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Assistant Director for Scholarly Resource Management
  • Requisition ID #: 26560
  • Job Category: Administrative Support/Office
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Manager
  • Salary Grade: 20
  • Work Location: Health Research Center
  • Department: Research Office
  • Division: Medical Library
  • Education: Masters Degree

Position Description:

Reporting to the Library Director, the Assistant Director for Scholarly Resource Management oversees acquisitions, scholarly resource development/serials, bibliographic controls, and interlibrary/document delivery services, and their related fiscal, technological and space requirements. 

This position will actively pursue to optimize the cost of and access to the most appropriate information resources that meet the growing information needs of an expanding biomedical research institution, including the negotiation, evaluation, selection, and activation of digital resources, management of their deployment for access and discovery, and ensuring ongoing availability. 

Additionally, the Assistant Director for Scholarly Resource Management will manage library services related to the scholarly communications cycle and Open Access .

This position participates in strategic planning and serves as a member of the library’s senior administrative team.

  1. Manage:

    a.  The scholarly resources budget with the intent to optimize spending, holdings and access to resources;

    b.  The physical scholarly resources and all space related needs of the MCW Libraries;

           c.  Vendors and publishers relationships in negotiating license terms and pricing on behalf of the institution, its affiliates and partners.


2. Initiate and manage all aspects of renewals, new subscriptions, and cancellations and the associated metadata records, processes, policies and procedures related to all MCW Libraries’ scholarly resources.


3. Provide usage analysis statistics to support Scholarly Resource Management decisions and recommendations, budget justifications, and institutional metric for scholarly works.


4.  Oversee:

       a. Management of Interlibrary/Document Delivery services and OCLC and SERHOLD holdings update, with an emphasis on timely, user-friendly and cost-effective access to information;

        b. Acquisitions related processes and data;

        c. The maintenance and management of bibliographic control.


5.  Serve as the resident expert on the scholarly communications process, including research impact, bibliometrics, data management and visualization, copyright and digital use rights, fair use, Open Access, institutional repositories, and library support for the research and publication life cycles.

 6.  Participate in professional continuing education activities, conference attendance, professional organizations and other relevant professional activities to further professional growth and development.

7.  Keep current on relevant emerging technologies, new content, developments in publishing industry. Apply new technologies including Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Developers Network as needed to achieve efficiencies.

 8.  Facilitate communication with:
           a. Library stakeholders regarding scholarly resource-related matters making effective use of networked platforms and other relevant tools and media;

            b. Faculty Library Committee regarding policy and major purchase decisions;

            c. Library liaisons regarding scholarly resource development matters.

9.  Recruit, train, evaluate, and supervise librarians and library staff supporting the scholarly resource management and resource sharing functions as they support the MCW missions.

 10.  Other duties as assigned by Library Director.

Preferred Schedule:
8:00AM - 5:00PM

Position Requirements:

Minimum Required Education: Master’s degree or higher in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.

Minimum Required Experience: 8 or more years of experience, preferably in health sciences, with scholarly resource development, digital content acquisition and management. Demonstrated evidence of strong leadership and mentoring skills. Experience with biomedical or health-related information resources. Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Education:  

Preferred Experience: Experience working with diverse groups to reach common goals. Flexibility and adaptability for work in an evolving environment


Field Certification:  Academy of Health Information Professionals preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. 
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite, specifically Word, Excel and Access database technology.
  • Strong technical skills, i.e.  html, ILS systems administration, authentication, link resolvers
  • Strong analytical skills, i.e. cost benefit, data and statistical analysis.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team inter-dependently with co-workers. 
  • Ability to introduce, manage and lead change. Flexibility and adaptability for working in an evolving environment.
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize projects impacting the work of others. 
  • Ability to work within a deadline-driven environment.
  • Experience supervising librarians and complex projects
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong leadership and mentoring skills
  • Experience with biomedical or health-related information sources
  • Experience working in diverse groups to reach common goals

About MCW
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.