About This Role:
Kansas State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for an energetic, creative, and committed individual to serve in the position of Content Development Librarian with a focus on the physical and electronic materials used in the teaching and research of our sciences, mathematics, engineering, agriculture, and veterinary medicine departments. This position reports to the head of the content development.
Following the May 22, 2018, fire in Hale Library, the university’s 550,000-square-foot main building, the administration, faculty and staff, who had been looking forward to the creation of a first-floor learning commons, will instead reimagine the institution from the ground up. Central to the future of Hale Library will be aligned collections for the needs of our university community.
This is a full-time tenure track academic appointment carrying full faculty status and responsibilities. The candidate must have a commitment to scholarly/creative activities and professional service necessary for pursuing tenure at Kansas State University Libraries. To be successful in this position, the incumbent must demonstrate excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills to establish and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues in an environment where flexibility and collaboration are essential. The ideal candidate will possess a strong commitment to providing excellent user service and support, and data-informed decisions.
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- Work in collaboration with faculty and staff in academic and library department to select content in all formats in the subject areas of sciences, mathematics, engineering, agriculture, and veterinary medicine
- Assess resource functionality and usability for improvement, deselection, and integration with library and university systems
- Monitor approval plans to ensure their effectiveness, including maintenance of profile and subject coverage according to needs adjustment and quality control
- Collect data from diverse resources, analyze, and develop reports of collection value, usage and cost to improve collection development and management
- Develop expertise in the use of standards and automated tools (Alma and vendor content platforms)
- Identify the collection’s strengths and gaps considering overlapping titles, open access usage, and consortial opportunities
- Provide input for overall collections budget and collaborate within and between departments to monitor spending
- Collaborate on the development, review, and update of policies and procedures related to collection activities
- Engage and keep abreast of current content development issues and trends
- MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent
- Demonstrated interest, aptitude, and knowledge of principles and practices of collection management including familiarity with collection assessment, data analysis, and open access trends
- Knowledge of current issues and trends in collection development at academic and research libraries
- Proficiency with spreadsheet, data analysis and visualization software, and emerging information technologies and applications for collection management
- Ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, creative and innovative attitude
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion in supporting a diverse workforce and serving the needs of a diverse population
- Recent professional experience with science electronic resources and/or substantive course work in a STEM discipline
- At least one year of experience in collection/content development or acquisitions in an academic library
- Experience using an integrated library system, preferably Alma
- Demonstrate general understanding of business terms and license issues for electronic resources
- Experience building vendor relationships and negotiating contracts
How to Apply:
Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and upload it along with your completed application:
- Letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization.
- Curriculum vitae
- Names and contact information for three professional references.
Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check required.
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.