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Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University, New Haven, CT
STARS Requisition number: 47576BR
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)
The Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services advances the Medical Library’s role in improving clinical quality, advancing patient care, educating trainees and faculty, and enhancing research in the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Reporting to the Associate Director and working in a highly collaborative environment, the incumbent will develop innovative services, formulate a strategy for setting and achieving goals, assess skills and resources required to ensure success, and evaluate program effectiveness.
In a busy, service-focused medical library, the Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services supervises the work of the Clinical Team and the long-established clinical liaison program. This involves coaching and evaluating the work of four direct reports, plus collaborating with other librarians involved in clinical outreach. The incumbent works with all library staff to provide research support to the medical center using a wide range of digital and mobile resources, and instructional and information technologies, and is involved in collection development. This position directly supports academic departments as a liaison librarian.
The Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services serves on the Library’s Leadership Team, the Research and Education Department Managers’ Team, and partners closely with two other Assistant Directors on all aspects of outreach and education to promote teamwork and collaboration, to enhance the training and development of librarians, and to ensure the provision of services of the highest standards.
1. Leads the Medical Library’s program in support of the Yale New Haven Medical Center’s clinical enterprise. Promotes the development, implementation, and evaluation of library services that align with user needs and the clinical care and research priorities of the university and the hospital.
2. Establishes and maintains relationships with clinicians, administrative and house staff, hospital and health system administrators, and chairs of academic departments.
3. Provides leadership and vision for the Clinical Team and manages the Library’s clinical liaison program.
4. Hires, trains, coaches, supervises, and evaluates the work of four librarians.
5. Serves as a liaison librarian to selected departments and offers orientations, instruction, consultation, searching, and research services and support to faculty, staff, and trainees.
6. Provides training in the use of knowledge management and information resources, tools, and strategies including: evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, content management tools, databases, mobile apps.
7. Collaborates with the Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian and other librarians in the health system to build robust clinical collections, resources, and tools.
8. Teaches in the Library’s general instruction program, depending on skills and interests (e.g. biomedical databases, citation management tools, biomedical research strategies, enhancing research impact).
9. Serves on the Library’s Leadership Team and the REED Managers’ Team.
10. Collaborates with other librarians and libraries at Yale University.
11. Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies.
12. May participate in the Personal Librarian Program.
13. Serves on Library and University committees.
14. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices to encourage innovation and ensure the excellence of the Library.
15. May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.
16. May perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and a minimum of five years of professional library experience in a medical/health sciences library, or equivalent.
- Understanding of the current issues in medical education and training and clinical practice. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience teaching biomedical research resources.
- Proven ability to design, implement, and assess innovative outreach programs and services to achieve library objectives.
- Ability to supervise the work of others and commitment to mentoring, training and developing staff.
- Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs. Proven ability working both independently and collaboratively with varied groups.
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines, and to conceptualize new solutions to problems with creativity and flexibility.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills
- Eight to ten years of professional library experience in a biomedical or clinical environment.
- Participation in health sciences research teams as a peer.
- Experience supervising librarians.
- Degree in a health science, education, science or public health area.
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How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should by submitted by applying online
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.