The University of Vermont seeks a director of Collection Development and Acquisitions to lead the University Libraries’ collections program. This position supervises five FTE (one faculty and four staff); reports to the dean of libraries; and works closely with other directors, the Faculty Library Advisory Committee, and subject liaisons residing in UVM’s three library buildings: Howe Library, the Dana Medical Library, and the Silver Special Collections Library.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead major changes. Immediate priorities include reviewing and merging collections budgets, committees, and decision-making procedures; building and chairing a team to oversee collection development and acquisitions across the UVM libraries; developing a unified, print-management strategy; building consensus around major, upcoming decisions regarding big-deal packages; attending to the professional development of direct reports and creating plans for continuous learning; and cultivating within the Collection Development and Acquisitions unit an atmosphere of collegiality.
This director will work with all library directors to ensure that the work of collection development, acquisitions and the associated cataloging of resources is seamless and integrated with the Libraries’ mission. The director of collection development and acquisitions and the director of cataloging/metadata will examine processes for managing serials, discovery systems, and automated and manual acquisitions procedures, consulting closely with colleagues to change workflows as appropriate. Close work with the University Purchasing and Contracts office is important. And cultivating relationships with faculty across the institution is key, both through work with the Faculty Library Advisory Committee and through relationships with specific colleges and schools.
For best consideration, complete applications should be received no later than August 31, 2020.