Collection Strategies Librarian (Faculty Tenure Track-12 Mo)

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Collection Strategies Librarian (Faculty Tenure Track-12 Mo)

Kent State University Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, collaborative, and innovative librarian to lead our general collection development and management operations.

Provides leadership and direction for University Libraries’ general collection development and collection management operations, creating and sustaining an environment of evidence-based collections acquisition, management, and review. Seeks a broad representation of ideas and uses new mediums and technologies in order to assess and provide point-of-need access to the collection. Responsible for the fiscal planning, reporting, and management of the general collections budget. Reports to Asst. Dean, Collections and Technology.

Required Qualifications:

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or other relevant graduate degree as deemed appropriate by the Libraries
  • Minimum of three years’ relevant experience in a major academic or research library in content acquisition, management, and assessment or equivalent comparable experience
  • Experience with library collection development, management, and budgeting
  • Knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development
  • Strong data analysis skills, ability to gather, assess, interpret, and present quantitative and qualitative data for varied audiences
  • Experience working in or with a large academic consortium
  • Experience with creating collection development and management policies and strategies
  • Familiarity with licensing electronic resource practices
  • Potential to satisfy the requirements for tenure track faculty reappointment, tenure and promotion
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of working to build and support collections which serve diverse populations
  • Record of scholarship
  • Experience using the acquisition functions of an ILS system to make informed collections related decision
  • Experience managing electronic resource acquisition and management
  • High level of proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Tableau and other software applications to manage and present data
  • Track-record showing ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to adapt to technological and/or organizational change

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develops frameworks and leads the coordination of evidence-based content acquisition, management, and assessment regardless of format or delivery platform
  2. Designs models that promote and sustain content acquisitions, access, archiving, and preservation, and coordinates the Libraries’ local and consortial resource selection and evaluation
  3. Formulates assessment strategies and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to inform and substantiate the strategic allocation of the Libraries’ collections budget, as well as decision processes for the selection and management of content, including print, digital, media, data, and other emergent formats
  4. Creates and employs methodologies that promote best practices in making informed collection development and management decisions; and conducts regular content use reviews
  5. Monitors local, consortial, and vendor-provided reports to identify collection-related trends and patterns.
  6. Manages the general collections budget
  7. Works in departmental and University Libraries’ working groups to ensure objectives are effectively met.  

Salary, Rank and Benefits:
Starting salary of $64,042.  Faculty status at the Assistant Professor rank, tenure track.  Generous health benefits.  AAUP-KSU Faculty union.  Four weeks paid vacation.  Support for research activities and professional development.  Tuition waiver.

To apply:
Go to, position number 997329.  Applicants should supply a letter of interest, a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of at least three (3) references.  

Diversity Statement:  Kent State University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Kent State University Libraries are committed to collection development that reflects the philosophy inherent in Article I of the ALA Library Bill of Rights: “Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.” A diverse collection should contain content by and about a wide array of people and cultures to authentically reflect a variety of ideas, information, stories, and experiences.

POSTED: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Applications close: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Kent State University Libraries