Job posting: Head, Acquisitions Department, Univ. of California Riverside (Margaret Hogarth) Bob Persing 08 Nov 2006 18:19 UTC

FROM: Margaret Hogarth (margaret.hogarth@UCR.EDU)
RE: Head, Acquisitions Department, Univ. of California Riverside
DATE: 11/8/06 12:03 PM

Head, Acquisitions Department

The University of California, Riverside Libraries seeks an experienced,
innovative, and service-oriented individual to lead the Libraries’
Acquisitions Department. The
UCR Libraries is a member of ARL. The UCR Libraries is comprised of five
facilities housing more than 2,000,000 volumes, 28,000 print and
electronic serials and 1,700,000 microformats; and providing access to
more than 258 databases. The successful candidate will join an
enthusiastic staff of 39 FTE librarians and 124 support personnel in
continuing to build and make available research collections of
excellence within an expanding and diverse university.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the AUL for Collections and Scholarly
Communications, the Head of Acquisitions assumes responsibility for the
overall management of the Acquisitions Department currently with one
librarian and 15 support staff.
• Provides expert leadership and guidance for all acquisitions
activities which include ordering, receiving, fund accounting,
invoicing, claiming, approval processing, serials receipt and check-in,
and gift processing.
• Oversees the successful acquisition of materials in all formats,
including electronic resources working within an annual budget of $5.2
• Organizes and directs the workflow of the department to accomplish its
mission, tasks, and goals.
• Maintains and evaluates vendor relationships, vendor performance and
innovation, and cost data to guide acquisitions processes and to
determine impact.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of publishing trends.
• Works collaboratively with the heads of the Cataloging/Metadata
Services and Collection Development departments and the AUL for
Collections and Scholarly Communications to set priorities, allocate
resources, conduct analyses, and in general oversee and plan for
efficient workflow and integration of the functions of technical
services and enhancement of collection access.
• Writes and maintains documentation of policies and procedures.
• Guides planning, development, and evaluation of departmental services.
• Generates timely, responsive, and accurate reports as required by
Technical Services, Collection Development, and Library Administration.
• Responsible for supervision of departmental staff and student
employees including recruitment, orientation, training, and performance
• Contributes to overall policy, planning, problem-solving, and future
directions for Technical Services.
• Represents the Acquisitions Department on the Library Advisory Council
and in local, regional, and national forums relating to acquisitions
functions as appropriate.
• Works collaboratively with UC colleagues systemwide in consortial
resource-sharing initiatives.

Required Qualifications: ALA accredited MLS with at least 5 years
professional experience managing an Acquisitions Department or major
components of acquisitions
functions preferably in an academic research library; extensive
acquisitions experience with an integrated library system (Innovative
Interfaces or equivalent);
significant personnel management experience; experience with acquisition
of electronic resources; knowledge of latest trends in acquisitions
among research libraries; knowledge of publishing industry trends;
significant knowledge and experience with initiating and maintaining
approval plans for both domestic and foreign imprints; excellent oral
and written communication skills, with ability to communicate clearly
and in a timely and effective manner; demonstrated commitment to
fostering and building a diverse workforce and to supporting staff
development in support of the University’s and the Libraries’ goals of
excellence and diversity.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with implementation of electronic
resources and working in a consortial environment.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and
experience within a range of $47,868-$94,500. Appointment at rank of
Associate Librarian II-Librarian V depending upon qualifications and
experience or appointment to the Management/Senior Professional Series
(MSP). Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Application Information: Position available immediately. Review of
applications will begin December 15, 2006 and will continue until the
position is filled. Send nominations and applications with letter of
interest addressing qualifications and experience, resume, and names and
contact information of four professional references
to: David Rios, Director of Library Personnel, University of California
Riverside, University Libraries, P.O. Box 5900, Riverside, CA 92517, or
fax to (951) 827-2255 or
email to

About the UCR Libraries
The Libraries provides services to more than 17,000 students and 1,664
faculty in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing
extensive growth in its research, professional school, and graduate
student body within the next ten years. The successful candidate will
join an enthusiastic staff of 163 FTE librarians and
support personnel in continuing to build a research library of
excellence within an expanding and diverse university ranked among the
top 40 research universities in the
nation. The UCR Libraries uses the Innovative Interfaces integrated
library system. Library membership includes ARL, Western OCLC, and the
Center for Research

About the University of California, Riverside
The University of California Riverside (UCR) is one of ten campuses of
the University of California System generally recognized as the
preeminent public university system in the world. The 1200-acre,
park-like Riverside campus is located 60 miles east of Los Angeles and
50 miles west of Palm Springs. The University of California, Riverside,
strongly committed to diversity, is experiencing rapid growth in
graduate programs, research, and professional schools. UCR is a Carnegie
RU/VH institution (Carnegie Research Universities - very high research
activity) and land-grant university with many specialized research
centers and institutes, such as UC Mexus, Center for Ideas and Society,
and Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, contributing to a
dynamic environment. The City of Riverside (pop. 260,000) and the
surrounding communities of Southern California (pop 3.4 million),
including Los Angeles, Temecula, Palm Springs, etc., offer a variety of
cultural, intellectual, and recreational activities. Riverside enjoys a
moderate cost of living and offers one of the best housing values in

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity