Director, Biomedical Library

Alabama, United States
Salary Not specified
May 20, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Responsible for providing vision and leadership to a dynamic and growing academic environment and health system that supports the education, teaching, research, clinical and community service of its faculty, students, staff and healthcare professionals; the Biomedical Library supports the USA Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions, and the USA Health System; responsible for envisioning, developing and executing a plan supporting the Library's mission, while addressing new trends that are transforming academic health sciences libraries; works with a team of librarians to fill multiple librarian vacancies in order to create expansive services for our students, faculty and clinicians; provides leadership in identifying and managing new directions for the Library inherent to the educational, research and clinical services offered by the Biomedical Library; ensures the Library maintains an innovative and progressive approach to the services offered to our students; understands how health science libraries function within an academic health system and has experience working with hospital administrators to ensure services are developed to support the needs of healthcare professionals; forward-thinking and values traditional library services, resources and physical spaces to help shape the Library as not only a virtual entity, but also as a vibrant, engaging and inviting destination for our students; develops a shared vision for the library that is in alignment with the University's strategic initiatives and will advocate this vision with University and Health System Administration, library partners and the community; reports to the University Libraries Executive Director; communicates effectively and professionally with concerns and issues surrounding the Biomedical Library to the University Libraries Executive Director and works collaboratively while promoting and leading change for the Biomedical Library; provides leadership and vision for all library operations and services, policy development, personnel management and new initiatives; provides strategic planning for the library leading a focused and forward direction for the Biomedical Library faculty and staff; develops short-term and long-term plans for the development of services based on personnel and funding; provides administrative leadership in finance and budgetary obligations for the library; collaborates and negotiates with the Executive Director of the USA Libraries and University Provost to ensure adequate funding is allocated; cultivates and nurtures relationships within and outside the University at the local, regional and national level that are essential to the advancement of services, programs, collections, and new initiatives for the continued excellence in support of teaching, learning, research and patient care; identifies opportunities and programs that lead the Library to excellence; experience with grantsmanship to augment funding resources; engages in effective and transparent communication and promotes a positive work environment; leads Library faculty and staff in professional development activities and programs; represents the Library at local, regional and national organizations; represents the Library within health sciences consortiums and networks such as AASHL, NAAL and CONBLS; regular and prompt attendance; ability to work schedule as defined and additional hours as required; related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements:
Master's degree in Library Science or Library Information Science from an ALA accredited library program or international equivalent as approved and accepted by the University of South Alabama and seven years of experience as an administrator or senior manager of an academic health sciences library.

• Demonstrated knowledge of health sciences resources, databases, and trends
• Experience working with hospital administration and has an understanding of the healthcare environment
• Proven ability to lead a team of professionals, fostering team development and growth
• Demonstrated experience in planning, executing and assessing library services and programs in an academic health sciences library environment
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent managerial skills in personnel and operations of a health sciences or related library

Prefered Requirements:
Membership with the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) preferred.

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