Associate Librarian

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

The Clinical Librarian provides information services to City of Hope clinical professionals at the point of need, to support evidence-based practice and effective clinical decision-making. The Clinical Librarian also provides general information and research services, training on library resources, and other services that support the mission of City of Hope.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Clinical information services and support for evidence-based practice:
  • Plan, develop, deliver, and promote information services to physicians, nurses, and other clinical personnel, to support evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making.
  • Perform and provide support for systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis projects from protocol development to publication. Develop collaborative partnerships with researchers as a methodological expert on evidence synthesis.
  • Identify, investigate, recommend and facilitate the integration of information resources, software, and tools into the clinical enterprise, to support evidence-based practice, and diagnosis and treatment decisions at the point of care.
  • Develop and provide training on the use of library resources and services to perform systematic reviews and engage in evidence-based practice, including online classes.
  • Serve on appropriate committees and working groups related to clinical care.
  • Provide general reference and research assistance to faculty, health care professionals, and students. Collaborate with patient services to provide information services to City of Hope patients.
  • Help develop and participate in outreach services and marketing strategies for the library.
  • In collaboration with librarians, develop library policies and procedures.
  • Maintain positive, productive working relationships with library staff, internal and external customers,
  • Participate in appropriate continuing education to develop and maintain needed knowledge and skills. Keep up with emerging technologies as they relate to library resources and services.

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

Minimum Education:

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program, or a foreign equivalent

Preferred Experience:
  • Two years of related experience in an academic, health sciences, or biomedical library.
  • Experience using biomedical and health sciences databases to perform literature searches and systematic reviews.
  • Experience teaching the efficient use of library resources and services.
  • Experience designing and teaching online courses.

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse library staff, users, and members of the City of Hope community.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective part of project teams.
  • Ability to learn and use new software and technologies effectively.
  • Commitment to high standards of customer service.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Database search platforms, such as PubMed, Scopus, Ovid
  • Bibliographic management software, such as EndNote
  • Microsoft Office

  • Web browsers

Working / Environmental Conditions:

Physical Demands:
  • Light physical effort (lift/carry up to 10 lbs
  • Mostly sedentary work

  • Extended computer/keyboarding work

  • Moderate reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


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