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Current Volunteer Position Openings

COVID-19 Database Validation Study Opportunity

We are recruiting volunteers to participate in a Validation Study of COVID-19 Literature Databases. The work will involve searching specialized Covid-19 databases for specific titles. The duration of this study is expected to be 3 weeks with approximately 2-4 hours per week commitment needed. This work requires database searching experience. To apply, please complete our volunteer registration form, if you have not already, and then email info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com to express your interest in this project.

Screening Pilot Project Planner

The LRC has the opportunity to join efforts with the WHO and CDC to screen articles for inclusion in the WHO database. We are seeking a volunteer to serve as a project planner to help us develop processes and determine volunteer support needs. To apply, please complete our volunteer registration form, if you have not already, and then email info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com to express your interest in this project.

Leadership Opportunities

To apply for our current volunteer leadership opportunities, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and submit a resume and cover letter to info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com. Please direct all questions to info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com.

Our current volunteer leadership position openings are:

  • Volunteer Manager [volunteer]
  • Search Workgroup Co-Lead [volunteer]
  • Executive Director [volunteer]

Please see below for detailed position descriptions.


Volunteer Manager [Volunteer Position]

Hours/Week Anticipated: 10 hours per week

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop a vision for volunteer management, engagement, and recognition
  • Build and manage  a team of volunteers to support the work of the organization including but not limited to:
    • Onboarding of new volunteers to LRC 
    • Placement of new volunteers in workgroups
    • Regular communication with volunteers, e.g. all-volunteer emails, newsletters, internal volunteer libguides, etc.
    • Maintenance of the volunteer database, LibCRM
    • Recognition of volunteer contributions
  • Develop , review and maintain volunteer agreements, the code of ethics, etc., in collaboration with co-directors, advisors and workgroup leads

Key Deliverables

  • Volunteer Agreement Form, Code of Ethics
  • Volunteer newsletters
  • Volunteer hours reports
  • Volunteer recognition 
  • Reports to workgroup leads regarding barriers and feedback, as reported by volunteers in hours form 

Communication & Reporting Expectations

  • Send bi-weekly report to Co-Directors outlining work accomplished by the workgroup, priorities for the next week, and any barriers faced in completing the work
  • Liaise with working group leads to assess volunteer needs including but not limited to capacity, training, communication and barriers/solutions
  • Coordinate as necessary with the public relations/external communications working group 
  • Discuss any issues and potential solutions with the Business Strategy Adviser 
  • Send lists of volunteers to workgroup leads on a regular basis or as needed 
  • Attend bi-weekly leadership meeting
  • Recommend areas for improvement

Skill Set Requirements

  • Advance knowledge and experience in human resource management
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of design 

Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in interviews with current co-directors, advisors, and workgroup leads. Please direct all questions to info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com.

 


Search Workgroup Co-Lead [Volunteer Position]

Hours/Week Anticipated: 5-10 hours per week

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the workgroup including but not limited to:
    • Onboard new volunteers to the workgroup
    • Check LibAnswers dashboard daily for pending and open tickets 
    • Prompt team members to respond to unanswered tickets
    • Fill in gaps where required (e.g. perform searches when appropriate)
    • Oversee the Evidence Inventories site
  • Develop, implement, review  and  maintain search processes, guidelines and tools including but not limited to:
    • search standards, validated search strategies, and guidance
    • peer review system for new searchers
    • search request forms
  • Identify personnel needs for the search team based on trends in search requests and strategize with volunteer manager to recruit volunteers as needed
  • Identify potential research opportunities in partnership with the Scientific & Technology Strategy Advisor
  • Identify areas for improvement

Key Deliverables

  • Facilitate responses to requests for rapid evidence reviews or literature review searches from GOARN partners and WHO
  • Ensure appropriate completed searches are posted to the Evidence Inventories site

Communication & Reporting Expectations

  • Send bi-weekly report to Co-Directors outlining work accomplished by the working group, priorities for the next week, and any barriers faced in completing the work
  • Timely communication of barriers to delivering the project to the Scientific & Technology Strategy Advisor for problem-solving assistance, clearly outlining issue and thoughts on solutions
  • Regularly communicate with workgroup members
  • Attend bi-weekly leadership meeting

Skill Set Requirements

  • Broad knowledge of evidence-based health literature including systematic reviews, rapid responses and meta-analyses 
  • Advanced knowledge and experience conducting comprehensive literature searches for systematic evidence reviews
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • LibApps (including LibGuides and LibAnswers)

Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in interviews with current co-directors, advisors, and workgroup leads. Please direct all questions to info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com.


Executive Director [Volunteer Position]

The Executive Director is a key leader that provides vision and direction to the Librarian Reserve Corps in partnership with a newly forming steering committee. The Executive Director represents the organization publicly, leads strategic planning, outlines and implements an effective organizational structure, and is ultimately responsible for fulfilling the organization's mission.

Anticipated Hours/Week: 15 hours/week

Key Responsibilities

  • Governance
    • Oversee program areas of LRC: Work with advisors to continually evaluate and monitor the work of the program branches, establish new work areas, and redirect existing work areas, when needed, to best support GOARN response efforts.
    • Guide the organization: Provide a clear vision to volunteers, supervise and direct workgroup leads, develop and implement policies and procedures, and ensure continued excellence in program offerings
    • Oversee administrative functions, including, but not limited to, volunteer engagement, communications, and organizational development
    • Lead internal meetings for the leadership teams, as well as the full body of volunteers, and develop effective communication methods for the organization
  • Communications & Representation
    • Liaise with external organizations and companies: Secure donations of products and tools, review agreements for said products and tools, discuss complementary work
    • Represent LRC publicly: Promote the work of the organization and highlighting the value of our profession, to key stakeholders, librarian and public health professionals, the public, and the media

Key Deliverables

  • Fulfillment of LRC services
  • Vision and mission statement for LRC, as well as strategic goals and plan, to be developed in coordination with advisors, steering committee, and workgroup leads

Communication & Reporting Expectations

  • Deliver weekly report to GOARN-R, Steering Committee Chair, and Advisors
  • Present quarterly reports on the work of LRC to GOARN, WHO, and librarian communities
  • Hold regular meetings with workgroup leads and volunteer
  • Write short updates to include in the volunteer newsletter

Skill Set Requirements

  • Leadership, 3-5 years in an executive leadership position preferred
  • Organizational development and administration
  • Resource planning and service delivery
  • Adaptability and flexibility in a dynamic public health emergency environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of public health emergency response and scholarly communications

Preferred Experience

  • Leading remote team(s)
  • Volunteer engagement and management
  • Non-profit work

Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in interviews with current co-directors, advisors, and workgroup leads. Please direct all questions to info@librarianreservecorps.libanswers.com.


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