The UConn Library invites applications and nominations for a new Head of Licensing & Acquisitions. Under the general direction of the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Discovery, the Head of Licensing and Acquisitions envisions, leads, implements, and manages strategies to obtain collections that empower the UConn community’s scholarship and learning. This position is responsible for managing and supervising the Licensing & Acquisitions Unit, a unit whose work entails not only licensing and acquiring collections but also the receipt and processing of physical resources and the management, access troubleshooting, and support of evaluation of e-resources. Leveraging this unit’s portfolio of responsibilities, the position leads collaborations in the relevant work that occurs across the UConn Library system. Concurrently, the position participates in license review and negotiations and continually develops Unit workflows that ensure collections are acquired in a timely, effective, and fiscally responsible manner. Within all of the contexts that it operates, the position draws upon expertise of collection management principles and practices, a deeply user-focused orientation, and a working style that embraces collaboration in a dynamic work environment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervises, evaluates, and mentors Licensing & Acquisitions Unit staff.
Leads and actively participates in the identification, investigation, licensing, purchase, and renewal of UConn Library collections.
Envisions and realizes enhancements in the Library’s systems and procedures for licensing and acquiring access to collections.
Directs, plans, and communicates the Licensing & Acquisitions Unit’s efforts and accomplishments. Determines priorities and Unit goals in alignment with Library and Area priorities and services.
Participates in the review and negotiation of license agreements to ensure that licenses reflect library best practices and are compliant with UConn and State of Connecticut policies and regulations.
Develops methods to support the systematic and ongoing assessment of collections.
Leads efforts to maintain, improve, and leverage collaborations with colleagues across UConn to enhance licensing & acquisition efforts.
Serves as primary contact for consortia, information providers, and publishers.
Serves as primary resource for other operating units, University offices, academic departments, and outside agencies regarding Unit services and procedures.
Shared Expectations for Staff Supervisors
Assigns, oversees, reviews, and evaluates work of direct reports. Establishes work schedule(s) and approves timecard(s). Maintains supervisory files.
Promotes inclusivity and is communicative about priorities, opportunities, and challenges. Encourages new thinking and ideas and actively fosters open communication.
Follows the Performance Management Guidelines as outlined by the Library’s Office of the Vice Provost, UConn’s Department of Human Resources, and the staff member’s contractually-specified evaluation process.
Provides training and assistance to each direct report. Supports involvement in professional development activities and provides internal development opportunities as appropriate to each position.
Shared Expectations for All Staff
Participates in Library-wide strategic planning and actively contributes to Area and Unit priorities, initiatives, and/or operations through collaboration and cooperation.
Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Maintains currency and open communication in ongoing trends and developments related to position responsibilities.
Acts independently in the performance of everyday tasks and responsibilities.
Works effectively in current office applications, software, and communication tools as set by the Library and/or University of Connecticut.
Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.
This is a full time position based in Storrs with an anticipated start date of January, 2018. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary and rank is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience.
Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions, and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to email@example.com. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by October 24, 2017. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018147)
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on October 24, 2017.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for Appointment as a University Librarian 2 (UCP 7)
A graduate degree in Library and/or Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or international equivalent.
Minimum of three years of related experience in a library setting.
Demonstrated advanced knowledge of current and emerging best practices, models, and standards for the licensing and acquisition of collections.
Demonstrated leadership ability and a collaborative management style that fosters trust, respect, and successful working relationships in a complex and dynamic work environment.
Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to think strategically and display flexibility in adapting to change.
Excellent demonstrated organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated working knowledge of current technology, software, and standards that power library collection management and discovery ecosystems.
Evidence of sustained participation in library-related professional development activities.
Willingness to travel and work a flexible schedule.
ADDITIONAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for Appointment as a University Librarian 3 (UCP 9)
Minimum of six years of related experience in a library setting.
Evidence of sustained participation in library-related professional development activities at a statewide level or higher.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS for Both Appointments
Experience supervising personnel in a library or related setting.
Demonstrated knowledge of data-informed collection assessment.
Demonstrated project management expertise.
Experience managing a budget for a department, project, or team.
Experience with the Alma library management system.