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Collection Strategist

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

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Collection Strategist

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Library (Adm)


Collection Services

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Permanent - Full-time

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Primary 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.

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.

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description 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.

- 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.

Minimum Experience/Education:

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.
- 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.

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Special Notes to Applicants:

Maximum budgeted salary for this position: $68,000

The following Application Materials must be attached to your electronic submission:
-Cover letter
-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.

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About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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