Assistant Professor, Collection Management Librarian
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Collection Management Librarian.
118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
collaboratively with the Electronic Resources Librarian to gather statistical
analysis of databases and collections for the determination of material usage,
purchasing, and academic accreditations.
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.
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.
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.
- Perform other
duties as assigned.
Graduate degree in Library Science from an
ALA-accredited program, or equivalent advanced degree and experience.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
customer service skills.
knowledge of collection development operations and best practices.
desire to work cooperatively and effectively with outside vendors, library
personnel, university faculty, students, and donors.
- Experience with Ex Libris Alma
with contract negotiation
- Familiarity with electronic resource purchasing and
- 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 www.usm.edu.
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.