Tuesday, September 6, 2016

University of South California - Norris Medical Library - Associate Director for Research and Instruction Services (Full Time)

Department        Health Sciences Libraries

Location       Health Sciences Campus

Employment Type      Full-Time

Closing Date Open Till Filled


  • The Norris Medical Library seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and talented librarian who is prepared to lead a team of library faculty and staff in support of the research, instruction, clinical, learning, and knowledge discovery initiatives of the University of Southern California. The Associate Director for Research and Instruction Services manages, plans, coordinates, and promotes the Library’s research and learning resources as well as oversees the operations of reference, and mediated searching. Close interaction occurs with all other areas of the Library, key library and education users, and individual faculty members. This is a leadership position and the chosen candidate will serve as a member of the library’s executive committee.

  • Leads research and instruction services, including curriculum development in research literacy skills and technology planning that ensures excellence in research and knowledge navigation.
  • Recruits, trains, evaluates, supervises, and promotes the work of the research and instruction services division members.
  • Directs the division in program/service innovation, development, planning, promotion, problem solving and evaluation.
  • Leads and participates in reference activities.
  • Develops policies, procedures, priorities and goals to meet the needs of primary users, preparing statistical and narrative reports as requested.
  • Collaborates with faculty to maximize the integration of library instruction into the curriculum of Health Sciences schools and programs. Contributes to the overall development and innovation of the library by actively participating in library, health sciences, and university committees, workgroups and task forces.
  • Cultivates partnerships and collaborates with faculty on projects including teaching, grants, manuscripts, paper or poster presentations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the trends and issues in health sciences research, scholarly communication, systematic reviews, data management, and higher education.
  • Serves on the senior management team and assists the director in library planning, management and innovation.
  • Pursues an active and ongoing career plan in the areas of job performance, professional development/research support and service.
  • Some night and weekend work.


Minimum Education        
  • Masters’ degree or higher in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.

Minimum Experience      
  • Professional library experience in an academic or research library;
  • Demonstrated experience supervising librarians or a complex project;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation, and instructional skills.
  • High degree of organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated service orientation and the essential ability to build and sustain relationships.
  • Demonstrated initiative, the ability to manage multiple projects and a commitment to professional development.
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Experience working with diverse groups to reach common goals.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Flexibility and adaptability for work in an evolving, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Experience and proficiency with using current and emerging technologies, including learning management software and software/hardware for recording lectures.
  • Experience with systematic reviews and data management

  • Prefer at least 5 years of experience in an academic health sciences library.
  • Prefer at least 3 years of librarian supervisory experience.        

Special Instructions to Applicants              

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 
1) a cover letter, 
2) a curriculum vitae (including telephone and e-mail address), and 
3) a list of at least three references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee.

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