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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Duties & Responsibilities

Harvard Library seeks a dynamic, imaginative, and collaborative leader to guide and evolve Harvard Library's management of print serials and electronic resources. Applying their solid record of leadership and vision across Harvard's vast online and physical collections, the Head of Electronic Resources and Serials Acquisitions will guide the development of a unified strategy, best practices, and workflows for managing fee-based and open access online resources that encompass all library parties of the content ecosystem--collection development, technical services, and scholarly communication while maintaining the accurate and timely acquisition of a significant and robust collection of print serials.

Leadership and Advocacy: In close collaboration with collection development and scholarly resources leadership at Harvard, and with Harvard Library's strategic partners in ReCAP, Ivy Plus Libraries, and beyond, the Head creates and recommends best practices for successful license and access negotiation strategy, resource purchasing models, resource sharing, resource analysis and assessment, long-term preservation, usage data analysis, and implements sustainable workflows and staffing models that support these activities in an environment that builds and maintains both print and electronic collections locally and through inter-institutional arrangements. S/he advocates for adapting how such content may be used to support users' evolving research and scholarship needs.

Teamwork: A member of the Information and Technical Services (ITS) Senior Leadership Team, the Head works across domains to leverage the synergies between collection development, scholarly communication, and technical services.

Operations: Along with three direct reports, this leader will guide a team of nine staff in support of electronic resources management and 20 staff who oversee much of the print serials for the Harvard Library. S/he applies knowledge of current issues and trends in e-resource licensing, copyright, content, acquisitions, and the publishing industry to support the ongoing transition from print to electronic resources and to sustain robust workflows where such a transition is not imminent.

Success attributes include strong strategic focus, active participation in the ITS Senior Leadership Team, proven project management skills, a visible commitment to staff development in an environment that promotes creativity, innovation and continuous improvement, inclusiveness and diversity, robust and effective communication with constituents and stakeholders, and accountability for results.

Although this position will remain open until filled, applications will be reviewed beginning July 27, 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities:
•     Provide direct leadership, guidance, and administrative oversight for the three units: Electronic Resources, Continuing Resources and Acquisitions, and Serials Acquisitions and Management; oversee hiring, supervision, as well as training and professional development of staff; establish performance expectations and guidelines for staff.
•     Set standards of excellence that inspire, motivate, and grow the staff's talents and skills.
•     Oversee the development, evolution, and maintenance of best practices and guidelines to support the management and transition of a strong print serials acquisitions operation as well as standard license terms that encompass all aspects of electronic resources (e.g. price, renewal rate, content use, text and data mining, long-term preservation, etc.), including the development of a renegotiation cycle.
•     In consultation with the Assistant University Librarian for Content Strategies Innovations, set the strategic direction for electronic resources management and serials acquisition, applying knowledge of current issues and trends in print serials management and electronic resource licensing, copyright, open access, acquisition, and the publishing industry.
•     As an active participant in the ITS Senior Leadership Team, help develop and support the strategic direction for technical services functions, including staff development opportunities that ensure alignment between services and the Library's user community needs as well as planning annual and multi-year projects across the library system, securing support from constituents and stakeholders.
•     Foster a creative and innovative approach to the implementation of strategic change in an environment that strives for continuous improvement and encourages a flexible work force to innovate and test ideas inside and outside of their standard roles.
•     Model the unit's “Can Do” approach to work in an environment that promotes accountability, high performance, staff engagement, and diversity through a sense of purpose and spirit of cooperation.
•     Collaborate with Harvard leadership on new initiatives related to open access and alumni access.
•     Contribute to a program to gather and analyze meaningful usage data and other analytics in collaboration with the Assessment Librarian and selectors.
•     Participate in infrastructure development to support research data, licensed data mining, and text mining.
•     Engage in peer and stakeholder outreach to promote best practice at Harvard and beyond.
Diversity Statement
At the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University's mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success.

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world's most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at and about the Harvard University community at

The Harvard Library is a proud member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

Basic Qualifications
•     MLS or equivalent education or related work experience
•     Six to eight years of experience in an academic library setting
•     Minimum three years of supervisory experience and prior performance management for staff required

Additional Qualifications
•     Recent experience with license negotiation either from within a library or an academic publisher setting
•     Collection development and scholarly resource experience desirable
•     Substantive experience in the electronic resources area including current knowledge of trends and developments in the field as well as advanced knowledge of electronic resource licensing, copyright, acquisition, and the publishing industry, both commercial and open access
•     Strong background with regard to industry standards and trends in the management of physical serials as well as its transition to the electronic medium
•     Proven record of developing and leading negotiations with content providers that achieved desired outcomes
•     Demonstrated experience of successful staff development and accountability
•     Demonstrated ability to develop concepts into concrete and executable plans, to establish priorities, set performance expectations, achieve goals, and direct work in a high-production setting
•     Proven ability to work effectively in team environment, including remaining calm under pressure
•     Ability to use technology in creative ways to address challenges
•     Excellent networking skills in academic communities and the publishing industry
•     An active record of professional engagement and ongoing professional development
•     Excellent written and verbal communication skills and management, interpersonal and organizational experience and skills essential

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