General Information: The University of Southern California (USC) Norris Medical Library seeks an innovative, energetic, and service-oriented individual to provide outstanding leadership for the library’s Division of Collection Resources. In addition to collection development responsibilities, the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the library’s efforts in open access and scholarly communication issues including archiving and preservation, particularly for digital collections. The Norris Medical Library is an academic medical research library serving the Schools and Departments of Medicine, Pharmacy, Occupational Science, and Biokinesiology/Physical Therapy. The library is strongly user focused and committed to providing faculty, students, and staff access to a wide variety of electronic information resources, including books, journals, bioinformatics tools, databases, evidence-based resources, and mobile resources. The library contains 147,000 volumes and receives 3,055 current electronic journals. The staff of 39 FTE includes 14 librarians. For additional information, see the library’s web pages.
Responsibilities: Collection development: Select appropriate books, journals, and databases for purchase; oversee approval plans; solicit and respond to faculty input; weed older materials; maintain awareness of current Health Science Campus programs and research priorities; negotiate pricing with vendors; and collaborate with head, Metadata and Content Management, in negotiating licenses for new electronic resources, and in monitoring their use. Financial oversight of acquisitions. Prepare and monitor collection budget of $3.8 million for print and electronic book, journal, and database purchases. Integrated library system (ILS) administration: Supervise system use by library staff, plan and manage system upgrades, modify system parameters as needed, respond to staff requests for assistance, and produce management reports. Track ILS technology and developments. Curation of historical collections. Oversight of divisional operations. Work with head, Metadata and Content Management, to supervise staff, adjust work assignments, plan special projects, and plan and implement departmental automated systems. Scholarly communication monitoring: Coordinate library’s efforts in open access and scholarly communication issues including archiving and preservation, particularly for digital collections. Serve on the senior management team assisting the director in library planning, management, and innovation. Prepare administrative and statistical reports for the director. Professional involvement: Assume leadership positions in local and national library organizations and contribute to publications and conferences.
Qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school and a minimum of 5 years’ experience, preferably in an academic health sciences library. Strong oral and written skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and adult learners. Demonstrated creativity and initiative. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Intellectually curious and comfortable with change.
Salary: $65,000–$80,000, based upon experience and qualifications. Status: This position is in a continuing-appointment track, the USC Libraries’ equivalent to tenure. Benefits: 37 1/2-hour week; 22 vacation days; paid sick leave; disability plan; retirement plan (TIAA/CREF and other options); tuition assistance; paid medical, dental, and life insurance; credit union; group auto and homeowner’s insurance available. How to apply: Applications must be submitted via USC’s online faculty application website: https://jobs.usc.edu/postings/18552/. As part of the application, candidates must upload in Word or PDF a cover letter and curriculum vitae. For more information about this position, contact Leslie Jones, USC Norris Medical Library, 323.442.1130; email, firstname.lastname@example.org. USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. (021)