Assistant Director for Information Resources - Columbia University

Job Information


The Assistant Director for Information Resources (ADIR) will lead and shape innovative selection and acquisition management programs for information resources at HSL.  Reporting to the Director for Library Operations, the Assistant Director for Information Resources will take a leadership role in the HSL’s information resources policies, assessment, strategies, and maintenance, and will work collaboratively with all stakeholders in building relevant collections.  The ADIR will work closely with the Programs Director to develop and implement goals and strategies for expanding the use and impact of HSL’s collection of information resources.

This position will be responsible for coaching and mentoring, and will have supervisory responsibilities.

The person in this position will be expected to demonstrate a greater degree of innovation and to demonstrate the ability to lead change and positively enhance all aspects of HSL’s information resources development and utilization.

  • Develop and manage information resources, print and electronic, including selection, negotiation with vendors, licensing and access. 
  • Coordinate materials budget in consultation with the Director for Library Operations.  Identify potential grant opportunities, and develop proposals.  Work with relevant stakeholders to build cooperative collections.
  • Provide leadership in developing core aspects of information resources strategy for HSL and CUMC.  Serve as a liaison between library and CUMC community, to enable effective integration of electronic and print information resources to support CUMC mission.
  • Keep current with emerging technologies and developments in electronic products and services through broad range of engagements, mentoring and formal learning.  Stay abreast of trends and changes in all aspects of academic publishing.  Inform and instruct HSL colleagues and CUMC community on these changes and their implications for library and academic community at large.  Ensure that collection policies accord well with changes in the production and dissemination of information.
  • Design and execute effective assessment strategies for information resources.  Carry out analytical work for significant aspects of information resources management.
  • Collaborate with Informationsts and CUMC faculty to develop tools and services on how to effectively use content and information resources that are part of HSL collection.
  • Act as a first responder to inquiries and requests for information resources.
Position Reports To
Michael Koehn
701 W. 168th Street NY NY 10032
85,000 to 90,000

Job Requirements


Minimum five years of experience in a relevant library setting, with evidence of capacity to work at a high level of responsibility.


• Deep understanding and engagement with the range of library operations, trends and practices. Advanced knowledge of scholarly communication in biomedical sciences, practices and trends in science publishing.
• Demonstrated success in engaging with colleagues and stakeholders in a similar academic setting in a collaborative and constructive fashion.
• Ability to manage projects, prioritize, develop policies, and drive library initiatives across functional lines.
• Demonstrated success in independently performing complex job functions, such as formulating policies and procedures for business practices, preparation of major exhibits, or symposia.
• Evidence of engagement in relevant professional or academic communities.
• Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong negotiation and presentation skills.
• Evidence of professional contribution and achievement beyond the library may be expected for this position.

Education Required

• ALA-accredited degree in Library science, or advanced degree in relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries

Company Information

CU Health Sciences LIbrary
701 w. 168th st
New York NY 10032
United States

Contact Information

Deborah Serrano
Phone: (212) 305-1402
Contact Method

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Category: librarian