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Head of Collection Development

Pepperdine University Libraries

POSITION VACANCY: The Pepperdine University Libraries are seeking

qualified applicants for the position of Head of Collection Development.

This position reports to the AUL for Collections and Technical Services

and is responsible for managing and coordinating print and electronic

collection development for the Payson Library in Malibu, and for the

Pepperdine graduate and campus libraries throughout the Los Angeles

area and internationally.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will direct and coordinate

the selection of materials for the Pepperdine Libraries. Our goal is

to acquire a balanced array of electronic and print core collection

materials in all disciplines over the next several years while also

building research collections of distinction in key areas. This will

be accomplished by working closely with faculty and with subject

specialists to acquire library materials that are required for teaching,

research, and learning at each of the Pepperdine campus locations. It

will involve working closely with the Library's technical services

group to assure that orders are properly processed and paid for. It

will also involve looking for new and innovative ways to identify

information that may be of interest to the Library's users and

developing creative ways of bringing this information to the attention

of users. It is anticipated that the person selected for this position

will also work closely with the digital library group to assure that

the best electronic resources are acquired for the Library. Finally,

it is expected that the incumbent will manage both approval plans and

standing orders.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES: Responsible for coordinating the selection of

materials in all formats for addition to the Library collections.

Coordinates activities of library bibliographers to provide outreach

and liaison with academic divisions. Develops written collection

development policies and guidelines for subject areas based on known

and anticipated academic program needs. Conducts ongoing collection

assessments using various tools, such as the OCLC collection assessment

program, and makes public presentations regarding findings and plans to

faculty, students, administration, and staff. Participates in strategic

planning activities. Works closely with academic departments in program

planning, evaluation, and accreditation reports. Establishes and

encourages open communication among bibliographers and liaisons. Manages

the library materials budget. Coordinates contract negotiations for

library resources. As bibliographer, responsible for the selection,

maintenance, and evaluation of library materials and the management of

funds in support of specific academic programs.


QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS: MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program. Three

to five years of successful and increasingly responsible professional

experience in collection management and development in an academic

library setting. Demonstrated successful management and supervisory

experience. Ability to communicate concepts and general and


information in oral, written, and electronic forms. Understanding of

basic fund accounting principles and contract negotiation. Sound

understanding of the evolving digital landscape, especially resources


are being acquired by libraries to support learning, teaching and

scholarship. Excellent analytical, problem-solving, interpersonal,

organizational, and communications skills; good oral and writing skills;

flexibility, creativity, energy, and a strong public service


Experience with an integrated library system, and working knowledge of

word processing and spreadsheet applications. Demonstrated ability to


collaboratively and collegially with other library units and with


Bibliographic knowledge in an appropriate academic discipline. PREFERRED


Advanced degree in bibliographic area of specialization. Excellent

grounding in technical and public service issues that affect collection

development. Knowledge of at least one foreign language. Significant

knowledge of or demonstrated experience with digital libraries and/or

institutional repositories. Professionally active in the areas of

responsibility of this position.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; 12 month

appointment plus benefits package.

TO APPLY: The position is available immediately and will remain open


filled. Please send a letter of application, a resume, and the names and

contact information for three references to Mark Roosa, Dean of


Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA


or via email at

ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: Pepperdine University, named "the most

beautiful campus" in the nation by the Princeton Review in 2006, is

situated on an 830 acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu,

California. The University is the home of Seaver College, the


school; the Graduate School of Psychology and Education; the Graduate


of Business and Marketing; the Graduate School of Public Policy; and the

School of Law. The Pepperdine Libraries support each of these programs

through collections and services offered in Malibu, and through a series


satellite campus libraries and overseas libraries in London, Florence,

Heidelberg, Lausanne, and Buenos Aires.

The University is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully

discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by


federal and state law. Pepperdine is a private, medium-sized


religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is the purpose of

Pepperdine to pursue the very highest employment and academic standards

within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical

ideals of the Christian faith.

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