Associate Head, Acquisitions & Discovery (Serials)

Position number: 00001580

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Head, Acquisitions & Discovery (Serials). Acquisitions & Discovery’s seven librarians and seventeen staff are responsible for managing the Libraries’ $11.5 million collections budget, acquiring materials in all formats, negotiating license agreements and contracts, and describing and maintaining access points to facilitate discovery of the Libraries’ resources. NCSU Acquisitions and Discovery librarians have been actively involved in the development of an e-resource management system, E-Matrix, and contribute to the Libraries’ internationally recognized innovations in content management and discovery.

Responsibilities

The Associate Head (Serials) helps to provide leadership and management for the Acquisitions & Discovery department, reporting to and collaborating with the Department Head to set forward-thinking departmental goals and objectives. S/He leads the acquisition and bibliographic control activities for serial materials, providing direction within the department and throughout the Libraries. S/He manages the serials unit, supervising and evaluating one librarian and six paraprofessional staff. The incumbent leads electronic resource management efforts for continuing resources, including management support and staff training for the Serials Solutions 360 knowledge base and two ERM systems (E-Matrix and CORAL). S/He provides support for the acquisitions and licensing of library materials in all formats, maintains internal controls and documentation, and collaborates with stakeholders across the library to design and implement custom workflows for evolving acquisitions models. This position serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. As Associate Head, the incumbent is responsible for the department in the absence of the Department Head. NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library science or information science
  • Relevant professional experience, e.g., with library serials, acquisitions, or electronic resource management
  • Ability to initiate, develop, and assess innovative services that advance organizational goals
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Demonstrated change management, project management, and/or workflow design experience
  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of library management systems supporting acquisitions and discovery functions, e.g., integrated library systems (ILS), knowledge bases, electronic resource management systems (ERMS), issue tracking systems, and discovery interfaces. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with vendors and publishers including license negotiating experience
  • Knowledge of serials cataloging
  • Supervisory experience
  • The Libraries, the University, and the Area

    The Libraries, the University, and the Area

    Join the NCSU Libraries and help us create adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight students, faculty, and researchers. The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library, opened in 2013 on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers access to advanced technologies that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information. Capturing NC State’s spirit of innovation in education and research, the Hunt Library is recognized as one of the world’s most creative and inspirational learning and collaborative spaces and a model for “the library of the future”. The D. H. Hill Library, serving the main campus, combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Visualization Studio, Virtual Reality Studio, and Makerspace. For the NCSU Libraries, shaping the future of librarianship includes a sustained commitment to creating a welcoming atmosphere for diverse populations and increasing diversity in the profession. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position.

    The NCSU Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the ACRL Librarian of the Year Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and ten Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of almost 300 FTE, the Libraries has more than 5.2 million volumes in its collection and has a total annual budget of over $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents. The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

    The NCSU Libraries has a longstanding commitment to diversity and to the creation of a welcoming and inclusive service ethic and environment. Recent efforts include securing grant funding for outreach to diverse populations through programming and workshops. The Libraries collections also reflect this commitment, from focused collection efforts to locating, capturing, and preserving voices of underrepresented communities through archival research and practice. The Libraries has taken affirmative steps aimed at increasing diversity in the profession through the NCSU Libraries Fellows program; participation in ARL’s diversity initiatives, including hosting five cohorts of Career Enhancement Fellows; and membership in the ACRL Diversity Alliance. The Libraries Diversity Committee is an active group that sponsors programs and fosters dialogue to promote understanding across racial and cultural lines in an atmosphere where all students, staff, and faculty are welcomed, valued, and respected.

    North Carolina State University was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to its current position as a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine, NC State students, faculty, and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government, and nonprofit partners to solve them. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls almost 34,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 120 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 67 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents

    North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Time rated Raleigh as “the best big city in the Southeast” in 2016, and recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-two hot spot for tech jobs and as the number-three best city for young professionals.

     

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. See the Benefits and Leave Administration page for more information.   

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable. Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

Last Updated

8/14/2018

Nomination Committee

  • Maria Collins Nomination Committee Chair, Department Head, Acquisitions and Discovery
  • Bret Davidson Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives
  • Emily Higgs NCSU Libraries Fellow
  • Tessa Minchew Electronic Resources Librarian
  • Dawn Pearce Technology Support Specialist
  • John Vickery Analytics Coordinator and Collections & Research Librarian for Social Sciences
  • Wendy Scott Associate Director for Organizational Design and Learning

Position number: 00001580