Position announcement -- Head, Acquisitions Dept. -- UC-Irvine Todd L. Butler 18 Feb 2006 00:32 UTC
HEAD, ACQUISITIONS DEPARTMENT The University of California, Irvine Libraries are seeking a dynamic leader to join an enthusiastic staff in building a research library of excellence for a young and rapidly-growing university ranked nationally in the top universities. The Head, Acquisitions Department will work in a collaborative environment of evolving institutional expectations and will manage growth and change to assure that high quality continues to be achieved. Duties and Responsibilities The successful candidate will play a key role in leading innovation in the Acquisitions Department and will, with energy, imagination and the effective utilization of technologies, lead the Acquisitions Department in the prompt and cost effective procurement and management of all collection materials for the UCI Libraries. The Head, Acquisitions is responsible for all operations and services of the department, supervising its work-flows in searching, ordering, receiving and copy cataloging new materials, claiming, negotiating licenses and managing access for electronic resources, developing management reports, managing special projects, and continually updating processes and procedures for efficiency. As a member of the Library Council, the incumbent participates in library-wide planning and policy making. The Head, Acquisitions has overall responsibility for personnel management within the Department and will build expertise within the department through staff training and professional development. S/he manages all departmental budgets; provides appropriate collection management support including accurately encumbering funds, invoicing receipts, reconciling expenditures and generating financial reports; and establishes good vendor relations, monitoring their performance and implementing new vendor offerings as appropriate. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Technical Services, the Head, Acquisitions Department position ensures excellent communication and cooperation across departments and divisions and works collaboratively with UC colleagues system wide in consortial resource sharing initiatives. The incumbent is a member of the Technical Services Management Group and participates on other divisional and library-wide teams and committees as appropriate and is expected to work comfortably and with excellence in a shared decision-making environment. Qualifications Required: * Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent combination of education and experience * Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible acquisitions experience in academic or research library setting * Minimum of 2 years successful supervisory experience * Experience in electronic resource license negotiation and management * Demonstrated management and organizational skills * Demonstrated ability to think analytically and solve problems * Demonstrated skills in vendor relations and negotiations * Excellent knowledge of acquisitions principles, processes and systems * Skill to adapt to change and balance work priorities in a fast paced environment * Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and to interact diplomatically with staff, vendors and customers * Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills * Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic library services and resources * Ability to meet criteria for Associate Librarian or Librarian rank Desired: * Experience in a consortial purchasing environment * Working knowledge of basic cataloging * Working knowledge of the Innovative Interfaces ILS Acquisitions and Serials Modules The Acquisitions Department The Acquisitions Department procures all collections materials for the UCI Libraries, which includes the Langson Library, the Science Library and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Department is responsible for expending a materials budget of over $7 million annually. The Department comprises the Department Head, 1 librarian, 15 staff and student assistants. The Libraries The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Business, the Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Science Library primarily serves the School of Medicine and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computer Sciences. The Grunigen Medical Library serves the UCI Medical Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus. The UCI Libraries have a staff of 273 FTE and an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments. The library collection consists of over 2.3 million volumes and over 25,000 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). University of California, Irvine One of ten University of California campuses, the University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, ranking tenth among the nation’s best public universities by U.S. News and World Report (also among the top fifty research universities), and three Nobel prizes in the last ten years. Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2010 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff. Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers 40 doctoral programs in addition to the M.D. UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally in the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten. Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity. They are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, one day per month sick leave, reductions in incidental fees, and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group life and health insurance plans. Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level: $43,860 - $78,396 (Associate Librarian I – Librarian III) plus annual administrative stipend of $4200. Deadline for Applications: Applications received by March 28, 2006, will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. To Apply: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their letters of application, complete résumés, and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Library Human Resources UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557 Irvine, CA 92623-9557 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>confidential fax (949) 824-3270 Electronic applications are preferred. Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired. This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/jobs/libvac.html, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information. The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.