Lead Librarian for Acquisitions, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Appalachian State University is seeking a highly-motivated, proactive, and service-oriented individual for the position of Lead Librarian for Acquisitions.  Working collaboratively with acquisitions, e-resources, collection management, and cataloging personnel, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination and management of the Library’s acquisitions, including continuing resources (e-journals and databases).  Responsibilities include: managing an acquisitions budget of over $3 million; managing acquisition of rare and special collections; supervising 4 – 6 paraprofessional staff; negotiating price and access terms with vendors; and collaborating with network and consortial partners in purchase and license negotiation.  The successful candidate will be able to extract data from multiple sources to produce reports for decision making and coordinate acquisitions projects and workflows with related groups.  Effective communication and consensus-building skills in working with faculty, staff, and campus administrators are essential.   


Must demonstrate the following:

  • ALA accredited master’s degree.
  • Minimum of two years of related library experience (such as work in acquisitions, serials, e-resources, and/or collection management).
  • Positive experience as a supervisor.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.


  • A second advanced degree (if the candidate does not already have a second advanced degree, s/he must earn one within six years for continuing employment).
  • Experience using an integrated library system (the Appalachian Libraries use Sierra).
  • Proficiency with Excel and other data management tools.
  • Life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of Appalachian. The Library strongly encourages applications from members of ethnic and racial groups of Appalachian’s student minorities, principally African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans.

All library faculty are expected to participate in the Library’s instruction plan and to engage in an active program of scholarship and professional service as outlined in the University’s Faculty Handbook http://facultyhandbook.appstate.edu and the Library’s Departmental Personnel Committee Guidelines http://www.library.appstate.edu/about/policy/dpc.  This twelve-month, tenure track position will be available January 1, 2014.  Salary and rank are determined based on qualifications and experience.

Appalachian State University is a constituent institution of the seventeen-campus University of North Carolina System.  Located in Boone, North Carolina, the University has over 17,000 students, primarily in bachelor’s and master’s programs.  Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs.  Belk Library and Information Commons is a beautifully designed and heavily used facility with over 1 million visits per year.  It shares a catalog and some services with UNC-Asheville and Western Carolina University as part of the Western North Carolina Library Network (WNCLN).  Additional information about the Library, University, and surrounding area may be found at http://www.appstate.edu.

Appalachian State University is included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for 2012.  For the sixth year in a row, SIERRA magazine is releasing its annual ranking of the nation’s “Coolest Schools,” and this year Appalachian State University has moved into the No. 10 spot.

Review of completed applications will begin September 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  Send a complete application comprised of (1) a cover letter addressing each of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a full C.V. including education and relevant experience, and (3) the name, address, email, and telephone number of three to five persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications for this position to:  Sherrye Perry, Attn: Lead Acquisitions Librarian Committee, Belk Library and Information Commons, 218 College Street, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608; or electronically to Sherrye Perry at perrysj@appstate.edu.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free of all forms of discrimination.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Beth Cramer, Search Committee Chair (crameree@appstate.edu).  Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.  Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

For more information, please visit http://www.hrs.appstate.edu/employment.

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