Career Opportunities at the University of Ottawa, Bridgewater State; Rice University; and the School of Law, Boston University

Head of Acquisitions – University of Ottawa

Responsibilities: The University of Ottawa Library seeks a…  Head of Acquisitions. The successful candidate will be a creative individual who works well with other colleagues in a challenging and changing environment…

The Collections budget in 2012-13 is 14.6M, which is the 5th largest in Canadian academic libraries. The budget has increased by about 60% over the past seven years (from 8.8 M to 14.6M). This has allowed us to expand our collection into new and emerging areas of scholarship. It also underlines the university administration’s strong commitment to the value of the resources we acquire for supporting the teaching and research mission of the university. The Library is strongly committed to a digital content strategy – there are over 500,000 e-books in our collection, as well as almost 100,000 accessible e-journals and over 650 research databases licensed for the university community.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian (Collections), the incumbent is responsible for the coordination of the Library’s acquisitions activities, in all formats, in support of the research, teaching, and learning activities of the university community. A main function of the position consists in managing the various activities of the Acquisitions Unit, such as ordering, receiving, claiming, selection of vendors, monitoring of vendor performance, and budget oversight. The incumbent works closely with various other units and individuals to ensure that our acquisitions operations exemplify best practices and align with Library strategic goals. Moreover, the incumbent ensures that these activities integrate with workflows of other groups or services in the Library, such as the Document Processing, the Library Systems Division, and the Subject Librarians, in an optimal manner. The incumbent works closely with the Electronic Resources Librarian and the Acquisitions Coordinator to ensure that electronic resource procedures and workflows are integrated into the objectives and practices of the Acquisitions Service…

Applications, accompanied by an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, should be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2013.

Ms. Leslie Weir, University Librarian, University of Ottawa Library, 65 University Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 Email:

General statement of duties: Lead, manage, and coordinate all collection development activities and acquisitions processes; lead, manage, and coordinate library liaison activities.

  • Prepare the annual budget for monographs, serials, databases and audio/visual materials. Monitor the expenditure of funds, maintain records, and recommend budget adjustments.
  •  Manage the placement of orders and/or subscriptions for databases, monographs, serials, media materials, and all other library resources with appropriate vendors.
  • Coordinate the licensing of electronic journals, e-book packages, databases and other resources as needed.
  • Implement and manage acquisitions applications in the library management system (Voyager); develop activities to promote the use of the LMS and web- and network-based tools.
  • Coordinate acquisitions financial processes using the University’s accounting system (Banner).
  • Evaluate and develop the library’s collection of monographs, serials and visual materials in all formats in a team environment as the library moves forward in the application of new technologies and network-based information sources.
  • Develop and coordinate collection development activities such as collection assessment, collection policies, and the faculty liaison program.
  • Initiate and maintain effective working relationships with monograph, database, serial, and media vendors.
  • Prepare statistical data, budget reports, spending projections and other documents as appropriate.
  • Work cooperatively with other librarians to set general policies and procedures for efficient workflow.
  • Resolve problems encountered with publishers, vendors, workflows, and other administrative processes.
  • Evaluate and administer the gift program.
  •  Assess quality and physical condition of collections, determining replacement, transfer, withdrawal or preservation of titles.
  • Serve as library liaison to one or more academic departments…

Second master’s degree required for promotion beyond associate librarian.

“Rice University, a private university located in Houston, Texas, is seeking a … librarian committed to building academic library collections and services tailored to the present and future needs of our community.  The successful candidate will work to build library collections for the recently created Chao Center for Asian Studies, including assisting with library services, and working with the staff of the Chao Center and Fondren Library to promote Rice University’s developing program.  The successful candidate will contribute to primary resource collections, including digitization projects, in Fondren’s special collections.  Position reports to AUL for Collections.

Requirements include: ALA-accredited MLS; minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in collection development in an academic setting, fluency in English and Chinese languages including reading knowledge of classical Chinese, demonstrated experience and facility with digital content.  Preferred: second advanced degree in relevant humanities or social sciences discipline.

Salary/benefits: This position is funded by a grant from the Chao Center; $52,000 minimum; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; 8 study days; TIAA/CREF and Fidelity; health and life insurance; tuition waiver…

Applications received by March 18, 2013 will receive first consideration.  Please apply with cover letter, resume, and the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references at:

Inquiries:  Melinda Reagor Flannery, Assistant University Librarian/Search Coordinator at (713) 348-3773 or e-mail  Rice University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.”

Job Description

“Reporting to the Associate Director, the Information Resource Management (IRM) Librarian provides leadership, vision, and direction for information resources management. Monitor trends and best practices in academic library resource management, assist in establishing standards for information resources management, assess whether standards are being met and recommend and implement changes to improve patron access to library resources. Coordinate all stages of the life-cycle of acquired information resources: working closely with the Collection Development Librarian to acquire new resources using best practices and state-of-the-art tools, overseeing the efficient and complete deployment of newly acquired information resources, coordinating metadata/cataloging activities to ensure robust patron discovery, directing the use of link resolver, EZproxy and related access tools, partnering with Access Services to resolve access issues identified by staff or patrons, and overseeing the withdrawal of information resources upon de-accession. Play a central role in gathering and evaluating all analytics associated with information resources management. Forge strong relationships with staff throughout the Library and University and work to shape and improve access to information resources for Library users…

Required Skills

 Requires: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school required and three to five years of experience working with information resources management combined with a broad understanding of technical services operations. Academic library experience is required. A law degree can substitute for a portion of the three to five years of library experience.