Associate/Professor and Director | Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine
Thursday, February 10, 2022 12:00 AM

Organization: Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Closing Date: Position is open until filled. 

Opportunity Description

Reporting dually to the Dean of the Oakland University Libraries and the Dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine, the Director of the Medical Library Program is responsible for the overall operations of library services to medical school students, faculty, and staff and for the continued development and oversight of the Medical Library Program. The Program Director works with the administrations of both the Oakland University Libraries and the OUWB School of Medicine to provide state-of-the art services, space, and resources to support the curriculum and mission of the OUWB School of Medicine and fulfill the accreditation requirements of the LCME.
Medical school librarians are tenure-track faculty in the ‘library focus’ track in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies (FMS). The academic appointment in FMS will provide the academic base in OUWB; in this role the faculty member will report to the Chair of FMS. The Director of the Medical Library Program oversees curricular and extra-curricular library-related activities of library focus faculty and works collaboratively with the FMS Department Chair regarding teaching, service and scholarly expectations toward tenure through OUWB.

Job Duties:

  1. Define, develop and implement the Medical Library Program, including vision, goals and expected outcomes that reflect the OUWB School of Medicine’s commitment to information and digital literacy, collaborative learning models, and community outreach.
  2. Participate in strategic planning that integrates the goals and missions of Oakland University and the OUWB School of Medicine.
  3. Partner with academic units outside the Medical Library to integrate into curricula, scholarly endeavors, and clinical activities of Oakland University and Beaumont Health.
  4. In cooperation with the Chair of FMS, evaluate library focus faculty regularly, pursuant to the criteria and expectations outlined in the OUWB faculty handbook.
  5. Reimagine the Medical Library by leading its evolution into a Program through continued growth and innovation, further development of services and facilities, and expanded curricular integration and scholarship.
  6. Lead, supervise, and evaluate library staff. Recruit new library staff when needed.
  7. Revise and administer the library’s annual budget.
  8. Collaborate with Kresge Library faculty and staff to sustain a core digital and print collection to meet the OUWB School of Medicine’s curricular and research needs.
  9. Coordinate resources and services with Kresge Library and the Beaumont Health Medical Library.
  10. Represent the library at the university, regional, and national levels; engage in statewide consortial partnerships for resource and information sharing purposes.
  11. Meet all FMS tenure-track faculty responsibilities and expectations in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service as outlined in the OUWB Faculty Handbook, as indicated by rank.


  1. An ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree
  2. Experience in developing and implementing services in a medical, nursing or health sciences library.
  3. Commitment to information literacy and to developing in students, faculty and clinicians the informatics skills required to practice evidence-based medicine.
  4. Knowledge of current and emerging technologies and services in support of medical education and research.
  5. Demonstrated collection development experience (print and digital).
  6. Excellent interpersonal, oral, written, and online communication skills.
  7. Experience supervising the work of others and demonstrated ability to work with diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  8. Ability to meet the OUWB requirements for tenure at the Associate Professor or Professor level, including a record of professional achievement, teaching, research/scholarship, and service.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, other considerations include:
  1. Experience in an academic library.
  2. Experience in program development and administration.
  3. Experience with Alma Integrated Library System.
  4. Understanding of scholarly communication models, OER, and open publishing.
  5. Experience tracking and facilitating faculty scholarly activity.
  6. Leadership / organizational training
  7. Budgetary management skills to forecast, develop, and analyze financial data.
  8. Additional graduate degrees in Education, Library Sciences, Medicine or a directly related field
  9. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  10. Membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)

How to Apply

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Please upload a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, copy of your transcripts (unofficial), and a diversity statement that describes your interest or efforts in furthering diversity and inclusion. Please complete the Professional References section of the application for three references. Reference letters will be solicited for those candidates who reach the advanced stages of the search. At that time, a system-generated link will be provided through which references can submit letters.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Kara Sawarynski, Associate/Professor and Director for OUWB Medical Library Search Committee Chair, [email protected]