Collections Lead Librarian

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 09, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036573 Department Code 20610-5452 Department SU Libraries Job Title Collections Lead Librarian Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level 00 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Collections Lead Librarian evaluates, strengthens, and promotes the collections of the Syracuse University Libraries in alignment with the research, teaching, and learning needs of the University. Working with liaison librarians, the librarian provides broad-based budgetary management, reviews, negotiates for, and procures significant resources that support research and learning. This includes developing and leading initiatives to gather data and feedback and building a broad under-
standing of faculty and student needs at Syracuse University. By promoting an environment of evidence-based collection
acquisition, management and review based on data analysis and knowledge of scholarly communications trends, the librarian
boosts the University’s ability to project its presence and values in the rapidly evolving academic publishing ecosystem and
contributes to the development of sustainable and efficient collections infrastructure. As the team lead for the collections team, the librarian supervises 3-5 collections team members who collectively develop the University’s collections and works closely with the Head of Collections and Research Services and three other Lead Librarians to coordinate activities of DRS .


• MLS ( ALA -accredited) or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

• At least three (3) years of professional experience as a librarian is required.

• At least one (1) year of collection development experience including vendor negotiation, budget oversight, and collection analysis is required.

• Team and/or committee leadership experience is required.

• Supervisory experience is preferred.

• Experience with electronic resource management tools is preferred.

• Data visualization experience is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

• Ability to work cooperatively in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.

• Effective time management and organizational skills.

• Commitment to providing responsible and innovative services and collections to a culturally/racially diverse campus.


Collection Development:
• Maintain awareness of developments, issues, and practices in scholarly publishing, collection development, research, and scholarly communication.
• Lead vendor relations activities and actively participate in negotiations.
• Facilitate trials of e-resource products.
• Lead initiatives to gather information and ideas for collection development and build broad understanding of collection needs at Syracuse University.
• Provide recommendations to the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Head of Collections and Research Services for acquisition of high-priced resources.
• Play a substantive role in maintaining/developing the relevant infrastructure(s) and workflows required to support e-resource and physical media (including print) selection/procurement/ management/review in an efficient manner.
• Monitor expenditures and manage budget allocations in alignment with University priorities and policies.
• Maintain and update principal collections procedures.
• Manage approval plan including leading profile reviews.
• Manage investments in interinstitutional initiatives to further refine and enhance sustainable open access strategies.

Collection Analysis:
• Review and analyze collections using quantitative and qualitative assessment tools to improve their relevance to the campus community.

Communication and Outreach:
• Develop strategies for promoting library resources in conjunction with Director of Communications and External Relations.
• Promote connections between collections, those in the Special Collections Research Center, and those produced via Open Publishing initiatives.
• Contribute to donor relations, fund-raising and grant writing efforts in the Libraries.

• Supervise librarians on Collections Team.
• Complete performance reviews in conjunction with department head.
• Contribute to department goal setting.
• Mentor reports in relation to professional development and Libraries promotion process.

Professional Development and Service:
• Participate in interdisciplinary library teams as assigned and work collaboratively and creatively to implement and enhance programmatic services that benefit the University.
• Engage in activities that contribute to the advancement of the Libraries, the university, and the library profession.
• Maintain awareness of professional developments, issues, and practices through research and activities that increase one’s knowledge and abilities, and that positively impact one’s performance and service contributions.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 09/09/2020 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

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