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Katherine Hart, MLIS
Electronic & Continuing Resources Librarian
Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur Street, SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Position and Responsibilities:

Georgia State University Library seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable leader for its department of Technical Services. The  Department  Head  will  play  a  leadership  role  in  a  service-oriented  environment,  providing  direction  for  all  aspects  of  cataloging,  acquisitions,  electronic  and  continuing  resources,  including  strategic  planning,  budget  management, and management of departmental personnel.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections and Technical Services, the Head of Technical Services provides leadership and vision for the department including developing and implementing creative approaches to the work of the  department.    The  head  oversees  all  activities  including  purchasing,  licensing,  facilitating  access  to  licensed  content, discovery services, cataloging of materials in all formats and physical processing of materials.  Currently, library services are supported by the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system.  All University System of Georgia (USG) libraries are migrating to Alma and are now engaged in the implementation process with production expected by the end of fiscal year 2017.  

The department head works collaboratively and advances ongoing working relationships with the library’s business office,  collection  development,  special  collections,  digital  library  services  and  the  College  of  Law  Library.    The  Head has overall responsibility for personnel supervision and resources management within the department, which currently consists of two librarians and eight staff.

The  Georgia  State  University  Library  expends  a  roughly  six  million  dollar  annual  budget  for  materials.    The  collection  contains  approximately  1.5  million  volumes  plus  special  and  archival  collections  in  a  wide  range  of  formats, housed in the University Library – Atlanta Campus and five additional library locations.  The Head will operate in an environment of active consortial engagement through the USG and the Association of Southeastern Research  Libraries  (ASERL).    The  USG  initiative,  GALILEO,  provides  access  to  electronic  resources  and  other  materials for citizens throughout the state of Georgia.  The University Library is a member of the Association of Southeastern  Research  Libraries  (ASERL),  the  Center  for  Research  Libraries  (CRL),  and  the  Atlanta  Regional  Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE).

The University Library, Atlanta campus location, provides one of the most attractive, open, and inviting educational facilities in the Southeast. With over 1.3 million visitors in the past year, the Library is an integral part of the University community.  The Library is engaged with the campus community, offering a modern, inviting, and centralized facility supporting  both  teaching  and  research  with  expansive  collections  and  outstanding  assistance.    Its  signature  link,  a  multilevel glass structure that overlooks downtown Atlanta, connects the Library’s two prominent buildings. CURVE (  brings  together  students  and  expert  researchers  from  all  disciplines  in  a  shared,  hands-on,  interactive  space  featuring  cutting-edge  hardware  and  software  for  data  visualization  and  analysis.    For  additional  information about the Georgia State University Library, visit
Georgia State University, an innovative urban public research university, is a national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds. Georgia State readies students for professional pursuits, educates future leaders and prepares citizens for lifelong learning. Enrolling one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation at its downtown research campus, vibrant branch campuses, and online, the university provides educational opportunities for more than 50,000 students at the graduate, baccalaureate, associate and certificate levels.  For additional information about Georgia State University, visit

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in information/library science.  
  • Minimum five years of successful and increasingly responsible professional experience in cataloging, acquisitions or electronic and continuing resources.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Awareness of current practice, research and trendsin cataloging, e-resources and acquisitions.
  • Ability to provide leadership and vision for technical services.
  • Experience supervising, mentoring, and training library personnel.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with budget planning and expenditure analysis.
  • Experience working in a consortial environment.
  • Experience supervising faculty librarians. 
  • Record of professional service and scholarly accomplishments.
Condition of Work and Benefits:
  • Forty-hour work week
  • Retirement plans include: Teachers Retirement System, Twelve-month assignment TIAA–CREF, VALIC, & Fidelity
  • Twenty-one days of vacation
  • Group health and life insurance
  • Twelve paid holidays
  • Social Security
  • Twelve days sick leave
  • Optional pre-tax benefits
  • Faculty rank and status
  • Support for research and professional activities
  • Non-Tenure track
Salary and Rank:
$65,000 - $75,000 for 12 months. Salary commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience.
Appointment at a faculty rank [Assistant/Associate Professor], on a contract renewal basis. 

Submit  a  cover  letter  addressing  the  above  qualifications;  resume;  name,  address  and  phone  number  of  three  references,  including  immediate  supervisor.     Review  of  materials  will  begin  March  24, 2017  and continue until
the position is filled.  Send materials to:
Georgia State University
University Library
Attn: Human Resource Officer
100 Decatur Street, SE
Atlanta, GA  30303-3202
(404) 413-2700
Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.


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