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Director of Resource Acquisitions

Company: Digital Library Federation
Location: Providence
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:

The Brown University Library is a dynamic center of scholarship and community at the heart of a world-class research university. Supporting and collaborating with a broad and diverse academic constituency, the Library is essential for Brown's mission "to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry." Integrating with Brown's ambitious strategic plans, the Library is a site of innovation that fuels intellectual creativity. Signature Library initiatives include the establishment of the Center for Library Exploration and Research to increase campus and community impact; the Racial Justice Project to assess and counteract the legacies of historical racism in library practice; the Digital Publications Initiative pioneering new approaches to born-digital scholarship; and a revisioned special collections program that is positioning the John Hay Library as a research destination and leader in reparative and community-based collecting. We are seeking outstanding library professionals at all levels of the organization who are excited about advancing academic excellence at the highest level, and who will bring a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to a scholarly community that is actively committed to being more diverse and inclusive.

As a leader in the Brown Library's Scholarly Resources Division, the Director Of Resource Acquisitions provides leadership and management for the Library's collection procurement and material processing operations to meet the academic needs of a broad and diverse campus community. In addition, the incumbent serves as liaison to subject librarians, external vendors, and publishers, instructs staff in the use and application of ordering tools and services, and assists with the maintenance of acquisitions-related data in the Library's LSP (Library Services Platform). The position oversees the operations and processes for ordering, receiving, invoicing, licensing, and assessment of curricular and research materials and the documentation of workflows from approval plan profiles, order placements, and material receipt. It also oversees the processing of invoices for payment through the University's finance system, resolves high-level problems related to payment or vendor records, and coordinates the receipt and processing of incoming gifts. The position currently supervises a unit of 4 paraprofessional staff and one professional leading Collection Assessment and Licensing, and reports to the AUL for Scholarly Resources.

Education and Experience

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 7 years of related experience in an academic library
  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership/supervisory experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, problem-solving, time management, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of library acquisitions processes including ordering, receiving, processing, invoicing, and payments
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting and accounting practices
  • Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems or facilitate workflows
  • Ability to establish priorities, direct, and measure work in a high-production setting
  • Experience with Ex Libris Alma/Primo preferred

Keywords: Digital Library Federation, Providence , Director of Resource Acquisitions, Executive , Providence, Rhode Island

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