Coordinator of Collections, Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, AL

Auburn University, a land-grant institution with an enrollment of more than 24,000 students, invites applications for a twelve-month tenure-track position as Coordinator of Collections. The Auburn University Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries, house a collection of more than three million volumes, and administer a materials budget of $5.8 million. Auburn is a small, friendly university town located on the beautiful plains of eastern Alabama, about 50 miles east of Montgomery, Alabama’s capital, and 115 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Other nearby cities are Birmingham, Alabama (110 miles northwest) and Columbus, Georgia (35 miles east).

The Coordinator of Collections is responsible for leading and managing a program to provide a 21st century research library collection advancing transformative teaching, learning, and research at the University. Exercising collaborative leadership, the Coordinator is responsible for advising library and university faculty, and creating processes, programs, and projects for the Auburn University’s diverse and extensive print and licensed electronic collections. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Public Services/Head of Reference and Instruction Services.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Auburn University Libraries seek a knowledgeable and dynamic librarian to:

  • Provide leadership and coordination for collections-related projects and initiatives
  • Provide guidance to enhance collection managers’ selection, collection development, and collection management capabilities and ensure that funds are well-managed
  • Serve as an interface between collection managers and other library departments      and units
  • Work with the heads of Serials and Electronic Resources and Monographic Services to facilitate effective and appropriate use of all funds in the materials budget
  • Develop programmatic capacity to assess collections and usage of both print and      electronic resources
  • Participate in data analysis to inform collections strategies and decisions
  • Provide effective and consistent communications within the Libraries and with      campus constituencies regarding the Libraries’ collections
  • As appropriate, lead library participation in the collection related activities of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries and represent the library for initiatives with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, etc.
  • Participate  as subject liaison with faculty and students in at least one academic unit, and select information resources to support their instructional and research needs
  • Provide reference services that may include some night and weekend hours


  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Professional experience in building and managing library collections in print and      electronic formats, including management of funds
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues, emerging practices, standards, and trends      relating to collection development and management in academic libraries
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage library collections to align strategies with      local priorities and evolving multi-institutional cooperative environments
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to plan, coordinate, and implement effective projects
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong and effective interpersonal, communication, computer and teaching skills
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Commitment to professional development and service


  • Three years professional experience in building and managing library collections in print and electronic formats, including management of funds
  • Evidence of potential to lead change
  • Demonstrated competency in analysis, budgeting and planning, assessment and evaluation of library collections
  • Experience with e-resource licensing and copyright issues
  • A record of scholarly, professional and research activity
  • Experience with reference, instruction and liaison

SALARY/BENEFITS: Minimum salary of $54,025 for a Librarian II, higher with experience, or appointment as a Librarian III. Rank will be commensurate with experience/qualifications. Benefits include 20 days vacation leave/12 days sick leave per year; participation in State Teachers’ Retirement System (mandatory); additional voluntary retirement plans available; health/life/disability insurance.

APPLICATION: Application review process begins October 24, 2012 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. Complete application must include letter of interest, resume, and the names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

APPLY TO: Dr. Bob Buchanan, Search Chair, Ralph Brown Draughon Library, 231 Mell Street, Auburn University, AL 36849-5606; e-mail:


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