Resource Acquisition & Management Librarian (Univ of IL at Chicago)

(Head of Department)

The University of Illinois at Chicago, a Carnegie RU/VH institution located near the Chicago Loop, with a student enrollment of 27,000 and offering doctoral degrees in 60 areas and masters degrees in nearly 80, seeks a talented and innovative librarian to head its Resource Acquisition & Management Department (RAM). 

RAM was formed in 2010 by merging the Acquisitions and Catalog Departments and integrating electronic resources management.  It is a continuously evolving technical services operation that meets the changing needs of an ARL library.  It handles ordering, receiving, and payment for more than $8.5 million in electronic and print materials.  Electronic resources management handles license negotiation and access to the librarys electronic collections.  Cataloging is done both in-house and through vendor services.  The UIC Library contributes to the NACO program of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.  Work is performed within the framework of a 76-library Voyager state system called I-Share. 

RAM is located in the Universitys Richard J. Daley Library but serves all sites of the University Library system (including Libraries of the Health Sciences in four cities).  The department currently consists of 4.8 FTE professionals and 16 support staff organized to perform Acquisitions & Rapid Cataloging, Resource Description & Access, and Electronic Resources functions. 

The Resource Acquisition & Management Librarian reports to the Associate University Librarian and is responsible for:

  • managing and leading the department and its personnel
  • planning and implementing new initiatives that will improve service and efficiency
  • coordinating multi-unit projects
  • directly overseeing the Resource Description & Access unit, which performs original cataloging and database management and offers metadata services
  • proposing and implementing organizational and staffing changes to improve the departments effectiveness
  • leading the development and implementation of new standards and systems in cataloging, acquisitions, and electronic resources
  • encouraging staff development within RAM, and among staff whose assignments in Special Collections and the Library of the Health Sciences include technical services operations
  • working effectively with vendors of products and services and with partners in consortia
  • contributing to management of the Library.

Minimum Qualifications: Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library school program; a minimum of five years of substantial professional experience in one or more technical services functions in an academic library; knowledge of current trends and new developments in library technical services and the description and discovery of library resources; ability to lead change and foster innovation in a dynamic and changing environment; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; strong interpersonal skills; appreciation for the value of acquiring and organizing knowledge in a research library; and demonstrated ability to meet University standards in research, publication, and service commensurate with a clinical faculty appointment. 

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Experience with materials published in a variety of formats, especially electronic resources and serials; familiarity with cataloging health sciences materials using MeSH and NLM classification; knowledge of one or more Romance languages and/or German. 

Salary/Rank/Contract: Salaries are competitive and based on education and experience; entry level faculty appointments begin at $55,000; faculty status; twelve month appointment; 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the Illinois State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment. 

For fullest consideration apply by December 15, 2011. All applicants must submit an online application through To apply, click on the following link:

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employee

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