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    Posted: 21/Feb/2014 at 6:41pm

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable leader to join an enthusiastic staff in building a research library of excellence for a young and rapidly-growing university ranked nationally among the top. The Head of Collection Development will play a leadership role in an innovative, service-oriented, and collaborative environment to develop high quality learning and research intensive collections that support the teaching, research, and patient care needs of the University.


The Head of Collection Development provides leadership and vision for the Department and within the Research Resources Division. The incumbent oversees collection development and management of resources in all formats library-wide, supervises collection development personnel, and monitors and helps coordinate the Libraries’ collections budget.   The incumbent will also play a lead role in developing a new E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services unit within the Department. Collection development responsibility is distributed among 17-20 Research Librarians who are also responsible for instruction and reference. The Head of Collection Development will directly supervise one collections assistant and 7 Research Librarians who reside in the Collection Development Department and will also provide collection development direction and feedback to approximately 10 Research Librarians who reside in the Reference or Education & Outreach Departments. In addition, the Head of Collection Development works collaboratively with staff at the UC Irvine Law Library and with colleagues in the UC system libraries.

Reporting to the Assistant University Librarian for Research Resources, the Head of Collection Development participates as a member of divisional and library-wide groups, task forces, and project teams as appropriate and is expected to work comfortably and with a high degree of expertise in a shared decision-making environment. As a member of Leadership Council, the UCI Libraries’ senior management team responsible for library-wide planning and policy making, the incumbent works with other library leaders to shape strategic directions for the Libraries.

Duties include:

•    Provides leadership and coordination in developing, evaluating and assessing the Libraries’ collections to support the University’s research, teaching and patient care programs.
•    Monitors and helps coordinate the Libraries’ materials budget of approximately $7.5 million.
•    Oversees the E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services unit within the Collection Development Department.
•    Manages departmental budgets, policies, procedures, and web pages.
•    Coordinates collection development/management and related faculty/student liaison activities of Research Librarians.
•    Responsible for recruitment, retention, training, and evaluation of Collection Development Department personnel.
•    Chairs the Collection Development Department meetings.
•    Acts as a spokesperson for the UCI Libraries to the campus community as appropriate in conjunction with the Research Librarians and the Assistant University Librarian for Research Resources.
•    Fosters good communication and effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and other library users.
•    Manages the Libraries’ approval plans with input from the Research Librarians and in consultation with the Acquisitions Department.
•    Approves or recommends action on licenses for electronic resources and media.
•    Coordinates a range of library-wide collection development preservation activities (both print and digital), and participates in UC system-wide preservation issues.
•    Ensures excellent communication and cooperation with other departments in the Libraries.
•    Participates in the Libraries’ development efforts as they relate to collection development, e-research, and digital scholarship services.
•    Provides leadership in the application of new technologies related to collection development/management and digital scholarship services.
•    Shares leadership for scholarly communication issues and coordination and oversight of the scholarly communication program.



•    Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
•    Collection development and collection management experience in an academic or research library.
•    Ability to oversee collections in the full range of subjects at UCI.
•    Five years of progressively responsible professional experience including management of resources and personnel in an academic or research library setting.
•    Ability to successfully supervise, mentor, and train Collection Development personnel.
•    Knowledge of current issues and trends in collection development, collection management, and preservation facing academic and research libraries.
•    Knowledge of current issues and trends in e-research and scholarly communication.
•    Leadership qualities to be an effective Department Head and Leadership Council member.
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
•    Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
•    Record of professional achievements sufficient to meet the criteria for appointment at the Associate Librarian or Librarian rank and ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement in the Librarian series.


•    Successful experience supervising librarians.
•    Successful experience managing a budget.
•    Experience assessing and negotiating licenses for online resources.
•    Experience working with general and specialized vendors, publishers, and approval plans.
•    Reading knowledge of at least one language other than English.

The Collection Development Department

The Collection Development Department is responsible for the library-wide development and management of general collections in the Langson Library, Science Library, and Grunigen Medical Library under the administration and coordination of the Assistant University Librarian for Research Resources. This department takes the lead role in developing and planning the overarching and ongoing collections policies, procedures, and projects that ensure that the scholarly resources available meet the campus teaching, research, and patient care needs. The Department consists of 8 librarians (including the department head) and 1 library assistant. The Department is committed to developing, delivering, and preserving the Libraries’ outstanding collection of significant and diverse research resources and is dedicated to building a research library of excellence.

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. These buildings contain over 3,300 public seats for study and research and provide more than 600 public access computers. The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 140 FTE plus approximately 30 student assistant FTE. The library collection consists of over 3.4 million volumes and over 137,000 journals and serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI has a diverse student body consisting of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, UCI employs over 1,100 faculty and 9,400 staff. Consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, UCI is noted for its top-rated research and graduate programs, extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and growing number of professional schools and programs of academic and social significance.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales. Appointment is anticipated to be at the Associate Librarian or Librarian rank with a salary of $50,448-$100,212 plus an annual administrative stipend.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by March 25, 2014 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested (cover letter; résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant) via UC Recruit at:

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.
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