E-Books and Specialized Acquisitions Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill

Position:             E-Books and Specialized Acquisitions Librarian
Available:           September 1, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks an innovative, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable individual for the position of E-Books and Specialized Acquisitions Librarian.

Reporting to the Head of Monographic Services, the individual in this position will lead the E-Books and Specialized Acquisitions Section, which manages e-book packages and monographic standing orders, as well as special monographic orders, including rush materials, multimedia, e-books and data sets.

The E-Books and Specialized Acquisitions Librarian will be responsible for shaping acquisition models and developing section workflows for evolving resources like e-books and specialized acquisitions.  Additionally, the individual in this position will allocate section resources to meet identified priorities and will train and supervise section staff, facilitate communication between section staff and internal constituents (such as subject librarians), working collaboratively with other leaders in the Monographic Services Department to further its goals and maximize its success. The individual in this position will also be a member of the Library’s E-Resources Licensing Team.  The individual in this position will engage professionally at conferences, through research and scholarly collaboration to prepare the section and department for new and emerging modes of acquisitions.

This position is a part of Monographic Services, a department focused on the efficient and effective acquisition and cataloging of monographic materials (both print and electronic).  The Department is responsible for expending a monographic materials budget of ca. $5,000,000 annually.  The Monographic Services Department acquires print and non-print materials (including e-books) using a variety of acquisitions methods:  firm orders, approval plans, blanket orders, and standing orders.  The Department places the orders, claims outstanding materials, receives the material and processes invoices for payment.  The Department also establishes shelf-ready arrangements with library material vendors.  After receipt, the Department does quality control checks on the shelf-ready materials received and performs FastCat treatment for mainstream titles with acceptable cataloging copy at the point of receipt.


Required:  ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science.  Interest in and enthusiasm for working with specialized acquisitions as evidenced by related professional activity, presentations and publications.  Demonstrated leadership potential, including management of a group project or supervisory experience.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent organizational skills and an ability to manage time and set priorities.  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse range of colleagues. Enthusiasm for an innovative and evolving work environment.  Experience in library technical services.  Proficiency with creating and manipulating spreadsheets.  Experience with an integrated library system (ILS), preferably Millennium.

Preferred:  Experience supervising fulltime staff.  Academic library experience.  Experience with international library acquisitions.  Track record of professional involvement in associations and organizations related to library acquisitions.  Library e-resource licensing experience.  Familiarity with acquisitions, list, ERM and cataloging modules of Millennium Integrated Library System.  Budgeting, compiling and reviewing acquisitions data for decision making.  Knowledge of accounting principles with respect to library acquisitions.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes.

The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains and the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on August 6, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/6026 and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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