Health Sciences Library - Director

McMaster University

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2012-12-10

Director, Health Sciences Library

McMaster University is one of Canada's top research-intensive universities and the Faculty of Health Sciences is a major contributor to this research success, with more than $133 million in research funding overseen by health sciences investigators. The Faculty is also renowned for its innovative education programs including medicine, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, physician assistants, the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours program and numerous masters and doctoral level graduate programs, many of which are interdisciplinary in nature. The programs emphasize small group, problem-based, self-directed learning and many incorporate online learning opportunities. The Health Sciences Library plays a central role in supporting the educational, research, and clinical enterprises of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the broader University and the local and regional health care community, particularly in the context of a distributed model of health professional education. The combination of ready access to an excellent digital resource collection with a recently renovated and client-centered physical library space, is in keeping with McMaster's positioning as a research-focused student-centered university, as articulated in its strategic plan entitled Forward with Integrity.

McMaster University invites applications for the position of Director of the Health Sciences Library. This senior position requires a visionary, knowledgeable, and entrepreneurial librarian who can provide leadership at a time of rapid technological change, facilitate the integration of the library with the academic programs of the Faculty and creatively address the opportunities afforded by an increasingly distributed clinical learning environment.

The incumbent will report to the Associate Vice-President, Academic, Faculty of Health Sciences, and will have responsibility for 26 full time equivalent staff, including seven (7) librarians. The incumbent works in close collaboration with the University Librarian, the other three campus libraries and with the health libraries in the local and regional communities that form part of the distributed academic health sciences network.

The Director of the Health Sciences Library has primary responsibility for the administration and operation of the library's full range of services and information resource delivery. The library serves the Faculty's distributed campuses and clinical sites, serves as the hospital library for the McMaster site of Hamilton Health Sciences, and houses and manages the Archives of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Hamilton Health Sciences. The incumbent is responsible for managing the library's budget, including operations and information resources.

The incumbent's responsibilities include organizational and long-range planning; fostering the strategic use of knowledge resources; staff development, training and support; labour relations; space planning; outreach and fundraising. A critical component of the position involves active engagement with diverse stakeholders and potential partners in order to ensure a central role for the library in advancing the Faculty's strategic priorities.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a proven track record of success working in a medium or large-size library, preferably in an academic setting with exposure to a health sciences environment. Applicants must have a Master's degree from an American Library Association accredited program in librarianship or an acceptable equivalent, with a minimum of seven (7) years' experience in increasingly responsible positions. The successful candidate will have demonstrated vibrant leadership and collegial management skills. The capacity for decision-making, collaboration, teamwork and fostering of innovative, progressive change will be essential. Strong analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and well-developed organization and interpersonal skills are required. Knowledge and comfort with new and emerging technologies that facilitate the development of innovative programs as well as the development and distribution of multimedia teaching resources are required. A strong focus on user services, program support and customer satisfaction is a requirement. Budgetary experience is required, as is some experience with fundraising and donor stewardship. Familiarity with changes in scholarly communication, and a strong record of professional service and activity are required.

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Electronic Application Procedure: Librarians interested in applying for this position must submit a letter describing both their background and experience relevant to the position and reflecting their awareness of future challenges facing academic libraries in general and health sciences libraries in particular. They must also submit their curriculum vitae, and the names, business and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. Please send these items via email with the subject heading "Director, Health Sciences Library" care of:

Dr. Susan Denburg
Associate Vice-President, Academic
Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University
c/o Ryan Liddell

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

McMaster University thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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