River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
The Coordinator of Collection Strategies is a senior position that provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the development and management of the River Campus Libraries’ (RCL) collections within the evolving environment of scholarly communication. S/he ensures the most effective use of the River Campus Libraries’ materials budget to support the teaching and research mission of the University, and provides effective and consistent communications with campus constituencies regarding the library’s strategies and programs for collection development and management. Working within a collaborative and service-oriented environment, s/he sets standards and oversees training for collections-related functions for librarians within the context of their overall responsibilities, implementing plans, policies, procedures, and strategies as part of an effective collection development and management operation. The Coordinator collaborates with Acquisitions staff, with the RCL Strategic Leadership Team, and with library financial and IT staff to ensure appropriate budget forecasting and planning. S/he works closely with the Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Research, and Digital Scholarship to develop strategies to support new models of scholarly communication and publishing both locally and in the broader sphere of higher education and with the Assistant Dean, Academic Engagement to coordinate and engage with outreach librarian activities pertaining to collections and scholarly communications. The incumbent will report directly to the Associate Dean for Scholarly Resource Management.
Areas of Responsibility
30% – Leadership: Provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the development and management of River Campus Libraries’ collections within the evolving environment of scholarly communication
- Develops and communicates policies and strategies to lead the River Campus Libraries’ collection development and management program, which includes purchasing/licensing of resources, review and management of existing print and electronic collections, and shared collection agreements (retention, etc.)
- Applies knowledge of and data about the university’s curricula and research to build collections that support the teaching, research and strategic priorities of the university community
- Oversees annual review of material funds allocation using data-driven processes in consultation with the RCL Strategic Leadership Team, Head of Acquisitions, and collections librarians
- Works closely with the Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Research, and Digital Scholarship to develop strategies to support new models for scholarly communication and publishing that will provide broad access to the work of faculty and students at the university
- Negotiates licenses and contracts for electronic resources on behalf of RCL and other university libraries
- Stays abreast with trends and developments pertaining to collections in research libraries, publishing, and the broader ecosystem of scholarly communications
30% – Coordination: Coordinates and directs the collections-related work of librarians who have responsibilities for collection development and management in support of one or more academic disciplines. Provides training and support for collections librarians in strategically-focused collection development/management principles and processes
- Works with collections librarians to develop and implement well-informed collection development, assessment and management strategies for their assigned disciplines
- Provides guidance for collection librarians in communicating with academic departments about collection-related issues
- Oversees the purchasing and licensing of large and/or interdisciplinary resources
- Plans joint purchases with other UR libraries (medical library, music library) and with other institutions as appropriate
- Participates with academic departments and library colleagues in accreditation studies of UR academic departments
- Develops librarians’ competencies in communicating with faculty and others about new models for scholarly communication and publishing, such as open access
30% – Collaboration: Works collaboratively with others within RCL, across the University, and within the broader higher education community, to advance strategic priorities. Works closely with the Head of Acquisitions to provide oversight and management for the RCL materials budget, which includes collection-related endowments and special funds as well as allocated funds Conducts assessments and evaluations of budget expenditures; prepares regular budget projections and reports
- Collaborates with library data analysts to develop, compile, and disseminate analytical reports to enable data-driven assessment and evidence-based decision-making about RCL collections
- Collaborates with Stacks Supervisor to initiate relocations of physical collections within River Campus Libraries locations and the library Annex
- Participates in consortial activities engaged with negotiating shared licenses, creating and expanding access to shared collections, and with investigating sustainable shared-print collections (e.g. EAST)
- Collaborates with vendors and Head of Acquisitions to ensure the effectiveness of automated selection programs
10% – Miscellaneous Duties: Maintains currency with library functions, resources, practices and procedures
- Participates in and contributes towards RCL and University committees, meetings, and events
- Contributes to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, research, writing, etc.
- Performs other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications and Competencies:
- Master’s Degree in the field of library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution
- Minimum seven years’ experience in an academic library environment, including five years in a leadership role demonstrating increasing responsibility in a research, technology-intensive library or information-intensive environment
- Demonstrated competency in analysis, budgeting and planning, assessment and evaluation of library collections
- Proven evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills, both orally and in writing
- Demonstrated organizational skills in a broad range of situations
- Strong commitment to building and nurturing positive relationships among users and colleagues with a proven ability to work in a collaborative environment
- Commitment to professional development and service
- Knowledge and understanding of 21st century collections issues for research libraries, emerging practices, standards, and trends relating to collection development and management in an academic or research library environment
- Demonstrated knowledge of trends in scholarly communication, publishing, and research
- Familiarity with e-resource licensing and copyright issues
- Understanding of the interdependence of electronic and traditional resources and the balance between local ownership and external access
- Evidence of ability to develop strategy and lead change across an organization
- Familiarity with project management skills
- A second advanced degree
- Experience working in a research library
The University and the Library
The University of Rochester Libraries belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of more than three million volumes and more than 44,000 active serial titles. The River Campus Libraries, the largest of three library systems at the University of Rochester, is in the process of implementing the fourth year of a five-year transformational strategic plan. This provides a unique opportunity for incumbents to implement the strategies to achieve the Libraries vision of becoming a collaborative hub of innovation in support of the Schools we support. For more information on the University and the Libraries, please consult our website: www.library.rochester.edu.
The University of Rochester is the sixth largest private employer in New York State and one of the nation’s leading private universities with just over 5,600 undergraduate and over 4,600 full and part-time graduate students on the River Campus. Located in Rochester, New York, the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum.
Among the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country, Greater Rochester has earned a reputation as one of the most livable communities in the nation. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes, Rochester offers its 1.1 million residents the amenities of a metropolitan area with a quality of life not available in many urban regions.
Rochester is recognized as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. Several high schools in the metropolitan area have been consistently listed by Newsweek as among the best in the country. The metropolitan area boasts 20,000 acres of parkland and offers year-round recreational opportunities for those who like to be outdoors in all seasons. In addition to hosting past PGA and Ryder cup tournaments and the LPGA tour, Rochester is also home to top-level minor league baseball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams.
For more information about living in Rochester, see Rochester Made for Living
Salary and Benefits:
Rank and competitive salary are commensurate with education and experience. The University of Rochester offers comprehensive benefits; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF. Twenty-five days paid vacation and seven calendar holiday as well as tuition benefits.
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT: http://www.rochester.edu/working/hr/jobs/
Reference ID: 197026
Please send a letter of application, resume, and the names, address and phone numbers of three references to:
Kelley Kitrinos, Human Resources Manager
Rush Rhees Library, Box 270055
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
E-mail address: RCLHR@library.rochester.edu
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.