Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, the Assistant University Librarian for Collection Strategy serves in a leadership capacity to oversee and develop strategies to operationalize collective change in the development and management of the Penn Libraries’ general collections, totaling 7.4 million books, 4.2 million microforms, 97,000 serials and 1,000 databases. The incumbent monitors the expenditure of a $20 million budget and allocations to 62 subject funds, supporting and advancing the collections-related functions of 35 selectors responsible for serving the diverse information needs of the university, while supervising a team of 9 professional staff (4 directly). Working in a collaborative and service-oriented environment, the Assistant University Librarian ensures an appropriate scope and caliber of the resources to which the libraries provide access in support of the mission of the University of Pennsylvania. Responsibilities include: * Oversee the allocation and management of $20 million in funds for collections. Directly manage the expenditure of general and system-wide funds, totaling $2.3 million. * Maintain relationships and productive communication with information resource vendors and publishers. * Supervise 4 professional staff directly, and 5 indirectly. * Set policies, standards and best practices for collections-related functions. Manage the internal onboarding, training and education program for 35 staff with collection development responsibilities * Oversee the collection analysis unit of the libraries to assess and analyze the Libraries’ collections in all formats, their use, and the expenditure of collections’ budgets to inform system-wide decisions about allocation, acquisition, storage and retention, and to identify potential collaborative collection development, digitization, and preservation opportunities.
Internal Number: 44366
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