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Collection Strategies Librarian

Fairfield University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
May 4, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs
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Full Time
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Job Description:

DIVISION: Academic

DEPARTMENT: DiMenna-Nyselius Library


Oversee the selection, acquisition, accessibility, and deselection of library collections, in all formats, in support of the teaching, learning, and research at Fairfield University.

UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS: Physical requirements: mobility; must be able to lift materials off shelf. Requires some evening and weekend hours.


EDUCATION: Graduate degree in Library & Information Science (MLS or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program, second Master’s in subject-specific field, or equivalent experience, is preferred.

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE: Two years or more experience managing print and electronic resources in an academic library. Knowledge of best practices, current trends and issues in collections management. Experience negotiating with vendors and working with consortia. Experience with budgets, resource sharing, approval plans, electronic resource management, archives, and collections assessment. Communication, organization, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with a desire to develop and steward diverse and inclusive collections. Progressive supervisory experience. Strong commitment to service.


  • Administration certification in Alma and Primo.

  • Experience with the following library systems: ALMA/Primo or other discovery platforms, EZproxy, Springshare, bepress DigitalCommons, and OCLC's Illiad, Connexion and Worldshare.

  • Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property rights related to e-resources.


Library Specialist for Non-Licensed Resources
Library Specialist for Licensed Resources
Interlibrary Services Coordinator
Student assistants (2-4)

REPORTS TO: Associate Dean for Technical Services and the Budget


Management responsibilities:

  • Will provide leadership on current and emerging trends in collection development, management, and assessment. Will chair Collection Development and Management Committee (CDMC), and advise library leadership on collections issues.

  • Possess the ability to communicate well about collections priorities.

  • Work collaboratively to create a cross-unit collaborative environment with Acquisitions/Collections, ILL-Resource Sharing, Cataloging/Metadata services, Archives/Special Collections, and Systems.

  • Monitor all resource fund expenditures and track against budget allocations.

  • Working collaboratively with the Systems Librarian, run monthly and annual reports and compile statistics of the library’s collections as needed.

  • Working collaboratively with the Assessment Librarian, provide comprehensive assessment and analytics reporting as needed.

  • Serve as an advocate for the library and university by participating in local, regional, and national professional events, including committees and professional development activities.

  • Work with the University Archivist as needed on issues pertaining to archives and special collections.

  • Participate in the Library’s Faculty Partnership Program as a functional specialist.

  • Promote safe and secure working conditions. This involves:

    • Promoting the proper utilization of equipment, materials and staff,

    • Notifying supervisor immediately of any unsafe working conditions.

Systems/Technology responsibilities:

  • Possess a thorough understanding of integrated library systems (Alma) including familiarity with acquisitions, cataloging, and serials processes including management of resource records, order records, vendor tracking, usage statistics, licensing terms, and other account and subscription information.

  • Ensure that the library is making use of the most advantageous, fiscally responsible, and technologically efficient modes of resource acquisitions, and utilizing existing (or new) technologies and systems to efficiently assess and provide access.

  • Serve as a back-up administrator for Discovery and the ILS (Primo/Alma and Resource Sharing (OCLC products).

Procurement/Access/Weeding responsibilities:

  • Develop relationships with all vendors and consortial partners to identify and procure needed resources.

  • Responsible for or manages the direct acquisition of library materials and services with adherence to campus financial and fiscal reporting requirements.

  • Working closely with Acquisitions and Cataloging/Metadata services staff, oversee the management, maintenance, and accessibility of the physical collection: all monographs, including standing orders, print journals, and microform collection.

  • Working closely with Systems and Cataloging/Metadata services, oversee management, maintenance, and accessibility of electronic resources (databases, ebooks, ejournals, streaming media), including activation in Discovery/ILS (Primo/Alma), and negotiating and maintaining licenses with vendors/publishers, renewals, database trials.

  • Working closely with Systems and ILL services, oversee the management, maintenance, and accessibility of Library collections for resource sharing purposes.

  • Manage the acquisition and evaluation of material gifts and donations.

  • Leads the evaluation and deselection of materials of all resources, regardless of format, individually and as part of the Collection Development and Management Committee (CDMC).

  • Coordinate Library-wide efforts regarding physical collections and space utilization.

Supervise and support staff. This includes:

  • recruiting, hiring, and training staff,

  • coaching and mentoring staff, as appropriate,

  • meeting with all staff members individually and as a department/unit on a regular basis,

  • overseeing the flow and quality of work, and schedules for staff,

  • communicating effectively with staff concerning department and library-wide matters,

  • evaluating staff performance.

This includes:

  • participating in the discussion and formulation of library policies, procedures, in the resolution of problems, and dissemination of information,

  • monitoring developments in librarianship through attendance at meetings and workshops, membership in professional associations, and the reading of professional literature,

  • promoting an image of efficiency, professionalism, and courtesy throughout the University community and consistent with the Library’s mission,

  • contributing to the public relations and marketing of the Library,

  • acting as a responsible committee and/or task force representative,

  • attending staff meetings as requested,

  • communicating effectively with supervisor concerning pertinent Library and/or University matters,

  • hiring, training, and supervising student workers as necessary.

Perform other related duties as directed or dictated by responsibilities.

Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


Academic - Admin

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

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