Head of Collection Services

Head of Collection Services—Search #67853
Georgia Southern University Libraries

The University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of Collection Services and tenure-track Associate Professor/Professor. This is a twelve-month position based on the Statesboro Campus, with some travel to the Armstrong Campus located in Savannah, Georgia.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, the University Libraries are committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the University Libraries' diversity and inclusion efforts and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Position Description.
Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Head of Collection Services provides critical leadership, guidance, and operational oversight to library functions related to collection development and management, including budgeting; acquisitions; cataloging; metadata control; discovery services; access troubleshooting; institutional repository services; and assessment and reporting.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Supervise and provide leadership to up to five librarians, thirteen full-time staff members, and one part-time staff member organized into multiple cross-departmental teams across two campuses. Oversee hiring and training of all departmental staff and provide guidance in all personnel matters. Oversee the development and enforcement of all departmental staff policies
  • Support the Libraries administration with annual budget planning and monitor and manage all collections-related budget expenditures. Prepare budget projection and expenditure reports as requested.
  • Coordinate preparation of all collections-related internal and external reports as requested (e.g., annual reports; ACRL, IPEDS, accreditation, and insurance reports).
  • Co-Chair the Libraries' Collection Development Committee
  • Oversee and provide leadership to strategic planning, goal setting, and monitoring of progress for the department and the Collection Development Committee.
  • Oversee the development and application of the Libraries' collection development policy.
  • Oversee the provision of patron-driven acquisition of library resources in all formats to meet the teaching and research needs of all students, faculty, and staff across three campuses, and online.
  • Oversee the development, documentation, and execution of all departmental workflows pursuant to maximizing discovery of and access to all library collections.
  • Oversee and provide leadership to all cross-departmental teams across two campuses, including acquisitions and budgeting; cataloging and metadata management; collection development; discovery services (including the eTeam); and institutional repository services.

  • Facilitate and support collection-related projects and initiatives across library units.
  • Facilitate and support the continuous review of library collections and resources.
  • Serve on the Dean's Advisory Council.
  • Fulfill functional area responsibilities within collection services as assigned.

    The position is a fiscal year (12 month), faculty-ranked, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Rank will be at Associate Professor or Professor, depending upon qualifications, experience, and a strong record of scholarly productivity.

    Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited school of library/information studies.

  • For rank of Associate Professor: A minimum of 5 years full-time professional (post-MLIS) experience in academic libraries is required along with a record of research productivity with publications and presentations in professional venues.


    For rank of Professor: A minimum of 7 years full-time professional (post-MLIS) experience in academic libraries is required along with a strong record of research productivity with substantial publications and presentations in professional venues.

  • Three or more years of supervisory experience in an academic library setting.
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong record of applying technical expertise, leadership, and collaboration in one or more areas of academic library collection services (e.g., acquisitions, cataloging and metadata, collection development, discovery services, and institutional repositories).
  • Experience with budget planning, reporting, and effective stewardship of budget allocations.
  • Experience preparing library collections-related reports.
  • Experience developing, implementing, managing, evaluating, and improving library collections.
  • Strong working knowledge of national and international metadata standards and practices.
  • Knowledge of resource licensing and management of e-resources.
  • Experience working with integrated library systems (e.g., Ex Libris Alma).
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction, mentoring, and professional development.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrable experience with project management and initiating new services and programs.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to operational changes.
  • Experience working in a consortium.
  • Experience with institutional repository and data management services.
  • Experience working collaboratively in a multi-campus environment.

    Screening of applications begins September 30, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is January 1, 2022. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence.

    A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation.

    	Applications and nominations should be sent to:
    		Beth Burnett, Search Chair, Search #67853
    				Georgia Southern University
    		Electronic mail: [email protected]
    		Telephone: 912-344-3015

    More information about the institution is available through http://www.georgiasouthern.edu or https://library.georgiasouthern.edu/. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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