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job posting - JSTOR Carol L. MacAdam 22 Aug 2002 15:02 UTC

                Assistant Director, Collection Research & Development
                JSTOR, an independent not-for-profit organization located in
New York, NY, is a large-scale undertaking to build an electronic archive of
scholarly journals and to improve dramatically access to this material.  To
date, JSTOR has converted over 9 million pages from 242 journal titles from
print to digital form.  In all of its activities, JSTOR promotes a
system-wide perspective, balancing the needs of publishers, libraries and
scholars.  Presently, more than 170 publishers and nearly 1,400 academic
libraries worldwide have signed on as participants in this endeavor. JSTOR
is headquartered in New York, with satellite offices in Princeton, NJ and
Ann Arbor, MI.  We also maintain a mirror site in Manchester, England.

                The Assistant Director, Collection Research & Development
will report to the Director of Publisher Relations.  The Assistant Director
will have primary responsibility for creating collections of core academic
journal literature for the JSTOR archive.  This will entail assessing market
needs, developing prospective collections of journal literature, and
establishing relationships and negotiating license agreements with
independent journals, scholarly societies, commercial publishers, and
university presses.
                Specific Duties and Responsibilities
                The Assistant Director, Collection Research & Development

                ·       Research markets for new collections by soliciting
feedback about academic disciplines desired by libraries, scholars and
students, developing a strong awareness of disciplinary trends in academic
research and publishing, and gathering and maintaining market data.

                ·       Research and assess journal literature for the
archive based on JSTOR's standard criteria and community needs. Develop
relationships with and solicit feedback about publications from advisors
(librarians and scholars) across academic disciplines.

                ·       Develop and maintain relationships with partner
societies to assist in identifying and prioritizing journals and building
community support for new collections.

                ·       Evaluate likelihood of success in signing journals
based on competitive landscape, legal considerations and interests of
journal publishers.

                ·       Successfully execute license agreements with
publishers within established deadlines. Specifically:
                                ·       Develop an understanding of
issues/concerns publishers have in joining JSTOR, and work with the
Publisher Relations team to address needs as appropriate.
                                ·       Invite publishers to participate in
JSTOR, communicating effectively the benefits of participation.
                                ·       Negotiate license terms.

                ·       Communicate regularly with other units within JSTOR
(particularly Production) progress on journal signings and collection
completion.  Working with these units, ensure that JSTOR meets annual
collection development and production goals.
                ·       Masters Degree (MLS strongly preferred)
                ·       Minimum 4 years employment in academic or corporate
library, academic publishing or related field
                ·       Experience in journal/book acquisitions and
                ·       Proven experience with contract negotiations
                ·       Understanding of copyright and intellectual property
issues, particularly as related to electronic publishing
                ·       Excellent oral and written communication skills
                ·       Ability to anticipate, identify and solve problems
                ·       Positive attitude; self-motivator; creative thinker
                ·       Excellent organizational skills; ability to handle
and prioritize tasks with limited supervision; work well under deadlines
                ·       Software experience: Microsoft Office applications
(required); Act, FileMaker Pro, Dreamweaver (preferred)
                Please send résumé and salary history to:
                Heidi McGregor
                Director, Publisher Relations
                120 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
                New York, NY 10011
                Fax: 212-229-6841
                Email: <>
                JSTOR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry,
marital status, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.

Carol MacAdam
Associate Director for Library Relations
120 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
212-229-6841 fax