Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library seeks an Acquisitions Librarian to provide leadership and professional expertise in the selection, acquisition, and renewal of print and electronic monographic resources, media, special format materials, and continuing resources (journals and databases).
This is a 12-month tenure track position.
The position will work with the Collection Development Librarian to establish overall priorities for the $1.7M library collections budget and be responsible for the ongoing expenditure and maintenance of the one-time and continuing resources budgets.
The Acquisitions Librarian supervises all departmental activity in ordering and receiving materials in all formats via firm order, DDA, EBA, approval plans, and subscriptions. This position regularly reviews current and prospective vendors to assess service and pricing options and renegotiates service fees and contractual terms with the appropriate vendors.
Other responsibilities include supervising three staff members; coordinating ordering, payment, and receipt of monographs and continuing resources; license negotiation; collection assessment activities; establishing and maintaining effective relationships with publishers, vendors and subscriptions agents; and evaluating consortial purchasing opportunities.
The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, forward-thinking, detail-oriented, collegial, and demonstrate the ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner.
Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent; demonstrated evidence (through experience or coursework) of current acquisitions concepts, trends, and practices for both monographic and continuing resources; potential to meet the library’s requirement for scholarship and service; experience supervising others.
Demonstrated experience with: managing continuing resources in an academic library; managing monographic acquisitions processes in an academic library; budget administration; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; strong analytic and problem-solving skills; creating, interpreting, and analyzing data and reports for use in collection management decision making; ; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues; working with publishers, vendors and subscription agents; negotiation of license agreements; and consortia purchasing arrangements.; experience with budget projections, allocations and reports; and experience with acquisitions module of an integrated library system (preferably III Sierra).
Special Instructions to Applicants:
In order to be considered, you must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.
You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume or CV, unofficial transcripts of required degree, and a listing of at least three professional references (include complete contact information).
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, contact Kristin Calvert at firstname.lastname@example.org
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.