Kansas State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Head, Content Development and Acquisitions Department. This position provides leadership and vision for the department (comprised of print and electronic serials and monographic acquisitions, licensing of e-resources, interlibrary loan, resource linking, and collection development/management) while managing human and financial resources to ensure efficient operations. In order to meet the strategic goals of the libraries and Kansas State University, innovative thinking about library resources that includes digital collections, patron driven acquisition, content creation, and support/analysis of open access is imperative. The head will hold administrative responsibilities and participate in the department’s daily operations. This full-time 12-month tenure-track faculty position reports to the Assistant Dean for Content Management and Scholarly Communications and is expected to demonstrate progress in establishing a professional record of scholarly/creative accomplishment and professional service to meet promotion and tenure criteria. To be successful in this position, the incumbent must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills to establish and maintain productive working relationships.
- Coordinate development of holistic collection policies and procedures that encompass best practices and sustainability and include emphasis on electronic resources, creating content, supporting and utilizing open access resources.
- Provide leadership in the analysis and application of new technologies to ensure efficient workflow and maintain policies, procedures and sustainable practices for all units in the department.
- Monitor, analyze, and coordinate the libraries collections budget of approximately $6 million.
- Serve as primary contact for collections activities carried out through consortia.
- Coordinate effective business relationships with vendors (including pricing negotiation).
- Coordinate acquisitions data, statistics and other reports from various systems utilized (e.g. Voyager/Alma, ILL, vendor platforms).
- Directly supervise, mentor and evaluate 5-8 staff members that may include faculty, professional staff and university support staff.
- Participate in the Libraries’ leadership council and university department head functions.
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent from outside the U.S.
- A record of library experience with increasing leadership responsibilities in one or more areas related to collection acquisitions or management.
- Articulated knowledge and understanding of significant trends and issues in two or more of the following areas: collection development/management, acquisitions, interlibrary loan, the publishing industry and scholarly communications in academic research libraries.
- Demonstrated ability to manage complex budgets and an understanding of evolving business models for library collections.
- Excellent analytical, communication, organizational, problem-solving and project management skills.
- Demonstrated successful personnel supervision and/or evidence of strong team management skills.
- In-depth experience with one or more integrated library systems.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse clientele.
- Thorough understanding of the mission of a land grant research university and the required support of library resources and collections to facilitate scholarship, including awareness of how researchers and students of different disciplines engage collections.
- Experience working with vendors and publishers that includes pricing negotiation.
- Experience with online systems currently used at K-State Libraries (e.g. Voyager/Alma acquisitions and reports; interlibrary loan ILLiad, RAPID, Relais; vendor platforms for selection/ordering).
Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and send to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Kim Piper. Please include CDA HEAD in the subject line:
- A letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization.
- A curriculum vitae
- Names and contact information for three references
Deadline for applying is October 15, 2014.
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