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Position announcement

University of Maryland Libraries

Title: Librarian (Head of Acquisitions)

Category: Non-Tenured Faculty, Full-Time (12-Month Appointment)

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience;

comprehensive benefits

Exciting opportunity to help build a state-of-the-art

acquisitions operation at the largest university library

system in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. The UM Libraries

serve the College Park campus, the flagship of the 13-member

University System of Maryland. See

for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Within a team environment, responsible

for planning, developing and managing all aspects of procuring

library material (annual budget of $8+ million) for UM

College Park Libraries, plus electronic resources for

Maryland Digital Library and University System of Maryland

and Affiliated Institutions. To accomplish this goal,

manages and leads acquisition production group with teams

for ordering, continuing resources and business. Resolves

complex acquisitions and serials problems and

applies knowledge of current issues and trends in

acquisitions, scholarly communications and the publishing

industry to improve services. Serves as

member of Technical Services’ Leadership and Planning Team.


library science from ALA-accredited graduate program or

equivalent professional degree and relevant library

acquisitions experience. Five years of relevant,

progressively responsible professional experience in

mid- to large-size academic or research library, with at

least two managing an acquisitions unit. Extensive

experience with automated acquisitions systems and

automated library systems in an academic research library.

Thorough knowledge of technical services. In-depth

knowledge of acquisitions and serials issues and an

awareness of emerging trends. Thorough knowledge of

vendor negotiations, scholarly communication, publishing

trends, book and subscription trade. Familiarity with

basic accounting principles.

Demonstrated managerial, supervisory and leadership skills.

Ability to create and manage organizational change and

to lead in a team-based organization. Demonstrated

skills in vendor relations and negotiations.

Competence in bibliographic and acquisitions data

management, as well as spreadsheet packages and desktop

tools. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Demonstrated record of professional contribution.

Electronic applications are preferred. For full

consideration, submit a cover letter, a resume and the

names and addresses of three references by

November 3, 2006. Applications accepted until the

position is filled. Send

resume by e-mail to, or by fax to

301-314-6293 or to

Jane Williams, Room 7107, McKeldin Library,

University of Maryland,

College Park, MD 20742-7011.

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