Position announcement -- Head, Acquisitions Dept. -- UC-Irvine Todd L. Butler 18 Feb 2006 00:32 UTC


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

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.



    * 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


    * 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: hr@lib.uci.edu
<mailto:hr@lib.uci.edu>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.