Director of Collection Strategies

UC Santa Barbara Library
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Aug 04, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Collection Strategies (Associate or Full Librarian)

The University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the Association of Research Libraries.

The expected effective date of this position is November 1, 2020 or later.

The Library of the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks an innovative, forward-looking, service-oriented, and collaborative professional for an exciting opportunity to serve as Director of Collection Strategies. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research Resources & Scholarly Communication. The incumbent will cultivate a culture of assessment for a broader concept of library content that includes general research collections and advocacy for Open Access.

The University of California Libraries is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in advancing Open Access and is well on its way to integrating its open values into its collection strategies. This position provides leadership for the Collection Strategies Department including the direct supervision of a team of collaborative, dynamic, and service-oriented personnel comprised of two Collection Strategists, an Analytics Coordinator, and a Library Assistant. The mission of the Collection Strategies Department is to explore and implement strategic approaches that effectively steward the library’s investment in research collections and scholarly content, and to increase the impact and reach of the UCSB’s scholarship by actively supporting, innovating, and advancing open and sustainable models for knowledge generation, dissemination, and publishing.

Under the general direction of the Associate University Librarian for Research Resources & Scholarly Communication, the Director:

Leads the development of library engagement in emerging and transformative collection development and scholarly communications models, and promotes sustainable publishing models and open strategies in support of current UCSB needs; and participates in developing and implementing UCSB Library policies and infrastructure around Open Access and transformative collection models.

Implements a dynamic, strategic vision and provides leadership in planning and managing all aspects of the Collection Strategies department, including employee supervision, training, coaching, and professional guidance to direct reports; and provides effective departmental management through development and implementation of initiatives, and ensuring accountability-driven performance expectations.

Oversees budget allocations, expenditures, and procedures for developing and maintaining sustainable library collections.

Collaboratively develops and implements policies, procedures, and guidelines for lifecycle management of research collections and content in all formats; and provides general oversight for selection of content for the general collections in all subject areas, including areas of distinction.

Coordinates decision-making on behalf of the UCSB Library regarding additions, renewals, and cancellations of University of California shared collection content; and provides leadership to configure the library’s physical collections for maximum and sustainable access, in the context of UC Shared Print collections, UC shared storage facilities, and regional and national collection initiatives to maximize space and provide optimal collection access.

Oversees the assessment activities of the Collection Strategies Department; and provides leadership for the implementation of evidence-based approaches and processes to analyze, acquire, assess, and evaluate library collection and content.

Builds intensely collaborative relationships with stakeholders across the university and the library system; provides effective communication to library and UCSB-wide stakeholders on new and existing content; actively collaborates with all library units involved in the development and maintenance of library collections and content; and collaborates with Directors of Special Research Collections, Research & Engagement, and Teaching & Learning on effective and efficient outreach strategies to UCSB faculty and researchers.

Represents UCSB on system-wide committees and ad-hoc groups related to collections initiatives; and participates in general administrative duties, library-wide activities, committees, special projects, and library programs.


At time of application, ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, OR at least a Master’s degree in a relevant field; and

At time of application, at least three years’ experience in academic collection development.


Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by submitted materials including the CV, Cover Letter, and an optional but encouraged statement of diversity.


Demonstrated understanding of assessment and evaluation methodologies and tools;

Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and manage projects;

Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with faculty and other stakeholders in developing collections;

Ability to analyze, implement, and adapt to evolving technologies;

Evidence of increasing professional and/or scholarly achievement;

Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects;

Effective oral, and interpersonal communication skills;

Excellent problem-solving, time-management, and interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment;

Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the community;

Academic degree in a related field and/or advanced coursework at the post-graduate level;

Three years of significant program or departmental management experience;

Experience with evaluation, analysis, negotiation, selection, licensing, and acquisition of library content in all formats;

Demonstrated understanding of the changing environment for scholarly communications and open access publishing models; and

Strong data analysis skills including gathering, interpreting, and presenting information.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary information can be found at Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at


Apply by September 13, 2020 for primary consideration, thereafter this position will remain open until filled. Only completed applications, including a CV, a cover letter, names and contact information for two references will be considered. An optional statement of contribution to diversity is strongly encouraged.

Statements of contribution to diversity, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:

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For additional assistance, contact Ryan George in Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or

Appointment or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.