Head, Collections and Acquisitions
Clemson Libraries seeks a dynamic, driven, and collaborative Head of Collections and Acquisitions to provide leadership and expertise for a new department at Clemson Libraries that oversees Acquisitions, Electronic Resources, Continuing Resources, and Collection Development and Analysis.
This position provides oversight for a collections budget of $9 million and leads efforts related to the procurement, assessment, and management of print and electronic resources, including individual and package subscriptions, e-books, demand driven acquisitions, open access resources, streaming services, and continuing resources. The incumbent oversees collection development procedures and activities.
Clemson Libraries migrated to Alma/Primo VE in June 2020 and is part of a statewide Network Zone that includes 54 other institutions in the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) consortium. The Head of Collections and Acquisitions will be actively involved in shared collection development decisions and licensing negotiations facilitated by PASCAL, as well as other consortia such as the Carolina Consortium and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).
Clemson Libraries faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position and works under the direction of the Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery.
- Leads, plans, and oversees acquisitions operations and processes for materials in all formats acquired for University Libraries.
- Manages and coordinates operations for the Collections and Acquisitions Department composed of approximately 12 employees. This position directly supervises 3 faculty and 1 staff member.
- Directs the efficient, appropriate, and timely expenditure of the Libraries’ $9 million collections budget, which includes both targeted and untargeted gifts and endowments. Supervises day-to-day acquisitions processes.
- Develops fund allocations for collection development areas.
- Co-chairs the Collections Strategies Cross-Functional Team.
- Collaborates with colleagues in User Services and Teaching and Learning to establish and refine interdepartmental workflows.
- In collaboration with the Electronic Resources Coordinator, leads efforts related to the procurement, assessment, and management of electronic resources, including contract negotiations, renewals, and e-resource workflows.
- Provides oversight and strategic direction for individual subscription renewal assessment.
Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities
- Develops collection development and acquisitions policies and procedures.
- Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals.
Salary and Benefits
- Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, university, profession, and community.
Faculty rank and minimum salary of $80,000 based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.
Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented Carnegie Research One university in a college town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.
Head, Collections and Acquisitions
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- An ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship
- Minimum of 3 years professional experience in at least one of the department’s functional areas in an academic library or large public library setting.
- Previous management/supervisory experience.
- Experience with collection development and budgeting.
- Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication and creative problem-solving.
- Demonstrated commitment to the promotion and enhancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork.
- Experience with reviewing and negotiating license agreements pertaining to electronic resources.
- Experience with assessment of print and electronic resources (usage reports, overlap reports, cost per use, etc.).
- Experience working with publishers and/or vendors of electronic resources.
- Experience working with library acquisitions and collection analytics products like GOBI, GreenGlass, and related products.
- Experience in coordination or management of library services platform functions in a consortial environment, including experience with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo VE.
- Knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development, including open access and scholarly communications.
- Second graduate degree
||This listing expires on: 4/16/2023