Library Director - Director of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Friday, June 01, 2018 12:00 AM

POSITION: Director of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library



The Director of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library (CHSL) reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The director provides management, strategic leadership and vision in support of the mission of the CHSL and directs the daily operations of the library, and assures that the resources represented by the library are accessible and serve the needs of the academic and research communities, including academic programs, faculty teaching and research and student learning and research, represented by the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the university community and the Greater Cleveland medical community generally. The director is responsible for integrating new technologies into the efficient operation of the Library in its various campuses. The director will work closely with the university library system and the various school and university information management departments to sustain and improve the use of these technologies and modernize the library’s functions. The director will work closely with the Associate Provost and University Librarian and represents CHSL within the university library system to collaborate and coordinate on the development and delivery of library services to the university community. In addition the director works with local, regional and national library associations and organizations.


  1. Oversee the Allen Memorial Medical Library, the Health Center Library, and the Health Education campus library. Responsible for the budget, personnel, collection development, facilities, policies and procedures, technology needs of the Library. Develop objectives, strategies and plans for addressing short- and long-term library issues, develop library services, coordinate library and scholarship repository projects, coordinate space planning efforts (including collection access and storage). Assure the delivery of quality services to faculty and students, and other library users through the establishment of policies and procedures. Provide leadership in evaluating existing services and in developing new services. (40%)
  2. Counsel faculty and students in devising research strategies and identifying and using appropriate research materials in all formats. Advise and instruct students concerning research and citation issues. Provide and coordinate training and instruction to library staff in various aspects of conducting research. Provide training for school staff concerning library services. (15%)
  3. Maintain awareness of resource sharing and document delivery opportunities and developments. Maintain awareness of relevant developments and professional issues through review of professional literature and attendance at professional conferences and workshops. (10%)
  4. Conduct appropriate original research. Consult as necessary with colleagues on a local, regional and national basis. Publish articles in library science literature. Present at professional conferences. Plan, prepare and deliver presentations to local area libraries and assist in coordinating local programs. (10%)
  5. Coordinate with other campus library administrators on campus concerning university-wide library services and issues. Represent the library through service on various university, school, and faculty committees in support of education and research. (5%)
  6. Manage and extend collaborative relationships with hospital, departmental, other university libraries and other groups and organizations to enhance library services, access remote information and optimize the use of resources. (5%)


  1. Oversee and direct the development and maintenance of the library website. Coordinate with the school webmaster concerning the library’s needs with regard to the Internet and Intranet. (2%)
  2. Maintain awareness of updates and changes in university’s automated library system, and communicate those changes to staff. (3%)
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the library in meeting stakeholders’ needs. Direct data collection for quality control, evaluation and program planning for the library and preparation of reports on services. (5%)
  4. Establish and maintain the positive organizational climate for awareness of user needs and quality service delivery. (3%)
  5. Participate in university and professional school accreditation reports and self-study. (2%)
  6. Perform other duties as assigned (<1).


Department: Frequent contact with the dean, faculty, staff and students of the school.

University: Regular contact with other university students, faculty, and professional staff of other campus libraries, the associate provost and university librarian, the general counsel’s office, and other non-library related departments.

External: Regular contact with publishers and other content providers. Moderate contact with alumni and members of the librarianship communities.

Students: Regular contact with undergraduate and graduate students in CWRU health sciences programs.


Directly supervise professional staff and department assistant. Indirectly supervise students, interns, and temporary employees.


Experience: 10 years of related experience with a minimum 5 years in successful administration of library operations with increasing supervisory experience, required.

Education/Licensing: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Services required. Preference will be given to candidates with health sciences library experience.


  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  2. Ability to read, analyze and interpret the most complex documents, including legal documents.
  3. Ability to work independently and exercise considerable independent judgment.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to function effectively in a team environment and to work effectively with a wide variety of people.
  5. Ability to assess needs, assign priorities, set goals and objectives, develop strategies, evaluate outcomes and make recommendations.
  6. Ability to translate directives into plans for action, to coordinate with others, to schedule projects and maintain follow-up to completion, to address unanticipated problems and to bring projects to completion.
  7. Ability to initiate appropriate organizational change.
  8. Ability to make sound and informed decisions; to perceive the impact and implications of decisions; and to commit to action, even in uncertain circumstances.
  9. Ability to motivate and guide others toward goal accomplishment and to coach, mentor and counsel staff.
  10. Ability to negotiate and to advocate a position in seeking mutually acceptable solutions.
  11. Ability to deal effectively and sensitively with confidential and difficult personnel matters.
  12. Ability to mediate difficult situations.
  13. Strong skills in using the Internet and other electronic resources for research.
  14. Strong knowledge of resources and research strategies.
  15. Strong knowledge of and familiarity library collections and government documents.
  16. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  17. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.


Typical office environment. The employee will perform repetitive motion using computer mouse and keyboard to type.


In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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