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Collection Development and Acquisitions Librarian/Assistant Professor

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Summary of Job Duties and Responsibilities: 
A tenure-track faculty position that reports to the Dean of University Libraries. The Collection Development and Acquisitions Librarian is responsible for management of the collections budget, leading e-resource and collection licensing negotiations, developing the library's collections, and ensuring the best possible access to library resources by students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to scholarship and service, as well as excellence in professional activities.

  • Coordinate the library's overall collection development strategy; Lead the review and development of policies, procedures, guidelines, and workflows for the management of collections in multiple formats.
  • Work collaboratively with the Metadata Librarian and library team members to ensure access to and discovery of library resources.
  • Directly supervise two departmental staff coordinators and two library staff members; Indirectly supervise student workers.
  • Lead the development, management, and data-driven analysis of the library's collections, acquisitions services, and resource sharing; Facilitate reports required by the university auditors, external accreditation teams, and other accountability bodies.
  • Provide oversight for the management of vendor relationships, including review and coordination of new and existing service agreements; Participate in contract and pricing negotiation for e-resources.
  • Coordinate and provide direction for interlibrary loan (ILL), document delivery, and patron-driven acquisitions.
  • Oversee the operation of bindery services.
  • Prepare and monitor spending of the acquisitions budget with transparency.
  • Participate in consortia opportunities, evaluate consortia purchases, and work collaboratively with other universities on resource sharing.
  • Represent the Murray State University Libraries on state-wide, regional and university level professional groups as appropriate.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends and best practices in the fields of acquisition, licensing, and discovery.
  • Maintain awareness and familiarity with Open Access models, Open Educational Resources, and new and evolving scholarly publishing models.

Minimum Education Requirements:
  • Masters degree from an ALA-accredited program in library or information science.

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:
  • Two or more years of related library experience.
  • Experience with issues and practices involved in the acquisition and maintenance of electronic collections.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and / or project management experience.
  • Demonstrated aptitude in detail-oriented work, including strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of collection assessment methodologies and their applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), ILL management systems, library integrated systems, and a link resolver system.

Preferred Education and/or Experience Qualifications:
  • Experience with ExLibris' Alma Library Service Provider and / or Primo VE discovery service
  • Experience with Tipasa
  • Experience with EZProxy
  • Experience working with consortia

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.
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