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Associate Director of the Biomedical Library


The University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library seeks an energetic and service-oriented Associate Director, with strong leadership and relationship-building skills, to lead a talented and specialized staff in the provision of:
  1. clinical outreach activities,
  2. research and instructional services,
  3. Patron Services (access services and document delivery), and
  4. Digital Media Services.
The Associate Director is also outwardly facing, building key relationships with stakeholders at the schools and communities served by the Biomedical Library. Additionally, the Associate Director partners with colleagues across the Penn Libraries to ensure system-wide collaborations for new and improved services.

The Associate Director supervises 6 professional librarians, 3 Reference Interns, and indirectly 6 support staff as well as student employees. The Associate Director serves as a member of the Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Team to participate in long-range planning, and reports to the Associate Director of the Health Sciences Libraries/Director, Biomedical Library.

The services and resources of the Biomedical Library support research, education, and patient care for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) (, the Perelman School of Medicine (, including Biomedical Graduate Studies; the School of Nursing (; and other graduate programs such as Biology ( and the interdisciplinary Master of Public Health ( This dynamic community consists of over 2,000 full-time health sciences faculty, consistently leaders in research funding and discovery.

The Biomedical Library is centrally located near -  and has well-established relationships with - UPHS and the schools and communities it serves. For example, our librarians partner with Penn's Center for Evidence-Based practice ( and with UPHS nursing leadership in support of evidence-based practice and research, as well as with Penn's global health programs, particularly in Botswana ( and Guatemala ( and

The Biomedical Library is also a short walk across our historic urban campus to the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center and has the benefit of operating as part of the overall Penn Libraries system. The Penn Libraries include fourteen libraries and an off-site high density storage facility. System-wide scholarly resources number nearly 7 million books, 96,000 current serials (of which 82,000 are e-journals) and 800 databases. The library is a leader in the development of digital library services and collections and is aggressively experimenting with and adopting new technology in research and teaching.

Responsibilities include:
  • Long-range planning as a member of the Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Team along with the Heads of the Dental and Veterinary Libraries, the Collections Librarian, the Health Sciences Libraries Liaison, and the Research & Knowledge Management Librarian.
  • Supervise and provide leadership for expanded services:
  • Head of the Patron Services (access services and document delivery), coordinating service desk activities with the library's reference services, and indirectly the team of 6 fulltime Patron Services support staff plus student employees
    • Digital Media Services Coordinator
    • Evidence-Based Health Care/Clinical Liaison Librarian
    • Clinical Graduate Research Librarian
    • Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship
    • 3 Reference Interns
  • Lead, and participate in providing, clinical outreach services.
  • Lead, and participate in providing, reference and research services, onsite and online, including email and live chat, as well as consultations and instructional and liaison services for Biomedical Library constituencies.
  • Oversee the collection and reporting of library statistics, for the establishment of goals and objectives.
  • Seek opportunities for curriculum and clinical integration through teaching, and embedding of resources in virtual environments.
  • Lead weekly research and instructional services staff meeting.
  • Partner with colleagues across the Penn Libraries to ensure system-wide collaborations for new and improved services.
  • Promote Biomedical Library services and resources.
  • Participate on committees and task forces at the schools and centers served by the position as well as within the Penn Libraries.
  • Actively represent the Library on campus, local, regional, and national committees and by networking at conferences.
  • Contribute to the library profession and encourage staff to engage professionally.

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program or the equivalent in theory and practice, with coursework or experience related to the health sciences.
  • Health sciences subject specialization, with either advanced degree or work experience.
  • 5 to 7 years of experience in a hospital or academic health sciences library or relevant healthcare setting.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 7+ years of experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership, relationship-building, team-building and supervisory ability.
  • Project management expertise.
  • Teaching experience or demonstrated ability.
  • Strong collaborative, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as operate within a collegial framework of faculty, staff, students and administrators to deliver desired outcomes.
  • Understanding of the potential of developing technologies for enhancing services, and demonstrated knowledge of the latest trends and available tools for teaching and electronic delivery of information.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and active involvement in professional activities, conference attendance, etc.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package, additional information available at

To Apply:

Potential candidates are invited to submit a letter of application that addresses the needs and qualifications of the position, along with their resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability of the candidate for the position described, as well as complete an on-line employment application at:

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.