Assistant Director for Services-- University of Arizona Health Sciences Library

Post date: Mar 21, 2019

Department : Libraries – Health Sciences (6804)

Location : University of Arizona Health Sciences

Position Summary

The University of Arizona Libraries are seeking an experienced, engaged and imaginative Assistant Director for Services to lead our Research & Learning (R&L) group at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL). The R&L group engages dynamically with constituencies on and off campus to support the educational, clinical and research missions of the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS). The Assistant Director for Services leads the group, a team of highly-skilled and innovative librarians/information professionals, in developing and delivering knowledge-based information services. Members teach evidence-based practice and informatics skills, working with colleagues across the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL), and with administrators, faculty and students affiliated with UAHS colleges, centers, institutes and clinical partnerships. The group supports a robust expert searching service, is actively engaged in co-authoring Systematic and Scoping Reviews, and deploys an embedded model of librarianship, working in close partnership with UAHS faculty. UAHSL is part of UAL.

The Assistant Director works closely with R&L group members to facilitate a shared vision. The incumbent coordinates the work of the group, provides leadership (ally-ship, advocacy, facilitation, influence, guidance) and management oversight (hiring, appreciative inquiry, understanding of diversity and inclusion values, training, coaching, and evaluating department members) to ensure that UAHSL R&L librarians are supported in their work and are given the opportunity to develop professionally.

The UA Libraries are an enterprising partner in advancing the University’s priorities. We cultivate an environment that promotes inquiry, creative endeavor, scholarly communication, and lifelong learning. Our expertise, resources, and services enrich the lives of Arizonans and contribute to an expanding global academic community.

This is a continuing-status (equivalent to tenure), academic professional position. Depending on experience, candidates may be hired at either the Associate or Full rank, and as continuing-eligible or with continuing status. Incumbents are members of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges grated by the University and the Arizona Board of Regents. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides dynamic and entrepreneurial leadership in identifying, developing, evaluating and delivering a full range of knowledge-based health sciences information services which address the needs of all library constituencies in the context of a rapidly changing technical and institutional environment.
  • Directs UAHSL’s R&L embedded librarian program in providing in-context research, training, and consulting services to academic departments, centers, institutes and programs aligned with the strategic goals of UL, UAHSL and UAHS.
  • Supervises a group of eight librarians, including: embedded liaison librarians serving the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Pharmacy; an Instructional Librarian; a Research Librarian; a Business Intelligence Unit/Liaison Librarian to UAHS Centers and Institutes; and, a librarian serving the emerging College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Actively supports a workplace culture that values and promotes a partnership and service philosophy. Creates a climate which ensures high-quality client interactions, with a commitment to ongoing evaluation and improvement.
  • Ensures that all UAHSL R&L group members have the tools, skills and support needed to do their work. Provides positive reinforcement for excellent performance and coaches to improve performance when needed.
  • Champions the department and its members to stakeholders, serving as an ally with and an advocate for group members. Actively and constructively addresses problems or conflicts and removes barriers.
  • Works collaboratively with members of the group to build relationships and pursue opportunities, such as grants and contracts, instruction and the application of librarianship skills in the resolution of information management problems, at the UAHS campus, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Mentors members in career and skill development and Insures an environment which supports the professional development and growth of staff, including coaching and guiding library faculty through the promotion and continuing status process.
  • Leads group in designing effective classes and coursework experiences, and provides teaching support for UAHSL educational programming.
  • Supports and provides assistance to UAHSL R&L librarians, and evaluates new approaches to deploying their services to UAHS constituencies.
  • Works in collaboration with UAHSL administration (Director, Associate Director) to align resources and services with UL strategic initiatives and business goals.
  • Anticipates, initiates, and responds to changes in the environment and keeps abreast of trends that impact libraries and health sciences education.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with thought leaders at UAHS to facilitate the delivery of innovative, timely and impactful information services.
  • Contributes to the leadership of and support for the UAL Business Intelligence Unit, a group of librarians/information professionals supporting the commercialization of UA intellectual property and scientific/medical advances.
  • UAHSL supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts of the group, UAHSL and UAL.
  • Demands honesty in self and others and models the Libraries’ values of diversity, continuous learning, innovation, collaboration, and integrity.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Strong understanding of health sciences education; keen awareness of the important role health sciences librarians play in the education of future generations of health care providers.
  • Grounding in research methodologies commonly used in the health sciences.
  • Willingness to function as a hands-on contributor to R&L projects, scholarship and expert search services as needed.
  • Ability to teach health sciences students in information retrieval and evaluation skills required of evidence-based health care practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of professional health sciences library experience at a supervisory level.
  • Achievements in position effectiveness, service, and scholarship necessary to be hired at the rank of Associate or Full Librarian with continuing status (equivalent to tenure). Demonstrable abilities to lead and support department faculty across the continuum of rank.
  • Evidence of active and ongoing contributions to the information/library profession and the ability to fulfill the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.
  • Successful leadership of a health sciences library liaison program, or similar, with commensurate management experience, including knowledge of and experience providing core and emerging services in support of the teaching/learning, clinical and research missions of an academic health sciences campus.
  • Supervisory experience leading health sciences librarians/information professionals in a complex academic environment.
  • Substantial experience with evidence-based practice principles and their application in library instruction.
  • Evidence of strong information searching and retrieval skills across a range of databases and academic disciplines, with a primary focus in the health sciences (medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacology/pharmaceutical sciences).
  • Proven ability to collaborate with faculty, students, trainees and colleagues in health sciences graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Demonstrated success in leading a team, including coaching, mentoring, motivating, recognizing, and holding staff accountable with an emphasis on maximizing individual success and growth.
  • Evidence of strong searching and retrieval skills across a range of biomedical and related databases.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading health sciences librarians/information professionals in the pursuit of teaching excellence.
  • Experience in the process of conducting systematic reviews, including knowledge of standards for systematic reviews in healthcare.
  • Experience as a liaison librarian in the health sciences.
  • Experience in the delivery of entrepreneurial services such as business intelligence, and in the commercialization of novel academic intellectual property.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate innovative ideas into actionable programs or services.

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Number : A23448

Contact Information for Candidates : Krissandra McNeill,

Close Date : Open Until Filled

Review Begins On : 05/17/2019

Special Instructions to Applicant

In your letter of interest, please describe how your qualifications and experience are fitting for this position.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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