The Carla J. Funk Health Sciences ILS Fellowship is a paid, one-semester internship with the IU Bloomington Libraries' Sciences Department.
The Libraries’ Sciences Department is establishing its health sciences related library and research services in a new space, the Regional Academic Health Center/Health Sciences Building, and is investigating new service models that intersect with the principles and practices of Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). The Funk Fellow will contribute to this work and assist in the development of Libraries services.
Compensation: $4,500 to be paid at the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester in a lump sum.
Position description: Fellowship recipient agrees to work 180 hours (approximately 12 hours/week) during the Fall 2021 semester: August 23-December 17, 2021.
This work involves:
- Staffing the IU Libraries Research Center Office in the Health Sciences Building (4-6 hours/week) during the Fall 2021 semester. We currently anticipate these activities to be conducted in person, but we are monitoring the health and safety of our staff and will change direction as appropriate and in concert with the IU administration.
At this office, Fellows will participate in:
- research consultations with patrons alongside librarians
- walk-up inquiries by students, faculty and staff
- physical library media pick-ups and returns
- sciences instant messaging chat reference queue
- small projects as agreed upon and/or the Fellow’s project (see next).
- Identifying, developing and implementing a project that focuses on Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) and Academic Libraries. The key disciplines and partners in IPE at IU Bloomington for the purposes of this Fellowship are: nursing, optometry, public health, social work, and speech, hearing and language sciences (6-8 hours/week).
- Completing a written reflection on the Fellowship and project experience to the Sciences Department at the end of the semester.
Provided below are citations that speak to these concerns in academic libraries. Applicants are encouraged to consider them.
- Adams, N. E. (2014). A Comparison of Evidence-Based Practice and the ACRL Information Literacy Standards: Implications for Information Literacy Practice. College & Research Libraries, 75(2), 232–248. https://doi-org.proxyiub.uits.iu.edu/10.5860/crl12-417
- Franzen, S., & Bannon, C. M. (2016). Merging Information Literacy and Evidence-Based Practice in an Undergraduate Health Sciences Curriculum Map. Communications in Information Literacy, 10(2), 245–263. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1125454
- Hinrichs, R. J., Bakker, C. J., Brigham, T. J., Ginier, E. C., Stevens, G. A., & Alpi, K. M. (2020). Exploring interprofessional collaboration and attitudes of health sciences librarians. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 108(3), 440–451. https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2020.804
- Have completed 2 semesters in the IUB ILS Department as a graduate student on the MLS track or dual MLS/MIS track
- Enrolled in the IUB ILS program during the course of the fellowship: Fall 2021
- Strong commitment to pursuing a career as a Health Sciences Librarian or as a Health Information Professional
- Ability and willingness to learn and adapt to evolving circumstances
- Excellent communication and customer service skills
- Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ), as expressed through the statements like the following: Medical Library Association Core Values, and the Association of College & Research Libraries Diversity Alliance Program Principles, of which IU Libraries is a member.
- Preference will be given to applicants who effectively address how issues of DEISJ can be amplified and integrated into the health sciences’ activities of the fellowship.
Application deadline: July 2, 2021 end of day
To apply: Submit the following information as e-mail attachments to Jennifer Simms, firstname.lastname@example.org, Head of Sciences. Please use the subject line: Funk Fellowship 2021.
- Cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position and a discussion of the kinds of Health Sciences Librarianship or Health Information Professional activities you hope to pursue in your professional career. Include an exploration of a few potential project outcomes you’d like to pursue in the area of Academic Libraries and IPE and EBP. This could include: instruction, programming, research/scholarship.
- Current resume/CV.
- Your availability for a 30 minute interview during business hours between July 12-16, 2021.
- July 2 end-of-day – Application Deadline
- July 9 – Finalists contacted to schedule personal interviews
- July 12-16 – All interviews completed
- July 19 – Offer made
For further information, contact Jennifer Simms, email@example.com.
About Carla J. Funk
Ms. Funk spent more than 20 years as the executive director of the Medical Library Association and holds a degree in psychology from Northwestern, a MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.
After graduating from IU's School of Library and Information Science in 1973, she worked as the adult services librarian and head of technical services for four years at the Northbrook (Ill.) Public Library. In 1977, she became the director at the Warren-Newport Public Library district in Gurnee, Illinois. She then logged nine years with the American Medical Association in Chicago, rising to Director of Medical Student Services.
In 1992, Funk became the executive director of the Medical Library Association where she was responsible for coordinating and executing the MLA's programs and services, including its educational opportunities, publications, and legislative activities.
Ms. Funk was instrumental in establishing Librarians Without Borders, an international training program which increased developing countries' access to electronic health information resources.
Ms. Funk was awarded the American Society for Association Executives Sharon Perry Award Scholarship for outstanding leadership in 2002.
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the United Kingdom awarded her an honorary Fellowship in 2008 for her global leadership in librarianship as a profession and her efforts to promote global health through access to information.
In 2008, the MLA established the Carla J. Funk Governmental Relations Award. It honors medical librarians who follow the Donor's example of excellence in promoting engagement with federal elected and appointed leaders
Ms. Funk retired as executive director of the MLA in 2015. She received the IU Department of Library and Information Science Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016
Donor stewardship is an IU Libraries’ priority. Ms. Funk’s gift illustrates her commitment to sustaining and enhancing the health information librarian talent pipeline. The Funk Fellow may be asked to submit periodic, brief written updates for Ms. Funk. Schedules permitting, the Libraries’ development office may also facilitate personal or virtual visits with Ms. Funk.