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Position Announcement: Head of Acquisitions, U of Maryland Susanna Van Sant 11 Oct 2006 17:00 UTC

The following position announcement is cross-posted.  Please excuse
any duplication.

University of Maryland Libraries

Title:  	Librarian (Head of Acquisitions)
Category:  	Non-Tenured Faculty, Full-Time (12-Month Appointment)
Salary:		Commensurate with qualifications and experience; comprehensive

Exciting opportunity to help build a state-of-the-art acquisitions
operation at the largest university library system in the Washington
DC-Baltimore area.   The UM Libraries serve the College Park campus, the
flagship of the 13-member University System of Maryland.  See for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Within a team environment, responsible for planning,
developing and managing all aspects of procuring library material
(annual budget of $8+ million) for UM College Park Libraries, plus
electronic resources for Maryland Digital Library and University System
of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions.  To accomplish this goal,
manages and leads acquisition production group with teams for ordering,
continuing resources and business.  Resolves complex acquisitions and
serials problems and applies knowledge of current issues and trends in
acquisitions, scholarly communications and the publishing industry to
improve services.  Serves as member of Technical Services’ Leadership
and Planning Team.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:  Master’s degree in library science from
ALA-accredited graduate program or equivalent professional degree and
relevant library acquisitions experience.  Five years of relevant,
progressively responsible professional experience in mid- to large-size
academic or research library, with at least two managing an acquisitions
unit.  Extensive experience with automated acquisitions systems and
automated library systems in an academic research library.  Thorough
knowledge of technical services.  In-depth knowledge of acquisitions and
serials issues and an awareness of emerging trends.  Thorough knowledge
of vendor negotiations, scholarly communication, publishing trends, book
and subscription trade. Familiarity with basic accounting principles.

Demonstrated managerial, supervisory and leadership skills.  Ability to
create and manage organizational change and to lead in a team-based
organization.  Demonstrated skills in vendor relations and negotiations.
  Competence in bibliographic and acquisitions data management, as well
as spreadsheet packages and desktop tools. Excellent interpersonal and
communication skills.  Demonstrated record of professional contribution.

Electronic applications are preferred.  For full consideration, submit a
cover letter, a resume and the names and addresses of three references
by November 3, 2006.  Applications accepted until the position is
filled.  Send resume by e-mail to, or by fax to
301-314-6293 or to Jane Williams, Room 7107, McKeldin Library,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD  20742-7011.
Full job description is at


Susanna Van Sant
Leader, Collection Management Team
University of Maryland Libraries
College Park, MD 20742-7011