Dear Colleagues,

The University of Michigan welcomes applications from interested candidates for
the position of Director, Health Sciences Libraries.  The job description
(below) identifies some of the new director's many opportunities, including
building innovative, visionary programs and services, strengthening
relationships with the health sciences community, and being part of the
Michigan Digitization Program.

Please share this announcement within your respective institutions, as

Brenda Johnson, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, is happy to
answer questions about the position.  She may be contacted by email at
[log in to unmask] or by phone at 734-647-8000.

The University of Michigan is actively recruiting innovative and accomplished
candidates for the position of Director of the Health Sciences Libraries in the
University Library.  The Health Sciences Libraries include the Taubman Medical
Library, Public Health Library & Informatics (PHLI), and the Dentistry Library.
Collectively they serve over 21,000 users in the schools and colleges of
Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry in addition to the
University of Michigan Health Center.  The Health Sciences Libraries have over
545,000 print volumes and 6,000 serials.  As part of the University Library
system, the Health Sciences Libraries offer access to a rapidly-expanding
digital collection of over 20,000 electronic journals and databases.

The Director manages an annual budget of $3.5 million in partnership with a
dedicated, experienced staff of 40 FTEs, serves as head of the Taubman Medical
Library, and coordinates a management team consisting of the heads of PHLI and
Dentistry as well as departments at Taubman.  The Director is a member of the
senior management team of the University Library and reports to the Associate
University Librarian for Public Services.  Serving as representative of the
Health Sciences Libraries in national and regional organizations, such as
AAHSL and MLA, is also an important component of this position.

The Director assumes leadership at a transformative period in the University’s
transition to digitally-defined libraries and has a unique opportunity to
participate in the creation of visionary programs and services.  Major
responsibilities of the Director will be to build and strengthen relationships
with the health sciences community, to participate in campus-wide library
initiatives, and to provide leadership in the development of innovative
services.  Other responsibilities include the integration of library training
programs into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment as well as
the introduction of new services and programs. The University’s recently
launched Michigan Digitization Program ( and Life
Sciences Initiative ( provide unparalleled
opportunities for partnership in campus-wide efforts to expand learning in a
variety of rapidly growing fields.

The University of Michigan, a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and
one of the world’s premier research universities, has prominent faculty,
rigorous academic programs, and a diverse cultural and social environment.  The
University is situated in the heart of Ann Arbor, a unique urban area with a
small town atmosphere and a vibrant, cultural and intellectual sensibility.

Required Qualifications:
• ALA accredited Master’s degree, or an equivalent combination of relevant
experience and advanced degree.
• Demonstrated successful leadership and administrative accomplishments in
biomedical libraries or related environments
• Advanced knowledge of research and scholarship in the health sciences and/or
life sciences
• Familiarity with  issues and trends in health care environments
• Knowledge of emerging information technologies and digital library initiatives
• Strong user-centered commitment to public service, including outreach and
service excellence
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students of culturally
diverse backgrounds
• Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication skills.

Desired qualifications:
• Record of successful achievement in obtaining external funding
• Membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals
• Relevant second advanced degree.

Rank, Salary, and Benefits:  Rank is anticipated at full librarian.  Final rank
and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. As a professional
appointment in the University of Michigan, University Library, this position
offers full benefits and opportunities for professional development and travel,
and participates fully in faculty governance.  Retirement options include
TIAA/CREF and/or Fidelity Investments.

To Apply:  Send cover letter and copy of résumé to Lucy Cohen, Library Human
Resources; 404 Hatcher Graduate Library North; University of Michigan; Ann
Arbor, MI  48109-1205 or apply by email to:  [log in to unmask]  Contact
(734) 764-2546 for further information.

Application Deadline:  Applications received by 12/09/05 will be given first

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.


Pat Redman                           Medical Library
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734.936.1396               1135 E. Catherine St 0726
734.763.1473 (fax)           Ann Arbor MI 48109-2038