Collection StrategistClassification Title:
Collection ServicesPosition Designation:
Permanent - Full-timeMonths per year:
12Primary Purpose of Department:
Collection Services works closely with library units and the Dean of J. Murrey Atkins Library to coordinate and define technical services and collection needs and ways of meeting them. Collection Services is responsible for licensing, purchasing, cataloging, processing, and ensuring access to library materials in all formats. The department handles the collection/materials budget projections and discretionary materials budget allocations, create vendor selection guidelines and handle vendor negotiations. It manages materials added to and deleted from the library’s collections. Acquisitions, collection development, cataloging, processing, and electronic resources work together to support the mission and to maintain and manage collections that satisfy the teaching, learning, research, and service needs for quality information of the UNC Charlotte population. Vacancy Open to:
In addition to these functions, Collection Services develops and implements policies related to library collections, and provides and analyzes data to assist in assessing resources and services offered within the library. It maintains records of license agreements, contracts, and invoices for materials purchased for the library.
All CandidatesDescription of Work:
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the job responsibilities and essential functions for library faculty should be interpreted in the context of the Library’s strategic plan.
Library faculty engage in service to the University, community, and profession. We create physical and digital environments that encourage learning and innovation, build and preserve collections, support research, and advance scholarship. We provide access to and promote the discovery of information. We help our communities become proficient information users and lifelong learners. Library faculty serve current and future UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Greater Charlotte and global community by sustaining the intellectual and creative life, and facilitating lifelong learning, discovery, and engagement.
Library faculty are expected to collaborate within the Library and beyond in the performance of professional duties that may include, but are not limited to: selecting, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to materials; supporting teaching, learning, and research; providing outreach to the campus and community; and developing and maintaining digital and technological innovations.
Library faculty participate in scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities to serve the Library, the University, and the information professions. Library faculty are strongly encouraged to pursue external funding for library-related initiatives.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the general supervision of the Associate Dean for Collection Services, the Collection Strategist leads evidence-based content acquisition, management, and assessment regardless of format or delivery platform and contributes to budget planning and management. The strategist guides collection development, manages decision making, designs assessment strategies, and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to inform and substantiate the strategic allocation of the Library’s collections budget and current holdings. Minimum Experience/Education:
- Develops and leads collection assessment efforts to ensure alignment with research, teaching, and learning priorities as well as effective stewardship of collections budgets.
- Applies assessment techniques and tools to manage and assess collections data to strategically allocate and prioritize the library budget and resource needs.
- Monitors general collections budget, oversees funding allocations, and manages monographic approval plans, using Alma ILS and Alma Analytics.
- Works collaboratively with subject librarians on collection development priorities and initiatives.
- Works with the AD for Collection Services to identify new and innovative deals for library materials.
- Works with the Head of Assessment to coordinate assessment techniques and processes for library collections.
- Provides collection reports to the Head of Assessment for inclusion in mandatory national reporting surveys and local projects.
- Monitors trends in scholarly communications and academic publishing.
- Supervises the work of collection services faculty and staff.
- Engages in professional service and scholarly contributions.
- Participates in committees and faculty governance in the library and campus.
- Communicates effectively and positively with diverse groups of individuals.
- Completes additional projects as assigned.
The minimum academic credential required for applicants for faculty positions in Atkins Library is completion of a master’s degree in the field of library and information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association by time of application.
Graduation with master’s degree in a specialized area directly relevant to the position description may be an acceptable substitute in certain situations if approved by the Dean. A second masters in another discipline or an earned doctorate is highly desirable.Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:
- Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or an appropriate equivalent. Necessary Licenses/Certifications:
- 2-5 years working in collections or assessment in an academic or research library.
- Supervisory experience.
- Experience with collection management and budgeting.
- Experience with integrated library systems (i.e. Ex Libris Alma).
- High level of proficiency with data management, analysis, visualization, and presentation tools such as Excel, Google Sheets, PowerPoint, Google Slides, Tableau, and MySQL.
- Strong data analysis skills; proven skills to gather, assess, interpret, and present quantitative and qualitative data for varied audiences.
- Knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development and scholarly communication.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and to create an environment of mutual respect.
- Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the library.
- Ability to work effectively in an organization in which change is both necessary and constant.
N/ASpecial Notes to Applicants:
Maximum budgeted salary for this position: $68,000 Job Open Date:
The following Application Materials must be attached to your electronic submission:
-Names (including titles and company/institutions), addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references.
-Diversity Statement – Please include a written statement of 250 words or less on your skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that will advance UNC Charlotte’s diversity plan, through engagement and outreach to first year and transfer students. Applicants should attach their written statement in the “Applicant Documents” section of the application."
The Search Committee will not contact references before verifying permission with the candidate.
The review of applications will begin August 16, 2021. Anticipated start date is January 4, 2022.
J. Murrey Atkins Library is committed to cultivating an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and differences are valued and respected. We embrace and support the spectrum of human and social identities and strive to create and maintain equity for all employees and users.
Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender and sexual identities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social categories and backgrounds. J. Murrey Atkins Library supports and affirms diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. Through our collections, services, policies, and programs, we strive to support these values, and we encourage applications from professionals who can help us achieve this goal. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.
Only an MLS or MLIS degree will be considered for this position, we will not accept an alternative degree.
The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their MLS or MLIS degree.
The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.
For additional information about The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, please visit our Website: http://www.uncc.edu.
For further details about J. Murrey Atkins Library, please consult our website: http://library.uncc.edu.
07/07/2021Open Until Filled:
YesDate Review of Applications will Begin:
08/16/2021Proposed Hire Date: