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Associate Dean and Founding Director, Health Sciences Library and Information Commons

Apply now Job no: 492931
Full time/Part time: Full-time
Location: South Orange
Categories: Administrator

Reporting to Dean of University Libraries, the Associate Dean and Founding Director, Health Sciences Library and Information Commons (HSLIC) will create a new health sciences library.  Seeking  experienced health sciences librarian with strong vision for the centrality of the HSLIC in learning and research, leadership, direction for integrating services, resources, and expertise with research, teaching, learning, and outreach activities to Seton Hall's three health sciences schools:  the Seton Hall Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the School of Health and Medical Sciences. Position is critical to development and implementation of the curriculum.  Active learning, Team- and Problem-Based Learning will be utilized.  Key member of the University Libraries leadership team and at Health Sciences campus. Will be responsible for managing the HSLIC and creating a team to plan and deliver variety of instructional programs, collections and services, instill life-long learning skills required to enable a career of evidence-based practice and the skills to contribute and advance the body of medical knowledge by graduates. Will collaborate with the Medical Library Director at HUMC and librarians at the clinical sites for continuity of information literacy and evidence-based practice and access to HSLIC’s resources.  Will serve as a model for the future of medical education and health sciences research by bringing proven capacity to build innovative programs and services in support of teaching and research and develop and growing a motivated, knowledgeable staff.  Will be supported by the University Libraries’ infrastructure and shared services and will work closely with main campus colleagues to build programs, services and collections.  Demonstrated ability to work in a complex, changing environment, a positive flexible innovative approach, and capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams at all levels, and with faculty and students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads and directs the HSLIC. Develops, ensures implementation of, and evaluates programs to support the institutional mission. Recruits and manages a highly competent staff. Ensures the development of policies that result in efficient and effective library operations and services. As assigned, meets and participates in planning with university administrators, college deans and department heads, and faculty groups.  Integrates the library into the biomedical/health science curricula of the university.  Researches emerging trends in library services and management. Makes recommendations for resource sharing potentials through networking arrangements with other health science libraries and relevant organizations.
  • Develops librarian integration into the academic departments and on the management team of the Health Sciences Center. The HSLIC will provide services virtually and in person to an integrated 3+1 medical education curriculum to allow students to develop s 4th year individualized program following a core 3-year curriculum. This includes co-evaluating, where relevant, librarian performance with their respective University Libraries, academic and departmental partners.
  • Develops – and/or oversees the development of – the HSLIC’s collection and evaluates online resources for the electronic resource collection; performs other librarian duties such as assisting students and faculty with literature searches, identifying appropriate search engines for the question(s) at hand and locating/delivering information whether held by the HSLIC or not.
  • Contributes to project development paths and learn new skills as emerging projects require them; oversees and shapes library applications that facilitate HSLIC workflows. Stays abreast of current and emerging technologies and determines appropriate ways to integrate these technologies into projects involving students and faculty.  Represents the HSLIC to regional, national, and international professional organizations, and to the public. Contributes to public relations and marketing activities.  Models and participates in continual professional development and professional achievement (e.g. publications, presentations, service to professional organizations).

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree-Field of Study: Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program; 5-8 year experience.
  • At least five years of experience working in an academic health science library or library system; three or more years of managerial experience; 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; Excellent analytical and organizational skills; proven leadership in implementing program assessment goals, strategies, and measures; thorough knowledge of and facility with Health Sciences electronic resources; ability to collaborate on design of web presence of the HSLIC; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in life science or health science field preferred; understands and attends to the Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care guidelines; team leadership, broad understanding of bio and health informatics and experience developing programming for both; knowledge of assessment methods that demonstrate value of libraries to institutional mission, and a commitment to continuous improvement; knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape and role of libraries in data life-cycle management.


  • Exempt

Salary Grade:

  • Administrative - AD220

Physical Demands:

  • General Office Environment

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • The person in this position is required to perform his or her duties at all Seton Hall University locations and facilities, as assigned.


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