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Position Announcement

Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2006

From: Lynn K. Chmelir (Washington State Univ.)

Subject: Position Announcement

This is a newly created position. Please distribute this notice to

likely candidates. Thank you.

Notice of Vacancy

Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, Washington

Head, Collections and Acquisitions

The Washington State University Libraries in Pullman seek excellent

candidates for the position of Head, Collections and Acquisitions.


Administer the collections budget of more than $5 million. Collaborate

with unit collection managers, 20-some selectors, and representatives

of WSU's regional campus libraries. Oversee serials selection and

cancellation projects. Review and approve licenses for electronic

resources. Serve as liaison to consortial partners. Administer the

procurement of monograph library materials. Supervise a staff of five

FTE classified staff. Create a positive work environment and a respect

for diversity. Participate in professional organizations and serve the

profession by conducting research, writing, and speaking. Share in

faculty governance. This is a full time faculty position reporting to

the Assistant Director for Collections and Technical Services.


Librarians are appointed as members of the Washington State University

faculty and are expected to participate actively in the University's

instructional, research, and service programs. All privileges,

obligations, and research responsibilities of faculty are inherent in

such membership. Librarians are ranked in grades 2, 3, and 4,

equivalent to the academic ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate

Professor, and Professor. A progressive record of

professional/scholarly achievement is expected of all librarians.


Washington State University is a land-grant university founded in 1890

with an overall enrollment of approximately 21,000 students. The main

campus is located in Pullman, a town of 26,000 in the Palouse region of

southeastern Washington. There are also three regional campuses located

in Spokane, Vancouver, and Tri-Cities. The Washington State University

Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries and the

Greater Western Library Alliance. The Libraries have holdings of over

two million volumes and access to a wide range of electronic resources.

In addition, the Libraries belong to the Orbis Cascade Alliance which

provides a cooperative catalog and lending service.


REQUIRED: ALA accredited degree in Library/Information Science. Five

years of professional experience in a large academic library.

Professional experience with collection development or acquisitions in a

large academic library. Organizational, project management, analytical,

and decision-making skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication

skills, both oral and written. Demonstrated ability to work effectively

as a team member in a rapidly changing environment. Demonstrated

ability to work effectively and cooperatively within a diverse

university community. Record of professional and scholarly achievement

warranted for a faculty appointment.

PREFERRED: Administrative experience in collection development in an

academic library. Administrative experience in acquisitions in an

academic library. Experience negotiating licenses for electronic

resources. Experience working and negotiating with publishers, library

vendors, and library consortia. Successful managerial and supervisory

experience and evidence of leadership qualities to be an effective unit

head. Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

RANK: Tenure-track faculty status, commensurate with qualifications and


BENEFITS: Generous benefits package including TIAA/Cref retirement,

medical/dental, and paid leave program.


Please submit a detailed letter of application addressing all stated

qualifications, a complete resume, and complete contact information for

three references to:

Bonny L. Boyan, by email attachment to:

or by regular mail to: Washington State University Libraries

PO Box 645610, Pullman, WA 99164-5610

Screening of application materials will begin on July 24, 2006.


EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special

disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated

veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or

persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S.

citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility

verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration


Washington State University is committed to providing access and

reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities,

education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request

disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human

Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service:

Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388,

509.-335-1259(f), or

Lynn Chmelir

Assistant Director for Collections and Technical Services

Washington State University Libraries

Pullman, WA 99164-5610


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