JOB Opportunity! Head, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Library

Hi everyone,

We are so excited to share our open position for the Head of our Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) Library! Please consider applying, and feel free to share widely! We’d love for you to come work with us!
The first review date is: May 14, 2021

Official Job Ad

University Libraries Personnel Office

Newman Library (0434)

560 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

P: (540) 231-4407 F: (540) 231-7808

Head, VTCSOM Library

University Libraries, Research, Learning & Informatics Division

Research Collaboration and Engagement Department

Position Summary:

The Head, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) Library leads the VTCSOM Library staff, services, collections, technology, and facility. The head provides medical students, faculty and staff with instruction, research assistance, outreach; and referrals to University Libraries departments and colleagues. The head collaborates and consults with University Libraries, VTCSOM, and Virginia Tech Carilion libraries consortium partners to develop collections, services, and programs. University Libraries colleagues collaborate with the head to support the Roanoke Health Sciences and Technology campus community. Throughout all activities, the head librarian actively supports library efforts to provide an inclusive and diverse library and work environment committed to the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and uses inclusive communication methods to liaise effectively with partners and audiences. This position includes support and time for professional development, professional engagement, and committee service.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited graduate program or a terminal degree in a field related to library/information sciences, health sciences, life sciences, or biomedical sciences.

  • Experience with a variety of library services, such as: research assistance, instruction, liaison librarianship, technology selection and training, collection development and management (physical and/or electronic resources), public service point interactions (circulation, integrated library systems), or technical services.

  • Experience in public services library management or in a related leadership position.

  • Experience in a medical, biomedical, health sciences, or health-related field or library.

  • Supervisory experience, including program conceptualization, planning and implementation, and promoting a collaborative and inclusive work environment

  • Experience in outreach, relationship building, and collaboration with diverse populations and groups.

Preferred Qualifications:

Note: Having one or more of the preferred qualifications listed is not required. We will support the successful candidate in growing their skills and experience as needed. We encourage candidates to apply who will join us in a commitment to a collaborative environment where we continually learn together, and where we work together to promote a library and work environment committed to the Virginia Tech Principles of Community.

  • Experience managing a library budget, staff, facility, and/or programming using equitable practices that promote a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for employees and the community.

  • Experience using a collaborative approach providing leadership and direction in a rapidly changing research library.

  • Experience providing research services or instruction for health or life sciences researchers (of any level) in an academic or clinical environment.

  • Experience in evaluating and implementing new information resources and technologies, especially those relevant to medicine and health.

  • Experience in *one* of the following areas: health equity; patient rights and advocacy; patient education; collaboration and team science; experiential or problem-based learning; one health; community health engagement; health literacy; health technology; community-based research; critical appraisal; evidence synthesis or systematic reviews; expert searching; research impact and communication.

Detailed Position Description


This position reports to the Director, Research Collaboration and Engagement.

Job Duties (%):

25% Manager, VTCSOM Library:

  • Uses inclusive and equitable leadership practices that promote a welcoming and supportive working environment for a diverse workforce, including related to: library planning, policies, and transparent communication and decision-making.

  • Leads VTCSOM Library staff, programs, collections, and facility, including managing daily operations, public and technical services, library budget, training, and personnel matters.

  • Collaborates with University Libraries, the VTCSOM Vice-Dean, and the Virginia Tech Carilion Libraries consortial partners for library planning, policies, collections, and services.

20% Instruction and Research

  • Takes the lead in library instruction for VTCSOM using inclusive teaching methods and collaborates with partners in VTCSOM and University Libraries to develop instructional support or services as needed and to ensure that the School of Medicine’s curricular objectives and outcomes are met.

  • Provides specialized and in-depth reference, research assistance, and outreach services to VTCSOM students, faculty and community.

  • Maintains awareness of tools and information resources in the health sciences.

20% Outreach and Liaison Activities

  • Utilizes inclusive communication methods to liaise effectively with diverse audiences.

  • While primarily supporting the School of Medicine, identifies and develops outreach services and partnerships to meet the information needs of the Roanoke Health Sciences and Technology campus, including Carilion Clinic. Integrates library services with academic programs and provides referrals to University Libraries’ additional resources and services.

  • Collaborates with academic, clinical, and/or community groups to support or form partnerships related to shared interests, goals, and interdisciplinary initiatives.

20% Collection Management and Technical Support

  • Develops and manages collections in: medicine, biomedical sciences, and related areas, coordinates with appropriate library departments, related liaison librarians, and Virginia Tech Carilion libraries consortium partners.

  • With support from University Libraries collections, technical services, and information technology departments, facilitates access to a variety of electronic resources and integrated library systems; facilitates resolution of access or other technical issues; and contributes to long-range planning for library application software and systems.

10% Professional Contributions, Service and Research/Scholarly/Creative Achievements

  • Participates in and/or represents the VTCSOM Library in appropriate committees, councils and other groups within the University Libraries, VTCSOM, and partner organizations.

  • Develops and participates professionally through involvement in regional and national associations, research, and/or publication.

  • Provides quality services in a professional manner with a demonstrated commitment to team efforts, service excellence, and inclusive and equitable practices.

5% Promoting Inclusion and Diversity

  • Actively supports University Libraries in its efforts to provide an inclusive and diverse library and work environment committed to the Virginia Tech Principles of Community.

  • Incorporates university best practices on inclusion and diversity into projects and programs.

  • Incorporates inclusive communication and collaboration to liaise effectively with diverse partners and audiences.

  • Maintains a collaborative relationship with the University Libraries Inclusion and Diversity leadership.

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm or as assigned

Employee Category:

Administrative and Professional Faculty, Non-Continued Appointment Track.  Lecturer rank

Appointment Type:

Regular, Full-time calendar year

Work Location:

Roanoke, VA

(possible occasional travel to other Virginia Tech campuses or locations, such as Blacksburg, the National Capital Region, or agricultural extension locations)


$60,000 dependent on qualifications and experience

Diversity and Inclusion Statements from University Libraries and Virginia Tech

The members of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech strive individually and collectively to create, sustain, and share inclusive ways of knowing in conscientious community with each other and all the people we serve in every space we shape. In keeping with our Aspirational Identity and the Virginia Tech Principles of Community, the University Libraries commits to build and maintain enduring climates of mutual care, respect, and responsibility.

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline


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