Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Monographic Acquisitions Librarian and Coordinator of Collection Development - Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Monographic Acquisitions Librarian and Coordinator of Collection Development - Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Under the general direction of the Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Librarian, the Monographic Acquisitions Librarian and Coordinator of Collection Development serves as head of monographic acquisitions operations at Wesleyan University Library, collaborates with counterparts at Trinity and Connecticut Colleges on CTW Library Consortium initiatives involving monographic acquisitions, and provides strategic direction for monographic acquisitions initiatives at Wesleyan. Responsibilities: Manages the monographic acquisitions functions and budget for the Wesleyan University Library, organizes and schedules projects, and serves as a contact person for faculty, staff, students, and vendors with monographic acquisitions questions. Keeps abreast of trends in scholarly communication and monographic publishing in print and electronic formats, and provides strategic direction within the library to integrate these changes, streamlining workflow and maximizing access in support of teaching, learning and research. Develops and adapts processes for the acquisition of media in all formats including audio and video. Works closely with the professional and support staff of all other library units to ensure that monographic acquisitions operations integrate with workflows of other groups or services in the Library. Coordinates with the Head of Cataloging and commercial book vendors to develop best practices for the importation of bibliographic monographic resources. Selects vendors, monitors vendor performance and negotiates vendor agreements for electronic book packages and other electronic monographs and one-time purchases. Supervises the Acquisitions Assistant. With the Assistant, adapts processes to take advantage of new technologies, establishes procedures when new systems are implemented, and covers essential duties of the Assistant when necessary. With the Acquisitions Assistant, handles complex or difficult order requests, reviews the status of outstanding orders, and communicates with students, faculty or others if material is not available, suggesting alternatives when possible. Serves as the Coordinator of Collection Development, convening Selectors’ and Collection Group meetings, providing regular reports on monograph spending by department and format, and generally supporting the work of managing the Library’s monographic collections. Evaluates monographs offered as gifts, supervising processing and acknowledgement, and consulting with selectors or other librarians regarding the suitability of offered monographs for the circulating collection. Selects materials in one or more areas of expertise and serves as a faculty liaison. Serves as a member of the regular Olin Reference Desk coverage rotation. Acts as the primary Wesleyan representative on the CTW Collections Group to explore consortial purchase options for monographic materials that will increase access while reducing cost-per-use. Serves the Wesleyan community through library and campus-wide committees. Participates actively in regional and national professional organizations and contributes to the profession. Minimum Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS; Three or more years’ experience working in an academic library;Supervisory experience; Experience using the acquisitions or cataloging module of an Integrated Library System; Expertise in library acquisitions as well as knowledge of emerging trends in scholarly communication; Demonstrated time management and organizational skills; Demonstrated oral and written communication skills with a variety of campus and other constituents; Experience using financial systems, spreadsheet applications and other productivity applications. Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge of academic publishing practices; Experience with international library acquisitions; Familiarity with Voyager Integrated Library System; Background in English Literature; Experience working with faculty. Working knowledge of one or more Western European languages in addition to English; Demonstrated negotiating skills. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information and to apply: http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/3743.