DATE ENTERED: October 30, 2019
POSITION: COLLECTIONS STRATEGIST
LOCATION: Newman Library, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
APPLY BY: Open until filled


COLLECTIONS STRATEGIST POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Collections Strategist’s chief role is to assess the Libraries’ research collections, whether owned, subscribed to, shared, open, or otherwise made available to the scholarly community at Virginia Tech and the community at large, in accordance with the university’s land-grant mission. Working in close collaboration with team members in Collections and Technical Services, liaison librarians, and other library departments, the Collections Strategist will use qualitative and quantitative data to develop strategies for strengthening the Libraries’ electronic and print collections. This position will also support library-wide collection, organization, analysis, and distribution of metrics used in the library’s strategic plan, performance incentive based budgeting (PIBB), assessment initiatives, and institutional benchmarking. The position will have a subject liaison role to an academic department or office. The Collections Strategist reports to the Director of Collections and Technical Services Department.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent
  • Demonstrated understanding of academic library collection analysis
  • Demonstrated understanding of assessment and evaluation methodologies and tools
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially when presenting data
  • Experience using data visualization tools and techniques to communicate results
  • Expertise in relevant software applications, such as Excel or statistical analysis software
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced coursework or professional development activities related to assessment or evaluation models in academic libraries
  • Demonstrated successful supervisory or project management experience
  • Experience with SQL query language
  • Familiarity with data tools such as OpenRefine, Tableau, Trifacta, etc.
  • Experience with library management systems/integrated library systems
  • Knowledge of COUNTER and SUSHI harvesting protocol

Job Duties:
 55% Collections assessment    

  • Develops and implements evidence-based processes to analyze, acquire, assess, and evaluate electronic and print collections.
  • Uses relevant data and metrics to meet collections assessment goals and support collection development decisions.
  • Oversees collection, organization, storage, and analysis of COUNTER reports for electronic resources.
  • Provides input into the design of database for statistics collected manually or via SUSHI.
  • Provides collections data as required by the library, university offices, and external agencies, including accreditation bodies.
  • Promotes new and existing collections through a variety of communication methods (social media, digital posters, liaison emails, LibGuides, etc.), assesses the effectiveness of promotion efforts.
  • Establishes and builds relationships with library vendors for statistics collection and facilitation of access to resources.

30% Library data analysis    

  • Supports the Library Data Analyst with collection, organization, analysis, and distribution of metrics used in the library’s strategic plan, performance incentive based budgeting (PIBB), assessment initiatives, and institutional benchmarking.
  • Surveys units to ensure data needed for the strategic plan metrics, accreditation, etc. are being collected and reported consistently and accurately.
  • Helps ensure these data are analyzed and displayed in meaningful and useful ways to administrative and/or accrediting bodies.
  • Assists with data dictionary creation.

10% Liaison service to an academic department        

  • Maintains awareness of tools and information resources in the discipline. Participates in the library Liaisons Council. Handles one-on-one reference questions coming from department students and faculty. Works collaboratively with others to address reference questions that require a team-based approach.
  • Buys library materials that faculty and students request. Collaborates with Collections to develop and maintain resources that support research and teaching needs.
  • Takes the lead in upper-level instruction and collaborates with partners in Teaching and Learning Engagement to develop instructional opportunities in lower-level instruction and First Year Experience courses.
  • Provides advice on broad-based scholarly communication issues, referring in-depth scholarly communication questions as appropriate.
  • Attends meetings and events of assigned liaison department, communicating relevant items from and back to the Libraries, and facilitates referrals to other service areas of the Libraries.

5% Professional engagement
Maintains current awareness of and participates in library assessment and data management fields. Serves on library and university commissions or committees. Provides quality services in a professional manner with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, team efforts, service excellence and respect for others.

Salary: $56,000-$58,000 dependent upon education and experience

Rank:  A/P faculty with Lecturer rank

Benefits: University benefit information can be located at https://www.hr.vt.edu/benefits.html

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check.

How to Apply for this Job:
Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.vt.edu/.  The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position is filled.

University Libraries of Virginia Tech is a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance: http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/diversityalliance.