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Collection Analysis and Development Librarian

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Healey Library
Categories: Librarians, Library

Job Description:

The Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks an innovative, collaborative and versatile professional to join a creative, collegial and dynamic team at an urban public research university.

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the Collection Development Librarian (CDL) will lead the development, assessment, and maintenance of Healey Library’s collections in order to strategically support the teaching, research, and learning needs of the UMass Boston community.  To that end, the Collection Development Librarian will provide leadership and oversight of Healey Library collections, manage the library’s materials budget to ensure comprehensive and relevant collections, communicate with faculty, department heads, deans and other stakeholders to gather and analyze feedback and usage statistics to assist in decision-making, and collaborate with UMass system and consortial colleagues on the development of shared collections and the process of assessing some of the Library’s “big deal” agreements in the context of the changing academic publishing landscape.

The Collection Development Librarian is responsible for shaping and implementing an outreach program to assess curricular needs across the university and to support teaching and research through provision of the most relevant and useful information resources.  This position requires the ability to work with campus partners and library colleagues to effectively demonstrate the scope and value of the library's collections to academic departments and to administrative leadership.

The Collections Development Librarian will manage print retention, weeding and storage projects, including working with Technical Services to manage UMass Boston participation in shared content and cooperative collection development initiatives such as the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST), HathiTrust and Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Global Resources Network.

The CDL’s expertise regarding collections, trends in scholarly communication, developments in the publishing industry and in shared library initiatives will inform and support Healey Library collection development strategy.  The incumbent will demonstrate a firm grasp of current scholarly content available via electronic and print options while also focusing on discovery and access through open access initiatives. Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape and familiarity with standard criteria for measuring resource use and impact are essential to guide Healey Library in effectively shaping and maintaining its collections, which currently number more than 1,176,000 physical and electronic titles.

Examples of Duties:

  • Manages the assessment and selection of resources in all formats including outsourced selection services, user-focused collecting efforts, patron-driven and evidence-based acquisitions.
  • Performs collection analysis to inform decision-making related to campus information needs 
  • Coordinates activities with the ERM librarian, Reference Department staff and Acquisitions Coordinator to prioritize and follow up on resource requests and renewals.
  • The Collections Development Librarian will be the primary point person for vendor negotiations.
  • Collaborate with colleagues regarding shared licenses across the UMass system and other consortia.  
  • Represent UMass Boston in relevant Boston Library Consortium committees
  • Manages product research for assessing prospective new content
  • Work with ERM librarian to analyze collections data to improve understanding of usage, evaluate return on investment, and support decision making around selection and renewals.
  • Manage trials of new products to gain patron input to guide purchasing decisions
  • Leads collection selection and deselection of print, non-print, electronic resources, and in-kind gifts in all subject areas.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution, or demonstrated equivalent through advanced degree and extensive library experience in collections
  • At least 5 years’ experience in collection management, collection development and/or reference services in an academic library.
  • Experience developing collections budgets and budget projections
  • Experience with licensing language review and licensing negotiation
  • Demonstrated skill in collaborating and working across organizational boundaries
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with statistical analysis and with effectively communicating findings
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly publishing, and shared collection development and management
  • Strong service orientation and ability to interact competently with a diverse population of students, staff and faculty

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8 years in an academic library preferred.

Application instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.