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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 17:27:43 -0600
From: "Marlene C. Klauba (by way of \"Kevin M. Randall\"
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Subject: Job posting: Northwestern Univ. Lib. (Head, Serials Dept. and
Coordinator of Acquisitions Services)

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Kevin M. Randall
Head, Serials Cataloging Section
Northwestern University Library
Evanston, IL   60208-2300

phone: (847) 491-2939
fax:   (847) 491-7637


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Head, Serials Department and Coordinator of Acquisitions Services

SUMMARY: Manages and leads the Serials Department, which is responsible
for serials ordering, receipt and cataloging. The department is
responsible for processing over 15,000 current serial titles. Coordinates
acquisitions activities taking place in both the Serials Department and
the Monographic Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Department, which
orders, receives and copy catalogs monographs.  Responsibilities include
direct or indirect supervision of 3 librarians and 6 non-exempt staff;
monitoring book and serial expenditures; coordination of blanket order and
approval programs; vendor selection, negotiation, and evaluation; managing
licenses for electronic resources. The Head is responsible for
coordinating the work of the Department with that of other library units,
and serves on the Technical Services management team. Also works very
closely with the Assistant University Librarian for Collection Management,
bibliographers and selectors, and the Budget and Finance Department.
RESPONSIBILITIES:  As Head of the Serials Department:  Formulates and
implements goals, objectives, policies and procedures in the Serials
Department.  Sets priorities and allocates financial, staff and space
resources for the Department.  Continually examines and as necessary
adjusts operations in relation to Library policies and goals in light of
changing circumstances and new opportunities. Directly or indirectly
supervises the Serials Department staff, which is currently made up of 3
librarians and 6 support staff engaged in serials order placement,
claiming, receipt, and serials cataloging.  Responsible for the
preparation of position descriptions;  hiring, training and evaluating
staff; establishing performance standards and goals; and recommending
appropriate personnel actions. Conducts meetings to review needs, develop
new procedures, and communicate information. Interprets administrative
decisions, directions, policies and regulations to department staff.
Promotes continuing staff development for department employees. Plans,
prepares and analyzes budgets, reports, and statistics; prepares staff
manuals and other materials setting forth policies and procedures for the
department. Serves as a member of the Technical Services management team,
consulting with heads of the Monographic Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging
and Catalog departments, participating in the overall planning and
management of Technical Services operations and coordinating activities
with other Northwestern libraries and units. Responsible for the
management licenses for electronic resources. Is one of three library
staff members authorized to sign such licenses. Expected to maintain a
high level of understanding of issues related to the acquisitions,
processing and management of electronic resources; and to provide
leadership in planning and decision-making about the management of
electronic resources.  Participates in library-wide planning and service
programs.  Serves as a member of Management Council, an advisory body to
the University Librarian.  As Coordinator of Acquisitions:  Provides
leadership in the development and coordination of acquisitions policies
and procedures governing the ordering, receipt and payment of materials in
central technical services.  Serves as the primary technical services
contact with library vendors; is responsible for final resolution of
problems regarding all aspects of acquisitions. Monitors book and serials
expenditures, discussing trends and problems with appropriate staff.
Coordinates blanket order and approval programs.  Maintains contacts with
publishers and library materials vendors to solve problems and negotiate
service; selects vendors and analyzes vendor performance. Works closely
with the Head of the Monographic Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging
Department to support and coordinate serials and monographs acquisitions
activities.  Works closely with Collection Management and Business and
Finance Department staff, and with library materials selectors throughout
the library.  Consults with representatives of other libraries and library
units using a shared Voyager system for acquisitions, serials control and
cataloging.  Consults with Information Technology Division staff about
utilization and modification of automated systems for support of serials
and acquisitions operations.  Maintains current awareness and
understanding of issues and trends in serials and acquisitions, publishing
and librarianship.  Keeps abreast of and coordinates adherence to
appropriate standards and business practices.

QUALIFICATIONS:  MLS from an ALA-accredited library school; Extensive (at
least three years preferred) post-MLS technical services or collection
management experience; Substantial (at least two years preferred)
acquisitions and/or serials control experience in an academic or research
library using an automated library information management system; thorough
understanding of publishing and library acquisitions issues, including
those related to electronic resources.  Successful supervisory and
management experience;  ability to communicate effectively, both orally
and in writing; Record of professional development and continuing
education.  Prefer: serials cataloging experience; demonstrated ability to
coordinate projects and work activities in a cooperative, collegial
environment; record of innovation and successful implementation of change;
record of professional service and/or research.

ENVIRONMENT: Northwestern University is a major private university which
offers an extensive library system to support its program of study,
research and teaching.  This includes the Northwestern University Library,
three branch libraries on the Evanston Campus, and four libraries on the
Chicago Campus.  Northwestern University Library is a member of the
Association of Research Libraries and participates in programs of the
Committee on Institutional Cooperation.  The holdings of the libraries
total over 3.6 million volumes.  Bibliographic Record Services is one of
three Technical Services departments in the Northwestern University
Library. : Technical Services staff work in a highly automated
environment, using OCLC, the recently implemented Voyager library
management system, and other online resources.

SALARY:  $40,000 minimum. TO APPLY: Send letter of application and resume,
including names and addresses of three references to Peter Devlin,
Personnel Librarian, Northwestern University Library, 1935 Sheridan Road,
Evanston, Illinois 60208-2300.  Applications received by March 31, 1999
will be given first consideration.  Northwestern University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Employment eligibility
verification required upon hire.

Marlene C. Klauba                          Northwestern University Library
Administrative Secretary                   1935 Sheridan Road
E-mail:          Evanston, IL 60208-2300
(New Area Code)
FAX:  (847)  491-8306                       Phone:  (847) 491-7640

Kevin M. Randall
Head, Serials Cataloging Section
Northwestern University Library
Evanston, IL   60208-2300

phone: (847) 491-2939
fax:   (847) 491-7637