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Acquisitions Specialist

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About Occidental College

Founded in 1887, Occidental is a nationally recognized, private college of the liberal arts and sciences, dedicated to providing a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality -- one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world.

What makes Occidental special? An intellectually rigorous academic environment. Small classroom settings where students collaborate with professors and their peers while pursuing or discovering their passion. A beautiful residential campus that offers students hands-on engagement with the cultural and intellectual resources of Los Angeles. A community open to stimulating conversation and divergent points of view. Some 2,100 students from 46 states and 28 countries choose from 41 majors and minors and participate in one the country’s top undergraduate research programs. Oxy students routinely win top awards and fellowships; its first Rhodes Scholar was named in 1907. Dedicated to excellence and equity, Occidental also is one of the country’s most economically diverse campuses, according to the New York Times. Some 71 percent of Oxy students receive some form of financial aid; 20 percent are Pell Grant recipients; and 19 percent are the first in their family to attend college

Acquisitions Specialist

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Work type: Regular
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: Hourly

Title: Acquisitions Specialist

Department: Library and Scholarship Technology

Duration: Indefinite

Job Summary

The Occidental College Library is seeking an Acquisitions Specialist to join our Collections, Systems, and Services (CSS) team. Reporting to the Director of Collections, Systems and Services (DCSS), the Acquisitions Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day purchasing of library materials and other items needed in the Library. Primary tasks include ordering and receiving library monographs, videos, and other resources in physical and electronic format; processing invoices for payment; and assisting with cataloging new materials. The Acquisitions Specialist will provide guidance and support to Library selectors on use of available acquisitions tools.

This position is represented for purposes of collective bargaining by SEIU.

Job Duties
  • Processes and tracks orders using the Library Services Platform (Alma) and vendor systems as appropriate. (Essential)
  • Receives materials and reconciles invoices or otherwise approves them for payment. (Essential)
  • Hires, trains, and supervises student assistants to work on paging and routine book processing. (Essential)
  • Collaborates with other Library staff in the selection of the rotating titles from the McNaughton service. (Marginal)
  • Stays up to date on evolving acquisitions models and offers through professional development activities and provides input to the Director of Collections, Systems & Services and the Library Leadership Team on information gathered. (Essential)
  • As part of workflow, assists in cataloging newly acquired materials and provides additional processing support as needed. Assists in the configuration of acquisitions tools (e.g. Rialto) according to the needs of Library selectors and in alignment with collection development goals. Compiles statistics on purchases for reporting. (Essential)
  • Assists in evaluation of materials for replacement or withdrawal. (Marginal)
  • Compiles statistics on purchases for reporting. (Essential)
  • Assists in the configuration of acquisitions tools (e.g. Rialto) according to the needs of library selectors and in alignment with collection development goals. (Essential)
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of library experience or a combination of education and experience that demonstrates strong knowledge of and experience with relevant library services, higher education purchasing practices, and technologies in an academic library or departmental setting.
  • Requires familiarity with or ability to learn materials purchasing and processing functions using library and vendor systems.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn such library cataloging systems and standards as OCLC and MARC and the principles of library cataloging.
  • Proficiency with productivity software and data gathering, and the ability to organize and execute projects, write reports, and keep statistical records.
  • Familiarity with using spreadsheets and working with budget and cost data.
  • Must be able to work effectively within standardized and ad hoc workflows and to learn and apply detailed policies and data standards.
  • Must possess good oral and written communication skills for working with staff and with vendors.
EXPECTED HIRING RANGE: $45,000 - $48,000/yr

If you are offered this position at Occidental College, your final base salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as skills, education, experience, and/or geographic location. In addition to those factors, Occidental complies with applicable pay equity laws and considers internal equity among current employees when developing the final offer. Please keep in mind that the range mentioned above is the base salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range would not be typical in order to allow for future and continued salary growth. We also offer a generous compensation and benefits package.

Advertised: 24 Jan 2024 Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: 17 March 2024

Advertised: 01 Mar 2024 Pacific Standard Time
Applications close:


Oxy College

Occidental isn’t just any liberal arts college. It fully integrates the liberal arts and sciences with the cultural and intellectual resources of a global city.

Situated on a 120-acre residential campus in the heart of Los Angeles, our location serves as a springboard for putting theory into practice and ideas into action. At Oxy, students spend as much time in the lab, the field, the community and the studio as they do in the classroom.

Oxy is a place for talented, hard-working, curious students to explore their current passions—and discover new ones. They benefit from our small-classroom environment and demanding yet supportive faculty, who are as dedicated to teaching and mentorship as their research. Our distinctive interdisciplinary and global approach gives students the chance to explore new ideas and perspectives, and connect with the world.

With more than 40 majors and minors, one-of-a-kind programs like the Kahane United Nations ProgramCampaign Semester and Rebellious Lawyering, and our emphasis on research through the Undergraduate Research Center and senior comprehensives, Occidental lays the groundwork for a compelling intellectual adventure. And the academic rigor on campus is enhanced by internships and partnerships across L.A., Southern California and beyond.

Our graduates are strategic thinkers and effective communicators. Inclusive and consciously collaborative, our students seek to embrace difference and make a difference in the world. Occidental is reinventing the liberal arts and sciences for a new generation of problem solvers, creators and thinkers. It’s an education that is distinctly Oxy.

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