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Director of Collection Development

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: Libraries
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Dec 15, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 8015
Position ID:: 140665

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The Libraries seek to fill a tenure-track library faculty position at the Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian level.

The Director of Collection Development provides leadership and coordination for developing, managing and evaluating the Libraries' collections, both physical and virtual, that support the University's research and teaching mission. The incumbent is responsible for developing and administering the Libraries' collection budget (currently $7.2 million), formulating strategic collections planning, coordinating collection development policies and managing collections projects. The incumbent closely collaborates with Acquisitions, Electronic & Continuing Resources, Cataloging & Metadata, Reader Services and other library units in all matters related to collection development and management including the refinement of communication and workflows. This position works collaboratively with the subject librarians to evaluate, enhance and manage the collection as well as train and mentor subject librarians in relation to their collections duties. The incumbent serves as a liaison for assigned subjects as well as back-up for others as needed.

This position reports to the Senior Director for Outreach, Engagement and Collections. The incumbent will represent the Libraries' collection development and management interests within the University and SUNY system, with consortial partners and nationally.

Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession as well as meet the Libraries' standards of job performance, scholarship and service.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in all aspects of the Libraries' collection development and management, including strategic planning, budget and policies.
  • Lead a collaborative collections team to provide high-quality, user-centric collections; train and mentor subject librarians in collection policies, procedures, workflows and best practices.
  • Develop, administer and manage the collections' materials budget.
  • Cultivate a culture of assessment; formulate and implement routine assessment strategies utilizing evidence-based decision-making for collection allocation, renewal and retention decisions; develop faculty research activity metrics.
  • Serve as primary contact for vendors; monitor and share knowledge of offerings with significant content or budgetary benefits to the collections; negotiate with vendors.
  • Maintain an awareness of the trends and issues affecting collection management and development.
  • Collaborate with Special Collections, Library Development and other University units for major acquisitions through gifts and purchase, building and stewarding unique collections strategically and responsibly.
  • Serve as subject liaison for assigned academic departments; liaison duties include communication, subject-specific instruction, subject guides and collection development for those disciplines as well as subject-specific and general reference service.
  • Participate in a work culture that promotes diversity and anti-racism and actively works to eliminate or mitigate the effects of systemic racism and bias.
  • Participate in library and University committees.
  • Pursue scholarly growth through participation in professional library organizations, research, presentations, and publication.


  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Significant experience with collection development and managing budgets in an academic research library, including knowledge of current and emerging trends.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and build partnerships with faculty and staff in a culturally diverse community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and anti-racism and working to advance a workplace culture that strives to eliminate or mitigate the effects of systemic racism and bias.
  • Leadership ability to build consensus and motivate colleagues toward a shared vision and collective action.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional advanced degree.
  • Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in collection assessment and data analysis.

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit applications, including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three professional references to Binghamton University Interview Exchange.


Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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