The Department Head is responsible for all operations and services of the Acquisitions and Serials Services department, which oversees the order, receipt, and payment for resources acquired for the Libraries’ collections. The Head provides successful management in planning, organizing, and implementing work by establishing goals and objectives which complement and support those of other departments in the Libraries.
This position manages the Libraries’ materials budget, ensuring efficient and cost-effective workflows for ordering, invoicing, receiving, claiming, and expending budgeted funds. This position manages vendor relations and facilitates access to electronic subscriptions.
The UGA Libraries uses Ex Libris Alma ILS and EBSCO subscription and discovery services. GOBI, a subsidiary of EBSCO, is used to acquire the majority of books along with other domestic and international vendor systems. The UGA Libraries is transitioning to use OpenAthens for authentication of electronic resources.
The Head reports to the University Librarian and Associate Provost and manages the work of one faculty librarian, nine support staff, and student workers.
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Plans, organizes, and implements the department’s work of ordering, receiving, and paying for new resources by establishing goals, objectives, and priorities and by designing and implementing effective workflows.
Produces timely, responsive and accurate budget reports on material expenditures and commitments, working closely with the University Librarian, the Business Manager for Materials, the Director of Administrative Services and the Collection Development Director in the fiscal planning and management of the Libraries’ materials funds.
Manages vendor relations by identifying new vendors and vendor services, evaluating vendor performance, negotiating license terms, pricing, and maintenance, and coordinating the flow of critical information between vendors and the Libraries.
Provides statistical and budgetary analysis for electronic resources, leading the Libraries in developing and maintaining awareness of emerging technologies and technical issues related to acquisition, licensing, access, and usage.
Collaborates with other Libraries departments to facilitate DLC cataloging, the loading of electronic records into the catalog and to provide usage reports and analysis.
Collaborates with the Director for Collection Development on implementing and managing the Libraries’ approval plans and demand-driven acquisitions programs by tracking costs and evaluating performance.
Develops and maintains a competent and productive staff by overseeing and mentoring the supervision and training in the Department, providing oversight for all personnel actions in the Department, and providing opportunities for educational and experiential growth of Departmental staff.
Applies knowledge of current trends and issues in the academic and scholarly publishing industry and provides leadership to the Libraries by developing and maintaining awareness of issues of inclusion, accessibility, emerging technologies, and standards of practice.
Represents the Libraries through active participation in professional organizations on campus, state, regional, or national levels.
Maintains flexibility and awareness and acts upon changes and needs in the organization by assuming similar duties and responsibilities.
Candidate will be considered at the rank of Librarian I, II, III, or IV. All candidates must have an ALA-accredited Master’s in Library and Information Science.
• To be considered at the level of Librarian II, candidates must show evidence of initial professional growth as evidenced by involvement in service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities.
• To be considered at the level of Librarian III, candidates must show evidence of continued professional growth as evidenced by significant contributions to service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities. Candidates must also demonstrate the potential for performing or administering complex or highly specialized duties or the potential for developing a high level of expertise in his/her specific area of librarianship.
• To be considered at the level of Librarian IV, candidates must show evidence of sustained professional growth as evidenced by extensive contributions to service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities. Candidates are also expected to demonstrate the ability to perform or administer complex or highly specialized duties or have developed and maintained a high level of expertise in his/her specific area of librarianship.
Understanding of vendor relations and extensive knowledge of negotiations and site-licensing for electronic resources
Ability to gather and analyze budgetary and statistical data; Extensive knowledge of acquisitions principles, processes and systems
Familiarity with integrated library systems, preferably Alma
Ability to assess, develop, and implement technology to promote the successful management of the department
Ability to work independently, exercise individual initiative, and demonstrate flexibility
Ability to supervise others and work collaboratively to nurture a diverse and inclusive workplace culture
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in an electronic resources, acquisitions, or serials environment.
70,000 or commensurate with experience