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Acquisitions Librarian (tenure-track assistant professor)

Western Carolina University's Hunter Library seeks an Acquisitions Librarian to provide leadership and professional expertise in the selection, acquisition, and renewal of print and electronic monographic resources, media, special format materials, and continuing resources (journals and databases). The position will work with the Collection Development Librarian to establish overall priorities for the $1.7M library collections budget and be responsible for the ongoing expenditure and maintenance of the one-time and continuing resources budgets. The Acquisitions Librarian supervises all departmental activity in ordering and receiving materials in all formats via firm order, DDA, EBA, approval plans, and subscriptions. This position regularly reviews current and prospective vendors to assess service and pricing options and renegotiates service fees and contractual terms with the appropriate vendors. Other responsibilities include supervising three staff members; coordinating ordering, payment, and receipt of monographs and continuing resources; license negotiation; collection assessment activities; establishing and maintaining effective relationships with publishers, vendors and subscriptions agents; and evaluating consortial purchasing opportunities. The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, forward-thinking, detail-oriented, collegial, and demonstrate the ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner.


About the Library

The university library is housed in Hunter Library on the WCU campus and extends services to distance education and instructional sites in Asheville (NC) and Cherokee.  WCU’s library has a long, respected record of providing excellent service to the university community. Library staff are dedicated to the thoughtful integration of print and digital resources and to supporting the information literacy development of students and the teaching and research needs of faculty. 


The library has four departments comprised of 19 faculty and 30 staff members.  The Content Organization and Management (COM) department selects, acquires, organizes and manages intellectual content and collections of archival and regional importance to support the learning, teaching, and scholarship activities of the WCU community. COM includes 5 librarians and 10 support staff members and is responsible for a collection budget of approximately $1.7 million. The collection includes approximately 500,000 print and 800,000 e-books and provides access to more than 100,000 journals; the library has 17 digital collections. The library provides support across the university for open access, data management, and work in the digital humanities.


Hunter Library is committed to advancing inclusive excellence and to creating a welcoming working and learning environment for all students and employees. We know few applicants will have the background, skills, and experience that includes all the preferred qualifications. We encourage everyone who is excited about this position to go ahead and apply if you meet the required qualifications.  Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter skills and abilities that would apply to the position and how they would contribute to the mission of the library, in addition to their formal work experience.  Hunter Library invites applications from underrepresented groups and those who have academic experiences with diverse populations.


Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track position with a generous 24 days of vacation leave annually.  


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent; demonstrated evidence (through experience or coursework) of current acquisitions concepts, trends, and practices for both monographic and continuing resources; potential to meet the library’s requirement for scholarship and service; experience supervising others.


Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience with: managing continuing resources in an academic library; managing monographic acquisitions processes in an academic library; budget administration; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; strong analytic and problem-solving skills; creating, interpreting, and analyzing data and reports for use in collection management decision making; ; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues; working with publishers, vendors and subscription agents; negotiation of license agreements; and consortia purchasing arrangements.; experience with budget projections, allocations and reports; and experience with acquisitions module of an integrated library system (preferably III Sierra).

Application Procedure

To apply, access our online employment system at You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume or CV, unofficial transcripts of required the degree, and names and telephone numbers of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For more information, contact Kristin Calvert at


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.


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Kristin Calvert
Associate Professor
Head of Discovery and Technology Services

Head of Content Organization & Management
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers