The Acquisitions Librarian coordinates the work of the Acquisitions Department, managing the library’s acquisitions budget and acquisitions processes, serving as the Law Library’s primary vendor contact and coordinating the Acquisitions Department’s problem-solving, cancellation, and subscription renewal activities.
Specific Job Responsibilities
Coordinate the Law Library’s acquisitions functions, including ordering, receiving and payment processes. Working with the Head of Collection Services and the subject selectors, acquire needed materials in print, electronic and other formats. Follow University guidelines and policies for procurement and other financial transactions.
Supervise several full-time staff and student employees working within the acquisitions department, providing on-going training, feedback and evaluation.
Manage the Law Library’s acquisitions budget, including systematic review of financial reports and expenditures. Follow University guidelines and policies for financial accounting and budget review.
Advise subject selectors on overall acquisition spending by jurisdiction, format and type of resource. Inform Head of Collection Services of spending benchmarks and trends.
Serve as the primary acquisitions contact for vendors, routinely communicating with vendors for the purpose of acquisitions and maintaining on-going contacts with vendors as needed.
Work with colleagues within Collection Services, the Law Library and the University, communicating routinely with other library and University departments, such as IT and Accounts Payable, to accomplish goals and objectives.
Develop and maintain the Law Library’s policies and procedures related to acquisitions processes. Continue to evaluate acquisition processes for efficiencies and other improvements.
Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of areas of responsibility, including maintaining up-to-date knowledge of University procurement and financial accounting policies and developing a thorough knowledge of trends in library acquisitions.
Qualifications and Competencies
Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures and nationalities, and individuals of varied gender and gender identities, ages, sexual orientations and physical abilities.
Masters degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills and strong written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to assess, develop and implement new workflow processes and efficiencies.
One to three years of work experience in a library, particularly in acquisitions or comparable acquisitions work experience.
Experience with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo.
Prior supervisory experience.
Prior accounting or budget experience or college-level accounting course work.
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