• Medical schools and teaching hospitals nearly always have a medical library, primarily to support medical research, though the library may also extend services to medical practitioners and perhaps to patients and their families.
  • Other large medical centers usually have a medical library, and may have multiple libraries with different functions.
  • A background in the biological sciences, or some type of professional training in the health sciences, is good in these settings. Nursing, pharmaceutical, and other health care experience and degrees in addition to a library science degree are valuable.
  • Information professionals are also employed by the pharmaceutical industry.

Watch What do Science, Health, and Medicine Have to do with an MLIS?, an iSchool Career Webcast, for more information about medical library careers.

Organization Position Location

Responsibilities Qualifications Salary
Medical Data Curator
Evaluate, catalog, and promote multimedia resources; Assist in creating search-weighing scales for web-based content; Assist in retrieval MLIS; Knowledge of medical info sources; Experience in medical, academic, or special library; Experience with web-based content management systems & taxonomies Not stated
Blue Shield:
Director of Marketing Strategy
Boston, MA
Develop market plans & assessments; Drive product sales and service, plus marketing strategies and plans Bachelor's degree; MLIS preferred; 10 years in market strategy role; Health care plan & Business-to-Business experience Not stated
Desert Region Medical Center:
Medical Librarian
Palm Springs, CA
Supports departments & physicians in patient care information, continuing education, & research Bachelor's in Library Science preferred; Expertise in research, methodology, medical care; 5 years in library science preferred $20-$25/hr
Gunderson Health System:
Patient Ed Systems Specialist
La Crosse, WI
Manages patient education and language translation functions; Administers patient education database for print & non-print materials; Provides library reference services Related Bachelor's degree; 3-4 years progressively responsible related work experience; MLIS preferred; Webpage & HTML experience; Healthcare business process modeling skills Not stated
Veterans Health Administration:
Salem, VA
Provides reference services and instruction to health care and research professionals; Designs library website; Directs outreach, training, computer applications Completion of one year of graduate study in library science; Minimum one year related work experience $58,562- $76,131

Further Reading

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