting and collaborating with clinical faculty, providers, nurses and other clinical staff on case conferences, journal clubs, quality improvement projects, etc.; maintaining awareness of the information needs and research interests of Geisinger clinicians, as well as, competencies and knowledge required in the GME programs and identifying relevant materials for the collection.

3) Research community: Serving as an expert on issues of scholarly communications, including copyright, compliance with funder requirements for publishing and data management, open access, and documenting the impact of research through publication or other metrics; evaluating and promoting software and standards that enable successful collaboration and scholarly communications.


Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service and a desire for engaging with learners, clinicians, and researchers at all levels.

Ability to confidently and effectively interact with individuals and teams in the client community.

Ability to design and execute strategies to find and organize information.

Ability to self-direct learning.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to actively listen, understand, and articulate a client’s needs.

Strong analytical skills and knowledge of the research process.

Ability to prioritize, manage projects, and meet deadlines with creativity and flexibility.

Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse workplace environment.

Ability to effectively build partnerships and promote the library.

Ability to design and lead instruction.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.

For position with primary responsibility for research community:

Demonstrated understanding of fundamental concepts of biomedical informatics, and the methods and models for storage, retrieval, sharing and use of biomedical information and data.


Master's Degree in Related Field - Required

Master's Degree in Library Science - Preferred

For informationist working primarily with the research community:

PhD in a biomedical, information sciences, or related field -Preferred



For positions with primary responsibility for clinical community:

· One year of experience working in an academic health sciences or health system environment

For position with primary responsibility for research community:

· One year of experience working with research teams and participating in or advising on the publication of research findings


For position with primary responsibility for health professions education community:

· One year of experience working in an academic or health sciences library

· Member of Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)

For position with primary responsibility for clinical community:

· Member of Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)

For position with primary responsibility for research community:

· One year of experience working in an academic or health sciences library


Work is typically performed in an office environment.

Requires travel to other campuses based on area of responsibility.

Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. These specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners. * Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.

*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.