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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Position Announcement: Head, Acquisitions and Serials, University of Tennessee Libraries




Head, Acquisitions and Serials


Appointment Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Salary: $55,000

Available: January 1, 2016


The Collections Division of the University of Tennessee Libraries invites applications for a technical services leadership position of a newly combined department that is responsible for the acquisition and management of library materials in all formats as well as interlibrary loan services.  The Acquisitions and Serials Department Head will lead the Libraries in developing and implementing sustainable acquisition strategies in an environment of evolving collection models.  This position requires a strong commitment to collaboration, customer service, and innovation. The Department Head directly supervises the Licensing Librarian, the Acquisitions Manager, and the Serials Manager.  The position leads a department of 18 FTE and reports to the Associate Dean for Collections.



·       Provides leadership for all aspects of acquiring and managing physical resources and e-content.

·       Ensures fiscal accountability for library materials acquisitions and expenditures.

·       Maintains close working relationships with the Collections department heads, subject librarians, the Libraries' Business Services Office, and the fiscal offices of the University.

·       Provides statistical reports and analyzes data to support collection development and management decisions.

·       Establishes departmental priorities and goals to ensure effective workflows and outcomes in a positive, productive and efficient work environment.

·       Investigates and promotes new and progressive acquisitions models in collaboration with the Head of Research Collections and liaison librarians to University colleges and departments.

·       Seeks opportunities to increase purchasing power.

·       Establishes and maintains effective relationships with vendors.



·       Masters degree from an ALA accredited program.

·       At least four years of recent professional experience with acquisitions, serials or electronic resources in an academic research library.

·       Excellent organizational and communication skills.

·       Demonstrated project management and supervisory skills.

·       Demonstrated record of publication and professional contribution.



·       Course work or experience in accounting or finance. 

·       Experience with ExLibris products. 

·       Experience with writing or managing RFPs. 

·       Experience with fund accounting. 

·       Knowledge of e-resources and serials cataloging and descriptive standards.

·       Experience accessing, analyzing and sharing usage data and statistics, in particular COUNTER reports. 

·       Demonstrated experience with Excel, Access, or other data analysis tools.

·       Working knowledge of licensing, copyright and universal accessibility issues.



The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources.


The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.


The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment.  More information about how we continually strive to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville is available at


Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at



Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or ORP (VOYA/ING, TIAA/CREF, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment. 


A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Manager, Library Dean's Office and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to   Review of applications will begin June 30, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.


In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.


Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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