The Ohio State University — Acquisitions Librarian

The Ohio State University seeks a pro-active and analytical Acquisitions Librarian for a tenure-track faculty appointment. The Acquisitions Librarian leads the business processes for acquiring library resources for general collections, Special Collections, and Area Studies. This role has an emphasis on one-time and profile-based transactions that do not require distinct licenses. The Acquisitions Librarian develops efficient and effective practices to support the evolving environment of collection development and acquisitions. Works under the direction of the Acquisitions and Discovery Strategist and collaboratively across University Libraries to develop innovative processes throughout the lifecycle of library collections.

The Acquisitions Librarian 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. University Libraries is actively building a new discovery environment to ensure a user-centered experience of seamless discovery, access, and delivery of library resources.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Ensure that resources are acquired in a timely, fiscally responsible, and effective manner that complies with University legal and financial policies and requirements.
  • Develop and sustain productive relationships with internal and external agents in the business cycle, including campus fiscal offices, multiple library consortia, and vendors.
  • Monitor contracts and evaluate services.
  • Engage as member of the leadership team of the Acquisitions and Discovery program to optimize access to library collections. Partners with stakeholders, particularly the Collections Strategist and Electronic Resources Officer, to advance the goals of the Libraries.
  • Manage staffing resources in the unit.
  • Participate actively on library-wide committees, task forces and teams, and represents the University Libraries in consortial partnerships, including OhioLINK and Big Ten Academic Alliance.
  • 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 acquisitions, gained through at least two years of experience.
  • Experience with applying institutional rules and regulations for procurement.
  • 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 problem solving.
  • Commitment to the Libraries’ values of discovery, connection, equity, integrity, and stewardship.
  • 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.
  • Experience hiring, training, assessing employees.
  • Knowledge of electronic resources lifecycle.
  • 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 http://library.osu.edu.

Appointment:
This position is a full-time, permanent, 12-month appointment. 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.

Benefits:
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:
https://hr.osu.edu/new-employees/benefits-overview

Join Us!
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by June 17, 2018. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Randall McKenzie at mckenzie.87@osu.edu. Please include “Acquisitions Librarian” in the subject field.

Contact Information: Randall McKenzie, Human Resources Specialist, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-6133.

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.

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