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Director of Resource Acquisitions

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 27, 2022

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Director of Resource Acquisitions

The Brown University Library is a dynamic center of scholarship and community at the heart of a world-class research university. Supporting and collaborating with a broad and diverse academic constituency, the Library is essential for Brown’s mission “to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry.” Integrating with Brown’s ambitious strategic plans, the Library is a site of innovation that fuels intellectual creativity. Signature Library initiatives include the establishment of the Center for Library Exploration and Research to increase campus and community impact; the Racial Justice Project to assess and counteract the legacies of historical racism in library practice; the Digital Publications Initiative pioneering new approaches to born-digital scholarship; and a revisioned special collections program that is positioning the John Hay Library as a research destination and leader in reparative and community-based collecting. We are seeking outstanding library professionals at all levels of the organization who are excited about advancing academic excellence at the highest level, and who will bring a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to a scholarly community that is actively committed to being more diverse and inclusive.

As a leader in the Brown Library’s Scholarly Resources Division, the Director Of Resource Acquisitions provides leadership and management for the Library’s collection procurement and material processing operations to meet the academic needs of a broad and diverse campus community. In addition, the incumbent serves as liaison to subject librarians, external vendors, and publishers, instructs staff in the use and application of ordering tools and services, and assists with the maintenance of acquisitions related data in the Library’s LSP (Library Services Platform) . The position oversees the operations and processes for ordering, receiving, invoicing, licensing and assessment of curricular and research materials and the documentation of workflows from approval plan profiles, order placements, and material receipt. It also oversees the processing of invoices for payment through the University’s finance system, resolves high level problems related to payment or vendor records, and coordinates the receipt and processing of incoming gifts. The position currently supervises a unit of 4 paraprofessional staff and one professional leading Collection Assessment and Licensing; and reports to the AUL for Scholarly Resources.

Education and Experience
  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 7 years of related experience in an academic library
  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership/supervisory experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, problem-solving, time management and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of library acquisitions processes including ordering, receiving, processing, invoicing and payments
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting and accounting practices
  • Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems or facilitate workflows
  • Ability to establish priorities, direct, and measure work in a high-production setting
  • Experience with Ex Libris Alma/Primo preferred
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

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Director of Resource Acquisitions


University Library


Grade 12

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Full time

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Position Classification:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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As an EEO/AA employer, Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, in the administration of its policies, programs, and activities.


Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown is a nonprofit leading research university, home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. As a private, nonprofit institution, the University advances its mission through support from a community invested in Brown's commitment to advance knowledge and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. What sets their work apart? Collectively, Brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

Brown students and faculty are tackling the nation’s opioid crisis. Planning the next Mars landing site. Uncovering the locations of ancient civilizations. Advising world leaders on new political models. Exploring new frontiers in multimedia arts. In each of their intellectual endeavors, our scholars and researchers are uncommonly driven by the belief that their work must — and will — have an impact in their communities, in society and the world.

We are a learning community grounded in a commitment of respect for the diversity of viewpoints that is fundamentally essential to intellectual discovery. We encourage the right of all individuals to express ideas and perspectives — and we embrace the value of vigorous debate in pursuit of knowledge.

Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

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