Acquisitions Librarian/Subject Specialist (Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans)




REPORTS TO: Chair, Resources Department


Responsible for planning, developing, and managing all aspects of the procurement of library material (encompassing all media and formats). Responsible for the financial management of a $1.6 million collections budget to support teaching and research and ensure compliance with SACS and other accreditation standards. Supervises the work of Resources Department staff performing acquisitions functions.

Serves as subject specialist in one or more assigned subject areas, assuming overall responsibility for the development of the collection, reference, instruction, and outreach services in those subject areas. Works collegially with all Library personnel to achieve the Library’s mission. Participates as appropriate on committees at the department, library, and university level and within the profession.


Monitors the library materials expenditures budget. Keeps track of fiscal year spending and prepares projections for the upcoming year.

Communicates with University Financial Services regarding materials budget issues. Approves transmittals and works with University Accounts Payable to facilitate and expedite the payment of vendor invoices. Uses PeopleSoft to access budget data.

Employs problem-solving techniques to troubleshoot and resolve complex acquisitions problems to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the acquisitions management information system.

Serves as the primary resource person for serials and monographs acquisitions functions and standards. Applies knowledge of current issues and trends in acquisitions, scholarly communications, and the publishing industry to improve services.

Manages the workflow of Resources Department staff performing serials and monographs acquisitions functions for print, media, and e-resources materials, including ordering, receiving, paying, claiming, and serials control. Trains those personnel in acquisitions functions; works with them to establish goals, objectives, policies, standards, and procedures to continuously improve acquisitions workflow and to plan, develop, and implement ongoing activities and special projects; assists them in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to improve job performance.

Serves as the primary Resources Department contact with acquisitions vendors and acts as liaison to electronic journal and database vendors. Works with the Subject Specialists to establish and maintain effective business relationships with vendors and assess vendor performance.

Reviews and negotiates license agreements for electronic resources in conjunction with University Purchasing. Ensures up-to-date access to electronic serials.

Keeps the Subject Specialists and Library Administration abreast of changes in serials subscriptions as related to pricing, packaging of print and electronic formats, and archival access to electronic subscriptions.

Develops, prepares, and/or analyzes statistical and financial data and prepares acquisitions reports for the Subject Specialists and Library Administration as needed in collections-related decision making. Gathers statistical and financial acquisitions and collections data for Library Administration to fulfill data requests from the university and outside agencies such as the annual ACRL statistics and the biennial NCES Academic Library Survey.

Collaborates with the Subject Specialists to develop and refine approaches for the transition from print acquisitions to electronic resources.

Works with the appropriate persons or groups to coordinate acquisition of and access to databases from the statewide LOUIS Consortium.

Serves as subject specialist and instruction librarian to one or more academic departments, including participating in collection development activities.


Required: ALA-accredited MLS degree. At least two years of professional librarian experience in serials or monographs acquisitions using an automated acquisitions system. Knowledge of acquisitions and serials issues, including vendor negotiations, electronic resources management, scholarly communication, publishing trends, licensing, and book and subscription trade. Awareness of major issues and emerging trends in the application of technology in libraries. Expertise with web resources and standard office software, including competence in bibliographic and acquisitions data management, as well as with spreadsheet packages and desktop tools. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both orally and in writing. Ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment. Ability to work productively and collegially with diverse groups in an urban academic setting. A commitment to professional service and scholarship and the ability to meet the University’s promotion and tenure requirements.

Preferred: At least two years’ experience with financial management of an acquisitions budget and managing serials, database subscriptions, and e-resources using automated acquisitions systems and automated library systems in an academic research library. Experience dealing with issues related to electronic resources and vendor services. Experience with SirsiDynix Symphony, EBSCO databases, OCLC, and PeopleSoft strongly preferred. Supervisory experience. Subject specialist, collection development, and instruction experience.

SALARY AND RANK: This is a tenure-track 12-month academic faculty position at the Assistant Librarian rank. Salary: starting at $47,000 plus benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications may be submitted by mail to the address below, or electronically to: Applications should include a cover letter addressing position qualifications, a complete and current vitae, and contact information (including telephone and email addresses) for three professional references.

Ms. Norma Mukherjee, Assistant to the Dean

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA 70148

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of New Orleans is an AA/EEO employer. Women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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