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Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York
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Join the Colgate University Libraries!


Looking for an opportunity that provides for a broad library experience?


Interested in assessing, enhancing, and complementing the existing collections to ensure they are reflective of the diversity of the University’s community?


Interested in joining a small library team exploring creative ways to advance an academic library?


Enjoy working closely with students and faculty at a small liberal arts university?


Colgate University Libraries invites applications for an Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian. This 12-month library faculty position mentors and supports a staff of three in managing library acquisitions and electronic resources. Additionally, the librarian will help develop the University’s strategy for acquiring and maintaining electronic resources and will support the teaching and learning that characterizes current, effective higher education. It is an expectation that a librarian in this position will develop expertise in all aspects of electronic resource management and acquisitions through participation in workshops, webinars, professional associations and networks.


Reporting to the University Librarian, the Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian will also manage the acquisitions budget including tracking monies allocated, encumbered, and expended for different types of collections and subject areas. This will require establishing effective business relationships with current and prospective publishers, subscription agents, electronic resources vendors, and consortia. Working collaboratively, the Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian will train and mentor staff to ensure effective operations and build understanding of evolving practices, trends, and standards.


In addition, the Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian will develop partnerships with faculty to provide support in building the collection around individual research needs. Work closely with library liaisons to provide comprehensive support in building the Libraries’ collection around curricular needs and faculty research. Develop strategic partnerships with campus stakeholders to broadly promote the use of the collection in support of Colgate’s Colgate University's Third-Century Plan.


As articulated in the University Libraries’ Strategic Directions, we aspire to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of library operations including collections, accessible spaces, staffing and services. We provide welcoming spaces for our users whose differences we recognize and respect. As a corollary, we aspire to create a collaborative culture in the Libraries that encourages open dialogue, creativity, and experimentation. Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Additional information is available from “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Colgate University”.


We seek a flexible and creative thinker who is eager to contribute to a reimagining of the library. The ideal candidate will be able to work collaboratively, to develop their own ideas and to grow professionally within this position.


All library faculty are expected to participate in library faculty governance; engage in service to the Colgate University community; serve on library and university committees; demonstrate an active commitment to the library profession by engaging in research, professional development, and other activities related to continuing appointment and promotion.


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent degree (degree completed before beginning of appointment). 

Ability to work strategically in a team environment. 

Evidence of creative and strategic problem-solving. 

Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

An attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.


Preferred Qualifications
Supervisory experience. 

Demonstrated knowledge of, or experience with, monographic acquisition and ordering platforms.

Experience with negotiating contracts and license agreements. 

Experience working in an academic library. 

Experience working with Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERM) 

We expect the successful candidate to be stronger in some qualifications listed above than others; we are committed to helping our future colleague expand their skills, and hope to learn from their areas of strength.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references. All applicants are asked to submit a diversity and inclusion statement and research and professional development statement. These can be submitted through:


Diversity and inclusion statement (250-500 words): What initiatives or contributions in the area of DEI are you most proud of that exemplify your awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an inclusive work environment? Please also briefly describe what you have learned working with diverse populations.


Research and professional development statement (250-500 words): Please outline your scholarship and professional development plans and goals, as well as any resources that you will need for pursuing these interests (national or international conferences, collaborators, workshops, etc.). How do you envision Colgate University Libraries supporting you and contributing to your success in accomplishing these goals?


Colgate is a highly-selective liberal arts university of 2900 students situated in central New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship.


Applicants with dual--career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at


It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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