Collections and Acquisitions Librarian (Assistant Professor) – Library — NYC, New York


Hunter College Libraries is seeking an innovative, collaborative, and growth oriented professional for the position of Collections & Acquisitions Strategies Librarian. The ideal candidate will be able to work across divisions in library services with a diverse array of talented colleagues and students. They will find interest in developing and sharing innovative approaches to assessing, acquiring, and displaying Hunter Libraries’ collections and will share a commitment to participating in shared decision making in committees across the Hunter libraries, Hunter College, and CUNY environments. The position is part of a cohort hiring plan that will also include a Metadata & Discovery Librarian.

The Collections & Acquisitions Strategies Librarian will be based at Hunter College’s main campus located on East 68th Street in Manhattan and will support branch libraries for Social Work & Public Health, Health Professions, and Art. Hunter College Libraries operate near many major cultural institutions and offer scholars and creative artists a vibrant and dynamic community within a highly diverse urban setting. As part of the City University of New York, a nationally recognized metropolitan university system, Hunter is committed to active engagement with students and the community at large, and embraces equity, inclusiveness, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work.


  • Creates and cultivates assessment plans that support data-informed decision-making with collections
  • Cultivates collections that provide equitable support and representation for Hunter College’s diverse population and academic programs
  • Explores innovative acquisitions models and develops and manages partnerships with content creators and providers
  • Pursues collaborative collection development programs inside and outside the CUNY environment
  • Considers balances among Open Access models, publishing interests, and user preferences for digital and print formats
  • Leads and assists liaison librarians in collection development and display efforts including screening donated materials, deselections, and creation of interactive displays in both digital and physical formats
  • Supervises part- and full-time personnel in functions relating to acquisitions and collection management

As a member of the libraries’ faculty, the Collections & Acquisitions Strategies Librarian engages directly with students and faculty and collaborates with library faculty and staff to improve the quality and relevance of library collections.

We invite applications for Assistant Professor. An active scholarly agenda, and participation in college-wide and university-wide programs and committees as assigned are required for tenure and promotion.


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Additional Master’s degree
  • Work experience involving one or more of the following: handling budgets, vendor relations, strategic collection planning, and/or collection management
  • Experience expanding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in library collections
  • Excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills
  • A collaborative approach to problem solving and working across organizational boundaries
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to create and utilize data-informed collection analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise with literature and information sources used in one or more academic disciplines
  • Experience with the management of physical library collections.
  • Experience in a supervisory role
  • Doctorate or professional degree

We expect the candidate to be stronger in some qualifications listed above than others; we are committed to helping our future colleague expand their skills, as well as learning from their areas of strength.


Salary commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Assistant Professor: $70,238 – $90,375


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 28136

Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts;. New users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include:

  • Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • Names and contact information of 3 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred


The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on April 22, 2024. The search will remain open, and screening and review of applications will be ongoing– until the position is filled. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position(s) remain open after initial round.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Your contact information (in case we have any questions)
John Pell
Interim Chief Librarian
Hunter College