Acquisitions Librarian

Job description

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Job No: 511275
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Acquisitions Librarian

Employee Classification: Program Coordinator

Department: Milner Library

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Acquisitions Librarian provides expertise in the procurement of all library resources and manages the daily workflow for processes related to the selection, acquisition, and data entry of purchased and licensed content. This position trains, supervises, and evaluates the staff within the acquisitions unit, providing direction and support on their activities and resolving issues that impact or arise from other library units. The position compiles acquisitions statistics and collaborates with the head of Collection Development and the Business Manager to provide up-to-date information on resource allocations, on the status of orders, and on authorizing payments. The position identifies where and how materials not available through the library's primary vendors may be purchased or acquired. The work of the Acquisitions Librarian is informed by an understanding of the variety of models for acquisitions and best practices surrounding strategically resourcing academic library and digital heritage collections, as well as functional knowledge of and experience in library procedures, library collection goals, acquisition methods, and University business procedures. All activities are directed toward acquiring library materials in all formats for the use of the library's patrons (students, staff, faculty, community, and beyond).

Required Qualifications
  1. A degree from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or an ALA-recognized international equivalent
  2. At least one year of experience in library acquisitions or library technical services
  3. Demonstrated experience working with vendors on issues, including purchasing and licensing content in a library and/or higher education setting.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a strongly collegial and participative environment.
  5. Ability to work in an automated environment with multiple systems.
  6. Detailed knowledge of library acquisition models.
  7. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  8. An aptitude for project planning and management, as well as excellent organizational, time-management, and analytical skills.
  9. Knowledge and experience with office software packages, such as Microsoft Excel.
Desired Qualifications
  1. Familiarity with Alma, the library's unified library services platform and various vendor systems.
  2. Knowledge of and experience with accounts payable and/or procurement processes.
  3. Experience supervising and training others.
  4. Ability to collaboratively plan and coordinate complex workflows.
  5. Experience working within a consortial purchasing environment.
  6. Experience working in an academic library.
  7. Aptitude for accuracy and detail while completing complex procedures.
  8. Experience cultivating relationships with faculty and staff to ensure library resources meet curricular needs.
Work Hours

Core Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday

Functional Expectations

Must be able to complete the following with or without a reasonable accommodation:
1. Effectively communicate on a daily basis.
2. Remain at a workstation for extended periods.
3. Distinguish colors on a monitor.
4. Move about in various locations within the library as needed to complete day-to-day work.

Proposed Starting Date

July 2021

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

$52,000 - $62,000 annual

Required Applicant Documents

Cover Letter
Reference List

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Optional Applicant Documents

Transcripts - See Special Instructions to Applicants for additional options
Certification of Retirement Annuity

PLEASE NOTE: These documents may be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Please fully complete the entire application including, but not limited to, the education and work experience portions. Please list all education and all jobs you have had. Do not leave gaps in employment. You must list all duties you performed in the job duties section (Phrases such as "See Resume" are not acceptable). Failure to follow any of these instructions may constitute an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

College or university transcripts (may be unofficial) must be submitted prior to the application deadline in order to receive full consideration. Transcripts can either be uploaded with your application or submitted via the options listed below.

In order to be eligible for Veteran's Preference points on the exam, a copy of your DD-214 must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

Transcripts and/or DD-214 paperwork may be faxed or mailed to Human Resources by the application deadline:

Fax: 309.438.0011, Attn: Kira Shelton
Address: Illinois State University
Human Resources
Campus Box 1300
Normal, IL 61790-1300

The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials. No participation other than submission of applicant materials is required from applicants that qualify to take the exam. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score calculated based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the department for interview. The active register for this classification will be voided when the position is filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

Kira Shelton
Human Resources
[email protected]
(309) 438-2120

Important Information for Applicants

If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 05/03/2021 10:15 AM CST
Application Closes: 05/17/2021 11:55 PM CST




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Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 5/17/2021
Work Type: Full Time