Job: Library Director (2 positions)

Job: Library Director (2 positions)
Ross University, St. Kitts & Portsmouth, Dominica

Sarah P’s comments:  Both of these positions were originally advertised in September.  The school in St. Kitts is for veterinarians and the one in Dominica for doctors.  As I said in another post, there have been seven medical librarian positions in the Caribbean posted this year.  It’s the time to apply if you have experience and want to go this area of the world.


Director of Library Services (two openings – St. Kitts and Dominica)
Ross University is seeking a Director of Library Services for each of their Caribbean campuses: School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) located on the island of St. Kitts and Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) located on the island of Dominica.The Director will be responsible for library operations. Responsibilities include: establishing and meeting goals/objectives for the future of the library as an information center, ensuring goals are aligned with the goals of the institution. Broadly, this includes determining what services are needed, how to provide them, and how to support them.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Direct the affairs of the library with service to students, faculty, and staff as the top priority. Oversee planning and organization, policy creation and implementation, provision and updating of information resources, instruction in the use of library resources, and library staff training/development.  Ensure the library runs smoothly; the necessary resources are available and properly organized; students and staff know how to use the resources; library policies reflect the best interests of the students and staff; and the facility is clean, comfortable and conducive to research/studying.


An MLS from an ALA-accredited library school is required; a PhD in Library Sciences is highly preferred; 5+ years of administrative experience in an academic medical library, including supervisory experience; thorough knowledge and experience with medical library practices and procedures and excellent prioritization skills.  Qualified candidates will possess strong service orientation and excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to plan and evaluate library services and knowledge of emerging trends in library and information fields.  The selected candidate will have the ability and experience to manage support services for academic and research environment with customers that include  students, faculty and researchers.



Job: Director, Library Services

9/15/14-  Director, Library Services
Ross University, Portsmouth, Dominica

Ross University School of Medicine, located on the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica in the West Indies. Our mission is to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective, successful physicians in the United States. Basic science coursework is taught in Dominica and students then complete their clinical studies in the United States. After passing all prerequisite examinations, Ross graduates are licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states of the U.S. Ross University School of Medicine is a division of DeVry Education Group (NYSE:DV)

The library directorship is a faculty position and education is the primary focus of the faculty. The academic year is divided into three semesters with a new class of students admitted each semester. Teaching and other responsibilities continue throughout the year. Instructors at Ross are selected for their interest in improving medical education and their ability to work well as part of a team. Research opportunities exist and are encouraged in the area of medical education. The Library Director is responsible for operations of a 13 person library in Dominica and provide assistance to the library at Princess margaret Hospital. The library in Dominica operates with 2 shifts over a 16 hour period each day.

Sarah P’s comments:  Ross is also advertising for a Library Director at their vet school in St. Kitts.  Not sure whether this is turnover or expansion/change in focus.  The Caribbean is home to several offshore medical schools catering to students who can’t go to medical school in the US due to lower grades or financial issues.  According to the medical student blogs Ross is near the top of the list.

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Received US Accreditation in 2011