Position Details

Classification Information


Agency Name & Code University of Mary Washington, 215
Role Title Faculty-Professional
Pay Band / Salary Grade 3
Employee Class AF
Position Information


Working Title Head of Collections Services
Position Number FA0343
Anticipated Hiring Range  
Position FLSA Exempt
Level Indicator Employee
Organizational Objective / Goal
Simpson Library constitutes the knowledge center of the university — a physical and virtual manifestation of the institution’s mission of connected, integrated, and engaged teaching, learning, research, and service. Simpson Library is committed to supporting the University’s mission of creating an environment where students, faculty, and staff share in the creation and exploration of knowledge in the development of their academic and professional interests and in practicing the habits of mind necessary for life-long learning.
General Description of Position
In collaboration with the librarians and the faculty, the Head of Collections manages the development of the library’s collections and policies in support of the University’s curriculum and user needs.

Leads the Collection Services Department and oversees collection development, acquisitions, vendor negotiations, and e-resource management. Supervise two full-time staff – E-Resources Librarian and Government Documents Specialist.

Negotiates and monitors license agreements of new and renewing purchases.

Coordinates selection of library materials in all formats using various acquisition methods, such as one-time purchases, annual and multi-year subscriptions, approval plans, standing orders, patron-driven acquisitions (PDA/DDA), and evidence-based acquisitions (EBA).

Meets with vendors to review accounts and learn about product updates and new offers. Collects, analyzes, and reports annual cost and usage data for electronic resources.

Engages in ongoing collection assessment using various tools and methods. Chairs the assessment committee and leads library-wide assessment activities to inform strategic planning and decision-making.

In addition to these responsibilities, this position serves on the reference desk one Sunday each semester and serves on library and campus committees.

This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that includes some remote work consistent with UMW’s telework policy – https://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/handbooks-forms-policies/policies-and-procedures/telework-policy/

Required KSAs / Competencies / Qualifications to successfully perform their work
Familiarity with collection development, library service best practices, and emerging library technologies.
Ability to understand and apply requirements and processes for resource licensing, working with service vendors, and copyright compliance.
Strong understanding of data collection and related tools to inform decision-making.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Preferred KSA's / Competencies / Qualifications to successfully perform the work
Evidence of course work, conference attendance, and/or experience in collection development and/or electronic resources librarianship.

Required Education
Masters degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
Required Experience
Experience working with licensed electronic resources and collections management in a library environment.
Experience understanding and applying requirements and processes for resource licensing, working with service vendors, and copyright compliance.
Preferred Education  
Preferred Experience
Experience with an integrated library system and/or electronic resources management system.
Experience working in collection development at an academic institution.
Experience working with discovery platforms (Primo and related components in Alma).
Experience completing collection assessment projects.
Experience supervising staff.

Required Licensure
Preferred Licensure  
Statement of Economic Interest No

Posting Details

Posting Details to apply: https://careers.umw.edu/postings/13531


Job Category Administrative Professional Faculty
Posting Date 10/12/2023
Close Date 11/26/2023
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions for Applicant  
Additional Applicant Instructions
The University of Mary Washington accepts only completed online application and related materials. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications or documentation will not be considered. Employment offers are contingent upon the successful completion of criminal background checks. If accommodations are requested either before or at the time of the interview, please contact the Recruitment Office at 540-654-1238.
AAEEO Statement
The University of Mary Washington is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.