Head of the Blaisdell Medical Library – University Library – University of California, Davis

Head, Blaisdell Medical Library
University Library of the University of California, Davis

Position Overview

The University Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-focused leader with sufficient authority to represent the Library’s mission and vision and work closely with faculty, students, staff, and institutional stakeholders in a highly interdisciplinary academic health and life sciences community. The Library is embarking on programs supporting institutional emphases in biomedical informatics, clinical and translational sciences, and data sciences and data services that build upon active and dynamic suites of existing initiatives. The Head of the Blaisdell Medical Library (BML) is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and management within BML and manages library services and resources in support of student learning, academic programs, and faculty teaching and research. S/he must be able to work effectively with faculty, administrators, and staff to develop a shared vision for the library and align library services with the University Library’s and UC Davis Health System’s strategic plans.

Scope of UC Davis Blaisdell Medical Library

The UC Davis Blaisdell Medical Library serves clinical, research, and education needs of faculty, staff, and students in the life and health sciences programs of the integrated UC Davis Health System, comprised of the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, a 619-bed acute-care hospital, and the clinical services of the UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) and the 1,000-member physician UC Davis Medical Group. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Medicine among the top 16 schools nation-wide for primary care training and the top 40 schools for research. The vision of the newly established Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. With annualized external research funding reaching $220 million for Fiscal Year 2013-14, UC Davis has nearly 1,000 basic science, translational, and clinical research studies underway, funded by federal and state governments, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, private foundations, and philanthropy. An active Clinical and Translational Science Center provides robust services and tools to assist research teams across the campus. UC Davis Medical Center, ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, operates the only Level 1 trauma center for both adult and pediatric emergencies in inland Northern California.

UC Davis and University Library

UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near Sacramento, California’s capital, UC Davis has more than 34,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics, and 17,400 staff. The campus has an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system, and about two dozen specialized research centers. Recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the U.S. and the number one university in the world for agricultural research, UC Davis offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing. The UC Davis University Library is among the top 100 research libraries in North America, and belongs to the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, and other organizations that position it to collaborate with other top organizations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Head of the Research Services Department, the Head of BML provides leadership and vision for academic and non-academic library personnel meeting the research, teaching, patient care, and community engagement missions of UC Davis faculty, staff, and students in multiple healthcare-related academic programs and the medical center in Sacramento. Major activities conducted by the librarians include research support and educational services; collection development and management for undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and clinical research levels; and outreach covering a variety of relevant topics, including Library resources and services, literature searching, systematic reviews, and access to research data and scholarship. Outreach activities are directed at faculty, researchers, staff, and students generally and to targeted populations such as new faculty and research centers, such as the Center for Healthcare Policy, Clinical and Translational Sciences Center, and Center for Health and Technology.
  • The Head promotes faculty and student liaison activities; both UC Davis and University of California-wide cooperative initiatives, services, and collections; and collaborates with other managers within the University Library to deliver timely and effective services and to develop resource collection to meet the dynamic growth of the campus research and teaching needs.
  • As the operational head of the Blaisdell Medical Library, the incumbent supervises academic and non-academic personnel. Administrative duties include, but are not limited to, hiring and managing personnel, training and development, preparing letters of evaluation, and making work assignments; formulating policies and procedures; developing appropriate programs and services; overseeing equipment, software, and facilities; monitoring budget expenditures; maintaining statistics and preparing annual reports; and interpreting library and university policies and procedures.
  • The Head of BML contributes to strategic and other long- and short-term planning for Library’s services, programs, and projects. S/he guides personnel in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating ongoing services and special projects. The Head of BML develops, directs, and evaluates BML’s assessment, education, planning, and organizational excellence activities, relating them to the University Library’s and those of UC Davis and its Health System. S/he will develop, manage, and evaluate assessment activities, including the generation and interpretation of data to inform decisions, to demonstrate the Blaisdell Medical Library’s value to the UC Davis community and beyond.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent
  • Five or more years of experience exercising progressively more demanding management and supervisory skills and abilities in health sciences librarianship OR five or more years of experience and demonstrated achievement in outreach, research support, or educational services in an academic, clinical, or research library
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with multiple constituencies in a complex and rapidly changing, matrix-based environment; communicating, setting goals, managing time, promoting teamwork, and meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated familiarity with health science information resources and collection management activities in an academic, clinical, or research library
  • Demonstrated understanding of library support of curricula across the range of health sciences educational programs (including some or all of undergraduate and graduate medical education, nursing education, continuing medical and nursing education, etc.)
  • Demonstrated understanding of the basic and clinical sciences research processes with emphasis on biomedical informatics and data management
  • Demonstrated effective use of analytical, problem-solving, and communications skills
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation theories and practices
  • Evidence of flexibility and initiative when working within a fast-paced, changing environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or higher degree in the health or life sciences OR two years working experience as a science or health science librarian
  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of and successful experimentation with technologies to deliver information services to basic and clinical sciences clientele and the interdisciplinary healthcare team
  • Successful experience in developing and managing relevant collections in an academic library
  • Knowledge of scholarly communications issues, tools, and resources
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and to motivate librarians and other library personnel
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to user services and improving the user experience
  • Strong record of ongoing and sustained professional engagement, such as service in library organizations, presentations at conferences, and peer-reviewed publication

Salary and Benefits

Salary: Associate Librarian to Librarian ($60,684 – $93,083)
Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Benefits: UC is one of the largest employers in California, and offers outstanding health and retirement benefits to its employees and their families. Librarians are academic appointees and earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year. In addition, there are 13 university holidays.

UC Compensation and Benefits

Application information

Applications must be submitted via the UC Davis Recruit website

Please include a letter of interest addressing how your qualifications and experience relate to the posted qualifications of the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references. Candidates applying by June 8, 2015 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014.

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