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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.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Master's degree in 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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