Position Announcement: Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions, Williams College Chris Blackman 10 May 2007 19:59 UTC

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Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions, Williams College,
Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williams College Libraries seeks candidates for the position of Head of
Collection Development and Acquisitions. This position offers a unique
opportunity to manage a $2.35 million materials budget, to lead
collection initiatives and establish acquisitions policies at a
top-ranked liberal arts college. In collaboration with eleven liaison
selectors, this person will have an exciting role in developing the
future of library collections as the college embarks on the construction
of a new integrated library and technology center and off-site storage
facility. The Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions reports to
the College Librarian. This position is a full-time, 12-month
administrative staff position.

Prepares and justifies budget requests in conjunction with the College
Librarian. Makes allocations and tracks expenditures for general,
endowment, gift, and grant funds. Evaluates vendor performance and
negotiates with vendors for service fees and sales discounts. Monitors
faculty curricular and research interests and adapts to changes in the
Williams curriculum; oversees purchasing priorities. Coordinates review
and selection of electronic resources. Chairs the Library’s Electronic
Resources Group. Negotiates license terms and pricing for electronic
resources and media materials. Participates in the implementation of the
Library’s Electronic Resource Management module. As a Boston Library
Consortium collection manager, represents the Williams College Libraries
in frequent collaborative meetings with other BLC counterparts.
Participates in BLC initiatives including the Cooperative Collection
Development Working Group. Supervises five Acquisitions support staff.

MLS degree from ALA-accredited library school with 5 years relevant
experience formulating and tracking budgets; collection development
expertise. Ability to work collaboratively with various campus
constituents. Subject expertise in and understanding of the mission of a
liberal arts college. Supervisory and training experience with knowledge
of scholarly communication and library trends in copyright and
licensing. Knowledge of the publishing market, electronic service
providers, serials vendors and. binding and preservation practices.
Expertise in accounting practices and systems. Demonstrated excellent
oral and written communication skills. Experience with online integrated
bibliographic systems and bibliographic utilities. Familiarity with
cataloging standards.

Review of applications will begin on May 25, 2007, and continue until
the position is filled.

Please send a cover letter and resume including job number #300365-BLCCM

Williams College Office of Human Resources
100 Spring Street Suite 201
Williamstown, MA 01267
or to
(413) 597-3129