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Head, Collection Development

Date: July 17, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Associate University Librarian, Information Resources & Academic Excellence (AUL, IR&AE)
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles):

Library Associate: eCollection Assessment, Library Associate: Serials & Standing Orders, Library Associate: Book Orders & Records, Library Associate, Knowledge Base & Citation Linking

Location: Main Campus (Dana Porter Library)

USG 13

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Head, Collection Development works collaboratively to lead the development of integrated information resource collections in evolving, dynamic digital and physical environments. The Head is responsible for the overarching processes associated with the development of the Library’s Collection and the ongoing management of the licenses and associated subscriptions to support the research, teaching and learning of the University. The Head serves a critical role in developing and overseeing fiscally responsible approaches to collection acquisitions and licensing. The Head provides leadership to ensure efficient and effective Electronic Resources Management and Citation Linking services.

The Head works closely with Library departments, committees, and others as appropriate to advance the Library’s strategic directions and to assess and evaluate the success of existing and new information resource collections and Electronic Resources Management. Library managers provide key leadership for the Library and lead projects and initiatives as related to areas of responsibility and expertise.


Key Accountabilities:

1. As a member of the Library Managers Group:



2.  As Head, Collection Development:

Position Requirements


ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree, or equivalent .








MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Advnced Intermediate As related to above mentioned, including Business Intelligence Software, ERM

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with all employees in all groups and departments and at all levels to gather ideas, envision, articulate, update and inform on projects s/he is leading or otherwise accountable for. Externally, communicates frequently with vendors, consortia partners in order to execute work.

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible and accountable for the overall results of the department and committees which s/he leads and the development and maintenance of high quality user-focused information resources.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible and accountable for establishing the priorities for the department and addressing the changes to strategic plans by consulting with the Department Heads, ISR, members of the Library Managers Group and Library Executive as appropriate.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a department head position.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a department head position exposed to stress and pressure associated with those responsibilities.