Head, Acquisitions and Serials Services

Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 01, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number F0716P Working Title Head, Acquisitions and Serials Services Department Libraries-Acquisitions Serials About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The UGA Libraries is located on the University of Georgia’s main campus in Athens, Georgia. Its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries, Health Science Carnegie Library, and Repository, which receive more than three million visits per year and provide a vast array of electronic and print resources. They offer extensive hours, including 24/7 operation at the Miller Learning Center. The UGA Libraries offer distinctive, nationally significant special collections, including the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and Walter J. Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection.

College/Unit/Department website http://www.libs.uga.edu/ Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Advertised Salary $70,000 or commensurate with experience Anticipated Start Date 11/01/2020 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 09/01/2020 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).

Position Details

Classification Title Librarian AC FLSA Faculty Rank Open Rank Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications

For a Librarian I: an ALA -accredited master’s degree in librarianship/information science or foreign equivalent.

Position Summary

The Department Head is responsible for all operations and services of the Acquisitions and Serials Services department, which oversees the order, receipt, and payment for resources acquired for the Libraries’ collections. The Head provides successful management in planning, organizing, and implementing work by establishing goals and objectives which complement and support those of other departments in the Libraries.

This position manages the Libraries’ materials budget, ensuring efficient and cost-effective workflows for ordering, invoicing, receiving, claiming, and expending budgeted funds. This position manages vendor relations and facilitates access to electronic subscriptions.

The UGA Libraries uses Ex Libris Alma ILS and EBSCO subscription and discovery services. GOBI, a subsidiary of EBSCO, is used to acquire the majority of books along with other domestic and international vendor systems. The UGA Libraries is transitioning to use OpenAthens for authentication of electronic resources.

The Head reports to the University Librarian and Associate Provost and manages the work of one faculty librarian, nine support staff, and student workers.

Additional Requirements

Candidate will be considered at the rank of Librarian I, II, III, or IV. All candidates must have an ALA -accredited Master’s in Library and Information Science.

• To be considered at the level of Librarian II, candidates must show evidence of initial professional growth as evidenced by involvement in service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities.

• To be considered at the level of Librarian III, candidates must show evidence of continued professional growth as evidenced by significant contributions to service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities. Candidates must also demonstrate the potential for performing or administering complex or highly specialized duties or the potential for developing a high level of expertise in his/her specific area of librarianship.

• To be considered at the level of Librarian IV, candidates must show evidence of sustained professional growth as evidenced by extensive contributions to service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities. Candidates are also expected to demonstrate the ability to perform or administer complex or highly specialized duties or have developed and maintained a high level of expertise in his/her specific area of librarianship.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in an electronic resources, acquisitions, or serials environment.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Understanding of vendor relations and extensive knowledge of negotiations and site-licensing for electronic resources

Ability to gather and analyze budgetary and statistical data; Extensive knowledge of acquisitions principles, processes and systems

Familiarity with integrated library systems, preferably Alma

Ability to assess, develop, and implement technology to promote the successful management of the department

Ability to work independently, exercise individual initiative, and demonstrate flexibility

Ability to supervise others and work collaboratively to nurture a diverse and inclusive workplace culture

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Plans, organizes, and implements the department’s work of ordering, receiving, and paying for new resources by establishing goals, objectives, and priorities and by designing and implementing effective workflows.

Produces timely, responsive and accurate budget reports on material expenditures and commitments, working closely with the University Librarian, the Business Manager for Materials, the Director of Administrative Services and the Collection Development Director in the fiscal planning and management of the Libraries’ materials funds.

Manages vendor relations by identifying new vendors and vendor services, evaluating vendor performance, negotiating license terms, pricing, and maintenance, and coordinating the flow of critical information between vendors and the Libraries.

Provides statistical and budgetary analysis for electronic resources, leading the Libraries in developing and maintaining awareness of emerging technologies and technical issues related to acquisition, licensing, access, and usage.

Collaborates with other Libraries departments to facilitate DLC cataloging, the loading of electronic records into the catalog and to provide usage reports and analysis.

Collaborates with the Director for Collection Development on implementing and managing the Libraries’ approval plans and demand-driven acquisitions programs by tracking costs and evaluating performance.

Develops and maintains a competent and productive staff by overseeing and mentoring the supervision and training in the Department, providing oversight for all personnel actions in the Department, and providing opportunities for educational and experiential growth of Departmental staff.

Applies knowledge of current trends and issues in the academic and scholarly publishing industry and provides leadership to the Libraries by developing and maintaining awareness of issues of inclusion, accessibility, emerging technologies, and standards of practice.

Represents the Libraries through active participation in professional organizations on campus, state, regional, or national levels.

Maintains flexibility and awareness and acts upon changes and needs in the organization by assuming similar duties and responsibilities.

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