Friday, October 24, 2008

Head of Acquisitions

Technical Services
Hiring range: Associate Librarian I - Librarian IV
$48,029-$88,488 per annum, depending upon qualifications
plus administrative stipend

The University of California, Berkeley, seeks a dynamic, experienced, innovative librarian to lead the acquisitions functions of the Technical Services Department through the multifaceted, rapidly changing environment of acquisitions librarianship. The Acquisitions Librarian will position the Technical Services Department’s team of knowledgeable and dedicated staff to meet the challenges of new systems, new technologies, and new ways of envisioning traditional acquisitions functions.
The UCB Library believes that current trends in collection development, collection access, and scholarly communication require a strategic rethinking of the structure and function of acquisitions in our organization. For this reason we have placed the Acquisition Librarian in direct relationship to both the technical services and collections programs. The Acquisitions Librarian will help us to shape the future organizational structure of collections and technical services at Berkeley.

For more detailed descriptions, please go to (Collections program) and (Technical Services Department).

Reporting jointly to the Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, the Acquisitions Librarian will provide expert leadership in developing, implementing, and creating policy and procedures for the acquisition of collections materials in all tangible and electronic formats by purchase, exchange, depository, gift, shared or collaborative acquisitions programs and by access to freely available electronic resources.

-With the assistance of two Division Head operations managers, supervises the Collections Core Services and Gift and Exchange Divisions of the Technical Services Department.
-Works closely with the AUL for Collections to ensure effective oversight, management and monitoring of collection fund expenditures.
-Will play a key role in leading the implementation and evaluation of acquisitions-related functionality in Berkeley’s new III Millennium Integrated Library System.
-Provides leadership and technical skill in adapting and implementing cutting-edge technologies within the UC Berkeley Library and as part of a UC system-wide consortial team.
-Works closely with selectors to facilitate the acquisition of collections materials in tangible and electronic formats in a timely and cost-effective manner.
-Coordinates and cooperates closely with the Technical Services Department’s cataloging team, with acquisitions staff outside of the Technical Services Department, with the Electronic Resources Librarian, with Library Systems Office staff, and with a wide range of Public Services staff.
-Represents the UC Berkeley Library on the Acquisitions Common Interest Group (ACIG), an advisory group to the UC Heads of Technical Services.
-Participates on behalf of the UC Berkeley Library in strategic planning and implementation of California Digital Library shared resource and technology initiatives.
-Represents the UC Berkeley Library nationally by participating in acquisition-focused conferences, committees, and research efforts.
-Gathers and maintains acquisitions statistics in a broad range of areas and actively explores statistical and metrical advances such as Project Counter and SUSHI.
-Serves on the UC Library Collections Council, Digital Acquisitions Group and other bodies as appropriate.

UCB librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, to be able to work comfortably in a shared decision-making environment, and to be active professionally. Professional contributions beyond the primary responsibilities, e.g., active participation in university and professional settings, publication or other research and creative activity, are required for advancement in the Librarian series. The successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions.

We encourage applications from librarians with a wide range of experience including qualified mid-career librarians. For a complete list of the position’s qualifications, please visit
In conformance with University of California policy, continuing employment will be contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

DEADLINE: First consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2008. This position will remain open until filled.

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Librarians at UC are exclusively represented by the University Federation of Librarians (AFT). This position is not in the bargaining unit and is eligible for an administrative stipend.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional leave, monetary support for professional development, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance is provided.

Applicants should apply in writing, including with their letter a complete statement of qualifications, a full resume of their education and relevant experience, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position. You may mail your application to:

Barbara Kornstein
Academic Personnel Specialist
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Or FAX to: 510-642-8675
Or EMAIL to:

Applications received via email preferred.

The University of California Is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

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