Job: Library Director

10.30.16 – Library Director
Confidential, Caribbean Netherlands

Sarah P’s comments: Name withheld – why the secrecy?  I believe this position is with one of two medical schools located in the Caribbean Netherlands.  One is Saba University School of Medicine, a top-tier choice.  Or it could be St. James School of Medicine, who just consolidated their Bonaire campus into their St. Vincent campus.

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).


Position Description:

Accredited International Medical School seeks applications for the position of Library Director.

The Medical Library is a 7,000 sq. ft., facility which houses computer terminals, individual study carrels with monitors and video players. In addition, students have access to an extensive selection of journals and textbooks, as well as hundreds of online full-text medical journals through OVID and MD Consult.

The mission of the medical school is to provide students of diverse backgrounds who exhibit a passion for the field of medicine with the opportunity to acquire the medical and clinical expertise needed for a successful career as a practicing clinician, along with the skills and confidence needed to critically evaluate and apply new information. The library staff works with students to enhance self-directed learning, develop essential research skills, and promote academic excellence.


  • Supervise library operations and staff;
  • Prepare management reports and develop yearly objectives;
  • Manage and provide library services (collection development, cataloging, claiming, document retrieval, research);
  • Assist students and faculty pursuing course and extracurricular research;
  • Participate in the research and informatics education programs;
  • Update policies and procedures; and
  • Market and promote library services to students and faculty.

Minimum Requirements of Candidates:

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • At least one year of experience as a professional librarian in an academic or medical school library setting.
  • Good written and oral communication skills, with preference for a candidate that can contribute to course development and assessment where appropriate.
  • Experience living and/or working overseas is a plus.

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 is open immediately 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:


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: Systems Librarian

2.25.16 –  Systems Librarian
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 that Ross advertised for a new Library Director six times.  It seems like that has now been filled and they are adding this position (maybe replacing, not sure). 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.  Note: in 2014 there were seven  medical library positions advertised in the Caribbean. 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


Reporting to the Director of Library Services, the Systems Librarian position provides technical expertise, day-to-day administration, and broad support for traditional and emerging library software solutions and standards. The incumbent will use a variety of technologies, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to provide the best possible experience for library patrons and staff as they seek, access, and maintain the information in our library systems. This will include first-line support as well as maintenance and implementation in a broad range of systems with primary, sustained focus on the integrated library system (EOS International).

The Systems Librarian will work with the IT department and Instructional Technologists on campus-wide initiatives, and will be responsible for maintaining the library page on the portal. In addition, the Systems Librarian will be the point of contact for vendor technical support to manage other platforms and retrieval system, the Library’s web pages and file servers, staff applications, and selection, installation, and maintenance of hardware and software.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administer, maintain, and support all modules of the Libraries’ Integrated System, EOS International.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to EOS for problem resolution and will be the Library’s representative to the users’ group meetings.
  • Oversee training and instruction of staff on computer services and evaluate performance.
  • Compile and interpret statistics and prepare reports.
  • Maintain documentation and conduct evaluation of policies and procedures for use of computers and computer systems related to the library.
  • Contribute to the library customer service mission by assisting customers and staff as needed.
  • Coordinate library staff and vendors to investigate, troubleshoot and resolve automation system’s hardware and software problems.
  • Work with the cataloging colleagues to develop and maintain database quality and authority control.
  • Collaborate with the IT department and Academic technology team to implement campus-wide information science solutions.
  • Liaise with the Circulation Supervisor to identify and proactively resolve potential systems issues to ensure a seamless user experience.

Completes other duties as assigned.


  • Preferably a Master of Library and Information Degree / MLS from a ALA-accredited school or a Bachelor Degree in Library and Information studies or a related information science field with extensive professional experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of emerging library technologies and awareness of emerging trends in library and information fields.
  • Familiarity with library technology standards and protocols such as Resource Description and Access (RDA).
  • Familiarity with EZProxy

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.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine:

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 our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine. We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.

Application Information