University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Head of Content & Collections
Assistant or Associate Professor
Head of Content & Collections
The University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks an experienced, forward-looking, and collaborative Head of Content & Collections to lead the Libraries’ efforts to ensure that students, teachers, and researchers have convenient access to the range of information they need to succeed in their work, regardless of information format, ownership, and delivery. The Head of Content & Collections
- is a creative thinker who turns challenges into opportunities and will help the Libraries’ faculty and staff transform our ideas about, and approaches to, the selection, curation, administration, and assessment of resources;
- will lead development of a vision for the future of information resources at UNL and apply evidence-based decision making in pursuit of that vision;
- will implement best practices and models across the resource management life-cycle; evaluate trends in resource management; and collaboratively create content and collections policies, procedures, and workflows that meet current needs and anticipate future needs of the Libraries;
- will undertake his/her/their efforts with attention to how social and structural inequalities become manifest in collections and in content creation, acquisition, and dispensation.
The Head of Content & Collections will report to one of the University Libraries’ Associate Deans. Librarians in the University Libraries have faculty status; the successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
- Develops frameworks for and leads the coordination of evidence-based content acquisition, management, assessment, and disposition for all content and collection formats and delivery platforms
- Leads content and collection management efforts of the UNL Libraries, including developing a content and collections vision and scope and coordinating content and collections processes across departments
- Allocates, manages, and assesses the content and collections budget, in collaboration with the Libraries’ Chief Operating Officer, to meet campus needs and the Libraries’ strategic priorities
- Participates in, and leads the University Libraries’ role in, content and collections partnerships at the local, state, and national level, including the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries
- Coordinates liaison librarian content and collections activities, including acquisition, transfer, and withdrawal
- Chairs relevant committees and leads ad hoc teams to discuss content and collections activities, review product proposals, participate in vendor and product negotiations, and establish policies
- Communicates content and collections information within the Libraries and to the campus community; collaborates with liaison librarians and staff to foster positive relationships with campus around content and collections issues
- Contributes to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement
- Participates in University Libraries’ faculty governance
- Master’s degree or higher in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent), or terminal degree in another discipline and relevant experience
- A record of job performance and research accomplishment that will allow for appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level
- Minimum five years of relevant work experience with increasing responsibility in an academic setting involving collections
- Demonstrated leadership experience and evidence of flexibility and initiative
- Evidence of incorporating current and emerging trends in content and collections management in academic libraries
- Track record of forming and cultivating positive relationships within an organization and beyond, including with colleagues at various ranks and levels
- Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library services and an understanding of information seeking behaviors in an academic research environment
- Demonstrated commitment to and support for a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Proven ability to inspire, build trust, lead change, foster innovation, and empower staff growth
- Ability and skill in analyzing, synthesizing, and presenting quantitative and qualitative data for a range of purposes and audiences
- Experience working with consortial partnerships and collaborative resource-sharing initiatives
- Experience supervising faculty and/or staff
- Experience negotiating with vendors
- Secondary Master’s degree or Ph.D.
Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled but applications received by February 10, 2019 will be assured of full consideration. To be considered for the position, applicants must complete the Faculty/Administrative Information Form at http://employment.unl.edu, requisition #F_180220. You will be required to attach your resume, cover letter and list of references as three (3) separate documents in MS Word or PDF format.
SALARY: Salary is negotiable and will be based upon qualifications of the successful candidate.
STARTING DATE: Negotiable
About UNL and the University Libraries
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chartered by the State Legislature in 1869, is part of the University of Nebraska system and serves as both the land-grant and comprehensive public University for the State of Nebraska. Through its three primary missions of teaching, research, and service, UNL is the state’s intellectual center providing leadership through quality education and the generation of new knowledge. A member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and Big Ten Conference, UNL had a Fall 2018 student enrollment of nearly 26,000 students, with a faculty of approximately 1,700. In anticipation of the University’s 150th anniversary, throughout 2018, faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders from across the state participated in the N|150 Commission and imagined UNL’s development over the next generation. Beginning in February 2019, UNL will celebrate its sesquicentennial year, a year which will also see the arrival on campus of UNL’s inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion.
Just as the University is the intellectual center of the state, the University Libraries is the intellectual heart of the campus and enjoys widespread support from University administration, faculty, staff, and students. And, as is the rest of campus, the University Libraries is in a period of exciting change. University Libraries’ faculty and staff are also key partners in campus-wide efforts to advance teaching and learning, research partnerships, and support for first-generation college students—among many other initiatives. Several building projects are recently completed, underway, or in planning stages: the Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons, located in the main library building, opened in 2016, a second offsite storage module for Libraries’ materials opened in 2017, and major renovation to open a second academic commons on UNL’s East Campus begins in Spring 2019—with other large facilities projects in various stages of planning. These facilities changes, along with evolving information needs and emerging models of content acquisitions, create exciting challenges and open new paths for the Head of Content & Collections.
The University Libraries is a charter member of the Association of Research Libraries, participates in Big Ten Academic Alliance consortial arrangements and partnerships, and is a member of the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks to achieve a working and learning environment that is open to all people. Diversity is the hallmark of great institutions of learning and has long been one of the strengths of our society. Dignity and respect for all in the UNL community is the responsibility of each individual member of the community. The realization of that responsibility across the campus is critical to UNL’s success.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice
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.