Job description / Role
The Director of the Distributed eLibrary is responsible for the strategic planning, management, budgeting, marketing, and administration of library resources and services as well as the Archives of the Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar Library. The Director will also be critical in leading the Library through this transformation to a next generation facility. Reporting directly to Dean, the incumbent will partner with other informatics thought leaders at WCM and WCM-Q in imagining, creating, and managing a dynamic, modern information research facility to support education, research, and clinical care for the next generation and beyond.
Directs the Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar Library including strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, administration, and leadership of employees in the Library.
- Develops and maintains the core services of a modern medical library. Maintains both traditional library services as well as leads the creation of new services to optimize the ability of students, faculty, and other library customers to locate information and use it proficiently to achieve their personal, professional, and institutional objectives. This includes collaboration in the creation of bioinformatics services such as envisioned for the CTSC, Sidra, and Bioinformatics Institute (e.g. i2b2, VIVO)
- Leads a team of librarians and staff who are knowledgeable about the vast array of scholarly and public information resources relevant to the mission of a contemporary medical college. Recruits and recommends appointments and promotions for Library employees and further serves as mentor and assures guidance in the development of their careers. Ensures that the library employees follow trends and advancements in information science as well as medical education, research, and clinical care to direct the best possible selection and organization of materials and services. Leads the selection and implementation or development and design of information systems and services that will optimize access by the library’s customers.
- Serves as a point of leadership, collaboration, and coordination within and among faculty and staff across various departments and administrative units for the purpose of integrative program development, strategically expanding medical informatics services, knowledge, education, and research through WCM-Q and its partner institutions.
Planning - Develop, implement, evaluate, and maintain a strategic plan, which is coordinated with other bioinformatics and related planning initiatives, and is responsive to the organization's mission, goals, and objectives. Conduct research, user surveys, focus groups etc. to improve the products and services the Library and to maintain knowledge of changing technologies and developments in health care, research, education, and information science. Evaluate current services and proactively develop new library services to support research, clinical care and educational activities.
Finance and Budget - Develop, prepare and review short and long-range budgets in support of the strategic and operational plans.
Administration - Establish Library policies and procedures to implement the strategic plan and monitor compliance. Collect, prepare, and analyze Library reports and statistics. Develop and monitor key metrics for performance against the goals and strategic plans of the Library and partner entities. Develop, direct and coordinate the library’s overall annual work plan in support of the strategic plan. Delegate and monitor duties and responsibilities of library staff based on the work plan.
- Establish guidelines for information resource collection development that reflect the goals and objectives of the medical college and graduate school and the archival goals of the medical center.
- Assure that policies and procedures are developed to evaluate, acquire, discard, process, organize, maintain, and circulate or loan information resources. Partner with peers in the organization for policies and procedures affecting overlapping resources such as digital archives, and research data.
- Assure the cataloging, indexing, and metadata creation for information resources in accordance with national and international standards.
- Oversees copyright and intellectual property compliance, as well as contractual commitments.
Technology - Assure the design and implementation of automated systems for resource collection, management, and access that are responsive to the organization's goals. Partner with related intra- and inter-institutional entities to optimize information access and exchange for our respective user communities. In close cooperation with technical staff in ITS, develop, oversee, and evaluate Internet and organizational Intranet applications within the collaboratively determined domain of the Library.
Customer Service - Assure the development of proactive customer-oriented services provided by the Library and Archives, the development of policies and procedures for hours of operation, circulation of materials, document delivery, and other services in support of the research, education, patient care, and community outreach missions of the institution and to ensure information resources are fully accessible to clients.
• Masters in Library Science from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association, or a comparable information science related degree is expected. A PhD is preferred. Candidates with non-traditional backgrounds will be considered if their experience is consistent with the vision for a modern, digital medical library. 10 + years of professional experience, with progressive responsibility in an administrative and/or managerial/supervisory capacity in an academic or health sciences library or equivalent organization. Such experience should include print and electronic collection development or information discovery and access services, staff supervision, budgeting and financial analysis.
• Strong leader with a mature sense of priorities and solid practical experience who can plan and execute within the framework of organizational resources and show the way beyond apparent limitations.
• Possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively with a diversity of personalities, must be approachable, and be able to present data with effective communication and presentation skills. Must be effective consensus builder.
• Grasp of medical education, research and clinical care and the information resources needed to support them. Has a strong commitment to information literacy and to developing in students, faculty and clinicians the informatics skills required to practice evidence-based medicine.
• Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging digital technologies and services in support of medical education, and experience in the design and integration of these technologies into health sciences curricula.
• Is politically savvy, has a high tolerance for ambiguity and conflict and can work successfully in a matrix management model.
• Is a systems thinker with strong organizational skills.
• Is self-motivated and demonstrates strong initiative and ability to work independently.
• Demonstrates flexibility and calmness in stressful situations.
• Possesses superior skills in problem identification, analysis and resolution.
• Possesses superior oral, written, and presentation skills to all levels of audiences.
• Experience writing grants, participating in library science and/or informatics research, and an appropriate publication and presentation history commensurate with academic level.
• Has a strong sense of mission and a good sense of humor.
Position requires working in an office environment where there are few physical discomforts such as dust, dirt, noise and the like. Ability to work off-hours and weekends during periods of heavy work such as during budget season and for emergencies is required. Ability to work more than 40 hours a week during periods of heavy work-load is also required. Light travel between office locations, primarily within Doha is required. Occasional travel to affiliate locations such as New York, USA, may also be necessary. Occasional meetings or clinical staff interactions in typical patient care areas may be required though direct patient exposure is not routine.
About the Company
Founded in 1898 and affiliated with what is now New York - Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) since 1927, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) is one of the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the U.S. It is committed to excellence in research, teaching and patient care, and the advancement of the art and science of medicine.
In addition to the degree in medicine, Weill Cornell offers PhD programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences; a joint MD-MBA program with Cornell’s Johnson School of Management; and a joint MD-PhD program with Rockefeller University and Sloan-Kettering Institute.