Head of Acquisitions – Yale Law Library – New Haven, CT

Position Focus

Under the general direction of the Associate Librarian for Technical Services, the Head of Acquisitions exercises leadership, provides vision, and sets priorities for the unit. This person will also participate in planning and policy for the Technical Services department.

The Head of Acquisitions is responsible for creating and implementing policies and procedures used in a broad range of activities and tasks related to acquiring resources for the Law Library in all formats. This person is responsible for fostering a team approach in the unit, and organizing and monitoring the work-flow of the acquisitions unit. The Head of Acquisitions seeks ways to improve services, achieve efficiencies, and support the fiscal integrity of the Library.

The Head of Acquisitions manages, trains, and directly supervises staff engaged in all aspects of acquiring library materials in all formats. This person will manages functions including pre-order searching, ordering, receipt of materials, serials check-in, binding and accounts payable; manage continuations lifecycle in all formats; and manage process change and workflow shifts based on organizational departmental changes.

The Head of Acquisitions will help select and evaluate vendors, and will establish and maintain productive relationships with publishers and vendors. This person regularly coordinates acquisition policy and procedure with selectors and other public services staff; monitors expenditures and fund allocation for all collections budgets; and provides fiscal information and reports to the Librarian as needed. The Head of Acquisition serves on various library wide committees and task forces and is professionally active.

Essential Duties

1.  Under the general direction of the Department Head, manages all aspects of acquiring library materials in all formats.
2.  Provides leadership and vision for the unit.
3.  Sets policies, procedures, and priorities for the unit.
4.  Leads multiple projects while meeting deadlines.
5.  Manages staff including training, setting priorities, and staff development.
6.  Tracks funds spent on acquiring library materials in all formats.
7.  Collaborates with other librarians and libraries at Yale.
8.  Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies.
9.  Works independently with varied user groups in a complex organization, and functions collaboratively in a team environment.
10. Serves on Library and University committees.
11. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to encourage innovation and ensure the excellence of the Library.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree.
Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library.
Demonstrated ability and achievement in managing staff.
Demonstrated ability with integrated library system and electronic resource management.
Demonstrated ability acquiring a variety of library materials in all formats.
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability.
Demonstrated technical aptitude with strong analytical skills and excellent attention to detail.
Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, flexibility and a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence.
Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.
A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments.
Demonstrated ability working with Innovative Interfaces or similar integrated acquisitions, electronic resource management, and serials functions. Proven ability to supervise staff; demonstrated experience training and developing staff, and setting priorities for individuals and units.
Ability to prioritize work in a highly automated environment. Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills. Knowledge of fund accounting principles. Ability to manage projects and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated knowledge of principles of bibliographic control and serials maintenance. Knowledge of legal publishing and acquisitions procedures.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment with collegiality, flexibility, accuracy and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Innovative Interfaces Sierra or Millennium serials, acquisitions, and ERM modules.
Experience with Serials Solutions 360 suite of electronic resource management products.
Supervisory experience in a unionized environment
Working knowledge of a western European language, preferably German

Physical Requirements

Ability to squat, bend, reach repetitiously; ability to push a heavily-loaded book truck, lift small boxes.

Background Check, Disclaimer, and Affirmative Action Statement

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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