Assistant Director of Libraries for Collection and Resource Management

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 04, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries seek an experienced and forward-thinking Assistant Director to lead its Collection and Resource Management Division. The Assistant Director provides vision, leadership, and guidance for a team of individuals responsible for acquiring and making discoverable resources in all formats. Responsibilities include collection development, management of a $3M collections budget, and oversight of collection management and cataloging at the main library and two branch locations.

The scope of the Collection and Resource Management Division includes collection development, acquisitions, print and electronic resources management, cataloging and metadata, physical processing, and bindery operations. It consists of ten permanent staff. The division is organized into two departments, Collection Management and Cataloging and Metadata. The Assistant Director directly supervises the department heads and has supervisory responsibility for all staff.

Reporting to the Director of Libraries, the Assistant Director of Libraries for Collection and Resource Management provides strategic vision and direction to shape the future of collection and resource management in ways that support the research, teaching, and learning goals of the University.

The Assistant Director coordinates all functions of the Collection and Resource Management Division and has significant budgetary responsibilities. This position has supervisory responsibilities for all division employees and directly supervises the heads of the Collection Management Department and the Cataloging and Metadata Department. The scope of the division includes acquisitions, serials and electronic resources management, cataloging and metadata, physical processing, and preservation.

The Assistant Director is part of the UWM Libraries’ senior leadership team and participates in strategic planning, policy making, and major initiatives. The position serves as a resource for, and works collaboratively with, other divisions and areas of the UWM Libraries.

The responsibilities of this position are wide-ranging and demand a high degree of professionalism. The position is responsible for fostering positive and productive relationships with University faculty, staff, and students.

The position provides excellent customer service in a professional manner and serves as a model representative of UWM and the Libraries.


Minimum Qualifications

· Masters’ degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program in library or information science or equivalent advanced degree.

· Minimum of three years management experience in technical services in an academic or research library.

Preferred Qualifications

· Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of current issues and trends in collection management, development, and assessment.

· Substantial operational experience in technical services and collections.

· Familiarity with information technology, standards, and trends in acquisitions and cataloging.

· Familiarity with integrated library systems (Ex Libris’ Alma or similar).

· Experience with budgeting, licensing, vendor relationships and consortial purchasing.

· Experience supervising professional and support staff.

· Commitment to creating an inclusive environment that embraces diversity and fosters equity and mutual respect.

· Demonstrated initiative and flexibility, as well as the ability to adapt to and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment.

· Strong analytical and decision-making skills.

· Evidence of ability to communicate effectively, both in person and in writing.

· Ability to build positive relationships with faculty, students, staff and others.

· Experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

· Record of continued professional development, involvement, and activities.


Completed application materials must include a cover letter addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position as listed above, a resume, and a document containing three professional references (phone number, email address, etc.).

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from the candidates’ application materials whether he/she meets any of the qualifications, they may be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

This is a continuous recruitment. Review of applications will begin on April 4, 2021. Applications received after April 3, 2021 may not receive consideration.