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Assistant Professor, Collection Management Librarian

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Collection Management Librarian.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division University Libraries
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Salary Range 47,000.00 - 49,000.00
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor/Collection Management Librarian in University Libraries to begin in the spring of 2023. 

Review of applications will begin the month after posting and will continue until the position is filled.  A completed application will include a cover letter describing applicant strengths and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire), and contact information for three professional references.

 Job Summary 
As a member of the Technical Services Department, the Collection Management Librarian role is to acquire materials in all formats and work collaboratively with librarians, faculty, and external vendors. The Collection Management Librarian is responsible for the collection development of library resources to meet user needs and university programs of study.  This includes selection, deselection, negotiating of licensing terms for subscription packages, collection analysis, and general collection management.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate collection development activities and policies. Work collaboratively with personnel across University Libraries to develop policies and best practices; coordinate the liaison program; create announcements for the university community about new purchases, trials, and other news impacting library collections; work collaboratively (internally and externally) to develop collections that meet the vision and mission of the University’s colleges; assess collections for areas of strength and weakness and develop plans to remediate collection gaps; coordinate the libraries deaccessioning program, including the updating of procedures and adhering to a periodic schedule for deaccessioning; coordinate gift materials acquisition; coordinate training and educational opportunities for librarians on departmental processes and subscribed databases; coordinate and implement database trials for the University community that include the opportunity for qualitative and quantitative feedback from test groups; coordinate collection management projects.
  2. Develop effective relationships with vendors to promote positive negotiations for library purchases (print and electronic). Serve as the libraries contact with vendors and work with library administration in library purchasing negotiations.
  3. Manage the Acquisitions unit, including the work of two acquisitions staff. Work collaboratively with library administration and the Head of Technical Services to determine budgeting and allocations for material selection. Investigate, evaluate, and implement acquisitions models (including consortia purchasing) that provide a positive impact to collection budgets and provide gained access to library materials. Provide monthly budgeting updates to library administration and the Head of Technical Services.
  4. Work collaboratively with the Electronic Resources Librarian to gather statistical analysis of databases and collections for the determination of material usage, purchasing, and academic accreditations.
  5. Stay current with issues, trends and best practices related to job duties by attending appropriate conferences, workshops, etc. and regularly consulting appropriate literature, listservs, and other resources. Integrate new technologies, processes, and programs to improve efficiency and service.
  6. Serve on Libraries committees and task forces related to the position’s primary job duties. Work collaboratively with other Technical Services and Libraries faculty and staff to achieve Libraries and University goals.
  7. Engage in research and scholarly activity to fulfill the expectations for tenure and promotion; provide service to the Libraries, the university, and the profession, to fulfill the expectations for promotion and tenure.
  8.  Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Graduate degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent advanced degree and experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of collection development operations and best practices.
    Ability and desire to work cooperatively and effectively with outside vendors, library personnel, university faculty, students, and donors.
Preferred Qualifications  
  • Experience with Ex Libris Alma 
  • Experience with contract negotiation
  • Familiarity with electronic resource purchasing and contracts
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience with library budgeting
  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis and data visualization

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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