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Position Announcement: Head of Collection Development, Anchorage, AK L. Christine Ericson 25 Jul 2007 21:15 UTC

POSITION:   Head of Collection Development PCN: 305715

                       Full-time, tenure-track, regular appointment w/

                       9 + 3 months/yr faculty-rank

LOCATION:  Consortium Library

                       University of Alaska Anchorage

Salary: minimum $60,000 annually; excellent health and life insurance,
and tuition waiver benefits; represented by bargaining unit.

Collections and Connections: Engaging our Communities The award-winning
Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage is recruiting
for the position of Head of Collection Development.  We are looking for
an energetic, motivated, and innovative librarian to join us in
developing print, multimedia and digital collections that are responsive
to the needs of our university communities.

Located near the Chugach Mountains in Alaska's largest city, the library
serves both the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and its community
campuses with 19,000 students, and Alaska Pacific University (APU), a
private institution with 500 students. The library is fully engaged in
statewide programs and supports a regional SirsiDynix integrated catalog
system with the Anchorage public library. It is a founding member of the
Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) and Alaska's
Digital Archives. The library's Health Sciences Information Service
offers a full range of library services to the medical community across
the state.

The Consortium Library has more than 807,000 bound volumes, more than
590,000 microform units, and subscribes to approximately 4,000 print
journals. The library is currently undergoing a serial review aimed at
reallocating funds for new resources. The library has a funding
allocation program for library materials for new UAA faculty.  The
library licenses over 190 databases and provides web access to the full
text of more than 20,000 journals and ebooks.  It is a designated
Foundation Center and a selective federal depository.  There are 19 FTE
faculty positions and 26 FTE staff positions.  Most of the librarians
serve as subject area selectors.

The library's base budget is approximately $4.8M which includes a
collections budget of $1.4M.

UAA is a comprehensive metropolitan university consisting of the main
campus in Anchorage, four community campuses, and additional sites in
rural communities and on military installations. UAA offers certificate,
associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs in the arts, humanities,
sciences, and professions.  Ph.D. programs in biological sciences and
psychology are offered at the UAA campus in partnership with the

of Alaska Fairbanks.

The city of Anchorage with a population of 282,813 is the chief business
center for the State of Alaska.  The spectacular scenery, the vast array
of wildlife, and outdoor recreational activities around Anchorage are
matched with a full range of theater, symphony and fine arts events held
in town.

Summer is full of light while the winters are less severe than in many
other major US cities.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Head of Collection Development is the principal
librarian overseeing the selection, evaluation, and preservation of the

library's print, multimedia and digital collections.   Job

include assisting with university accreditation and program reviews and
managing and updating the library's collection policies, vendor
contracts and digital licenses. This position monitors the expenditures
for materials and digital resources and manages the library's approval
program. The Head of Collection Development coordinates the work and
training of all librarians with subject selection assignments and chairs
library selectors meetings.  This position is expected to develop and
manage a funding formula for allocating acquisitions funds to subject
selectors and to work closely with the Technical Services Department in
ordering and withdrawing materials.

The Head of Collection Development reports to the Dean of the Consortium
Library and serves on key library management teams.  The Head of
Collection Development will seek opportunities for cooperative
collection development endeavors with other university, municipal,
state and federal agencies and will apply for grant funding for
collections and/or digital initiatives. In coordination with the Dean of
the Consortium Library, the Head of Collection Development works with
donors and on outreach activities. The Head of Collection Development
will provide reference assistance and instructional support. Since this
position is a tenure track faculty appointment, the Head of Collection
Development will be expected to meet all library faculty requirements
for tenure and promotion.


Significant experience with library collection development,
acquisitions, and electronic resources.  Management and supervisory
experience.  Knowledge of allocation formulas for acquisitions budgets.

EDUCATION REQUIRED: ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.


Progressively responsible management experience including supervision,
donor relations, acquisitions systems, collection assessment, outreach,
preservation, cooperative program planning and project management.

Demonstrated success obtaining grant funding.  Knowledge of emerging

information technologies and digital resources.


All applications must be submitted online:

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Referring to position number, PCN 305715, upload a cover letter of
application, resume or curriculum vita, and the names, addresses, email,
telephone and fax numbers of at least three references.


The screening committee will begin reviewing applications September 30,

2007.   Applications will be accepted until the recruitment is closed.

Candidates are encouraged to apply by the review date to receive full


Consortium Library: Archives and Special
Collections Department:

SLED: Alaska's Virtual Library: University of Alaska

Alaska Pacific University:

Municipality of Anchorage:


APPLICANTS needing reasonable accommodations to participate in the
application or interview process should contact Human Resource Services
prior to the closing date. UAA is an AA/EO Employer and Educational
Institution committed to diversity. Applicants must be eligible for
employment under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and
subsequent amendments. Application for employment with the University of
Alaska is subject to public disclosure.

 University of Alaska Anchorage

 Human Resource Services, ADM 245

 3211 Providence Drive

 Anchorage, AK 99508-8136,

 Voice (907) 786-4608 - TTY (907) 786-1420 - Fax (907) 786-4727


Christie Ericson

Interim Serials Technician

Consortium Library

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive

Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 786-1990

Fax: (907) 786-4639