Job: Library Director

10.31.16 – Library Director
St. Matthew’s University, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is another Caribbean medical librarian position.  For those interested in these kind of positions please read yesterday’s post for general information. Specific to this position, according to my notes as well as e-mails from other librarians,  this position was originally advertised in the spring as a tenure-track position, then removed and re-posted in June as a non-tenure track position (maybe the original was an error?).  They did interview but apparently were unsuccessful and have now just re-listed the position.  St. Matthew’s is not one of the top-tier medical schools however there is some talk of working with or merging with the other schools which might improve their position. St. Matthew’s is owned by R3 Education who also owns Saba University School of Medicine and the Medical University of the Americas.

This could be a good break-in experience for someone who has some health sciences experience who wishes to go international and gain more experience, however it could be a challenging position as budget is usually an issue with for-profit schools.  Also, the Caymans Islands is an undeniably beautiful location but also a very expensive place to live so make sure to check cost-of-living before accepting.


Position Description:

St. Matthew’s University (SMU) seeks applications for the position of Library Director.

The St. Matthew’s University Library houses computer terminals, individual study carrels, a copy/print room, and small group study areas. In addition, students have access to an extensive selection of journals and textbooks, as well as hundreds of online full-text medical journals.

The mission of SMU is to provide an outstanding medical and veterinary education curriculum to a dedicated group of students from the United States, Canada, the Cayman Islands, and many other countries around the world.  The library staff works with students to enhance self-directed learning and promote academic excellence.   More information about SMU can be found at


  • Schedule and manage library staff;
  • Manage and provide library services (collection development, cataloging, claiming, document retrieval, research);
  • Participate in the Principles of Research and Evidence Based Medicine course;
  • Ensure compliance with library policies and procedures; and
  • Market and promote library services to students and faculty.

Preferred Qualifications of Candidates:

  • Master’s degree in library and information science.
  • At least one year’s experience as a professional librarian in a medical library setting.
  • Good communication and oral skills with preference for a candidate that can also teach a short course regarding research and/or informatics.
  • Supervisory experience.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive based on qualifications and experience. We also offer competitive health and retirement benefits.

Application Details and Deadline:

The position of Library Director will be open soon and applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected.   Interested candidates should e-mail a curriculum vitae and cover letter, with salary requirements to or send via mail to:

St. Matthew’s University, Search Committee, P.O. Box 30992, Grand Cayman, KY1-1204

Job: Director, Distributed eLibrary

8.7.16 –  Director, Distributed eLibrary
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Doha

Sarah P’s comments:  I have watched the development of Doha’s Education City since its inception in 2002.  Jobs regularly appear and are filled but the process is vague and the length of time to hire very slow.  Salaries are good and Doha is safe but recently has been trending toward becoming conservative.


WCM-Q is in its 14th year of operation and is seeking a candidate for Director of the Distributed eLibrary.

Reporting directly to Dean, the incumbent will partner with other informatics thought leaders at WCM and WCM-Q in imagining, creating, and managing a dynamic, modern information research facility to support education, research, and clinical care for the next generation and beyond. Will be responsible for the strategic planning, management, budgeting, marketing, and administration of library resources and services as well as the Archives of the Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar Library. The Director will also be critical in leading the Library through this transformation to a next generation facility.

The successful candidate is required to have Masters in Library Science from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association, or a comparable information science related degree is expected. S/he should possess 10 years or more of professional experience, with progressive responsibility in an administrative and/or managerial/supervisory capacity in an academic or health sciences library or equivalent organization. Having a strong commitment to information literacy and to developing in students, faculty and clinicians the informatics skills required to practice evidence-based medicine is also a requirement.

Your application requires a CV, including the names and contact information for three references that agree to be contacted, as well as a covering letter. We encourage applicants to describe in their application how they feel they can contribute broadly to the goals of WCM-Q. For additional requirements and responsibilities, please refer to our website listed below. Candidates must be willing to relocate to Doha, Qatar for the duration of the appointment.

Compensation will include a competitive salary with supplement for Foreign Service, housing and transportation.

The screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are identified.

Application Information

Ms. Noha Saqr
Human Resources
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
+974 44928614
+974 44928666

Job: Associate Librarian

5.22.16 – Associate Librarian – Education, Research & Clinical Support
RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons) Dublin, Ireland

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a one-year position for anyone with a health sciences background to gain some international experience with a reputable institution.  Thanks to Library Director, Kate Kelly for sharing this position.

Please note the deadline is this Wednesday, 5/25/15.

5.23/16 update:  Kate Kelly verified this opportunity is open only to  EU passport holders.


The Associate Librarian Education, Research & Clinical Support is a member of the library management team which has collective responsibility for all library services. The Associate Librarian Education, Research & Clinical Support is responsible for developing and delivering strategy, policy and programming within three key areas of activity namely: teaching & learning, research support and clinical library services.

Specific Responsibilities include:
 Working collaboratively with the Director of Library Services, the Associate Librarian Library Services (ALLS) and LRC Manager RCSI Bahrain to ensure library services and resources are aligned with, and support RCSI strategy.
 Leading and developing one of two new teams & engendering a creative, supportive, and innovative team culture.
 Articulating the vision, scope and scale of services for: Academic liaison and curriculum support; Research support and Clinical Library Services.
 Managing & directing the work of the three team members: Scholarly Communications & Research Support Officer; Teaching & Learning Librarian; Clinical Librarian (based in Beaumont Hospital)
 Taking a hands on approach to design, development and support of relevant team activities.
 Maintaining & sharing knowledge and experience of emerging technologies & practices used to support the provision of innovative, high quality library support for research, learning teaching and clinical activities.
 Management and administrative responsibility for the planning, delivery, monitoring, evaluation and development of these three support services to RCSI.
 Working with the Associate Librarian Service Delivery to establish and ensure cross-team communications and working relationships at all times and to raise awareness of the Library’s expertise and services to support the teaching, learning, clinical and research activities of RCS
 Promoting a work culture than enables individuals and teams to perform enthusiastically and consistently at high level.
 Building and maintaining strong strategic & working relationships with stakeholders and key support departments at the appropriate level within RCSI and building strong working relationships within the library
 Performing other duties and leading projects as requested in response to specific opportunities and needs and representing the Library at meetings and on committees as appropriate with delegated authority from the Director Library Services
 Complying with statutory legislation and rules and requirements in furtherance of your own and general staff welfare and safety
 Undergoing programmes of training and development relevant to the role and as may be required from time to time.
 Representing the best interests of RCSI at all times.

Person Specification:
 Post-graduate qualification in library or information science or equivalent
 Evidence of commitment to CPD (Continuing Professional Development) ;     membership of LAI (Library Association of Ireland) or equivalent highly desirable
 5 years’ minimum experience of planning & managing delivery of library services, including staff management
 Significant knowledge of library support services in either research OR curriculum domains.
 Academic health sciences library background highly desirable
 Self-motivated & self-directed, team player with strong service ethic & commitment, energetic and resilient
 Strong interpersonal, communication, leadership, project management and organisational skills

The Process:
Interview and presentation
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal interview and a panel-based presentation at our main campus at RCSI Dublin.

Particulars of Post
This post is a one year appointment at sub-librarian grade. The appointee reports to the Director of Library Services.

Informal Enquiries
Informal enquiries are invited in the first instance through Mags Browne, Human Resources Department on +353 (1) 4022528 (email: Mags Browne).

Specific enquiries about the nature of the post can be addressed directly to Kate Kelly, Chief Librarian on +353 (0)1 402 2412 (email: Kate Kelly).


Job: Medical Librarian

1/17/16 –  Medical Librarian
Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba

Sarah P’s comments: Caribbean medical library positions are posted quite regularly if anyone has any interest in medical library positions in nice places.  The question is about reputation.  Here’s an article discusses the ranking of the Caribbean medical schools. For more information and reviews visit the Caribbean Medical Schools section of ValueMD (also listed in my Book Resources section).


Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba, is accepting applications for a dedicated and customer focused librarian.  Candidates should have a MS in Library Sciences.  Experience working in a North American or Caribbean medical or graduate school is desired.  This is a full time position located at our Aruba campus.  Duties include maintaining the collections and databases, serving on faculty committees, representing the library during accreditation visits, and other duties as assigned.  Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and a list of three references and their contact information to:


Job: Director, Library Services

5/10/15 –  Director, Library Services
American University of the Caribbean, Saint Maarten

Sarah P’s comments:  There were seven Caribbean medical positions listed in 2014.  This is the second position to be listed in 2015 so it would appear that the shortage of qualified medical librarians continues.  AUC is a member of the DeVry University and one of the oldest Caribbean medical schools.  For more information and reviews visit the Caribbean Medical Schools section of ValueMD (also listed in my Book Resources section).

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC)

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is an international medical school preparing physicians for careers in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. AUC was founded in 1978 and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine, which is recognized by the US Department of Education and the World Health Organization. AUC offers a diversity of students, primarily US citizens and permanent residents, with the opportunity to pursue a high-quality medical education. AUC graduates are practicing medicine in some of the most prestigious hospitals in the United States, with many earning Chief Resident positions and other positions of leadership.

AUC employs a U.S. model curriculum, with two years of medical sciences taught at the St. Maarten campus, followed by two years of clinical sciences taught at affiliated hospitals in the United States and United Kingdom. AUC is known for its student–centered environment, a faculty passionate about teaching, and a commitment to giving students who have the desire, the persistence, and the intellectual capacity an opportunity to become outstanding physicians. In 2013, AUC achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE, which is on par with the rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (94 percent) and international schools (79 percent).


The director will direct the affairs of the library with service to students, faculty, and staff as the top priority. The director will be responsible for making sure that the library runs smoothly, that the necessary resources are available and properly organized, that users know how to use the resources, that library policies reflect the best interests of the users, and that the physical facility is clean, comfortable and conducive to research and study. The director will work closely with other departments, will attend meetings and workshops required by the management of the institution, work closely as a colleague with faculty members, will serve on committees, prepare reports and statistics as needed and will be expected to attend conferences and seminars to maintain knowledge in a changing medical library environment.

 Administration and Supervision
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures, long range plans, goals and objectives
  • Play a major role in selection of employees
  • Work with 2 shift supervisors in training and evaluation of staff
  • Conduct regular staff meetings
  • Ensure quality customer service
  • Prepare annual budget and adhere to budget during fiscal year
  • Review and approve expenditures
  • Ensure appropriate maintenance of library property and resources

Circulation and Reserve

  • Ensure proper coverage of circulation desk
  • Work with the supervisors to ensure all library employees know how to use the integrated library system
  • Ensure supervisors set schedules for staff in shelving and shelf reading
  • Work with supervisors to ensure appropriate fines and payment methods for lost items are enforced
  • Work with supervisors to ensure implementation of library policies and procedures as stated in the Library Policy and Procedure Manual
  • Back up staff in collection of fines and lost/damaged book payments
  • Help train staff to deal with students properly

Cataloging and Technical Services

  • Ensure proper cataloging following NLM classification system
  • Ensure that staff is properly trained in cataloging using EX-Cat
  • Set time frame for cataloging and preparation of books
  • Ensure proper check-in procedures are used by staff
  • Replace damaged and missing materials

Reference and Instruction

  • Provide professional reference service to students, faculty, and staff
  • Perform literature searches as requested for students and faculty
  • Keep library website and Portal pages up-to-date
  • Give orientation to new students in use of library each semester
  • Instruct new faculty in use of library electronic resources
  • Keep library electronic resources up-to-date
  • Develop good working relationships with vendors and publishers
  • Deal with vendors and publishers individually to solve problems
  • Work with IT to solve problems of access, IP addresses etc.
  • Make sure that all electronic resources are renewed promptly
  • Work with Vital Source and the AUC Registrar to ensure Vital Source has accurate numbersof incoming students and that books are delivered to students prior to the first day of class.

Interlibrary Loan

  • Oversee the interlibrary loan program to ensure that loans are requested promptly and sent to user immediately upon receipt
  • Keep up with changes in the NLM DOCLINE system
  • Develop relationships with libraries overseas that may be able to supply a loan when DOCLINE cannot Advertise and explain the system to faculty and students
  • Work closely with interlibrary loan specialist to assure best service

Other Duties

  • Duties as assigned by administration
  • Attendance at meetings of accrediting bodies
  • Compiling of reports or statistics
  • Special projects
  • Participation at professional meetings, conferences, and retreats
  • Attend monthly DeVry Librarians Meetings whenever possible
  • MSLS from ALA accredited library school required
  • Minimum of 5 years senior administrative experience in an academic medical library, including supervisory
  • Progressive responsibility with record of achievement in medical library management
  • Experience teaching medical students the basics of PubMed and how to perform a literature search.

Relocation assistance and a comprehensive benefits and competitive salary await the right candidate.

Job: Director, Library Services

3/17/15 –  Director, Library Services
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), St. Kitts, Caribbean

Sarah P’s comments: If you search my blog with the keyword ‘veterinary’ you will see see this position has been previously advertised in Feb, March, September & November of 2014.  I am not sure whether the position has not been filled or whether someone changed their mind about coming which does happen.  Of the Caribbean medical schools, Ross is one of the oldest (1982) and, though student reviews are mixed, seems to enjoy a fairly good reputation.  If you have health sciences or medical library experience, here is a chance to become a Director in a unique location.  Note: in 2014 there were seven  medical library positions advertised in the Caribbean.  While there is turnover due to salaries not being the highest I believe this also points to a shortage of traveling qualified medical librarians (which I know to be true in the Middle East). Here is some more info if you are interested:

High Debt and Falling Demand Traps New Vets – 2013 article which includes information about Ross.
Ross Student Life YouTube Video
Glassdoor Reviews – (unclear whether these were for positions at HQ in NJ or on St. Kitts)
Ross Receives US Accreditation – 2011 article



Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians. Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at the St Kitts campus followed by one year of clinical training at one of our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada.

Reporting to the Director of Academic Technology, the person is responsible for operations of the 6 person library at the Veterinary School in St. Kitts. The Director will be responsible for establishing and meeting goals and objectives for the future of the library as an information center, making sure that these goals are coordinated with the goals of the institution. Broadly, this includes determining what services are needed, how to provide them, and how to support them. Specifically the Director will 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 and development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director will manage the affairs of the library with service to students, faculty, and staff as the top priority. The director will be responsible for making sure that the library runs smoothly, all necessary resources are available and properly organized, and that users know how to use the resources, and to ensure that all library policies reflect the best interests of the users, and that the physical facility is clean, comfortable and conducive to research and study.

In addition, the director of library services will:

  • Align the library mission and goals with those of the institution and provide the leadership, planning, development and evaluation of library services in support of those goals.
  • Support research at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Develop the library’s collection of books, journals and online resources to meet the academic and research needs of both students and faculty.
  • Administrate the library’s annual budget and monitor expenditures.
  • Manage library services, resources, and personnel.
  • Mange library journal and online database subscriptions, including renewals, inventories and vendors.
  • Participate in strategic planning, developing new initiatives and setting priorities.
  • Serve as an advocate and subject matter expert for the library and health sciences librarianship and advance the profession through engagement with appropriate organizations and societies, including other Ross University and DeVry Inc. libraries.
  • Facilitate an increasing adoption of electronic resources.
  • Provision of library instruction: Instruct faculty and students in research and evidence based medicine, the hierarchy of research and how to use and evaluate information.
  • Work with academic deans to design library research assignments in support of the curriculum
  • Must have thorough knowledge of library practices and procedures


Required knowledge, skills and education include Master’s Degree / MLS from ALA accredited school, thorough knowledge and experience with 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 and preferred candidates will bring senior administrative experience in an academic medical library, including supervisory experience.

Relocation assistance and a comprehensive benefits and competitive salary await the right candidate. Apply online by submitting CV and letter of intent and search for Director, Library Services in St. Kitts.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

Application Information

Contact: Human Resources
Ross University
Online App. Form: ob+Posting:+HigherEdJobs&iisn=



Job: Biosciences Information Librarian

11/26/14 – Biosciences Information Librarian
Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments:  This position was originally posted on 5/1/14. Cornell is also seeking a Biblio-Metadata Librarian.

Reporting to the Director, Distributed eLibrary and the Dean of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, this position supports the institution’s biomedical research program by providing (library) services relevant to the biomedical research life cycle, with a focus on analyzing data sets and editing manuscripts in preparation for presentation or publication. The Biosciences Information Librarian will liaise with researchers, library staff and ITS staff to develop data management strategies and plans.


  • Analyze and prepare biomedical research data for presentation or publication.
  • Edit manuscripts for publication
  • Provide consultation services to WCMC-Q researchers in developing data management strategies and plans.
  • Liaise with ITS staff supporting research, on data management and storage.
  • Work closely with librarians in the Distributed eLibrary on scholarly communications and the institutional repository.
  • Participate in providing instruction to researchers on relevant databases and tools.
  • Evaluate and procure tools and resources that contribute to analysis and presentation of research data. Recommend biosciences related resources in all formats for the Distributed eLibrary’s collection.
  • Participate in a structured program of continuing education through any of the following, but not limited to: Professional association sponsored activities or programs; Commercial organization sponsored activities and seminars; Lectures and demonstrations; or, Formal instruction at a university or college.
  • Conduct research and write for publication relevant to the position and/or to the field of library and information science. (minimum of one annual peer-reviewed publication, single or co-authored) relevant to the work of the section and/or to the field of Library and Information Science.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean or the Library Director.


  • Advanced degree in biosciences or another relevant discipline
  • Two-five years recent experience in biomedical science research
  • Excellent editorial skills
  • High degree of computer literacy
  • Strong knowledge of Excel, desktop publishing software, bibliographic management programs, and data management tools
  • Demonstrated interest in the applications of current and emerging technologies in biomedical sciences
  • Demonstrated commitment to user instruction and to consultation with users on their information management needs
  • Commitment to engage in research and scholarship
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must work well in a culturally diverse environment


  • Terminal degree in biosciences or another relevant discipline
  • Masters degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution
  • Strong service orientation
  • Knowledge of html, xml, SQL, Java, and other relevant software

Application Information

Contact: Ms. Anna melin Iqbal
Human Resources
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Phone: +974 44928623
Online App. Form: 11