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Acquisitions/Serials Position Patricia Callahan 28 Jun 2004 20:00 UTC

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                Acquisitions/Serials Librarian
        Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania

Biddle Law Library is seeking an experienced, service-oriented
individual to serve as Acquisitions/Serials Librarian at a law school
that prides itself on cross-disciplinary studies.

Responsibilities: Responsible for acquisition and receipt of library
materials in all formats, including oversight of ordering, receiving,
payment, serials check-in and binding. Initiate and maintain
relationships with publishers and vendors; monitor vendor performance;
coordinate the purchase, licensing and control of all electronic
materials, including the following: review and negotiate licensing
agreements, sometimes in collaboration with other staff, resolve any
initial access questions and problems, establish electronic resources
management database using Microsoft Access; place faculty rush orders
using university credit card; assist with evaluation and selection of
vendor to supply serials holdings data; maintain relevant procedures;
monitor expenditure of materials budget funds, prepare reports;
participate in collection development activities; supervise 5 FTE; act
as acquisitions liaison with law school departments, other libraries,
library patrons, consortia. Reports to Associate Director for Technical


Required: M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
experience; minimum of three years of library experience or equivalent;
demonstrated supervisory ability;  knowledge of U.S. and foreign
publishing industry; experience with automated library systems; strong
service orientation; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
ability to work both independently and in a team/collaborative environment.

Preferred: Experience working  with serials; working knowledge of
western European languages; law or academic library experience or
familiarity with legal materials; working knowledge of AACR2 and MARC
formats; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Salary and Benefits: Competitive. The University is an equal opportunity

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume and names of three references to:
Patricia Callahan, Associate Director for Technical Services
Biddle Law Library
3460 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3406
Fax: (215) 898-6619; E-mail:

Patricia Callahan
Associate Director for Technical Services
Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania
Voice: 215-898-0230  Fax: 215-898-6619