Head of Collection Strategies

Washington and Lee University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 30, 2021

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

Job Details

Washington and Lee University Library seeks a collaborative, innovative, and motivated manager to lead its newly refocused Collection Strategies team.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Head of Collection Strategies provides strategic and operational management of the acquisition, description, access, and assessment of print and electronic resources. The Head is responsible for the leadership, management, and development of one faculty librarian, two library staff members, and several student work-study staff members. The position has responsibility for establishing transformative workflows that meet evolving needs in every stage of the resource lifecycle. Collection Strategies at W&L focuses specifically on e-resources, acquisitions, and proactive, deliberate collection development and management of collections supporting the undergraduate College and Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics. The Head is a member of the collaborative Operations and Strategy Group, which shares responsibility for the overall management and direction of the library with the University Librarian. The successful candidate will have a strong and demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion, especially as applied to library collections. The Head will be a non-tenure track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The appointment begins after July 1, 2021.

Washington and Lee University promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in librarianship and for vigorous scholarship. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of approximately 1850 undergraduate and 400 law students and located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is consistently ranked among the top 12 national liberal arts colleges. Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. The University Library serves the undergraduate teaching, learning, and research programs, housing approximately 1.3M physical and digital items in roughly 100,000 square feet of public space. The $1.4M annual collections budget is supported through a combination of operating and endowment funds. The library is the home of W&L's Digital Culture and Innovation (DCI) minor program. Library faculty teach courses in DCI and other disciplines, serve as initial and minor program advisors for undergraduates, and participate in faculty governance, service, and scholarship opportunities.

Essential and Related Functions:

  • Leads, mentors, and encourages the Collection Strategist, Electronic Resources and Serials Manager, and Acquisitions Coordinator to foster an inclusive culture of user-centered service and collaboration and provides an environment that encourages staff in continual improvement, learning, and development of new skills to serve the university’s educational mission.
    • Establishes policies, priorities, and workflows for the Collection Strategies team.
    • Participates in annual formal evaluations of staff and faculty on the team.
    • Guides team members in collections analysis, collections as data, and other large-scale collections projects as needed.
  • Collaborates with library faculty and staff across the library and with faculty and staff across the University to further the University’s mission through the library’s collections.
    • Serves as the team representative on the library’s Operations and Strategy Group and other committees as appropriate.
    • Collaborates with colleagues in other library units on shared workflows, shared cataloging, management of user experiences in Primo VE, and resource selection and deselection.
    • Assists with annual fiscal year budget development, fund management, and annual fiscal year rollover in Alma.
  • Manages library acquisitions, resource management, and collections assessment processes within the University Library.
    • Serves as the top-level advisor on technical acquisitions process questions.
    • Coordinates licensing, negotiation, vendor communications and renewals inquiries.
    • Works with vendors on integration of new services for bibliographic records, electronic order records, electronic invoices, and investigate and implement new services/features, and contractual services.
    • Serves as an Alma administrator and assists in coordination of projects, new release features, and updates, focusing on acquisitions and e-resources, discovery, and analytics.
    • Serves as the highest-level EZ Proxy management and troubleshooting resource.
  • Serves as a faculty member of the College.
    • Participates in teaching activities of the library, which may include advising students and/or teaching credit bearing courses, among other opportunities.
    • Engages in pertinent ongoing service, research, scholarship, and/or creative activity as defined by the library’s Departmental Faculty Development Document.
    • Participates in professional development activities as appropriate to meet personal and departmental goals and objectives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the University Librarian.

Salary and Benefits

Minimum salary: $70,000 per year. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Washington and Lee offers an extensive range of health care and life insurance benefits, retirement options, educational assistance programs, and other programs and services to our staff and faculty. For more information, visit: https://my.wlu.edu/human-resources/benefits-and-paid-time-off .

ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent relevant terminal degree. Holding a terminal degree in a relevant field is a requirement of faculty status.

Minimum 3 years of professional or paraprofessional experience managing workflows and processes associated with the acquisition and management of physical and/or electronic resources, or collection development and management.

Minimum 3 years of experience with and demonstrated enthusiasm for supervising professional or paraprofessional library staff with the ability to prioritize development of employees.

Demonstrated leadership ability in applying principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to library collection development and management.

Review of applications will begin July 26, 2021, and continue until position is filled.

Candidates should submit:

  • A letter of application describing interest in the position and addressing all four of the qualifications.
  • A complete professional CV.

Names and contact information for three professional references will be requested from finalists.

All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/89459 .

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

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