The University of Vermont seeks a Collection Development Librarian to lead the university libraries in transforming the management of collection development. This position reports to the Director of Collection Management Services and works closely with librarians and subject liaisons across UVM’s three libraries: Howe Library, Dana Medical Library, and Silver Special Collections Library.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead major changes. Immediate priorities include reviewing and consolidating collection development budgets; building and chairing a team to oversee collection development across the UVM libraries; working with library colleagues, consultants, and a faculty advisory committee to develop a unified print management strategy; building consensus around major, upcoming decisions regarding big-deal packages; attending to the professional development of direct reports and creating plans for continuous learning; and cultivating within the collection development unit a genuine sense of belonging and an atmosphere of collegiality. The Collection Development Librarian supervises a team of Acquisitions and Collection Development staff.
The successful candidate will arrive with a wide and deep background in the theory and practice of building collections—physical and virtual, autonomous and consortial, established and experimental. Candidates will understand well the crisis afoot in academic publishing and the financial and ethical challenges this presents. We seek candidates well versed in and committed to open-access publishing initiatives and to new models for publishing and disseminating information in a manner consonant with the commitments of UVM, i.e., a land-grant institution committed to the general welfare and public good.
Candidates should be skilled at gathering and interpreting data to inform collection development policies and practices. They should be fluent in data-mining initiatives and the world of institutional and disciplinary repositories. Broad knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape—including current and potential changes to that landscape—is key.
We seek both a leader and a manager—somebody who can help craft a vision for collection development and work collaboratively with colleagues to implement that vision. Those who have supervised the candidate, worked with the candidate, or reported to the candidate should speak highly of the candidate’s emotional intelligence, organizational skills, and ability to inspire trust and enthusiasm. Candidates should also bring a record of working with campus partners.
Strong interpersonal skills and an energetic commitment to teamwork are essential.
For more information and to apply online, please visit our website at: http://www.uvmjobs.com and refer to job posting number F1543PO. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications should be received no later than January 31, 2020.
– Posted January 22, 2020