Senior Medical Librarian

Department Head

The Environment

About FAU

Established in 1964 as the first public university in southeast Florida, FAU currently serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on multiple campuses located along Florida's beautiful southeast coast in Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. FAU has ten distinguished colleges that offer more than 180 degree programs, including the new Schmidt College of Medicine, and is home to one of the world's preeminent marine science education and research centers, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. FAU is taking its place among the world's great research centers and has been given the designation of a "High Research Activity" university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. FAU was ranked 27th by U.S. News & World Report among all American universities for campus diversity, with 49% of its student body classified as minority or international students. In 2015, it earned the distinction of being a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

About the Libraries

FAU Libraries house approximately 3.7 million items and provide access to over 80,000 electronic journals, nearly 500 databases, and a growing collection of e-books and streaming videos. The Libraries house many distinctive collections including artist's books, sound recordings, print music, rare books and manuscripts, and University Archives. The Digital Library creates online collections from unique materials from Special Collections and University Archives and serves as the University's repository for the intellectual output created on campus.

The Libraries offer multifaceted instructional services including workshops, research consultations, tutorials and webcasts as well as broad-based creative outreach programming that encourages student and public engagement. The Libraries maintain formal relationships with the State University Libraries (through the Florida Virtual Campus) and area libraries in the Southeast Florida Library Information Network. The Libraries have an annual budget of approximately $8 million with over 90 faculty and staff to support its mission.

About the Department

The predominant aim of the Medical and Health Sciences Collections and User Services department is to support the curricular, instructional, and research needs of the faculty, staff, and students of the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine (CoM). The department is currently staffed by two medical librarian positions. The department maintains primary offices within the Wimberly Library building on the Boca Raton campus, as well as desk space in the CoM that is staffed a minimum of sixteen hours per week.

The medical librarians design, implement, and teach sections of the evidence based medicine curriculum within the Foundations of Medicine courses and the Lifelong Learning & Discovery Thread, participate as voting members of the CoM Curriculum Committee and various subcommittees, sit on other various standing and ad hoc committees within the CoM, assist with the research needs of faculty, students, residents, staff, and implement programs designed to support the overall mission and vision of the CoM. The department is also responsible for training and access matters for affiliate faculty, most of whom are located off-campus in hospitals, private practices, and health departments. The collection development component of the department incorporates both clinical and basic sciences as well as medical education and affiliate requirements. 

About the Position

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries but working closely with the Administration of the College of Medicine, the position of Senior Medical Librarian & Head of the Medical and Health Sciences Collection & User Services Department has responsibility for leadership in the provision of services and resources for FAU, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine (CoM) faculty, students, residents, staff, and affiliates. Utilizing a proactive service model common to health sciences libraries, the predominant aim of the department is to support the curricular, instructional, and research needs of the CoM. This position also supervises a Medical Liaison and Outreach Librarian (library faculty member; non-tenure rank of Assistant University Librarian).


A. Librarianship

  • Manage department operations, projects, personnel, budget, and collections.
  • Maintain and cultivate positive vendor relationships.
  • Oversee the ongoing training and mentoring of the Medical Liaison & Outreach Librarian and provide annual evaluations.
  • Develop and maintain close working/collaborative relationships with College of Medicine faculty members, students, and staff.
  • Provide research services including conducting literature reviews as part of grant writing, project proposals, reports, articles, and case studies.
  • Provide fall and spring transaction statistical reports for the Deans of the College of Medicine and the Dean of University Libraries using data collection, analysis, and reporting skills and tools/software.
  • Work with the Medical Liaison & Outreach Librarian and other Libraries’ colleagues in developing innovative tools and services to promote library services and resources and deliver a high level of service to all user groups.
  • Identify and meet the instructional needs for CoM curriculum and research through face-to-face, online, and other types of instruction for library resources, information literacy, research and publishing, citation management, evidence-based medicine, and self-directed and lifelong learning.
  • Lead the CoM faculty, medical education team, and all stakeholders in continued development, evaluation, and revision of the lifelong learning and evidence-based medicine curriculum and assignments to meet established program goals, objectives, and competencies.
  • Collaborate with course directors and administration to organize and manage all aspects of the Lifelong Learning & Discovery Thread for integration throughout the four-year curriculum.

B. Scholarship and Research

  • Investigate opportunities to carry out, publish, and present original research and projects that are related to your area of expertise.
  • Participate in library, university, and community activities as they relate to professional development goals.
  • Seek resources and opportunities to develop or hone knowledge, skills, and abilities related to job functions and the profession.

C. Service

  • Serve as a member of the Libraries Leadership Team and participate fully in strategic planning, review and approval of policies and procedures, and in collective decision-making and development.
  • Participate in accreditation activities and reporting such as representing the Libraries in preparing for and participating in meetings with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) during site visits. Areas of focus include learning resources, library resources, study spaces, self-directed and lifelong learning, and the scientific method.
  • Serve on appropriate Libraries, University, College, regional or national committees including participating as a voting member of the CoM’s Curriculum Committee, Curriculum Integration and Program Evaluation Committee, and Learning Resources Committee.


  • Contribute to the development and strengthening of a positive view of the FAU Libraries as an active partner in the University’s educational and research mission and assist with promoting the Libraries’ needs and services, as requested.
  • Participate in strategic planning for FAU Libraries, CoM, and the Dept.
Minimum Qualifications
  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Minimum five years of experience in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated experience with teaching or research in an academic environment.
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills.
  • Skilled in current database searching and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated initiative and strong interpersonal skills with a high level of professionalism and exceptional work ethic.
  • Commitment to including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, resident, staff, and administrators.
  • Ability to analyze and adapt to change in an ever-evolving and rapidly growing institution to best meet the needs of the organization.
  • Evident desire for lifelong learning and for contributing to the profession through scholarly research and communication and service expectations of a non-tenure track position.
  • Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Assistant Librarian or higher.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of three years of supervisory and administrative experience.
  • Knowledge of current trends in academic medical libraries.
  • Knowledge of educational technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience using and teaching citation management software.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Position is a non-tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant University Librarian on a 12-month contract renewal basis. Florida Atlantic University offers an excellent benefits package. Please see for benefits information.

Job Type
Boca Raton
Additional Info

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities, requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 

FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service, and reflects this commitment as a key Platform in its 2015-2025 Strategic Plan. All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply. 

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