Librarian and Coordinator, Acquisitions Services – University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press – Newark, DE

The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press seeks a service-oriented librarian with knowledge of business accounting to lead the Acquisitions Unit within the Collections, Acquisitions, and Resource Sharing Department. The Acquisitions Unit orders, receives, and provides shelf preparation for all library materials in all formats, plays a role in managing gifts to the library collection, and liaises with the University’s Accounts Payable unit to ensure prompt payment of invoices. The Coordinator, Acquisitions Services provides fiscal oversight for a library collections budget of over $10,000,000 for the purchase of print books and serials, electronic resources, streaming and physical media, special collections and archival material, and other types of items. The Coordinator works in collaboration with the Associate University Librarian for Acquisitions and Collection Services and the head of the Collections, Acquisitions, and Resource Sharing Department to carefully manage payments and budget allocations.

Reporting to the Head, Collections, Acquisitions, and Resource Sharing Department, major responsibilities include:

Provide managerial and fiscal oversight for the day-to-day operations of the Acquisitions Unit in conjunction with Library goals and projects. Develop and update policies and procedures for acquisitions; provide training to subject liaisons on ordering materials and other acquisitions-related duties. Assist with assessment of acquisitions services, including approval plans, workflows, and vendor services and pricing.

Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate five non-exempt staff members. Collaborate with unit staff and the department head to develop and maintain efficient workflows, and to develop and plan long- and short-term goals of the Acquisitions Unit.

Closely monitor Library materials budget spending. Reconcile Library internal payment records with University records on a regular basis. Participate in audits as they occur and respond to auditor recommendations. Resolve complex payment, access and receipt issues with vendors or payees. Assist in planning Library spending.

Respond to acquisitions-related inquiries from internal stakeholders and external vendors. Troubleshoot and respond to complex problems with orders, invoices, and record in the Library’s integrated library system.

Develop and maintain relationships with vendors and work closely with them to promptly resolve problems. Collaborate with print, electronic, media, and system vendors to make best use of Library resources and vendor services.

Provide acquisitions expertise as needed to other Library departments and staff.

• ALA-accredited graduate library degree.
• Previous supervisory experience, preferred.
• Demonstrated knowledge of library acquisitions work and best practices.
• Knowledge of or experience in business accounting and account management.
• Ability to work independently, and creatively and devise solutions to complex problems.
• Advanced organizational and time management skills.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Demonstrated analytical skills and ability to evaluate and determine best practices.
• Ability to plan, present, and assess training for students and staff.
• Commitment to fostering a diverse and anti-racist educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment.
• Commitment to professional growth.
• Experience working with the Alma library services platform, preferred.
• Familiarity with modern foreign language(s), preferred.

General Information: The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press is committed to student success, scholarly research and inclusive excellence. The Library is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. The Library collaborates with strategic campus partners to achieve these priorities, as well as with national professional organizations including the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, OCLC Research Partnership, SPARC, HathiTrust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, the American Alliance of Museums, and the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

Appointment: Appointment in rank based on relevant professional experience, expected at the level of Senior Assistant Librarian, pay grade 30E (3-8 years) or Associate Librarian, pay grade 31E (8+ years). More information about the University of Delaware Library Rank and Promotion System is available at:

Benefits: 25 vacation days. Generous 403(b) retirement plan. Tuition remission for dependents and spouses, and course fee waiver for employee. Full information about University of Delaware benefits is available at:

To Apply: Include cover letter and resume, along with the names and contact information of three employment references, in a single document, following University of Delaware application instructions at:

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