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Job Posting: Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions, Williams College Libraries Chris Blackman 16 Sep 2008 19:11 UTC

   Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions, Williams College

Williams College Libraries seeks candidates for the position of Head of
Collection Development and Acquisitions. This position offers a unique
opportunity to manage a $2.5 million materials budget, to lead
collection initiatives and establish acquisitions policies at a
top-ranked liberal arts college. Coordinating the work of 11 subject
liaisons, this person will have an exciting role in developing the
future of library collections as the college begins the construction of
a new integrated library and technology center to open in 2011. The Head
of Collection Development and Acquisitions reports to the College
Librarian. This position is a full-time, 12-month administrative staff

Prepares and justifies library budgets in conjunction with the College
Librarian. Makes allocations and tracks expenditures for all
acquisitions funds. Evaluates vendor performance and negotiates with
vendors for service fees and discounts. Monitors faculty curricular and
research interests and incorporates changes in the Williams curriculum.
Oversees purchasing priorities. Coordinates review and selection of
electronic resources and chairs the Library's Electronic Resources
Group. Negotiates license terms and pricing for electronic resources and
media materials. Leads the implementation of the Library's Electronic
Resource Management module. Directs the Library's digitization
initiatives. As a Boston Library Consortium collection manager,
represents the Williams College Libraries in frequent meetings with 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 the humanities and/or social sciences
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 October 6, 2008, and continue until the position is
filled. Job Group 2 -D.

Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume *including job number

by e-mail to: <>

or by postal mail to:

   Office of Human Resources, Williams College
   100 Spring Street Suite 201
   Williamstown, MA 01267

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination,
Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive
community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.


*Christine Blackman*
Catalog Librarian
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