Job Posting: Saint Barnabas Medical Center – Director of Medical Library

This is a revised position announcement from the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Human Resources Department.

Patricia (Tricia) Reusing, JD, MLIS, AHIP Director, Medical Library Livingston, NJ 07039


The Director of the Medical Library at Saint Barnabas Medical Center leads the overall operations of the library to provide users with access to the most current and reliable medical information, reference assistance, and research services. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the flagship hospital in the RWJBH system. In the past few years RWJBH has moved the system forward by entering into affiliation agreements with Rutgers University to form a strong partnership for scholarly research and medical education.

Rutgers medical students, physician assistant students, and residents now do rotations at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and at other RWJBH hospitals.

There is a new and exciting heightened interest in participating in clinical research, quality improvement projects, and other scholarly activities.  Because of this new emphasis on research and education, this search for a new library director is focused not only on finding a candidate with very strong essential medical library leadership and management skills, but also on finding someone who has a true passion for, and experience in, supporting and encouraging scholarly activities, research, and education.  The candidate will be aware of library best practices and evolving trends for new tools, library technology, teaching methods, and online resources. In addition, the successful applicant will be someone with a proven ability to work in a dynamic, evolving work environment, with a track record of innovation, strong interpersonal and collaboration skills, and a commitment to excellence. Past success in applying for and receiving grants for library projects is a plus.

Experience in developing innovative library programs, particularly with regard to improving teaching methods, aiding in research efforts, and innovations with technology are also important.



Participation in and oversight of:

– The library’s reference services, including quick search requests as  well as complex literature searches, with proficiency in the major databases such as PubMed, Ovid Medline, CINAHL, Nursing Reference Center Plus, other EBSCO databases, Clinical Key, and Google Scholar

– Teaching search skills and demonstrate how to use various online resources

– Purchasing and managing the library’s print book, ebook, and ejournal collections

– Create and maintain the library’s website using the LibGuides content manager

– Cataloging and circulation of print books through the library’s Mandarin library system

– Managing remote access to the library’s online resources through OpenAthens

– Managing interlibrary loans of articles and books through DOCLINE and OCLC

– Managing the library’s journal subscriptions through the library’s subscription agent

– Work closely with Nursing Education on Magnet related activities including assisting with nursing research and presenting to nurses in the Nursing Residency program

– Develop and manages the library’s budget, including timely payment of invoices and tracking expenditures throughout the year

– Supervise a staff of one full time librarian and part-time library technician (recruit, hire, train, supervise, mentor, provide recognition, and annually evaluate)

– Keep records of library usage and service statistics, including literature searches

– Become a member of various committees including Graduate Medical Education and the Nursing Inquiry Council. Look for other committees to join that are involved in research and quality improvement projects

– Remaining abreast of medical library, technology, and teaching/education trends by participation in professional conferences, classes, serving on committees

– Give presentations about the library’s resources and services

– Do outreach to explore ways to assist users in the research process (how to choose a journal in which to publish; do research on, then choose and purchase a reference citation product to facilitate research; how to create a poster presentation; do an online survey and ask users what resources or technology that they need or want); look into great information that can be gleaned from searching “grey literature.”

– Become aware of and join resources such as listservs which have valuable information about innovative things that other libraries across the world are doing (Listserv examples:  MEDLIB, HSLANJ, NY NJ MLA  listservs)


– Master of Library Science or Master of Information degree from an

ALA-accredited institution


– 1-2 years of supervisory experience in a medical or allied health library setting

– Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) certification through the Medical Library Association, preferably at the Senior or Distinguished level

– Strong and positive interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills

– Ability to successfully manage employees

– Ability to multi-task and to successfully prioritize projects

– Successful completion of all Orientation Programs.


Employees of Saint Barnabas Medical Center are committed to exemplifying the Standards of – *Exceptional Communication, Compassionate Care, Outstanding Teamwork, Professional Integrity and Ownership & Accountability

*- creating an environment of *Compassionate Care, Healthcare Excellence and Superior Service (CCHESS)* for all that enter our facility. If you share the commitment, dedication and drive meet the *CCHESS* challenge, we welcome your application.

Since 1865, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), located at 94 Old Short Hills Road <>

in Livingston, is New Jersey’s oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian hospital. The 597-bed institution is one of the largest health care providers in the state, treating more than 35,500 inpatients and over 84,000 Emergency Department patients each year. The Medical Center and the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center provide treatment and services for more than 300,000 outpatient visits annually.

The Medical Staff is comprised of more than 1,600 physicians in 100 medical and surgical specialties and there are over 3,400 employees. As a teaching institution, we have nine residency programs and one fellowship in Mammography and a shared Nephrology fellowship with Newark Beth Israel.

There are a total of 154 residents and fellows.

Among Saint Barnabas’ nationally recognized facilities are The Burn Center, the only certified burn treatment facility in the state; the Barnabas Health Care System Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, one of the most active transplant programs in the country; The Saint Barnabas Heart Centers, a world-class cardiac surgery program in affiliation with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; The Neurology and Neurosurgery Program which is the only program in New Jersey to be ranked by US News and World Report as a Top Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. It is led by an unprecedented team of experts dedicated to diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain and nervous system; the Regional Perinatal Center, providing care for high-risk and critically ill infants in New Jersey’s leading Level III, a 56-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; comprehensive Pediatric Services including a dedicated intensive care unit; The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, designated by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery; a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, The Center for Sleep Disorders; The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Saint Barnabas; extensive services in robotic and minimally-invasive surgery, The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas, the widely recognized assisted reproductive technology program; and comprehensive cancer programs and services that includes one of the largest Radiation Oncology programs in northern New Jersey and a highly-specialized Gastrointestinal Cancer Center of Excellence.

SBMC is an equal opportunity employer.

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