Associate Director for Content and Informatics Search Committee
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York City
The Samuel J. Wood Library and the C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center
has been the traditional information hub of the Weill Cornell Medical Center,
as well as providing clinical information services to New York Presbyterian
Hospital. The Associate Director for Content and Informatics is responsible
for oversight of electronic resources, collection development and management;
licensing of content, and integration of library content and document delivery
request services into user workflows. This position also oversees the
integrated library system (ILS) and interlibrary loan services, with
appropriate integration of these two
To enhance content integration, this position oversees all library efforts to
pursue semantic technologies. This position also oversees
information workflow and research impact initiatives. In
collaboration with the VIVO team, this position explores how semantic
technologies can create administrative, research or collaboration tools that
can benefit the college. Responsible for the oversight of
the Weill Cornell institutional repository (IR), the incumbent has expertise
in IR platforms and technologies that inform IR decision-
making. This position will partner with
other informatics thought leaders in WCMC in imagining, creating, and managing
a dynamic, modern information research facility to support education,
research, and clinical care for the next generation and beyond.
A member of the Samuel J. Wood Library Leadership team, the incumbent will
assist the Director and other Library and Information Technology Services
(ITS) leaders in strategic planning and execution of goals to enable the
library to develop customized information solutions that meet identified
needs, improve the efficiency of scientific or technology transfer workflows,
and optimize organizational knowledge management in addition to delivery of
specialized information. Further, the
incumbent will join other Weill Cornell thought leaders in health informatics.
1) Leads a team of librarians and other information scientists and staff who
are knowledgeable about the vast array of scholarly publishing and research
impact resources and technologies relevant to the mission of a contemporary
medical college. Some will be direct reports, others will
be from other units in a matrix organization. The Associate
Director oversees a library unit, and is responsible for developing a unit
budget, overseeing unit personnel issues, and developing unit
goals. Recruits and recommends appointments and promotions
for faculty supervised. Serves as a mentor to junior
faculty. Annually ensures evaluations of all staff in the
unit. Defines responsibilities for those in the incumbent's
unit, and creates or reviews position descriptions for unit staff annually.
2) Oversees electronic resources licensing and collection
development. The incumbent is
responsible for evaluating integrated library system and other data systems,
optimizing electronic resource workflow. This individual
negotiates license agreements as needed with vendors and
3) Oversees interlibrary loan, including ILL system integrated into
ILS. Integrates interlibrary loan, including the TripSaver
service, seamlessly in patron workflow.
4) Oversees a bibliometric analysis service that considers the scholarly
output of various programs and/or individual investigators.
This includes 1) identifying a series of bibliometrics that can reasonably be
applied to various groups or individuals with the highest scientific rigor
available; 2) tracing science through bibliometric output back to its origin,
or identifying citation patterns for highly successful science; 3) linking
science from funding to publication to citation in definitive works such as a
systematic review or clinical practice guideline to enable the organization
identify the translation of its scientific programs into clinical use.
5) Leads the library effort in developing, implementing and managing semantic
technologies and applying metadata for library customer and organizational use
cases, to reveal program data to senior leaders in the
organization. Collaborates with the VIVO team to further
develop the VIVO instance at Weill Cornell. Further explores other semantic
applications to position the library to leverage semantic technology for
revealing organizational resources and networks.
Coordinates with VIVO team on development, implementation and management of
VIVO products to include the VIVO dashboard, which visualize college
accomplishments using bibliometric data. May also become
involved in the i2b2 (informatics for integrating biology and the bedside),
and ARCH (Architecture for Research computing in Health) efforts with other
information scientists at Weill Cornell.
6) Using semantic technology, coordinates with the VIVO team to develop,
implement and manage a grant recommendation tool that alerts Weill Cornell
scientists to grant opportunities available that match established criteria.
7) Oversees the library's data visualization of both bibliometric and semantic
data. Leads a library team in developing, implementing and
managing data visualization tools for the college using librarian skills to
evaluate data and ensure its accuracy before introducing it to a visualization
8) Oversees a team responsible for implementation and management of the
9) Oversees the library website as the delivery mechanism for electronic
content and many digital library services.
10) Leads library digital and research initiatives, identifying and
cultivating staff skill sets necessary to carry out advanced digital or
technical responsibilities. This position will work with the Library Director
to develop the technological skills of the staff, and have input on the
development of new positions to recruit staff with skill sets needed to
support the digital future of the organization.
11) Key member of the Library Senior Management Team. The
Library Senior Management Team sets priorities and strategically plans the
direction of the library. This position will initiate
library digital initiatives with support from library staff other information
scientists within the organization. The
incumbent will work closely with the Library Director to ensure the library
plays a leading technology role in the organization. The
incumbent will develop new digital library services that may be provided at
cost recovery. This position will annually develop and
recommend a budget for the unit.
1) Masters in Library Science from a graduate library
program accredited by the American Library Association, or a comparable
information science related degree is required. Must have
the ability to meet WCMC requirements for appointment at the academic rank of
Associate Librarian, including a record of professional achievement, research,
scholarship and service.
2) 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 a minimum of five years of either electronic
collection development, library systems work, or technologically enabling
research and discovery of electronic literature or data sets.
3) Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and leadership
skills, strong user-service orientation; ability to work cooperatively in a
team environment. Demonstrates excellent organizational, written and oral
communication skills, including the ability to present data effectively.
4) Demonstrates knowledge of current and emerging digital
technologies and services in support of medical informatics, and experience in
developing such technologies to the place where they are customer ready, and
then integrating them into institutional workflow.
5) Is self-motivated and demonstrates strong initiative and
ability to work independently as well as with others.
6) Demonstrates flexibility and calmness in stressful
7) Possesses superior skills in problem identification,
analysis and resolution. Is a systems thinker.
8) Experience participating in library science and/or informatics research,
and an appropriate publication and presentation history commensurate with
9) Has a strong sense of mission and organizational commitment.
**Preferred for the Position:**
* PHP coding skills
* Knowledge of and experience with semantic technologies
* Knowledge and experience with institutional repository platforms (e.g. DuraSpace, DSpace, Fedora)
* Data visualization skills
Position requires working in an office environment where
there are a 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 Manhattan is required.
Occasional travel to affiliate locations such as Doha, Qatar, may also be
necessary. Occasional meetings or clinical staff interactions in typical
patient care areas may be required though direct patient exposure is not
As part of the Senior Leadership Team this position could have exposure and/or
access to protected health information (PHI) as part of normal duties. Access
to data within systems that contain significant portions of confidential staff
or even medical records may be necessary for completion of daily tasks.
With regard to HIPAA and protection of employee and patient privacy, it is the
responsibility of each WCMC employee to limit viewing of PHI to the minimum as
necessary to perform assigned duties.
Please email cover letter and curriculum vitae to Terrie R. Wheeler, Library
Director, at [[log in to unmask] ](mailto:[log in to unmask])
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Weill Cornell Medical College's educational mission emphasizes the importance
of combining a strong foundation in the medical sciences with extensive
clinical training in patient care. By promoting a true social commitment,
stimulating creativity, and fostering independent thought and study, Weill
Cornell Medical College continues to cultivate the best of tomorrow's leaders
in the field of medicine.
Weill Cornell Medical College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
educator and employer.
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