University of Maryland Libraries
Title: Librarian (Head of Acquisitions)
Category: Non-Tenured Faculty, Full-Time (12-Month Appointment)
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience;
Exciting opportunity to help build a state-of-the-art
acquisitions operation at the largest university library
system in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. The UM Libraries
serve the College Park campus, the flagship of the 13-member
University System of Maryland. See http://www.lib.umd.edu/
for more information.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Within a team environment, responsible
for planning, developing and managing all aspects of procuring
library material (annual budget of $8+ million) for UM
College Park Libraries, plus electronic resources for
Maryland Digital Library and University System of Maryland
and Affiliated Institutions. To accomplish this goal,
manages and leads acquisition production group with teams
for ordering, continuing resources and business. Resolves
complex acquisitions and serials problems and
applies knowledge of current issues and trends in
acquisitions, scholarly communications and the publishing
industry to improve services. Serves as
member of Technical Services’ Leadership and Planning Team.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in
library science from ALA-accredited graduate program or
equivalent professional degree and relevant library
acquisitions experience. Five years of relevant,
progressively responsible professional experience in
mid- to large-size academic or research library, with at
least two managing an acquisitions unit. Extensive
experience with automated acquisitions systems and
automated library systems in an academic research library.
Thorough knowledge of technical services. In-depth
knowledge of acquisitions and serials issues and an
awareness of emerging trends. Thorough knowledge of
vendor negotiations, scholarly communication, publishing
trends, book and subscription trade. Familiarity with
basic accounting principles.
Demonstrated managerial, supervisory and leadership skills.
Ability to create and manage organizational change and
to lead in a team-based organization. Demonstrated
skills in vendor relations and negotiations.
Competence in bibliographic and acquisitions data
management, as well as spreadsheet packages and desktop
tools. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Demonstrated record of professional contribution.
Electronic applications are preferred. For full
consideration, submit a cover letter, a resume and the
names and addresses of three references by
November 3, 2006. Applications accepted until the
position is filled. Send
resume by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to
301-314-6293 or to
Jane Williams, Room 7107, McKeldin Library,
University of Maryland,
College Park, MD 20742-7011.
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