Collections Strategist

Job description

Working Title: Collections Strategist

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Department: University of Virginia Library

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 10-30-2018

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia Library seeks a Collections Strategist to lead collaborative efforts to manage existing collections, with an initial concentration on the circulating and reference print collections, through deep understanding of the collection subject matter and usage. The position's primary activities will involve planning, implementing and documenting a holistic vision for collections that exist in a complex ecosystem across multiple formats, platforms, languages, and buildings, including a nearby high density storage facility. The incumbent will determine recommendations for the appropriate balance of materials in various library locations through analysis of print and electronic collections, create and maintain policies and procedures for collections evaluations and relocation, and coordinate the placement of print periodicals. The Collections Strategist will possess the ability to assess collections at a granular, disciplinary level and apply this assessment to a well-balanced process of materials transfers among libraries as well as deselection of materials. Collaborating with colleagues across multiple buildings and areas of expertise, the incumbent will utilize excellent interpersonal and communication skills to ensure that all stakeholders are consulted in advance of decision making and that decisions are communicated widely.

A Master's Degree in Library Science or related field is required, at least 7 years of previous experience in collections may be considered in lieu of a degree. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Applicants must be able to work collegially and cooperatively with a diverse organization. Strong conceptual and analytical skills are imperative. Applicants must demonstrate initiative and the ability to encourage others to work cooperatively. General familiarity with the functions of Integrated Library System (ILS) applications is required. Preference will be given applicants with a Master's in Library Science and at least 3 years of work experience with collections in an academic library. Experience working with and managing print-focused collections in the humanities and social sciences is preferred. Experience in applying analytical skills and methodologies to collections evaluation and management is highly desired. Applicants with experience writing policies and procedures are encouraged to apply.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0624398. Complete an application online and attach contact information for three references. You may also attach a resume and cover letter. The position will remain open until filled.

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Rhiannon O'Coin at [email protected]

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician's Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication.

Ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.

Ability to encourage the cooperation of others.

Conceptual and analytical skills.

Demonstrated initiative.

Ability and willingness to make informed decisions in a timely manner.

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Posted: 11/6/2018
Application Due: 1/4/2019
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