Periodicals Librarian/Archivist, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH

The Periodicals Librarian/Archivist is responsible for the daily operations of the Periodicals Department, including budgeting, staffing and supervision.  The functions of this department include the management of paper and electronic journal budgets as well as microform and binding budgets which total over $285,000.  This professional also serves as the University Archivist and maintains the University Archives, Historical Collection and Rare Book Collection.  She/he shares in reference, collection development, and information literacy instructional duties in combination with other staff librarians.  This librarian is also expected to engage in professional development activities in these assigned areas in order to keep up with development in these specialized functions.


 A.     Periodicals Department

  1. Coordinates the acquisition, check-in and distribution of all library periodicals, including paper, microform, and electronic subscriptions, using the periodicals subsystem of our current library automation system.
  2. In cooperation with the Systems Librarian, maintains our records for electronic serials subscriptions including links between full-text journal resources.
  3. Supervises student assistants in the performance of these departmental functions. 
  4. Plans and executes the binding, weeding and shifting of journal collections, including journal storage operations, in order to maintain effective user access to journal titles.
  5. Maintains our EBSCO A-Z journal finder records with up-to-date journal holdings information.
  6. Works with journal and microform vendors to maintain journal subscriptions and handles all of the related financial transactions.
  7. Maintains journal holdings records in the OCLC catalog to facilitate interlibrary loan operations.

 B. Archives

1. Maintains the library’s special collections including the Rare Book Room Collection and the local Historical Collection.

2. Maintains the official University Archives and an archival collection of College publications and memorabilia.

3. Assists the Director in the evaluation and processing of gift collections.

4. Works with campus administrators to gather materials for the University archives.

5. Assists patrons and alumni in research in these collections.

6. Plans and supervises digitization projects designed to make Mount Union historical resources available on the open web.

 CReference and Collection Development

  1. Shares with other librarians the staffing of the reference desk during assigned hours, including nights and weekends, and provides individual research consultations for faculty and students.
  2. Provides collection development support for assigned academic departments.
  3. Shares with other librarians, under the coordination of the Instruction Librarian, in information literacy instruction for assigned classes.
  4. Assists the Director and other collection development librarians in decisions regarding the appropriate formats and costs of journal subscriptions.


  1. This is a full-time position with a normal work week of 40 hours.
  2. Evening and weekend hours are shared with other professional staff in an established rotation.
  3. Flexibility is required in order to cover for other employees due to illness or emergency.


A.     Education

  1. A Masters degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association is required.
  2. A second Masters degree in an appropriate subject discipline is preferred but not required.
  3. Consideration will be given to any other post-graduate education or appropriate undergraduate course work relevant to the duties of this position.

B.      Experience

  1. At least two years of experience in a library setting is required.
  2. Preference will be given to experience in periodicals operations.
  3. Preference will be given to archival training or experience.
  4. Academic library experience is preferred but not required.
  5. Some experience in reference work is highly desirable.
  6. Basic computer skills and a familiarity with library automation systems are required.

The University of Mount Union Library is in the process of filling this position. Please send applications with a resume to:Robert Garland, Library Director, University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, OH  44601, , 330-823-3847.

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