Requisition ID: P01461826
Department: USC Libraries
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: University Park Campus
The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seeks a service-oriented, full-time information professional to head the Acquisitions & E-Resources section of the Collections Division. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections, the Head, works closely with two unit supervisors and has a total of eleven staff. The successful candidate will have the support and mentoring of the Collections team including the Collection Strategist and the Collection Assessment Librarian.
The position is responsible for working with the Serials Acquisitions, Monographic Acquisitions, and Electronic Resources, including overall management of the ordering and receipt of materials in all languages and formats, approval of invoices and the expenditure of regular and restricted funds for a multi-million dollar budget. The Head is responsible for ensuring that accurate records are maintained and best acquisitions practices are followed, that acquisitions areas are responsive to their varied clientele, that appropriate statistics are kept, and that required reports are made. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable of current professional and scholarly activities, and trends impacting librarianship, acquisitions, and electronic resources and have the ability to apply this understanding to make a significant, positive impact on the Collections Division, as well as advance the USC Libraries' and the University's strategic plans.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Located in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, the University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, see http://www.usc.edu.
The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information, and help develop engaged world citizens. Through these means, we contribute to the continued success of the University of Southern California. The USC Libraries includes the Doheny Memorial Library and fourteen specialized libraries with an operating budget of approximately $46 million. Library collections encompass over 4 million volumes, 5.8 million microforms, 3.1 million images, 49,100 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, with access to over 97,700 serials in print and electronic formats, and nearly 366,000 e-books. For more information, see http://www.usc.edu/libraries.
The department includes four sections including Collections Strategy & Management, Acquisitions & E-Resources (Serials and Monographs), Original & Language Cataloging, and Serials & Special Formats Cataloging.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections, the Head will:Contribute to the strategic leadership of the Acquisitions & E-Resources Section;
Engage in creative problem-solving and suggest innovative solutions in managing the work of the Section;
Collaborate with other staff in peer training and staff development;
Participate in library planning, assessment, and evaluation;
Work with other library staff and faculty to evaluate, select, and deselect materials in all media;
Coordinate the selection and acquisition of electronic resources based on the lifecycle of e-resources, and liaise with the subject specialist librarians on acquisitions and e-resources issues;
Assist in providing direction in the collection, storage, and dissemination of usage statistics for all licensed online resources;
Assist in reviewing and negotiating license agreements with publishers/vendors;
Track developments of new and changing print & online services and resources;
Ensure the efficient and effective workflow of the acquisition of library resources in all formats (electronic, print, multimedia, etc.);
Oversee all aspects of the order and receipt workflows;
Internally manage serial price increases and generate vendor reports;
Assist in negotiating cost/funding issues with library selectors and external partners;
Coordinate and oversee the maintenance of all library technologies that support acquisitions and e-resource management;
Work effectively with the current report module of the integrated library system (Sirsi), the electronic resources management system (Serials Solutions), discovery system (Summon), and other modules such as serials control;
Assist in transitioning the Section to the new integrated library system (Ex Libris);
Interact with the Acquisitions units in the Health Sciences Libraries and the Law Libraries on matters of mutual interest.
Rank: Librarian or Assistant University Librarian
Continuing appointment track, rank and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at USC have faculty status. Appointment to the Continuing Appointment track requires the potential to meet the University's requirements for the granting of continuing appointment, which in turn requires demonstrated excellence in librarianship and substantive and continuing contributions to the profession. For more information on Guidelines on Criteria and Qualifications for the Appointment, Promotion and Continuing Appointment of Librarians on the Continuing Appointment Track, see: http://www.usc.edu/libraries/about/faculty/documents/Criteria_document07152008.pdf
Closing date for applications: Open until Filled
This position is full-time on a 12-month contract. Benefits include a choice of retirements programs, 22 paid vacation days per year, university holidays, a choice of medical and dental plans, and tuition assistance (for employees and eligible dependents). For more information about benefits see: http://www.usc.edu/dept/Benefits/ .
The University of Southern California is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting email@example.com.
An MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC.
Minimum Experience:One or more years' experience in a supervisory role in a large academic or research library acquisitions department or similar experience;
Demonstrated knowledge of core skills, including e-resource acquisition and management, automated bibliographic systems, serials control, and approval plans;
Knowledge of relevant library and scholarly information trends and practices;
Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills; ability to work both independently and as a team member on a variety of simultaneous projects;
Demonstrated aptitude for detail-oriented work, including strong analytic and problem solving skills.