Director of the Health Sciences Library and AUL for the Health Sciences, Health Sciences Library

POSITION:        Director of the Health Sciences Library and AUL for the Health Sciences
AVAILABLE:        January 1, 2015

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s oldest public university, is accepting applications for the position of Director of the Health Sciences Library and AUL for the Health Sciences.  The Health Sciences Library (HSL) ( serves the instructional, clinical, and research information needs of the UNC Hospitals, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, the North Carolina AHEC Program, as well as the citizens of North Carolina. The HSL is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  One of the premier health sciences libraries in the country, UNC’s HSL is uniquely positioned on a major research university campus with all five health affairs schools, a top-ranked School of Information and Library Science, and a large hospital system.  The HSL has a collection of 450,000 volumes, with a strong and developing component of electronic journals and books.  Total expenditures are $8.4 million with close to 60 librarians and staff.  It regularly employs and trains students from the UNC School of Information and Library Science, and has hosted numerous National Library of Medicine Associates.  HSL occupies a recently renovated, technology-adapted building with 68,000 assignable square feet.

The Director of the Health Sciences Library and AUL for the Health Sciences reports to the Associate Provost for University Libraries and serves on the University Library administrative council, contributing to library- and campus-wide leadership.  HSL has a faculty/student advisory board that provides advice on budget and policy matters.  The Director is responsible for leadership and general administration of the Health Sciences Library, including budget management, planning and policy formulation, oversight and innovative development of the Library’s user services, collection development programs, cooperative activities and outreach to the five Health Affairs schools and the hospital, facilities and infrastructure, and technology innovation.  The Director will lead and participate in fundraising and revenue development including contracts, grants, and other sources.  The Director is responsible for leading, supporting and developing a dynamic staff and for exemplifying innovative, collaborative, service-oriented practices.  The Director participates in university-wide programs as appropriate and may represent the entire library system locally, regionally or nationally.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or related advanced degree; significant achievement in the administration of health sciences libraries including effective budget management and the demonstrated ability to lead the development of innovative programs that serve disciplines within the health sciences; a record of success in strategic planning and implementation, collection management, information technology, and staff and organizational development; a commitment to excellence in research and teaching; a record of collegiality and accomplishment in collaborative activity; a strong understanding of the issues of scholarly communication and the challenges faced by health sciences libraries; the ability to articulate a vision and provide strategic direction for libraries in the rapidly changing information environment and to provide leadership at the national and regional levels on health sciences library issues.

Preferred: A record of support for global research, teaching and service; demonstrated success with development activities and fundraising; understanding of issues confronting health education and research; commitment to and demonstrated success in the areas of professional service, activity and publication.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes.

The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The Health Sciences Library’s mission is to connect people everywhere with knowledge to help them teach and learn effectively, assure quality health care, conduct vital research, and make informed decisions. To learn more about the Health Sciences Library, please visit:

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains and the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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