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Job posting, Univ. of PA Libraries (fwd) Marcia Tuttle 27 Apr 1999 15:55 UTC

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Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 11:20:40 -0400
From: Bob Persing <persing@POBOX.UPENN.EDU>
Subject: Job posting, Univ. of PA Libraries

Here's a job posting from the Penn library.  The position will be a
third librarian shared between our acquisitions and serials
departments.  This person will work closely with the Acq. and Serials
department heads, as well as with collection development.  We're looking
for someone interested in both electronic and print information, eager
to learn, and with a good sense of humor.

The formal university posting (which is somewhat less detailed) is
available at:

FYI, the �Patricia and Bernard Goldstein Information Processing Center�
is the official name of the Penn Library�s technical services

Anyone who'd like more information on the position should feel free to
contact me.

:-) Bob Persing
Head of Serials, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA  19104-6278
Phone: 215-898-2815 / Fax: 215-573-9610 / email:


Reports to the Director of the Patricia and Bernard Goldstein
Information Processing Center.

CONTEXT: The acquisitions function is an essential component of a
redesigned and renamed Information Processing Center. Changes in the
publishing marketplace as well as in the vendor community serving
library acquisitions have provided the impetus for a fundamental
rethinking of how libraries provide for the information needs of their
users. Housed in new state-of-the-art quarters and using Endeavor�s
Voyager information system the IPC is well-positioned for the future. We
are looking for someone who works well with ambiguity, flourishes in a
very demanding environment, is flexible and has a good sense of humor.

DESCRIPTION: Working collaboratively with the other members of the
Goldstein Information Processing Center, particularly with the Head of
Serials and the Head of Monographic Acquisitions, is responsible for
providing coordinated support services for the acquisition of digital
resources in a variety of formats.


Supports the broad range of acquisitions services offered by the
Goldstein Information Processing Center.

Acquires and maintains access to electronic information. Works in
consort with colleagues in acquisitions, public services, systems and
cataloging. In consultation with collection development librarians,
coordinates the ordering and renewal of electronic resources.
Collaborates with cataloging units to ensure public access and record
maintenance. Maintains a central repository of information on licenses
and other information regarding the acquisition of digital information.
Keeps current with developments and emerging trends in the acquisitions
of electronic resources and works closely with library staff on related

Manages and coordinates the Library�s access to electronic government
information sources, particularly those resources that have
traditionally been part of the government documents depository program.

Gathers and maintains data on the use of electronic resources.

Assume leadership role in representing the IPC�s acquisitions and
serials functions in the Library�s developing digital library, including
the Oxford University Press electronic book project and electronic
stewardship initiatives.

Monitors the Library�s approval plans with particular emphasis on vendor
record loading, vendor performance and management information.

Carries out other acquisition and serial-related duties as required.

Serves as backup to the Head of Serials and Head of Monographic
Acquisitions when necessary.

May supervise professional and/or non-professional staff.

REQUIREMENTS: ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent in theory or
practice. Experience in library acquisitions or the publishing industry
preferred.  Knowledge of trends in electronic resources and issues
related to providing access to electronic resources preferred. Effective
communication skills and the ability to function in a rapidly changing
processing environment. Must be able to work in a collaborative and
supportive manner with staff from various constituencies within the Penn

Rank: Appointment as a Librarian A/B depending on qualifications and
years of experience.

To apply, please submit your resume and letter of interest to:
Library Human Resources, University of Pensylvania Libraries, Van
Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA