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Collection Development Officer (UL400)

Collection Development Officer (UL400)

University of Minnesota Libraries - Twin Cities Job Location: Minnesota Date Created: 10-05-2018

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an innovative, progressive Collection Development Officer to advance its historically rich collections and contemporary programs of content provision. The position aligns Libraries collections with the institution's comprehensive research programs and extensive undergraduate curricula, both enriched by a land grant mission. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections, the position provides Libraries-wide strategic leadership and direction for University Libraries collections in all formats and leverages Libraries' resources to meet shared interests of the University's system campuses. 
The Collection Development Officer has leadership and administrative oversight responsibility for collection development and the collections budget, working in collaboration with four disciplinary Collections Coordinators, the Electronic Resources Librarian, subject liaisons, and advisory groups. With annual collection expenditures of over $18 million, the Libraries' resources support campus, state, and global communities. The University Libraries has placed a recent emphasis on values-based collection investments. The position contributes to the broader Libraries' and campus engagement in issues associated with knowledge resources and their creation, dissemination, and preservation. 
The University of Minnesota Libraries
In 2017, the Libraries was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for libraries. Recognized for its impactful programs and advancement of new models of service, the Libraries encompass a highly collaborative organizational structure, innovative programs in support of instruction and research, and robust technologies. Its outreach beyond the University is strengthened by unparalleled infrastructure for resource sharing, licensing, digitization, and digital preservation within the state and region provided by the state-supported Minitex program, a division of the University Libraries. The Libraries is an active contributor to the broader scholarly ecosystem with digital repositories, significant digital collections, and publishing services and is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, the Digital Library Federation, and the Center for Research Libraries. 
The University of Minnesota Libraries upholds core values of knowledge, openness, service, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion within a learning organization that fosters creativity and innovation. 
Position Responsibilities
The Collection Development Officer works in a highly collaborative context, with leadership responsibility for Libraries-wide collections advisory groups.
  • Lead in the development, implementation, and interpretation of collection development policies. 
  • Provide leadership in articulating collection scope and developing plans for collection development, assessment, and investment, working in collaboration with advisory groups.
  • Provide oversight and management for the collections budget, including coordination of collection support investments. Develop proposals for collection investments and set long-term strategies for sustainability, working in collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • Advance Libraries' initiatives to enable sustainable systems of scholarly communication.
  • Negotiate with publishers and content vendors, cultivate productive publisher/vendor relations, and contribute to the development of responsive publishing systems. 
  • Monitor and integrate trend and analytic data associated with scholarship, publishing, and technology in collection development processes and initiatives. 
  • Engage with partners within the Libraries, across other University of Minnesota system campuses, and with consortial partners to advance strategic activities in collective collection development.
  • Supervise Collection Development support staff (1.0 FTE) and coordinate collection development processes with the Acquisitions and e-Resource Management Department. 
  • Develop educational programs and opportunities to advance the collection development expertise of Libraries staff. 
The individual will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, while working toward continuous appointment status. 
Required Qualifications
  • A master's degree in library or information sciences from an ALA accredited institution or advanced degree with relevant experience. 
  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in building and/or managing library collections in all formats.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues in collections development, publishing, and scholarly communications.
  • Evidence of strong analytic skills with quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Budgetary experience and facility with financial systems and tools. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills, demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, and ability to work in highly collaborative organizational environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with collection development in a research library context.
  • Knowledge of electronic resource licensing practices and demonstrated vendor negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated grant writing and project management skills.
  • Facility with statistical analysis and data visualization.
  • Supervisory experience. 
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at Assistant or Associate Librarian. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance. 
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a classic Big Ten campus in the heart of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The area offers rich cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities. 
To Apply
Applications must be submitted online at http://z.umn.edu/ulib400 . To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and CV.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity equity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).
The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

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