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Director of Library Services

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM), a division of Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE), is located in Fort Smith, AR. The school is a brand new, state-of-the-art 102,000 square-foot facility located on 227 beautiful acres. Fort Smith, the second largest city in Arkansas, is a historic, progressive community located in the Arkansas river valley. Arkansas is a well-kept secret with multiple activities to include hunting, fishing, sightseeing, and excellent vacationing opportunities.

The director of library services provides leadership and direction for a library serving the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE). The library plays a central role in supporting the academic and research needs of ACHE, including academic programs, faculty teaching and research, and student learning and research, represented by ARCOM and the Arkansas College of Health Sciences.

The director of library services will provide strategic and long-range planning, policy development, fiscal management, and personnel supervision, and develop internal and external partnerships.


  • Serves as the head of the library and is responsible for the direction and administration of all library activities
  • Provides leadership in creating a vision, development, and implementation of a viable strategic plan for the library
  • Develops, implements, reviews, and updates library policies and procedures
  • Recruits, leads, motivates, and promotes staff engagement and career development for the optimal performance of library
  • Oversees and directs the daily facility operations
  • Prepares and effectively manages the library’s budgets and anticipates future needs
  • Provides leadership in the direction of the library physical space
  • Ensures the library follows accreditation standards and participates in document preparation and accreditation site visits
  • Maintains awareness of emerging library technologies and service trends
  • Oversees and evaluates research support services and resources
  • Designs, implements, and evaluates innovative outreach programs and services to achieve library objectives
  • Collaborates with faculty in the planning, development, and delivery of curricula related to information literacy, access, and management
  • Identifies grant opportunities and works with staff to prepare proposals related to library programs and operations
  • Represents the library on ACHE committees
  • Participates in professional organizations for the purpose of continuing education, outreach, information sharing, and networking
  • Prepares reports and presentations as needed


Education and Experience

Minimum qualifications

  • Master’s of library science (MLS), master’s of library and information science (MLIS), master’s of science (MS), or equivalent from an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited graduate program
  • 5+ years’ professional library experience in an academic health sciences or clinical library setting
  • Supervisory experience

Preferred qualifications

  • Second master’s, doctorate of education (EdD), or doctorate (PhD), preferably in a health sciences, education, science, or public health area
  • 5+ years’ professional library experience in an academic health sciences or clinical library setting
  • Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)

 Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of the changing roles and technologies of academic, research, and clinical libraries with the ability to work in a complex, changing environment
  • Ability to develop a strong collaborative working environment within the library and other campus units
  • Demonstrated skills in managing sizeable budgets within a complex infrastructure
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; excellence in written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines to conceptualize new solutions to problems
  • Comprehensive knowledge of library operations, including cataloging, electronic resource management, interlibrary loan, vendor negotiations, and website development
  • Working knowledge of the laws governing information access, copyright, communication, and archiving
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with biomedical and clinical research resources
  • Understanding of the current issues in medical education and training, and clinical practice
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience teaching evidence-based medicine

If you need assistance in the application process because of a disability, or for any other reason, please contact Barbara Jetton, director of Human Resources, at 479.308.2291 or

Salary Information:  $60,000–$75,000, negotiable.

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Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is an equal opportunity employer.


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