Professionalism & Leadership

Lightning Talk: Program Description Abstract

Library Support for Faculty Recruitment Efforts

Monday, May 6
2:15 PM - 2:20 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Recruiting a qualified and diverse workforce is a goal of any organization. An academic medical center administrator became aware of the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit as a method to expand faculty diversity. The Toolkit protocol is a multi-step process that includes identifying potential candidates in a systematic and unbiased way through a literature search, so the administrator contacted the library for support for faculty hiring efforts. While librarians did not contribute to diversity-related aspects of the search, they assisted by generating names of potential candidates by performing literature searches, filtering results, and refining deliverables for use by search committees.


Description : Librarians worked with two search committees seeking new clinical faculty. Librarians adapted the Toolkit protocol, which included guidance for conducting a bibliometric, person-blind search for most qualified authors in a field. Using Web of Science and PubMed, librarians worked with search committee leaders to create a search strategy to identify candidates based on keywords related to the position. Challenges faced included the broad topical nature of the searches which retrieved large sets of results. Librarians employed criteria such as number of publications, number of citations, funding amounts, and others to ultimately produce a workable list of potential candidates. Library data specialists devised scripts to categorize results for usability by the search committee. However, not all search requirements (e.g. candidates with a minimum rank, experience, and/or degree), can be easily described through search strategies.


Conclusion : Librarians can help with the Toolkit goal to assemble a comprehensive pool of potential recruitment candidates in a systematic and unbiased way. In one case, search committee leaders felt search results could be useful in generating a list of potential candidates, identifying potential nominators (of qualified candidates), and prioritizing candidates the committee has identified through other means. Assisting with recruitment efforts may be a novel way librarians can involve themselves in strategic efforts at their institutions.


 

Andrea H. Denton

Research & Data Services Manager
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Andrea H. Denton is the Research and Data Services Manager at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia Health System.

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Arian Abdulla

Research Librarian
University of Virginia Health Sciences Library
Charlottesville, Virginia

Arian Abdulla Ph.D. Research Librarian University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Charlottesville, VA 22908
Arian Abdulla Ph.D. Research Librarian University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Charlottesville, VA 22908

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David Martin

Clinical Data Research Specialist
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

David Martin is a Clinical Data Research Specialist with the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia Health System. He has a background in computer programming, statistics, and data cleaning and management.

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Jay Scott

Associate Partner
Opus Partners
Charlottesville, Virginia

Jay Scott has over 25 years of experience working with higher education and academic medical centers. Before joining Opus Partners in 2019, he was the founder and President of CBO Partners®, an executive search firm focused on leadership in academic medicine. Jay’s background before founding CBO Partners® in 2007 includes nine years as the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the University of Virginia School of Medicine as well as time serving as Director of the Budget for the University of Virginia, Director of Administration for the Department of Ophthalmology, and Director of Budget and Payroll for the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His early career experience includes entrepreneurship and investment management. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics and a master of business administration, both from the University of Virginia.
Jay has completed additional training in coaching for greater effectiveness at the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL®). He is also certified by CCL to administer its suite of 360-degree assessment tools. For the 17th consecutive year, CCL has earned a Top-10 ranking in the Financial Times’ worldwide survey of executive education.

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