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Director of Collections and Open Strategies

Director of Collections and Open Strategies

Iowa State University Job Location: Iowa Apply By: 03/22/2021 Date Created: 02-22-2021

The Iowa State University Library is seeking applications for a Director of Collections and Open Strategies (Librarian III). The University Library is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in advancing open access and is well on its way to integrating its open values into its collection strategies.

The successful candidate will increase the impact and reach of ISU’s research and scholarship by supporting, innovating, and advancing open and sustainable models for knowledge generation, dissemination, and publishing. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections, the Director of Collections and Open Strategies will direct the library’s collections and open strategies program and its $11 million acquisitions budget. The position will oversee a growing open access program, provide outreach to faculty in support of scholarly communications reform, and serve as an internal resource for content licensing policy and negotiations. The University Library is strongly committed to providing professional development and learning opportunities to ensure the incumbent has the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed across the position’s scholarly communications and collections responsibilities.

Working in a collaborative and service-oriented environment that seeks to enact Iowa State’s land grant mission to share our knowledge with Iowa and the rest of the world, key responsibilities for the position will include: advancing scholarly publishing reform and promoting open and sustainable publishing models; leading collection and open strategies in support of current Iowa State needs; inspiring a team of collection stakeholders, scholarly communications librarians, and support staff; developing and overseeing the use of evidence-based, data-driven assessment metrics; ensuring principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are fully integrated in the library’s collections and open strategies; and participating in and bringing Iowa State’s values and mission to national and international efforts to create models and infrastructures to advance Open Scholarship.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to interact effectively with library staff and the university community, working independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing team-based environment. Additionally, the successful candidate will possess adaptability and decision-making skills; have the ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems; communicate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences; effectively communicate and collaborate; and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice, public service and the land-grant mission.

ISU Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance and is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment where all individuals can succeed and thrive.  All library staff report their DEI efforts on annual evaluations and have strong commitment to public service and the land-grant mission.  ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

Required Minimum Quals:

Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with the assessment, negotiation, selection, licensing and acquisition of library content in all formats. Knowledge of current issues and trends in collection development. Experience or knowledge of open access business models and agreements. Ability and interest to engage in and contribute to the library's ongoing DEI efforts. Project management experience. Not all preferred qualifications must necessarily be met to be a successful candidate.

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