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

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

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 manage 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.


Required Education, Skills and Experience

  • Mastera��s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library. Demonstrated ability and achievement in managing staff.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability acquiring a variety of library materials in all formats.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles of bibliographic control and serials maintenance. Knowledge of legal publishing and acquisitions procedures.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

  • 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.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional info rmation on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.

The Lillian Goldman Law Library

In support of Yale Law School’s outstanding legal scholarship and lawyer training, the Lillian Goldman Law Library is dedicated to acquiring and preserving a superb collection of resources in all formats, furnishing access to information wherever it exists, providing the most highly competent assistance to use information resources and maintaining a welcoming, comfortable facility. The Lillian Goldman Law Library provides services that exceed the expectations of users by its leadership in the innovative use of technology and the continuing development of its most highly valued asset, its staff. The Law Library serves the faculty and students of this research-oriented law school with a strong tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as other researchers from larger scholarly and legal communities. To learn more about the Lillian Goldman Law Library and its collections and services, visit http://library.law.yale.edu/

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at http://bit.ly/2tNPbY2.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individuala��s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

About John Pell

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

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