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Head of Health Science Library Services

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Interested candidates should upload a CV and a separate cover letter that includes contact information for three professional references (including email addresses). The Libraries’ Human Resources Officer may contact you and ask for a statement of research and service interests. Candidates invited to interview for the position will be expected to give a short presentation to faculty and staff of the University Libraries. Nominations and/or questions may be addressed to Cherie Williams, University Libraries’ Human Resources Officer, cbw@buffalo.edu.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Head of Health Science Library Services
Posting Number F1700061
Employer State
Appointment Term Term
Position Type UUP Faculty

Posting Detail Information

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Research, Education, and Outreach, the Head of Health Science Library Services provides leadership and direction for integrating libraries services, resources, and expertise with the research, teaching, learning, and outreach activities of UB’s five health sciences schools: The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Professionals. The HSLS staff and faculty serve the health sciences virtually and in person at all of the UB campuses, including the newly established Jacobs School of Medicine Library on the downtown campus.

We seek candidates who demonstrate awareness of trends in scholarly communication, evidence-based healthcare, interprofessional education/practice, and the information needs of clinicians, as well as those candidates who possess the ability to engage a variety of stakeholders. Candidates should be conversant in NIH public access policy compliance issues and similar requirements. The Head of HSLS will bring creativity to this leadership role and work closely with the AUL for REO to craft a strategic plan and vision for HSLS. The Head will guide and implement twenty-first century information services for the UB health sciences community. The successful candidate will serve as the head of and full member of the HSLS team and will contribute to the research literacy efforts of students, faculty, staff, and key partners of the health science schools and their affiliates. The Head of HSLS will directly supervise liaisons to all of UB’s health science schools. The Head of HSLS will advocate for appropriate staffing levels and establish regular continuing education opportunities for current staff. The successful candidate will communicate actively with fellow professionals through research, publishing, and presentations at local, regional, and national venues.

We are committed to selecting the person who best fits the needs of the University at Buffalo Libraries, and who will be able to advance our vision of becoming a premier academic research library. This is a tenure-track faculty position. Based upon the University and Libraries’ standards in librarianship, research, service and outreach, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian.

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent)
• At least five years of experience working in an academic health science library or library system
• Three or more years of managerial experience
• A record of successful leadership and administrative accomplishment
• Evidence of increasing responsibility in previous positions
• Extensive knowledge of scholarly resources used within the health sciences and/or related fields
• Extensive knowledge of the different information needs of the wide array of stakeholders in academic health science communities
• Proven leadership in implementing program assessment goals, strategies, and measures
• Strong service orientation and the ability to work effectively with colleagues, teaching faculty, clinicians, and community members in a diverse community
• Comfortable working in an environment undergoing transformative change
• Flexibility and the ability to react quickly to the changing needs of a vibrant academic community
• Excellent analytical and organizational skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Demonstrated professional development that includes publications, participation in professional associations and service to the profession, reflecting the capacity to achieve tenure

Preferred Qualifications

Undergraduate or advanced degree in life science or health science field

Physical Demands
FTE 1.00
Campus South Campus
Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates should upload a CV and a separate cover letter that includes contact information for three professional references (including email addresses). The Libraries’ Human Resources Officer may contact you and ask for a statement of research and service interests. Candidates invited to interview for the position will be expected to give a short presentation to faculty and staff of the University Libraries. Nominations and/or questions may be addressed to Cherie Williams, University Libraries’ Human Resources Officer, cbw@buffalo.edu.


Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Contact's Name Cheryl Williams
Contact's Title Human Resources Officer
Contact's Email ublibjob@buffalo.edu
Contact's Phone 716-645-2972

Posting Dates

Posted 04/06/2017
Deadline for Applicants Open Until Filled
Date to be filled

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Documents Needed To Apply

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
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