Join the Colgate University Libraries!
Looking for an opportunity that provides for a broad library
Interested in assessing, enhancing, and complementing the existing
collections to ensure they are reflective of the diversity of the
Interested in joining a small library team exploring creative ways
to advance an academic library?
Enjoy working closely with students and faculty at a small liberal
Colgate University Libraries invites applications for an
Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian. This 12-month
library faculty position mentors and supports a staff of three in
managing library acquisitions and electronic resources.
Additionally, the librarian will help develop the University’s
strategy for acquiring and maintaining electronic resources and
will support the teaching and learning that characterizes current,
effective higher education. It is an expectation that a librarian
in this position will develop expertise in all aspects of
electronic resource management and acquisitions through
participation in workshops, webinars, professional associations and
Reporting to the University Librarian, the Acquisitions and
Electronic Resources Librarian will also manage the acquisitions
budget including tracking monies allocated, encumbered, and
expended for different types of collections and subject areas. This
will require establishing effective business relationships with
current and prospective publishers, subscription agents, electronic
resources vendors, and consortia. Working collaboratively, the
Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian will train and
mentor staff to ensure effective operations and build understanding
of evolving practices, trends, and standards.
In addition, the Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian
will develop partnerships with faculty to provide support in
building the collection around individual research needs. Work
closely with library liaisons to provide comprehensive support in
building the Libraries’ collection around curricular needs and
faculty research. Develop strategic partnerships with campus
stakeholders to broadly promote the use of the collection in
support of Colgate’s Colgate University's Third-Century Plan
As articulated in the University Libraries’ Strategic Directions
, we aspire to
promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of library
operations including collections, accessible spaces, staffing and
services. We provide welcoming spaces for our users whose
differences we recognize and respect. As a corollary, we aspire to
create a collaborative culture in the Libraries that encourages
open dialogue, creativity, and experimentation. Candidates ready to
work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Additional
information is available from “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at
Colgate University” .
We seek a flexible and creative thinker who is eager to contribute
to a reimagining of the library. The ideal candidate will be able
to work collaboratively, to develop their own ideas and to grow
professionally within this position.
All library faculty are expected to participate in library faculty
governance; engage in service to the Colgate University community;
serve on library and university committees; demonstrate an active
commitment to the library profession by engaging in research,
professional development, and other activities related to
continuing appointment and promotion.
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent
degree (degree completed before beginning of appointment).
Ability to work strategically in a team environment.
Evidence of creative and strategic problem-solving.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
An attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the
ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Demonstrated knowledge of, or experience with, monographic
acquisition and ordering platforms.
Experience with negotiating contracts and license agreements.
Experience working in an academic library.
Experience working with Electronic Resource Management Systems
We expect the successful candidate to be stronger in some
qualifications listed above than others; we are committed to
helping our future colleague expand their skills, and hope to learn
from their areas of strength.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact
information for three professional references. All applicants are
asked to submit a diversity and inclusion statement and research
and professional development statement. These can be submitted
Diversity and inclusion statement (250-500 words): What initiatives
or contributions in the area of DEI are you most proud of that
exemplify your awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an
inclusive work environment? Please also briefly describe what you
have learned working with diverse populations.
Research and professional development statement (250-500 words):
Please outline your scholarship and professional development plans
and goals, as well as any resources that you will need for pursuing
these interests (national or international conferences,
collaborators, workshops, etc.). How do you envision Colgate
University Libraries supporting you and contributing to your
success in accomplishing these goals?
Colgate is a highly-selective liberal arts university of 2900
students situated in central New York state. Colgate faculty are
committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship.
Applicants with dual--career considerations can find postings of
other employment opportunities at Colgate and other institutions of
higher education in upstate New York at https://upstate-ny.hercjobs.org/jobs/search
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against
any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their
race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,
marital status, disability, protected veteran status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking,
familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate
University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women,
persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to