Job Posting: Director, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Director, Ruth Lilly Medical Library        

Indiana University School of Medicine

 Indiana University School of Medicine seeks a Director to serve as the senior administrative leader for the School of Medicine’s Ruth Lilly Medical Library (RLML).  The Indiana University School of Medicine, established in 1903, is the only allopathic medical school in the state of Indiana.  With over 1200 medical students educated on nine campuses across the state, more than 1100 resident and fellow trainees, approximately 400 students in masters and PhD programs, 250 undergraduate students in health professions programs, and over 4000 full, part-time and volunteer faculty, the RLML serves a broad and diverse group of stakeholders.  The Director is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the delivery of academic and knowledge-based information resources and tools and for aligning the strategic direction of the library with the goals of the School of Medicine across its missions of education, research and clinical service.  The Director reports directly to the Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and is a member of the Executive Dean’s leadership team.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working collaboratively with library faculty and staff to create a strategic plan for a digital and knowledge-based environment consistent with the mission and vision of the School of Medicine.
  • Leading and supporting the library’s role in a constantly changing environment and expanding the educational, research and scholarship roles of the library.
    • Developing and overseeing annual resource allocation planning and budgeting to support and sustain the activities of the library; focusing on strategic acquisition of resources; and identifying and appropriating external funding for services and programs if available.
    • Providing evidence to demonstrate achievement of program goals and of continuously improving outcomes.
    • Demonstratingeffectiveness through the dissemination of innovations and outcomes in internal, external and peer-reviewed presentations and publications.
    • Communicating clearly to inspire and motivate others, build successful teams, resolve conflict effectively, negotiate skillfully with all stakeholders, and demonstrate excellent judgment and decision-making skills.
    • Recruiting, developing and retaining faculty who effectively contribute to the missions of the School of Medicine.
    • Supporting faculty members’ efforts to advance the collective goals of the unit and mentor each faculty and professional staff member in meeting individual goals for academic and career advancement.
      • Overseeing personnel management, including supervision and evaluation of staff and faculty performance.
      • Building and strengthening relationships and collaboration with faculty in other departments and centers within the School of Medicine.
      • Communicating, coordinating, and collaborating with the Indiana University Library System and the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) library, identifying efficiencies in working within established systems and participating in efforts to identify innovative solutions to emerging challenges.
      • Leading outreach, communication and advocacy efforts on behalf of the library, identifying opportunities for philanthropic support of library initiatives and other external funding as appropriate.
        • Practicing continuous critical analysis and reflection on performance as a leader to recognize accomplishments and promoting a culture of ongoing programmatic improvement and life-long professional development.
        • Collaboratingclosely with the Executive Associate Dean and other leaders of the educational affairs team.
  • Supporting integration of emerging technologies and trends to enhance services provided to stakeholders.
  • Fostering an organizational culture based upon respect, teamwork, professional growth, and accountability.
  • Participating in professional activities to advance own knowledge and expertise.
  • Representingthe library in regional and national organizations as required.



The Directorshould be a faculty member with extensive experience and credentials to justify the rank of Professor/Librarian and a Master’s Degree or PhD in library or information science earned from a program accredited by the American Library Association is preferred. S/he should have progressive and accomplished experience in library administrative/leadership roles that include significant responsibilities for budgetary oversight and resource planning.  A minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience in a medical library is preferred, including evidence of successful supervision of professional staff and faculty.  Knowledge in the breadth of library operations including managing electronic resources, collection development and document delivery as well as knowledge and skills in evaluating, implementing and making accessible, new knowledge based technologies is needed.

The successful candidate should have an established track record of successful grant funding, scholarly dissemination and collaboration with educators, researchers and clinicians.  The Director should be a dynamic leader with the ability to develop and cultivate a highly functioning team that delivers results and to champion change and continuous improvement initiatives in a complex academic health center system.  Above all, the Director must bring the ability to foster relationships with faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders thereby ensuring the success of programs created by the library.

Priority deadline is June 3, 2013. Interested applicants should create one PDF file containing the following: (1) a letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for six references.   Send the PDF file by email to with the subject line “Director, Ruth Lilly Medical Library” attention search committee co-chairs Drs. Alex Djuricich and Randy Brutkiewicz.

Indiana University is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities. 

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