Job Opening: Bioinformationist


The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’ Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks a Bioinformationist to collaborate with and support research departments, laboratories, and individual scientists within the CU Anschutz community. With a demonstrated understanding of the work of laboratory scientists, the scientific process, and the impact and potential of data science methodologies to their research, the Bioinformationist develops and provides training and professional library services in the use of biomedical knowledge management, information and data resources, tools, and data science strategies.

For a Full Description of the Bioinformationist position, please visit:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at, search for job number: 06868.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by October 21, 2016.

To apply, please visit: and search for job number: 06868.  Your application must include: 1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2) A current CV/resume 3) List of references

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Questions should be directed to John Jones at 

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.


Featured Staff Bio at HSL

Dana Abbey:

While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I needed to find a position where I worked only nights and weekends. I was lucky enough to land a position at a public library, and continued to work there another 13 years. During those years, I earned my Masters in Library Science, worked in nearly every library department, and held supervisory and management positions. After leaving the public library, I worked for several years in drug testing and served as a library consultant.

For the past 10 years I have worked for the Health Sciences Library in a program sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) called the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). I am a regional coordinator for community engagement, which means I work with those who need health information – from physicians, to librarians, to community-based organizations, to community members. I travel throughout the state, learning about communities and developing ways to address their health information needs.

I never thought about a career in libraries, but was glad I stayed in the library field!

New Staff at HSL

Madison began her foray into library work the summer before her senior year of high school through an internship at the University of Miami’s Louis Calder Memorial Library and quickly fell in love with it. She volunteered in libraries until she graduated from The University of Georgia with her Bachelors in English. While at UGA, she was a member of the International English Honors Society and was an officer in the Ancient Germanic Studies Society. She concentrated in Advanced Studies in English and participated in the British and Irish Studies program – through which she studied for a semester at Balliol College at Oxford. For her, part of the thrill of attending Oxford was knowing that in certain parts of the city she was standing above thousands of archived materials from the Bodleian Library.

She moved to Colorado over 2 years ago and began working at Boulder Public Library and, a year later, at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library. At HSL she is a part of the Access Services team, works with the Course Reserves, and supervises the Work Study Students. She is thrilled to be in an academic library once again and is even more excited to be working in a library that so thoughtfully caters to its users’ experiences. She truly feels in her element when assisting patrons and is grateful to have the necessary tools and support from the library and her team.

When she is not filling out applications to Library School, she enjoys reading, writing poetry, watching terrible tv shows about aliens and conspiracy theories (which are totally fabricated… or are they?), practicing her Italian, and eating tacos with her husband while their cat and dogs drool at their feet.


Madison Mosely

New Staff at HSL

Jessica Gerber, MLS

I came to the library because I was interested in moving to Denver and I looked for a position at the University of Colorado.  I moved to Denver from Laramie, WY, where I worked for a community college in the area as their librarian.  I had moved to Laramie recently for family reasons from Bloomington, IN, where I attended Indiana University for my MLS and worked for IU’s main research library.

In my current position as a cataloger, I am working on cataloging one of the special collections, the Bartecchi Southeast Asia Conflict Medical Collection.  It is a collection centered on the events during the Vietnam Conflict, and features books about physicians who went to Vietnam.  I am also helping out with the transition to ALMA, and I have been editing records so they can be sent in to be uploaded.

In my personal life, I enjoy collecting comics, watching anime, reading science fiction, and I am interested in films from all genres.  I see my sister frequently on weekends, and watch my nephew Henry, who is now 1 ½.  He has a lot of energy and is interested in everything.


Celebrate Peer Review Week, September 19th – 25th, an international event bringing attention to the unique way scholars safeguard quality in their research.  Peer review is evolving with a growing number of ideas and models as alternatives to the traditional approaches.  Both commercial enterprises and not-for-profit organizations are participating in this year’s event with the theme, Recognition for Review.   The Peer Review Week 2016 website links to lots of information including articles about recognition and peer review models.

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Clinical Corner: FREE Exam Prep Questions

Clinical Corner

Are you studying for the USMLE, shelf exams, board certification exams, or the NCLEX? Sign up for a Board Vitals account and get free access to extensive question banks that will help you prepare. You can find a link to Board Vitals on the library homepage, in the Top Resources column on the left side of the page, scrolling down until you get to the Students heading. Or use this direct link: Be sure to use your, or email address when you register for an account.

BoardVitals offers:

  • The highest quality questions with detailed explanations
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  • Administrators can monitor performance to serve as a proactive remediation tool
  • Faculty can send customized exams to students or utilize questions in discussions

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