Assistant Instructor/Acquisitions & Assessment Librarian

University of Central Missouri
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Accreditation, Institutional Research & Planning, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Information

Position Title Instructor, Instructional Faculty Working Title Assistant Instructor/Acquisitions & Assessment Librarian Department 260100 - Kirkpatrick Library Pay Rate Per faculty salary model FTE 1.0 FLSA Exempt Position Number 998522 Classification Faculty Special Instructions to Applicants:
Initial review of applications will begin on March 1, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.

The Application Process: To apply online, go to and apply to position #998522. A complete UCM application for employment, cover letter outlining interest and how qualifications fit this position, vitae, unofficial transcripts, and three letters of references are required and must be attached to application. Official transcripts will be required for candidates invited for on-campus interview.

NOTE : A background check is required for the selected candidate of this position and any job offer is contingent on the results of this check.

The University of Central Missouri is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veteran status and people with disabilities. Working hours:
Professional Faculty Hours Bargaining Unit No Work Location Warrensburg Campus Posting Date 11/02/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Position Purpose
The Acquisitions and Assessment Librarian plays a leadership role in the development, planning, delivery, and evaluation of the library’s acquisitions and assessment efforts. The Acquisitions and Assessment Librarian works closely with library administration, employees, and the university community. The Acquisitions & Assessment Librarian provides oversight of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library’s materials budget and acquisitions processes. The position is responsible for gaining insight into patron expectations and satisfaction through a variety of assessment measures, using a wide range of methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative). This position will analyze data, administer usability studies and surveys across the range of library services. The Acquisitions and Assessment Librarian actively engage in shared governance. Other duties as assigned.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the University Librarian in the planning, development, and management of the library materials budget. This includes collecting usage data and creating monthly reports, e.g. fund, data, and pricing reports, and advising on fund allocations.
  • Monitor expenditures, run expenditure reports, and conduct fiscal close.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with vendors, publishers, and consortia, including cost negotiations, subscription renewals, and product trials.
  • Collaborate with University Librarian and Budget Coordinator to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of vendor invoice payments.
  • Work with subject liaison librarians and the University Librarian regarding budgetary aspects of collection development.
  • Monitor demand driven acquisitions ( ODA ), evidence based acquisitions ( EBA ), streaming services, firm orders and subscriptions in all formats.
  • Monitor and manage the library’s approval plan in coordination with the University Librarian, including serving as approval vendor contact and as a resource person for subject liaison librarians in the review and modification of their approval profiles.
  • With University Librarian, assist subject liaisons in the preparation and maintenance of Subject Collection Development Plans.
  • Provide training/updates to liaisons on issues related to materials selection and purchase.
  • Collaborate with the University Librarian, Assistant University Librarian, and Library Systems and Discovery Coordinator to develop and implement policies, procedures, standards, and goals to continuously improve workflows.
  • Coordinate the collection of library data and creation of reports and presentations.
  • Serve on alternating terms with the Library Systems & Discovery Coordinator as the library representative on the Faculty Senate University Assessment Council.
  • In coordination with the University Librarian, Assistant University Librarian, and Library Systems and Discovery Coordinator, develop assessment strategies and activities that highlight and raise the profile of the library.
  • Serve as Chair of the Library Assessment Committee to ensure user-centered design of library tools, facilities, collections, services, and instruction.
  • Coordinate assessment for the library, including designing and carrying out usability studies, analyzing usage statistics, and user trends to support planning and development, advising on user-centered design requirements, and recommending solutions.
  • In cooperation with subject liaisons, engage with user communities to identify their priorities and needs to enhance the user experience.
  • Maintain library assessment data in a centralized location with integrated dashboards to the library website.
  • Promote the integration of assessment in all phases of library planning and services.
Education & Formal Training Master's degree (Specify field(s) of study below) Other Education & Formal Training
Master’s degree from an ALA -accredited program in library or information science, or equivalent degree. Computer Skills Experience
Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum of two-years full-time equivalent experience in acquisition, financial, and electronic resource management including contract negotiation experience, academic library ILS environment preferred.
  • Experience with library acquisitions processes such as ordering, receiving, invoice payment, and fund management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues, and trends in assessment and usability.
  • Minimum of two-years full-time equivalent experience with library-specific strategic planning and assessment, academic library environment preferred.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Completion of a second advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in the area of subject specialty or related field from an accredited institution of higher education.
Preferred Experience:
  • Familiarity with the core concepts of acquiring, receiving, cataloging, and processing, as well as database maintenance, integrated systems, library financial management, and vendor relations.
  • Experience with integrated library system (e.g. Ex Libris) acquisitions functions.
  • Familiarity with publication trends and scholarly publishing issues, including open access and research data.
  • Practiced in effective presentations to external stakeholders.
  • Experience with social science research methods and data analysis.
  • Team leadership and project management experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with MARC, RDA, link resolver products, discovery tools, and proxy servers.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Ex Libris and Gobi.
  • Ability to design and utilize data structures such as SQL databases and JSON .
  • Understanding of web usability studies and user experience.
Special Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge: Attention to detail, Communication skills, including oral, written, and/or nonverbal, Human Relations/Interpersonal skills, Leadership skills: organization/meeting facilitation/project leadership, Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and meet deadlines, Maintain confidentiality Other Special Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated customer service focus and knowledge of current and emerging trends and technologies related to library services.
  • Familiarity with standard contractual concepts and language.
  • Serve on departmental and university committees.
  • Continue professional development in acquisitions and assessment.
  • Participate in library committees, task forces, working groups, governance.
  • Participate in library activities, events, etc.
  • Participate e in university-wide governance.
Physical & Environmental Factors:
  • Position requires the ability to work in an office-like setting.
  • Position requires the ability to handle fully-loaded book trucks with weight up to fifty pounds.
  • Position requires extended computer screen time.
Special Working Conditions:
  • Maintain ability to work as needed for the completion of assigned duties, activities, and projects.
Physical & Environmental Factors: Lifting (weight) - up to 50 lbs Special Working Conditions: Professional appearance Ability to Keyboard Supplemental Questions

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Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Reference Letter 1
  4. Vitae
  5. Reference Letter 2
  6. Reference Letter 3
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