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Diane Keefer <[log in to unmask]>
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Diane Keefer <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 16:32:58 -0500
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Associate Director
Penn State College of Medicine invites applications for the newly-created
position of Associate Director for the George T. Harrell Library. Under new
academic and administrative direction, the Library is assuming an
increasingly prominent role in the stewardship of enterprise information
resources for the Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State
Geisinger Health System. Hershey Medical Center, located in a pleasant
community 12 miles from Harrisburg, is the site of the Penn State College of
Medicine and is south central Pennsylvania's premier health care facility.
The Penn State Geisinger Health System offers the largest rural health plan
in the country, spanning 40 counties in northern and central Pennsylvania.
Penn State's tight integration of college and health system programs,
including library services, is unique among academic health systems and
serves as a model for other academic enterprises. As the only academic
health center library in south central Pennsylvania, the Harrell Library
serves Penn State's biomedical user community and the larger regional
community. The newly renovated Harrell Library spans more than 46,000 square
feet, houses a print collection of more than 1,500 current journal titles
and 26,000 monographs, and offers a growing array of electronic resources,
including a new computer and audiovisual laboratory. The Harrell Library's
annual operating budget is approximately $2 million. The associate director
of Harrell Library is responsible for the daily operation and implementation
of programs and services to the local and regional communities of the
College of Medicine and Health System.  The successful candidate will
participate in the newly initiated IAIMS program which unifies 5
organizational areas -- library, informatics, biomedical communications,
technology education and biomedical computing -- to meet the diverse
information management needs of health professionals, researchers, students
and staff. This associate director position offers a significant career
opportunity in a dynamic and rapidly progressing organization for an
experienced, energetic, enthusiastic individual who will make the most of
this unique opportunity. Required: ALA-accredited MLS; significant
experience in an academic health sciences library; 5 years' progressively
responsible administrative experience; excellent oral and written
communication skills; proven leadership; demonstrated effectiveness as a
team member; understanding of current issues in health sciences
librarianship. Must be team-oriented, flexible, and able to work both
independently and collaboratively in a complex, changing environment.
Preferred: commitment to the public services and the IAIMS concept;
familiarity with digital technologies and their roles in the library.
Salary:Commensurate with experieince. Penn State offers a generous
benefits package and is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity
and the diversity of its workforce. Nominations and applications from women
and minority candidates are encouraged. Terms of appointment to be
negotiated with candidate. All candidates should send a cover letter and
curriculum vitae with 4 references to the Administrative Director, c/o Karen
Seador, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, George T. Harrell Library, P.O.
Box 850, Mail Services H127, Hershey, PA 17033.