Thursday, April 10, 2014

Head of Collections - Tisch Library, Tufts University

Head of Collections - Tisch Library, Tufts University. The Tisch Library at Tufts University seeks a Head of Collections who has an enthusiasm for collections analysis and contract negotiations, a deep understanding of scholarly research and communications, and a commitment to working in a collaborative environment. The Head of Collections provides leadership and coordination for developing a holistic collection development strategy to support the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering’s teaching and research programs. Responsible for supervising 1 staff member and 2 collections librarians, with whom s/he shares selection responsibilities, preferably in the sciences. Provides collections analysis and metrics to inform the strategic allocation of the Tisch Library’s collections budget and shared library collections activities at Tufts; negotiates shared licenses across the Tufts libraries. The Head also provides leadership regarding the changing scholarly communication landscape and its implications for collections business models and budgets. As the chair of the Collections Steering Team, s/he works with colleagues from all the Tufts libraries to develop coordinated collections initiatives in a decentralized environment. Reports to the Associate Director for Collections and User Services. Basic Requirements: LS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution OR demonstrated equivalent through significant advanced degree, e.g., PhD, and extensive library experience in collections. Minimum of 5 years collection development experience in an academic library. Solid contract negotiation experience. Strong analytical skills and experience with statistical analysis, including producing reports, visualizing data, and effectively communicating findings. Experience with developing collections budgets and budget projections. Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly publishing and their ramifications on collections business models and licenses. Demonstrated awareness of national trends and developments in shared and consortial collection development and management. Demonstrated collaboration skills and ability to work across organizational boundaries. Must successfully complete all appropriate background checks as required. Preferred Qualifications: Two (2) or more years of successful supervisory experience; graduate course work or an additional degree in an academic discipline, preferably the sciences, and a deep understanding of the research, literature and information sources in that area. Special Work Schedule Requirements: Some weekend and evening hours are possible. Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Apply Here: