The Ohio State University — Acquisitions Librarian

Acquisitions and Discovery Cohort

The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a cohort of innovative tenure-track faculty librarians to join our team to redesign acquisition and discovery activities.

The recently formed Acquisitions and Discovery program comprises multiple units managing work in the arenas of content ordering, receiving, licensing and negotiation, bibliographic description, metadata creation and management, access management for electronic resources, and description and processing of special collections content.

This cohort of librarians will join the University Libraries during an exciting period of pivotal transition as we implement a new strategic plan aligned with the University’s priorities. Not only will the successful candidates enrich existing faculty and staff expertise, but will join the Libraries as we seek to grow and cultivate agile practices that value iterative change through experimentation and risk-taking. The cohort, under the direction of the Acquisitions and Discovery Strategist, will join a team of program area leaders and collaborate in building innovative processes throughout the lifecycle of library collections. The University Libraries is actively building a new discovery environment to ensure a user-centered experience of seamless discovery, access, and delivery of library resources.

Acquisitions Librarian

The Ohio State University seeks a pro-active and analytical individual for the position of Acquisitions Librarian. The Acquisitions Librarian will lead the purchasing activities for unit orders and integration of these workflows throughout the cycle from selection to availability. This position collaborates with the Electronic Resources Officer, who has responsibility for acquisition of most e-resources, to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in all Acquisitions activities. The Acquisitions Librarian develops and implements workflow and practices to support the evolving environment of collection development and acquisitions, including active participation in the OhioLINK and Big Ten Academic Alliance consortia.


  • Lead the acquisition of monographs (including firm order e-books) and tangible materials for the collections using one-time, approval, and use-driven collections budgets. Develop and manage efficient workflows. Integrate acquisitions with cataloging workflows, including vendor services and rapid copy cataloging.
  • Develop and sustain productive relationships with internal and external agents in the business cycle, including campus fiscal offices, library consortia, and vendors. Monitor contracts.
  • Engage as member of the leadership team of Acquisitions and Discovery to optimize access to library collections. Partners with other stakeholders, including the Collection Strategist, Electronic Resources Officer, and subject librarians.
  • Manage staffing resources in the unit.
  • Participate actively on library-wide committees, task forces and teams, and represents the University Libraries in consortial partnerships.
  • Contribute to developments in the field of acquisitions librarianship through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues.

Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree, a master’s degree with specialization in archives, a master’s degree in museum studies or a comparable graduate degree in one of the above fields from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging issues, trends, workflows, business models and best practices in the changing landscape of library acquisition, gained through at least two years of experience with acquisition of library materials.
  • Experience with fiscal controls.
  • Experience in project planning, workflow development, and/or writing documentation.
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including complex problems solving.
  • Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service which are required criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience contributing to library consortia activities.
  • Success in leading change initiatives.
  • Success in reviewing workflows and redeveloping work.
  • Experience managing contracts.
  • Experience developing productive vendor relationships.
  • Experience with batch loading records.
  • Knowledge of electronic resources management.
  • Experience hiring, training, assessing employees.
  • Reading knowledge of language(s) in addition to English.

Discover Ohio State:
For 147 years, The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It’s where friendships are forged. It’s where rivalries and revelry are born.

The University’s main campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

University Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression, advances effective teaching, curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. Our libraries provide access to deep research collections, an extensive offering of online resources available anytime anywhere, and special collections of exceptional quality and distinction. University Libraries participates actively in OhioLINK and Big Ten Academic Alliance. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at

These positions are full-time, permanent, 12-month appointments. For appointment as a tenure-track faculty member, the candidate will be required to meet university and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary, position type, and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.

All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State’s commitment to provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio State. The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:

Join Us!
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to applications received by:

  • Acquisitions Librarian (November 6, 2017)

Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Kristin Gall at Please include the title of the position for which you are posting in the subject field.

Contact Information: Kristin Gall, Human Resources Associate, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5794.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.