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Saturday, November 28, 2009

F/T - Director of Medical Library - Weill Cornell Medical Center

Director, Medical Library-11762


The Samuel J. Wood Library and the C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center has been the traditional information hub of the Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Director of the Library is responsible for the strategic planning, management, budgeting, marketing, and administration of library resources and services as well as the Archives of the NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Director will also be critical in leading the Library through this transformation to a next generation facility. Reporting directly to the Chief Information Officer, the Director of the Library will partner with other informatics thought leaders at WCMC in imagining, creating, and managing a dynamic, modern information research facility to support education, research, and clinical care for the next generation and beyond. Directs the Weill Cornell Medical Library including strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, administration, and leadership of faculty and staff in the Library and Archives. Develops and maintains the core services of a modern medical library. Maintains both traditional library services as well as leads the creation of new services to optimize the ability of students, faculty, and other library customers to locate information and use it proficiently to achieve their personal, professional, and institutional objectives. This includes collaboration in the creation of bioinformatics services such as envisioned for the CTSC, Sidra, and Bioinformatics Institute (e.g. i2b2, VIVO) Leads a team of librarians and other information scientists and staff who are knowledgeable about the vast array of scholarly and public information resources relevant to the mission of a contemporary medical college. Recruits and recommends appointments and promotions for Library and Archives faculty and further serves as mentor and assures guidance for junior faculty in the development of their careers. Ensures that the library faculty and staff follow trends and advancements in information science as well as medical education, research, and clinical care to direct the best possible selection and organization of materials and services. Leads the selection and implementation or development and design of information systems and services that will optimize access by the library's customers. Serves as a point of leadership, collaboration, and coordination within and among faculty and staff across various departments and administrative units for the purpose of integrative program development, strategically expanding medical informatics services, knowledge, education, and research through WCMC and its partner institutions. Collaborates to establish and expand WCMC's leadership and reputation nationally in medical informatics education and research. Collaborates with other faculty in the development of curricula and teaching courses for medical, graduate, and other students in information access and management topics. Participates in research in fields relevant to library and information science. Disseminates findings at major national meetings and through publication in peer-reviewed journals. Develop, implement, evaluate, and maintain a strategic plan, which is coordinated with other bioinformatics and related planning initiatives, and is responsive to the organization's mission, goals, and objectives. Participate in internal meetings to coordinate the Library's goals and objectives with those of related departments and divisions within WCMC as well as WCMC affiliates and partner institutions. Conduct research, user surveys, focus groups, or benchmarking studies to determine and improve the products and services the Library will offer. Attend conferences, workshops, seminars, and classes to maintain knowledge of changing technologies and developments in health care, research, education, and information science. Develop short and long range budgets in support of the strategic plan. Prepare, justify, gain approval for, and administer the annual personnel and operational budgets. Review and approve expenditures and cost recoveries regularly and track them against the approved budget. Develop new services or other methods for cost recovery and revenue to support Library activities. Prepare applications for grants and administer funds received to increase Library revenues. Participate or support other faculty and institutional grants and fund-raising efforts. Manage Library personnel including hiring, training, and evaluating faculty, staff, and volunteers. Define responsibilities and create position descriptions for Library faculty and staff and review them annually. Recruit, select, appoint, train, motivate, and evaluate Library faculty and staff and adjust personnel and policies accordingly. Annual review of Library personnel performance. Manage promotions, staff development and disciplinary actions, as well as terminations for the Library. Provide staff development and continuing education opportunities for Library personnel. Establish Library policies and procedures to implement the strategic plan and monitor compliance. Ensure that the Library always meets or exceeds LCME and similar standards. Collect, prepare, and analyze Library reports and statistics. Develop and monitor key metrics for performance against the goals and strategic plans of the Library and partner entities. Develop, direct, and coordinate the Library's work plan. Delegate and monitor duties and responsibilities of the Library personnel based on the work plan. Plan and conduct Library staff meetings. Leads and participates in institutional committees, particularly those driving the Library, Archives, and informatics service agenda. Develop and maintain Library facilities including space design and utilization, furnishings, equipment, and security. Supervise day-to-day operations of the Library. Establish guidelines for information resource collection development that reflect the goals and objectives of the medical college and graduate school and the archival goals of the medical center. Partner with other WCMC organizational units to ensure the Library meets specialized needs (e.g. working with the Physician Organization regarding the Patient Resource Center. Assure that policies and procedures are developed to evaluate, acquire, discard, process, organize, maintain, and circulate or loan information resources. Partner with peers in the organization for policies and procedures affecting overlapping resources such as digital archives, and research data. Assure that evaluation studies are performed to ensure information resources are responsive to client needs and Library goals. Assure the processing and preparation of print and electronic information resource additions and the maintenance of the condition and order of resources to ensure their availability to Library clients. Assure efficient license negotiation with publishers and other vendors in collaboration with multiple partners to obtain cost-effective agreements to the financial and intellectual benefit of the medical college. Assure the cataloging, indexing, and metadata creation for information resources in accordance with national and international standards. Select or design classification and organization arrangements to facilitate access to information by Library clients. Monitor copyright and intellectual property compliance and contractual commitments. Coordinate the development and application of Library technology and the regular evaluation and updating of automation requirements, in collaboration with technical staff in ITS. This includes selecting, designing, implementing, evaluating, and monitoring computer equipment and software for Library faculty, staff, and users. Assure the design and implementation of automated systems for resource collection, management, and access that are responsive to the organization's goals. Partner with related intra- and inter-institutional entities such as the CTSC, MSKCC, and Rockefeller to optimize information access and exchange for our respective user communities. In close cooperation with technical staff in ITS, develop, oversee, and evaluate Internet and organizational Intranet applications within the collaboratively determined domain of the Library. Oversee the development and maintenance of training programs for Library faculty, staff , and users in the use of new information technology and resources. Assure the marketing and promotion of the Library and its products and services. This responsibility includes publications, programming, and public relations and the development and distribution of promotional Library materials such as information packets, newsletters, brochures, videos and other multi-media programs, web-based informational services, and other formats as needed and used by Library clientele. Assure the development of in-service and outreach programs to market services and interpret Library resources and other specific seminars and workshops that support the goals and objectives of the institution. Establish and maintain rapport with current and potential Library clients. Participate in policy-making forums and advisory groups and committees at the local, state, and national level. Represent the Library at internal and external meetings and functions. Establish Library support through development activities such as library friends, advisory committees, or fundraising activities to assist in the promotion of the Library products and services. Develop key contacts within the medical, health, and information communities. Assure the development of proactive customer-oriented services provided by the Library and Archives. Assure the development of policies and procedures for hours of operation, circulation of materials, document delivery, and other services in support of the research, education, patient care, and community outreach missions of the institution and to ensure information resources are fully accessible to clients. Ensure the provision of professional and personal assistance to clients in answering inquiries, locating information, and interpreting resources. Performs other job duties as required.


1) Masters in Library Science from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association, or a comparable information science related degree is required. A PhD is preferred. Must have the ability to meet WCMC faculty requirements for appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian, including a record of professional achievement, research/scholarship and service. 10 + years of professional library experience, with progressive responsibility in an administrative and/or managerial/supervisory capacity in an academic or health sciences library or equivalent organization. Such experience must include either print and electronic collection development or information discovery and access services, staff supervision, budgeting and financial analysis. Strong leader with a mature sense of priorities and solid practical experience who can plan and execute within the framework of organizational resources and show the way beyond apparent limitations. Possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively with a diversity of personalities, must be approachable, and be able to present data with effective communication and presentation skills. Must be effective consensus builder. Grasp of medical education, research and clinical care and the information resources needed to support them. Has a strong commitment to information literacy and to developing in students, faculty and clinicians the informatics skills required to practice evidence-based medicine. Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging digital technologies and services in support of medical education, and experience in the design and integration of these technologies into health sciences curricula. Is politically savvy, has a high tolerance for ambiguity and conflict and can work successfully in a matrix management model. Is a systems thinker with strong organizational skills. Is self-motivated and demonstrates strong initiative and ability to work independently. Demonstrates flexibility and calmness in stressful situations. Possesses superior skills in problem identification, analysis and resolution. Possesses superior oral, written, and presentation skills to all levels of audiences. Experience writing grants, participating in library science and/or informatics research, and an appropriate publication and presentation history commensurate with academic level. Excellent organization and communication skills. Position requires working in an office environment where there are few physical discomforts such as dust, dirt, noise and the like. Ability to work off-hours and weekends during periods of heavy work such as during budget season and for emergencies is required. Ability to work more than 40 hours a week during periods of heavy work-load is also required. Light travel between office locations, primarily within Manhattan is required. Occasional travel to affiliate locations such as Doha, Qatar, may also be necessary. Occasional meetings or clinical staff interactions in typical patient care areas may be required though direct patient exposure is not routine.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Founded in 1898, and affiliated with what is now New York-Presbyterian Hospital since 1927, Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. In addition to offering degrees in medicine, Cornell also has Ph.D. programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and with neighboring Rockefeller University and the Sloan-Kettering Institute, has established a joint MD-PhD. program for students to intensify their pursuit of Cornell's triple mission of education, research, and patient care.

Weill Cornell Medical College's educational mission emphasizes the importance of combining a strong foundation in the medical sciences with extensive clinical training in patient care. By promoting a true social commitment, stimulating creativity, and fostering independent thought and study, Weill Cornell Medical College continues to cultivate the best of tomorrow's leaders in the field of medicine.

Weill Cornell Medical College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

Job -WCMC-Academic
Primary Location -New York City
Organization -Library
Schedule -Full-time
Overtime Status -Exempt
Number of Openings -1

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