Collection Development Librarian, University of Utah

By IS Lab April 6, 2021

University of Utah

The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks a proactive and creative librarian to join our faculty as the Collection Development Librarian. This highly collaborative, tenure-track position offers an opportunity to work with committed and knowledgeable colleagues who are dedicated to making scholarly resources available to a diverse community of students, faculty, and researchers.

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Collection Management, you will be responsible for a broad range of collection development activities, with a particular focus on overseeing print and electronic serials resources. You will play a key leadership role in ensuring access to information for teaching and scholarship. You will serve as a primary collection development contact for librarians, library staff, patrons, faculty, other libraries, and vendors.

You will use your knowledge of scholarly publishing to act as a steward of the Library collections, make general collection development decisions, and promote our collections to students and faculty. Collaborating with both library colleagues and the campus community, you will identify, acquire, and process journals, databases, books, and other media needed by the campus community. You will use your analytical skills to make data-based decisions and monitor budgets, prepare assessments, and provide estimates and reports for selectors, faculty, and administrators. The position requires someone who can work effectively across organizational lines to accomplish shared goals and communicate effectively with people from all backgrounds. Working in a fast-paced, future-oriented research environment requires adapting to changing needs and priorities while using interpersonal skills to maintain positive relationships.

As a member of the faculty, you will engage in your own scholarly activities and develop as a professional with support from peers, mentors, and administrators who are invested in your success. While this position focuses primarily on collection development, all faculty librarians serve the needs of University faculty, staff, and students along with members of the local community. You will assist with implementing the Marriott Library’s Strategic Directions, liaise with one or more academic departments, and remain professionally active through participation in appropriate professional societies and a robust research and publication program.

 

Job Qualifications

We seek qualified applicants who also bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen our organization. We especially invite applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. All candidates should be prepared to discuss how they see themselves contributing to the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of patrons, and our employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. We are therefore interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing our mission to provide equitable access to information resources. Required qualifications include:

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or the equivalent combination of a relevant degree and experience working in an academic library.
  • Evidence of potential to meet the professional requirements of a tenure-track position through research, librarianship, and service.
  • Appointment at the Assistant Librarian level will require demonstrated potential for scholarly engagement and evidence of a clear research focus.
  • Appointment at the Associate Librarian level will require advanced research and librarianship to qualify for tenure at time of appointment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with library colleagues and the campus community.
  • Exceptional communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Interest, coursework, or experience in collection development and serials.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.
  • Serials collections experience preferred

The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role we are seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your resume and cover letter, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and tell us how your background, perspective, and experience will help us fulfill our mission and meet our goals.

The position pays $55,000-65,000 dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, medical and dental coverage, and generous paid sick and vacation time.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by April 30, 2021.

To apply for this job please visit utah.peopleadmin.com.