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New York Medical College is seeking a Director of Health Sciences Library

Lillian Hetrick Huber Directorship, Health Sciences Library


Position Overview:
The Library Director provides dynamic leadership and oversight for the Health Sciences Library (HSL) of New York Medical College,  and assures the delivery of high quality academic and knowledge-based resources and tools that align the library’s strategic plan with the goals of the College and University System, notably: the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences and the School of Health Sciences and Practice, Graduate Medical Education, clinical affiliations, and all university programs and initiatives as appropriate. The incumbent is a member of the Chancellor’s senior leadership team and reports directly to the Chancellor. 

The HSL library foot print totals 22,125 square feet, including: the main library in the Basic Sciences Building and branch sites in the Vosburgh and Skyline buildings.  The director is responsible for effectively meeting the information needs of faculty, residents, employees and students through the continuing enhancement of collections, services, facilities, and technology in all formats and locations.  The Director also manages the historical archives and educational media functions of the College.

1. Creates a vision for the HSL, provides leadership for the library and oversees the traditional and innovative library, information technology and archives programs that are synchronized with the vision, mission and plan of NYMC.

2. Prepares and effectively manages the library’s budgets and accounts, ensuring that financial expenditures meet all of the plans and reporting requirements of the University.  Provides assessment and metrics to support collection development plans and funding in collaboration with other University library components and locations.

3. Recruits, leads, motivates, and develops staff in a way that fosters engagement and high performance.  Creates and communicates clear performance measures, accountability and continuing education to develop staff. 

4. Leads the library’s strategic planning process working with staff, students, faculty and administration to identify strategic directions, goals and objectives aligned with the needs of the University.  Develops relevant assessment tools, strategies, classes and programs to continuously monitor and improve services and resources. 

5. Maintains awareness of emerging technologies and their application to libraries. Develops and delivers information services that adapt innovations in technology. Develops and implements innovative licensing, technology and access models to serve constituents.

6. Develops research support services, resources, and facilitates implementation of the University’s research initiatives. 

7.  Collaborates with constituents across the organization to integrate library and archival resources and services into campus initiatives.

8.  Negotiates with vendors and vendor contacts.

9.  Promotes the library to the University and community through the use of social media, websites, newsletters and attendance at events and meetings. Develops library research initiatives at local and national meetings as appropriate.

10.  Facilitates collaboration among NYMC and Touro constituencies, as well as other Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors (AAHSL), New York State and Hudson Valley libraries and communities.    

11. Provides leadership and staff support for the Faculty Senate Standing Committee: Library and Academic Support Committee (LASCOM).

The applicant needs to be qualified for appointment to both a faculty and to an administrative position. 

Education requirement: A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited American Library Association program is required. An additional graduate degree in management or the health sciences would be an asset. 

Licenses or certifications Member of the Medical Library Association Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), distinguished level preferred. 

Technical/computer skills:  Understanding of current and emerging trends and applications.  Ability to evaluate current and new hardware and software applications, and to collaborate with the College’s information technology department.  This includes supervising the HSL Systems Manager, who is responsible for managing the library’s servers, and managing the design, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of computer equipment and software for library faculty, staff and users.  Ability to oversee the design and management of automated library systems for resource collection, management and access that are responsive to the organization’s goals.  Ability to partner with intra-and inter-institutional entities to optimize information access and exchange for the NYMC user communities as appropriate.  An understanding of current and evolving educational media technologies and applications is essential.

Prior experience:  The candidate should have progressive and accomplished experience in library administrative/leadership roles that include significant responsibilities for budgetary oversight and resource planning. Should be able to present a track record of successful grant funding, scholarly dissemination and collaboration with educators, researchers, clinicians and stakeholders. 

At least 5 years management experience in a medical library which must include evidence of successful supervisory, planning and budgeting experience at the Assistant Director, Associate Director, or similar upper administrative level.  Knowledge of library operations, including managing electronic resources, collection development, and document delivery as well as knowledge and skills in evaluating, implementing and making accessible new knowledge-based technologies is needed. Will also provide leadership in digitization of archival, curricular and historic projects. Experience with space planning, systems analysis and library automation is also required.

This position is open effective September 1, 2014. Applications will be screened beginning April 1, 2014, and the search will be continued until the position is filled. Please send a curriculum vitae and cover letter, including salary requirement, detailing your interest in the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically to: EOE


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