Director, Biomedical Library - Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:00 AM

Organization: University of Pennsylvania
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Closing Date: Open until filled 

Opportunity Description

The Biomedical Library at the University of Pennsylvania, part of the Penn Libraries system, supports research, education, and patient care for the top-ranking University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) and top-ranking schools including the Perelman School of Medicine (UME, GME, masters programs, and the PhD-granting programs of Biomedical Graduate Studies), the School of Nursing, and graduate Biology. This dynamic community consists of renowned faculty who are consistently recognized as leaders in research funding and discovery. The Biomedical Library has excellent relationships in place with Penn centers such as the Center for Evidence-based Practice, the Institute for Bioinformatics, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and the Weingarten Learning Resource Center.

The Biomedical Library is a leader in the provision of a high-impact, two-tier systematic review service, which includes librarians as coauthors on papers and systematic review workshops for health system policymakers, researchers, and students. The 3D printing service has printed well over 3,000 objects in support of teaching, learning, research, and clinical care. Biomedical librarians provide curriculum-integrated instruction and in-depth research consultations and serve on teams throughout the health system and within the schools.

Job Duties

The Penn Libraries seeks an energetic, service-oriented person, with strong management, team-building, and relationship-building skills, for the position of Director, Biomedical Library. Reporting to the Assistant University Librarian for Health Sciences & STEM Libraries, the Director will oversee and guide the operations and services of the Biomedical Library. This includes visionary planning for a major renovation that will transform the Biomedical Library to a future-oriented facility.  The Director supervises, directly or indirectly, eleven FTE professional staff, four support staff, three FTE interns, and student assistants, overseeing patron services; information services; and data and innovation services, which includes a robust 3D printing makerspace, visualization services, poster printing, and bioinformatics support. The Director works with colleagues across the University Libraries system to identify creative and collaborative opportunities.  In particular, the Director, Biomedical Library partners with the heads of the Dental and Veterinary Libraries and is part of the Health Sciences & STEM Libraries cluster. 

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Manage the staff of the Biomedical Library, consisting of eleven FTE professional staff, four support staff, three FTE interns, and student assistants.  
  • Serve as advisor to the Assistant University Librarian for Health Sciences & STEM Libraries about trends in health sciences libraries and librarianship. 
  • Direct day-to-day library operations of the Biomedical Library and ensure effective service through:  
  • Coordination of service points and reference and instruction activities  
  • User training 
  • Oversight of the management of thelibrary’s collections 
  • Recommendation and establishment of policies and procedures, and 
  • Effective allocation of staff, technologies, and equipment. 
  • Liaise with Library Technology Services to support 3D printing and desktop services provided at the Biomedical Library. 
  • Compile and evaluate library service and activity measures to inform budget planning, space design, and resource allocation. 
  • Participate in long-range planning and assessment of library services. 
  • Foster and advance partnershipsand collaborations with faculty and administrators at the schools and centers served by the Biomedical Library through outreach and participation on committees to support teaching, learning, and research. 
  • Identify means of supporting and advocating for Biomedical Library initiatives. 
  • Partner with colleagues across Penn Libraries for collaborative services.  
  • Partner with library directors at AAHSL (Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries) institutions, both locally and nationally. 
  • Collaborate within the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. 
  • Represent the Biomedical Library locally and nationally, contribute to the library profession, and encourage staff to engage professionally.


  • Education:  MLS from an ALA-accredited program – OR – the equivalent in theory and practice 
  • Coursework or experience related to health sciences.   
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in an academic health sciences library – OR – relevant healthcare or academic setting.  
  • Demonstrated leadership, relationship-building, team-building, and supervisory ability. 
  • Strong collaborative, interpersonal, and communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of latest trends and tools for teaching and research. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional growth. 
  • AHIP (Academy of Health Information Professionals) certification preferred.
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