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Head of Resource Acquisitions (full-time, 35 hours/week)
University Libraries
Position 101483

Position Summary: Provides leadership, expertise and management for all aspects of the acquisition and receipt of print and electronic library resources.

Essential Responsibilities Include: Manage the work of the acquisitions staff developing and implementing procedures and workflows as needed. Plan and implement new initiatives that will improve service and efficiency. Supervise and evaluate the activities of the Unit including vendor selection, order placement, copy cataloging, invoicing, and receipt and claiming for all formats of library material: print, electronic and audiovisual. Work effectively with vendors of products and services and with partners in WRLC libraries. Assist in developing and managing demand-driven collection building efforts, including shared ebook plans. Monitor expenditures, vendor payments, encumbrances, and status of orders. Work closely with the subject selectors. Develop and deliver statistical and narrative reports to support collection management needs Keep abreast publisher/provider pricing, practices and trends. Manage the processing of library material gifts.

Participates, as a professional member in the University Libraries with academic status, in shared collegial decision making and planning, including: involvement in committees and special ad hoc projects; establishment and maintenance of communication with faculty and patrons in other areas of the university; provision of information and access to information resources; and contribution to the library profession and engagement in professional development activities.

Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s degree is required (American Library Association Degree in Library Science degree preferred). A minimum of three (3) years of substantial professional experience in acquisition of library materials in print and electronic formats in an academic library with at least one (1) year of supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to manage culturally diverse staff. Experience with materials published in a variety of formats. Experience with an integrated online library system and major bibliographic utility (OCLC). Experience with complex acquisitions of library materials.

Knowledge of current trends and new developments in library technical services. Working knowledge of cataloging practice and standards including MARC and RDA. Knowledge of core skills, including e-resources and management, automated bibliographic systems, serials control and approval plans.

Knowledge of accounting principles with respect to library acquisitions. Working knowledge of automated library systems, preferably Voyager. Proficiency with MS Office applications. Expertise with web resources and standard office software, including competence in bibliographic and acquisitions data management. Knowledge of new library management systems. Basic understanding of licensing and copyright issues.

How to apply: forward application, resume, and cover letter: Reference position 101483 in subject line or on application. Applications close on 4/2/15.

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