Associate Head, Acquisitions and Discovery (Serials)

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Position Number: 00001580

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The NCSU Libraries serves as the gateway to recorded knowledge and information for the NC State community and its partners, offering a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining the best faculty and students to the university. The Acquisitions & Discovery department is responsible for managing the Libraries' $11.5 million collections budget, acquiring materials in all formats, negotiating license agreements and contracts, and describing and maintaining access points to facilitate discovery of the Libraries' resources. NCSU Acquisitions and Discovery librarians have been actively involved in the development of an e-resource management system, E-Matrix, and contribute to the Libraries' internationally recognized innovations in content management and discovery. For more information about the Libraries, please see

Essential Job Duties: The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Head, Acquisitions & Discovery (Serials). The Associate Head helps to provide leadership and management for the Acquisitions & Discovery department, reporting to and collaborating with the Department Head to set forward-thinking departmental goals and objectives. S/He leads the acquisition and bibliographic control activities for serial materials, providing direction within the department and throughout the Libraries. S/He manages the serials unit, supervising and evaluating one librarian and six paraprofessional staff. The incumbent leads electronic resource management efforts for continuing resources, including management support and staff training for the Serials Solutions 360 knowledge base and two ERM systems (E-Matrix and CORAL). S/He provides support for the acquisitions and licensing of library materials in all formats, maintains internal controls and documentation, and collaborates with stakeholders across the library to design and implement custom workflows for evolving acquisitions models. This position serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. As Associate Head, the incumbent is responsible for the department in the absence of the Department Head. NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.

Minimum Education/Experience: ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science.

Department Required Skills: * Relevant professional experience, e.g., with library serials, acquisitions, or electronic resource management * Ability to initiate, develop, and assess innovative services that advance organizational goals * Demonstrated leadership potential * Demonstrated change management, project management and/or workflow design experience * Demonstrated experience with and understanding of library management systems supporting acquisitions and discovery functions, e.g., integrated library systems (ILS), knowledge bases, electronic resource management systems (ERMS), issue tracking systems, and discovery interfaces. * Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing * Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a fast-paced environment * Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Experience working with vendors and publishers including license negotiating experience * Knowledge of serials cataloging * Supervisory experience

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: n/a

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "":http// Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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Posted: 8/10/2018
Application Due: 2/8/2019
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