Application receipt deadline: October 17, 2018
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Head of Acquisitions
Master’s in library from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience. At least three years of significant experience in serials and electronic resources management. Experience with facilitating access to serials and resources through library catalogs and discovery tools. Evidence of successful and creative management of staff and operations, including demonstrated potential for leading transformational change. Evidence of leadership in the fields of knowledge access and resource management, including demonstrated effective management, planning, and organizational skills. Ability to lead in an atmospheric of continuous change, to work within a collaborative environment with diverse groups and to inspire and motivate. Strong collaboration and communication skills. Record of professional activities, including research and engagement in professional organizations. Demonstrated knowledge of emerging areas of librarianship, including the capabilities and future trends of library technology and systems to optimize discovery and access to scholarly resources. Supervisory and training experience.
Additional advanced degree. Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages. Knowledge of and experience with vendor license negotiations and consortial collection of development. Solid understanding of the research university environment and scholarly communication issues. Experience in coordination or management of integrated library system functions, including experience with Ex Libris’ Aleph system. Demonstrated ability to work with library and university constituencies, including library and academic faculty. Strong service orientation.
Responsibilities & Requirements
Under the direction of the Direction of Collection and Resource Management, the Head of Acquisitions provides leadership, guidance, and expertise to the departments, including supervision of faculty librarians and professional staff. The Head of Acquisitions will be expected to conduct research and scholarship, and participate in faculty governance, committee works, and continuing professional development consistent with University standards for promotion and tenure. As a faculty librarian, the successful incumbent will take an active role in liaison, reference and instruction duties. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:
- Provide leadership, guidance, and expertise to the Department of Acquisitions, including regular review of department faculty librarians and professional staff.
- Advise Director of Collection and Resource Management in the articulation of a user-centered, holistic serials and electronic resources management vision to meet current and emerging information needs and new models of collection/content building and delivery.
- Review and evaluate workflows and work assignments, with an eye toward increasing efficiencies, bringing more high-quality content to users more quickly, and building sustainable workflows to handle increasingly heterogeneous digital assets.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate operations, establish and document policies and procedures, and set priorities in serials and electronic resources management.
- Train, evaluate, and supervise departmental staff, and ensure compliance with local policy and procedure, resource license agreements, as well as best practices in the profession.
- Provide budget and collection data to Director of Collection and Resource Management and Associate Dean for Collection Strategy and Management, as well as liaison librarians as appropriate.
- Administer and allocate expenditures for serials and electronic resources in library management system.
- Manage troubleshooting and resolution of access issues, consulting and advising Library IT staff as appropriate.
- Manage subscription renewals and monitor vendors to ensure quality service and accurate pricing.
- Work with the Director of Collection and Resource Management to assess, implement, and manage vendor arrangements for the outsourcing and/or automation of departmental work as appropriate.
- Work with SBU Library senior leadership, consortia partners, and library/higher education organizations to identify opportunities for improvement in Libraries/ discovery and delivery operations and services.
- Work with Director of Collection and Resource Management and Libraries leadership to develop and implement University Libraries strategic priorities and provide the infrastructure needed to achieve those priorities.
- Work with Director of Collection and Resource Management and Associate Dean for Collection Strategy and Management to develop, coordinate, and implement bibliographic control policy and practices across the ILS, Discovery, and digital repository systems.
This is a tenure track position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Internal and external search to occur simultaneously. Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible. **Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to guarantee consideration, please apply by October 17, 2018.
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