• Director of the UAMS Library

    Posted Date 1 month ago(6/13/2019 2:40 PM)
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    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    AA Library Operations
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  • Overview

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is seeking an experienced and innovative leader for the position of Director of the UAMS Library. UAMS, the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Arkansas, includes colleges of health professions, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and a graduate school as well as the UAMS Medical Center (hospital and outpatient center) located in Little Rock, ArkansasThe Northwest UAMS campus located in Fayetteville and Arkansas Children’s Hospital located in Little Rock as well as other UAMS and Regional Programs campuses located throughout the state support UAMS educational programs at various levels including primary care residencies. 


    In total, UAMS has over 10,000 employees and nearly 3,000 students including all of our health care locations throughout Arkansas.   


    UAMS Library Description

    • The Library is staffed by 33.65 FTEs: 12 librarians, one public history professional, eight non-librarian professionals (primarily advanced education degrees), and 12.65 staff positions
    • The Library is a 44,0002 foot facility strategically located at the heart of the Little Rock campus plus a separate 1,5002 foot Historical Research Center Annex also located on campus
    • The AAHSL Annual Statistics for 2018 indicates that the UAMS Library fits the profile of the ‘composite’ or average health sciences library in annual budget, collection expenditures, number of personnel, composition, and total expenditures

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity.  We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.  


    UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
    • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
    • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
    • Merchant Discounts
    • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy


    Salary offered commensurate with experience.


    The Director provides leadership and vision in strategic planning that includes policy development, implementation and evaluation of operations and services, allocation of resources in an effective and efficient manner, coordination of personnel administration, and representation of the Library to UAMS administration, other UAMS units, and outside entities. 

    The Director leads a management team composed of the heads of Collection Management, Access Services (responsible for facility and general library operations), and Education and Research Services, and the directors of the Historical Research Center and Student Success Center and the Assistant Director of Library Operations (business officer).


    UAMS Library Responsibilities

    • Library and information services supporting research, clinical care, education and outreach
    • Student Success Center including academic assessment and tutoring, writing and presentation skills center, and testing center, and support for student laptop and mobile devices
    • Historical Research Center collection and curation of artifacts and items related to the history of the health sciences in Arkansas and the UAMS Archives
    • Collegial/contractual relationships with UAMS Regional Programs, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and medical systems, university, and other partners across the state

    May perform other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school
    • At least five years of experience successfully leading an academic health sciences library and/or a major library unit
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills
    • Knowledge of key issues, emerging technologies, and best practices in health sciences education and librarianship
    • Record of active participation in the profession

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Additional advanced degree in education, information science, or health/biomedical sciences discipline
    • Membership in the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals
    • Record of leadership role in profession

    UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Occasionally
    Sit: Frequently
    Walk: Occasionally
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Never
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Occasionally
    Talk: Frequently
    Hear: Continuously
    Taste or smell: Never
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
    Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment
    Noise Level: Quiet
    Visual Requirements: Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: None


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