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Acquisitions and Licensing Librarian I/II

Villanova University


Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library seeks a highly-motivated and collaborative individual to lead the acquisition and licensing of information resources. This position is a member of the leadership team in the Collections Directorate and plays a key role in relationships with subject liaisons, the Office of General Counsel, vendors, and consortia.


Reporting to the Associate University Library for Collections, the Acquisitions & Licensing Librarian (A&LL) manages the information resource acquisition-lifecycle for all formats of materials within the $4.5 million budget. The A&LL leads and coordinates the acquisition, renewal, and payment of information resources. The A&LL is responsible for maintaining access to and the management of e-resources and communication regarding changes with appropriate library staff.                       


S/he negotiates and manages licenses in cooperation with the subject librarians, the University’s Procurement Department, and the Office of General Counsel (OGC). The A&LL collaborates with OGC to develop standard terms and forms for efficient licensing. S/he communicates with library and university staff to promote mutual understanding of and compliance with licensing terms and principles.    


The A&LL supervises 1FTE, trains and coordinates other team members working in functions relating to acquisition of print and electronic resources. S/he develops, maintains and applies a thorough knowledge of best practices, efficient workflows, and tools for acquisitions, licensing and e-resource management. S/he contributes to programs and initiatives of Falvey Library, Villanova University, and professional organizations, as appropriate.



·         MS/MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.

·         Minimum 2 years of experience acquiring, licensing and managing the lifecycle of scholarly e-resources. Preferred: 5+ years of progressively responsible acquisitions and licensing experience in an academic library.

·         Demonstrated ability to manage a portfolio of scholarly e-resources in a complex publishing environment.

·         Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate the acquisition and licensing of scholarly resources.

·         Knowledge of current issues in acquiring, licensing and managing scholarly resources.

·         Proven record of collaborative problem solving and facilitating cross-organizational cooperation in service of user needs.

·         Demonstrated ability to set priorities, exercise flexibility in meeting objectives, and effectively manage multiple projects and assignments.

·         Excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues.

·         Exceptional attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.

·         Experience with acquisition module of an ILS. Preferred: Experience with an ERM.



The successful candidate will be appointed an appropriate Librarian rank depending on qualifications and experience.



Falvey Memorial Library is situated in the heart of campus and is central to academic life at Villanova University. Falvey, with a dedicated staff of approximately 50 FTE, is a friendly and exciting place to be that values work-life balance. The Library developed VuFind, an open-source ILS discovery layer, which is used by organizations world-wide, and was the university library recipient of the ACRL 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.


Villanova University is located on a beautiful 260-acre suburban campus close to Philadelphia and was founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.


Nominations and Applications:

To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references with contact information via the Jobs at Villanova website: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/10195. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.


Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.




Dennis Lambert

Coordinator, Collection Management

Falvey Memorial Library

800 E. Lancaster Ave.

Villanova University

Villanova, PA 19085



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