Job Opportunity – Penn State College of Medicine

Associate Director, Coordinator for Innovative Technology Services

Penn State University Libraries, Harrell Health Sciences Library, Hershey Campus

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The Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons at the Penn State, Hershey campus seeks a Librarian for the position of Associate Director/Coordinator for Innovative Technology Services.  Reporting to the Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Director, the incumbent will assist the Director in planning and executing the day-to-day operations and in developing a cohesive strategy for the library’s growing innovative technology services.  The HSL is predominately a digital library, located at Penn State Hershey, the medical campus for Penn State University.  The library employs a matrix organizational structure to effectively manage a small but highly skilled faculty and staff.  The library recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation that includes a One Button Studio and a Technology Innovation Sandbox that supports high-end computing, 3D printing, fabrication, and modeling, audio/visual editing, a video wall that supports visualization and AR/VR.  The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.  This is a faculty position within University Libraries that may be either a renewable multi-year contract or tenure-track based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience and preference.  The successful candidate will benefit from the strong mentoring program developed by University Libraries.

Position Summary:

This is a senior level management position whose primary responsibility is assisting the Associate Dean & Director in planning and executing the day-to-day operation of the library.  Works with the director to define a vision for the future and help develop and enhance services, resources, technologies, and programs that actively position the library as a key resource within the institution.  Direct reports include 4 faculty librarians and 3 professional IT staff.  The Associate Director is a member of the Library Administrative Team; contributes to decisions on policies, operations, and library budget.  Responsible for the overall coordination of the library’s marketing strategy.  The incumbent will work closely with faculty/staff to develop a comprehensive and cohesive strategy for the library’s growing innovative technology services.  Provides expertise and direction for relevant technologies used in libraries and in teaching and learning; participates in collection development activities, reference services, and the liaison program.  Evaluates new and existing library programs, services and resources; compiles/contributes to statistical and other library reports. Critical skills include leadership and the ability to function effectively in a team environment; flexibility and the capacity to embrace change in a diverse, dynamic, and evolving organization; and a facility for cross-departmental communications. Contributes to the profession through librarianship, teaching & learning, service, research, and involvement in professional organizations.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

Encourages and promotes communication, collaboration, and excellent customer service throughout the library

  • Oversees the daily operation of the library including coordination among library service areas and units, development and interpretation of policies and procedures, and leads faculty & staff in the development of new programs and services.
  • Provides leadership and accepts and executes responsibility and accountability for the physical facility, services, collections, and staff in the director’s absence.
  • Oversees assessment of user needs, evaluation of services, marketing and planning, develops a cohesive strategy and vision for the library’s growing innovative technology services in collaboration with the Director, library faculty, and professional staff
  • Balances technology needs with fiscal realities; Identify library technology oriented grant opportunities
  • Collaborates with campus IT on critical issues regarding the computing network, cybersecurity, and infrastructure to insure a coherent and unified approach
  • Develops reports such as the annual report, strategic plan, and timelines in collaboration with the Director, library faculty, and professional staff
  • Fosters a creative, team-oriented work environment including the coordination of internal committees as appropriate
  • Involved in personnel management and staff development, including hiring, evaluations, and input into salary increases (merit); direct reports include 4 faculty librarians and 3 professional IT staff
  • Oversees, in collaboration with the Librarian for Education & Instruction, the libraries educational/instructional programs, including workshops focused on Information Literacy, EBM, existing and emerging technologies, etc.…
  • Coordinates, in partnership with the Librarian for Education & Instruction, orientation for new medical, PA, graduate and nursing students; participates in new resident orientation
  • Participates as a member of the Reference Team, regularly scheduled for reference desk coverage; Participates as a member of the Collection Development Team, providing input into the identification, review, budget allocation, and selection of resources in all formats
  • Contributes content to the library Web page (Drupal)
  • Participates in the Library Liaison Program
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