Director of the UAMS Library

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is seeking an experienced and innovative leader for the position of Director of the UAMS Library. UAMS, the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Arkansas, includes colleges of health professions, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and a graduate school as well as the UAMS Medical Center (hospital and outpatient center) located in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The Northwest UAMS campus located in Fayetteville and Arkansas Children’s Hospital located in Little Rock, as well as other UAMS and Regional Programs campuses located throughout the state, support UAMS educational programs at various levels, including primary care residencies. 

In total, UAMS has over 10,000 employees and nearly 3,000 students including all of our health care locations throughout Arkansas.   

About the UAMS Library:

  • The Library is staffed by 33.65 FTEs: 12 librarians, one public history professional, eight non-librarian professionals (primarily advanced education degrees), and 12.65 staff positions
  • The Library is a 44,0002 foot facility strategically located at the heart of the Little Rock campus plus a separate 1,5002 foot Historical Research Center Annex also located on campus
  • The AAHSL Annual Statistics for 2018 indicates that the UAMS Library fits the profile of the ‘composite’ or average health sciences library in annual budget, collection expenditures, number of personnel, composition, and total expenditures.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Library and information services supporting research, clinical care, education and outreach
  • Student Success Center including academic assessment and tutoring, writing and presentation skills center, and testing center, and support for student laptop and mobile devices
  • Historical Research Center collection and curation of artifacts and items related to the history of the health sciences in Arkansas and the UAMS Archives
  • Collegial/contractual relationships with UAMS Regional Programs, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and medical systems, university, and other partners across the state

Focus and Impact for Leadership:

The Director provides leadership and vision in strategic planning that includes policy development, implementation and evaluation of operations and services, allocation of resources in an effective and efficient manner, coordination of personnel administration, and representation of the Library to UAMS administration, other UAMS units, and outside entities. 

The Director leads a management team composed of the heads of Collection Management, Access Services (responsible for facility and general library operations), and Education and Research Services, and the directors of the Historical Research Center and Student Success Center and the Assistant Director of Library Operations (business officer). 

Strengths and Opportunities (Selected Examples)

  • Education and Research Service including expert searchers focusing on research and clinical missions, IACUC full membership/leadership integration
  • Liaisons to colleges, including College of Medicine curriculum committee membership and inclusion on additional committees within College of Medicine and other colleges
  • Significant Historical Research Center with continually growing collection
  • Heavily used Student Success Center with positive data on outcomes of services
  • Outreach to UAMS Regional Programs, health care systems and public libraries in Arkansas
  • Patient and Family Resource Center initiative including volunteers with Consumer Health Information Specialist certificates and collaboration with Center for Health Literacy
  • Vast majority of print journal collection removed and recycled; Renovation to follow
  • Strong librarian participation in SCAMeL, RML/SCRG, MLA and SCC/MLA

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:


  • Degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school
  • At least five years of experience successfully leading an academic health sciences library and/or a major library unit
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of key issues, emerging technologies, and best practices in health sciences education and librarianship
  • Record of active participation in the profession


  • Additional advanced degree in education, information science, or health/biomedical sciences discipline 
  • Membership in the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals
  • Record of leadership role in profession

Preferred Personal Characteristics

  • Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting
  • Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships
  • Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition;
  • Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others
  • Unquestioned personal integrity

Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Julian Tunno, Manager of Executive and Faculty Recruitment at Contact Khris Bone by phone at 501-603-1316.

Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

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UAMS was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of postsecondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.

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