Director | Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries
Monday, November 13, 2023 05:37 PM

Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Closing Date: Until Filled
Position Description:
Every great life-changing discovery begins the same way—with new knowledge. It can change everything, from a single life to the future of entire communities. That’s why academic medicine, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge, is at the center of everything we do at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). In the role of  Library Director you will be working in Research Office.  
The Office of Research helps to facilitate life-saving biomedical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Nine distinct units provide specialized support to meet the administrative needs of our basic science, clinical, and translational investigators and research staff. Together we coordinate, regulate, and monitor research studies as well as provide high quality services for investigative teams. The MCW Libraries supports all institutional missions and partners by providing access to and support for information resources, and specialized services for a diverse population of faculty, researchers, students, clinicians, staff, and community members.

The Director, MCW Libraries, promotes and leads all aspects of library service, collection, development, strategic planning, budget administration, personnel management, policy formulation, and facilities planning for the MCW Libraries. As an academic medical center, MCW requires a library resource that supports all institutional missions (research, patient care, education and community engagement), and the Director plays an integral role in ensuring collaborative partnerships as a strategic partner. The Director ensures the operations of the Libraries are high-quality, efficient, and service-oriented, and effectively leverages digital strategies. The Director also balances a large collection budget with fiscal prudence and ensures all library materials, tools, and services are value adds.
Primary Functions

  • Lead the library as a valued partner and resource and ensure alignment with the mission and strategic plan of the College and our clinical partners.
  • Prepare and effectively manage the library's budget, monitoring expenditures to ensure a proper and balanced mix of library holdings, providing effective programs, and planning future budget needs for the collection, personnel, equipment, facilities, and services.
  • Manage the library's collections (print and electronic), setting priorities and direction in concert with key stakeholders in a fair and balanced manner.
  • Engage in business decisions such as affiliate budgeting and new acquisitions as an agent of the library regarding user base totals, utilization, and costs.
  • Advise and participate in negotiations with publishers and vendors with thoughtful financial stewardship.
  • Recruit, lead, motivate, and develop library staff in a way that fosters engagement and high performance. Implement and administer clear performance measures for employee evaluation through a consultative, coaching, and collaboration-driven approach.
  • Plan, direct, and monitor library services using applicable assessment tools for continuous quality improvement of services and resources tailored to match the needs of users.
  • Cultivate relationships with library constituents (faculty, students, staff, affiliate partners, and community) to improve library services and facilities, enhance the quality of resources and increase operational efficiency.
  • Ensure that information about the library programs and services is communicated in a systematic and timely manner to library users, staff, affiliates, community partners and administration.
  • Exhibit awareness of emerging library technologies and services and aspects of the academic medical landscape that impact the unit.
  • Direct scholarly communications processes to maintain a robust institutional publication life cycle
  • Provide oversight for services, tools, policies and resources within the Libraries that support research data management.
  • Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership strategy and regarding health information resources collection.
  • Participate in committees, teams, and groups as a subject matter expert and representative of the MCW Libraries.
  • Maintain institutional knowledge and stay abreast of institutional scholarly trends to identify opportunities for collaboration and new initiatives.

Position Requirements - Specifications

Appropriate experience may be substituted for education on an equivalent basis
Minimum Required Education: Master’s Degree or higher in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution, or equivalent
Minimum Required Experience: 8 years of progressive responsibility in an academic medical library; minimum 3 years in an administrative role including oversight for budget, personnel, and resource planning.
Field of Study: Healthcare, Education, Library Services
Certification: Medical Library Association Academy of Health Information Professionals credentials preferred

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