Director of Library Services - Fort Smith, AR
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 12:00 AM

Organization: Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Closing Date: Open until filled 

Opportunity Description

The Director of Library Services provides leadership and direction for a library serving the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. The library plays a central role in supporting the academic and research needs of ACHE, including academic programs, faculty teaching and research, and student learning and research, represented by the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) and the Arkansas College of Health Sciences.

The Director of Library Services will provide strategic and long-range planning, policy development, fiscal management, personnel supervision, and develop internal and external partnerships.

Job Duties

  • Serves as the head of the library and is responsible for the direction and administration of all library activities
  • Provides leadership in creating a vision, development, and implementation of a viable strategic plan for the library
  • Develops, implements, reviews and updates library policies and procedures
  • Recruits, leads, motivates, promotes staff engagement and career development for the optimal performance of library
  • Oversees and directs the daily facility operations
  • Prepares and effectively manages the library’s budgets and anticipates future needs
  • Provides leadership in the direction of the library physical space
  • Ensures the library follows accreditation standards and participates in document preparation and accreditation site visits
  • Maintains awareness of emerging library technologies and service trends
  • Oversees and evaluates research support services and resources
  • Designs, implements, and evaluates innovative outreach programs and services to achieve library objectives
  • Collaborates with faculty in the planning, development, and delivery of curricula related to information literacy, access, and management
  • Identifies grant opportunities and works with staff to prepare proposals related to library programs and operations
  • Represents the library on ACHE committees
  • Participates in professional organizations for the purpose of continuing education, outreach, information sharing, and networking
  • Prepares reports and presentations as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean, or his/her designee


Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • MLS, MLIS, MS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited graduate program
  • 5+ years’ professional library experience in an academic health sciences or clinical library setting.
  • Supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Second Master’s, EdD, or PhD, preferably in a health science, education, science or public health area
  • 5+ years’ professional library experience in an academic health sciences or clinical library setting.
  • Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of the changing roles and technologies of academic, research, and clinical libraries with the ability to work in a complex, changing environment
  • Ability to develop a strong collaborative working environment within the library and other campus units
  • Demonstrated skills in managing sizeable budgets within a complex infrastructure
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; excellence in written and oral communication
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines to conceptualize new solutions to problems
  • Comprehensive knowledge of library operations, including cataloging, electronic resource management, interlibrary loan, vendor negotiations, and website development
  • Working knowledge of the laws governing information access, copyright, communication and archiving
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with biomedical and clinical research resources
  • Understanding of the current issues in medical education and training, and clinical practice
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience teaching evidence-based medicine
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