MUSC Library

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library, Charleston South Carolina

The MUSC Libraries seeks an experienced, innovative, service-oriented, and collaborative Director of Information Resources and Collection Services to join our leadership team. Reporting to the Director of Libraries, the Director of Information Resources and Collection Services will assume leadership and oversight for the development and management of the Libraries’ collections and will work collaboratively with all stakeholders in building relevant collections. The ideal candidate will bring substantial knowledge of academic library operation and experience in acquisitions and collection management to the position.

RESPONSIBILITIES (click to open)

  • Develop and manage a robust collection of electronic and print resources including selection, negotiation with vendors, licensing and access.  
  • Direct the technical services work required: acquisitions, processing, interlibrary loan and document delivery, fiscal management and cataloging
  • Articulate a clear collection development strategy
  • Provides creative leadership of the Libraries’ resource management and discovery systems environment.
  • Supervises and provides strategic direction for 2 direct reports.
  • Coordinate participation in consortial partnerships, focusing on the enhancement of electronic information services, especially within the state and among academic health sciences institutions.
  • Works closely with Research and Education librarians to ensure that the scope and caliber of the Libraries’ collections meet the teaching, research, and clinical needs of the MUSC community.
  • Works closely with Library Systems to assure seamless interoperability between discovery and resource management systems and other library and campus systems.
  • Keep current with emerging technologies and developments in electronic products and services. Stay abreast of trends and changes in all aspects of academic publishing. Inform and instruct colleagues and MUSC community on these changes and their implications for library and academic community at large.
  • Participate in library instruction as needed
  • Promotes and markets collections to the university community.
  • Act as a first responder to inquiries and requests for information resources.  

General Responsibilities:

  • Service and active participation in the academic life of the university, representing the library on university committees and building collaborative and inclusive relationships throughout the university and clinical enterprise
  • Professional participation, through presentations or publications, regarding innovative library practice or programs in health sciences libraries
  • Strategic visioning and planning for new and emerging technologies in an academic health sciences library environment
  • Active participation as a key member of the Libraries' management team for determining overall strategic direction of the MUSC libraries

QUALIFICATIONS (click to open)


Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school or a post- graduate degree in a related field and 10 years of progressively responsible experience, five of which should be in a leadership role in an academic or research library or similar institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • 5 or more years of significant experience in acquisitions, cataloging, serials and electronic resources management and licensing in a research library, library consortium, or information resource vendor environment.
  • Experience working with publishers and information vendors and an understanding of the publishing marketplace and trends.
  • Experience in coordination or management of integrated library system functions, including experience with OCLC WMS. 
  • Experience with library collection budget management.
  • Working knowledge of budgeting and accounting practices.
  • Experience negotiating licensing agreements.
  • 3 to 5 years demonstrated experience supervising or directing the work of staff.
  • Awareness of major trends in higher education, scholarship, and research libraries
  • Experience working with an integrated library system within a technical services environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with library and University constituencies, including library and academic faculty. 
  • Demonstrated experience and technical expertise in working with digital repositories and collection assessment tools.
  • Demonstrated experience with outreach and promotion of collections in an academic library.
  • Familiarity with the NIH Public Access Policy and its procedures.
  • Knowledge of best practices in applying metadata in a discovery system or institutional repository.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • A record of active professional engagement including professional presentations and publication. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Attributes

  • Deep understanding of research collection building as it relates to the University's mission.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in managing the development of print and digital collections, including fostering partnerships for joint institutional collection development;
  • Strong knowledge of scholarly communications issues and new models that will shape the future of academic publishing.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of current trends in technical services and technologies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact, work in, and lead teams
  • Project management skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage projects, prioritize, develop policies, build consensus, and lead strategic initiatives across the library
  • Demonstrated commitment to data-informed decision making.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively across organizational lines and in collaboration with colleagues throughout the University to build strong relationships
  • Ability to manage and lead a staff with widely diverse skills and backgrounds in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently, and to promote teamwork among colleagues
  • Ability to innovate and to proactively advocate new opportunities and challenges
  • Commitment to execution and results orientation
  • Strong commitment to quality service
  • Commitment to continued professional growth and active participation in professional activities and service

BENEFITS (click to open)

The University offers competitive benefits: 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 13 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at up to 3 times one’s annual salary.  State and alternative retirement choices are also available.  For a summary of benefits, see

Faculty rank is targeted at Assistant or Associate Professor.

Salary is commensurate with education/experience. $80,000+ for candidate with required education and appropriate experience.

The Medical University of South Carolina is a Drug Free Workplace and adheres to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. MUSC conducts a pre-employment (post offer) drug screen as a part of the pre-employment process for all new hires.

We are an equal opportunity employer, promoting workplace diversity. m/f/v/d

HOW TO APPLY (click to open)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please apply online at We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview will be contacted.

For further information and clarification of this position please inquire to Ms. Shannon D. Jones via e-mail or telephone 843 792-8839

For further information and clarification of these positions please inquire to Ms. Shannon D. Jones via e‑mail or telephone 843‑792‑8839

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