Associate Director, Content and Discovery
The Associate Director, Content and Discovery is a member of the Library’s senior management team. This position provides stewardship of the Welch Medical Library’s collections through creative leadership and manages the evolving environment of scholarly communication, open access, and open science. This position oversees metadata creation and remediation, ontologies, schemas, and standards. This position directs the Collection and User Services departments including Acquisitions, Cataloging, Collection Development, ILL/Document Delivery, and Access Services. As a member of the Library’s senior management team, the Associate Director shares responsibility for determining the future course of the Welch Library, including both strategic and operational planning. This position reports to the Director of the Library.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Responsible for core workflows and policies for the acquisition of a diverse range of library content with an emerging focus on developing new methods of appraising products and collections of all types.
- Implement knowledge of best practices in digital resource management and operations, copyright and intellectual property, and digital content management.
- Provide leadership and relationship building to advance openness and equity in scholarly communication, open access publishing, copyright, and open science initiatives.
- Innovate, collaborate, and experiment to realize scalable and standards-based approaches to metadata creation and management and develop appropriate metadata services.
- Develop and execute a $5M budget for library collections. Negotiate with publishers and vendors to ensure best pricing and access for licenses. Collaborate with regional and national consortia.
- Manage operations and professional staff of 10-12 responsible for acquiring, cataloging and providing access to the library’s collections, and contributing knowledge and training in scholarly communication. Hire, train and evaluate performance.
- Serve as a member of the managers group, which sets the course for the library’s future through strategic and operational planning and professional development activities.
- Serve as needed on associated planning committees, such as the strategic planning committee and library assessment committee.
- Work closely with other managers to recommend, develop, and implement new policies and procedures for overall library operations.
- Maintain awareness of system-wide issues, fosters understanding and support of library programs and promotes communication among library units and throughout the medical campus.
- Maintain awareness of advances in health sciences librarianship and their local applications.
MLS degreeinlibrary orlibrary andinformation science or MBAisrequired. Five years ofprofessional and progressively responsibleexperienceinmanagement and administration oflibrary andinformation programs.
Asecond advanced degreeinhealth sciences, public health,life sciences, computer sciences, orrelated degreespreferred. Educationor experiencein abiomedical discipline or setting preferred. Experienceinwriting and editing preferred. Experienceinthe applicationofinformationtechnology,knowledgemanagement, or communicationtoolsto solve problemsandmeetidentifiedinformation needsispreferred. Demonstrated abilityto cost-effectively assess needs,identify solutionsandsee opportunitiesfordeliveringinformationin a complexresearch, educationalorclinicalenvironment preferred. Demonst