Library Director

Library Director-McGoogan Library of Medicine (NE)

University of Nebraska Medical Center seeks a dynamic library administrator with proven leadership qualities to direct and further develop UNMC’s McGoogan Library of Medicine. The successful candidate will be an innovator. The candidate will work with campus and community decision makers to develop a library vision that builds upon the excellent provision of services and enhances funding sources. The Director will represent the Library within regional, national and international library organizations.

The Library of Medicine was established in 1902. The current three-floor facility opened in 1970 and was designated the Leon S. McGoogan Library of Medicine in 1978 in recognition of Dr. McGoogan’s exceptional fundraising on behalf of the library. The Library supports the academic, clinical, and research missions of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals; engages in extensive outreach; and is a National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) resource library. In 2004, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science recognized the McGoogan Library for its outstanding consumer health programs. Current major initiatives include the expansion of digital collections, reduction of print holdings and possible development of a computer-based testing center in the library. The McGoogan Library is noted for its archival, history of medicine, and special collections. The Library is located on the UNMC campus in midtown Omaha, Nebraska, a major Midwestern city with more than 800,000 people in the metropolitan area. In 2011, Omaha was named the No. 1 city for “best value" by Kiplinger because of its vibrancy, cost of living, and low unemployment rate. Similarly, in 2012 Kiplinger named Omaha as No. 1 on its list of "Top 10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids." Founded in 1854, Omaha has seen its riverfront and downtown area experience tremendous growth in recent years, with more than $2 billion invested in new development. To learn more about the Library of Medicine, UNMC and the Omaha region see McGoogan Links.

Responsibilities. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Library Director serves as chief executive officer of the library and has overall responsibility for developing and delivering information services to support research, education, patient care, and community outreach programs at UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC). Illustrative director duties: plans and directs the development and delivery of information services to support the combined UNMC-TNMC enterprise and their respective missions; overall responsibility for library budget, finance and fiscal compliance exceeding $3 million annually; serves as academic department chair person for the library faculty; enhances library financial resources through fundraising and grants; and works to expand the knowledge base of the field through relevant research and publications. See McGoogan Director Job Description for a detailed job description.

Qualifications. A Master’s Degree or PhD (preferred) in library or information science earned from a program accredited by the American Library Association and at least six years of experience in an academic health sciences library. At least three years of required experience must include supervisory, planning and budget experience at the Assistant Director, Associate Director or similar upper administrative level. Also required are excellent communications and interpersonal skills, a high level of library operations knowledge and experience, and ability to provide leadership and to gain and maintain the respect of the Library's professional and managerial staff. Medical Library Association certification and additional advanced education are highly desirable.

Compensation. The position offers a competitive salary commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and an attractive benefits package.

For information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and CV as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes May 26, 2013.

The University of Nebraska is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity employer, which seeks and encourages expression of interest from minorities and groups traditionally underrepresented.

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