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.
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.
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: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18907
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 https://upstate-ny.hercjobs.org/jobs/search.
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.