Technical Services Librarian (Assistant or Associate) -- University of Arizona -- Tucson, AZ

Title: Technical Services Librarian (Assistant or Associate)
Department: Libraries - Delivery, Description & Acquisitions (1703)
Location: Main Campus
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Position Summary
The University of Arizona Libraries seek a dynamic and forward-thinking librarian to bring leadership, expertise, and vision to a number of functional areas within the Delivery, Description, and Acquisitions department. These include the procurement of information and management of serials in all formats, and the coordination of our programs for metadata management/cataloging. Leading a team of approximately six staff, the successful incumbent will collaboratively establish and communicate priorities and procedures, seek ways to improve services and achieve efficiencies, and manage workflows in accordance with the Libraries’ strategic priorities. This position ensures timely and durable access to content through integrated processes related to procurement and metadata application. They will also actively work across departmental lines in an environment where collaboration, innovative thinking, customer service, creative problem solving, and a sense of humor are all highly valued.

Delivery, Description & Acquisitions (DDA) provides timely and effective access to the wealth of knowledge within and beyond our library collections for the UA community, from intuitive discovery to seamless delivery. We focus on the acquisition, discovery, and delivery of information to support our customers’ teaching, research, and learning needs. Our services include interlibrary loan, document delivery, video streaming, procurement, cataloging and metadata work, and discovery tools.

This is a continuing-status (equivalent to tenure), academic professional position. Depending on experience, candidates may be hired at either the Assistant or Associate rank, and as continuing-eligible or with continuing status. Incumbents are members of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the University and the Arizona Board of Regents. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

Visit the University Libraries website to learn more about us.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer providing equal opportunity for women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage acquisitions workflows in accordance with best practices, local needs, and industry standards.
  • Manage subscription lifecycles in all formats.
  • Foster productive, reciprocal relationships with vendors and publishers.
  • In collaboration with the Content & Collections Department, manage subscription renewals, monitor vendors to ensure quality service and accurate pricing, and provide fiscal information and reports, as needed.
  • Manage the Libraries’ outsourced and in-house metadata and cataloging programs, regardless of format, increasing efficiency and integrating acquisitions and cataloging workflows, as appropriate.
  • Manage troubleshooting and the resolution of access issues to content in in consultation with other library staff, as needed.
  • Train, mentor, and supervise acquisitions and technical services staff.
  • Actively develop and apply expertise with emerging technologies in support of areas of responsibility. Actively work to put the Libraries in a position to thrive in a linked and open world of discovery.
  • Actively communicate and collaborate across library departments in support of acquisitions and cataloging needs and functions.
  • The UA Libraries supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, implement, and adapt to evolving technologies.
  • Ability to use technology creatively to address challenges or improve processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate customer needs and provide satisfactory solutions.
  • Ability to read and synthesize technical documentation and explore solutions independently or collaboratively.
  • Ability to engage with publishers, vendors, subscription agents, and consortia to acquire content and to conduct ongoing assessments of services.
  • Understanding of best practices and emerging trends in collections procurement and scholarly publishing in academic research libraries.
  • Extensive knowledge of trends, standards, and issues within acquisitions and cataloging and committed to keeping current with changes, including awareness of issues of vendors, budgets, platforms, licensing, demand and evidence based acquisitions models, and financial and statistical management needs.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure and data management functions of a library services platform as they relate to acquisitions and resource management.
  • Strong management and organizational leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor direct reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to review and evaluate workflows and work assignments, in order to increase efficiencies, bringing more high-quality content to users, and building sustainable workflows to handle increasingly heterogeneous digital assets.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and experience and comfort making professional presentations.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them. Ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others.
  • Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills. Ability to conceive of, plan, document, and complete projects or complex assignments.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current acquisitions models and best practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current cataloging and metadata standards.
  • Experience using a library services platform to perform the duties related to this position.
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure) including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems; and to discern and understand relationships between complex library systems.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively as an individual and within a group.
  • Demonstrated and recent experience participating in the management of an acquisitions program.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Experience using the acquisitions functions within Ex Libris' Alma platform.

FLSA: Exempt
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay: DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information
Posting Number: A22795
Number of Vacancies: One
Desired Start Date:
Position End Date (if temporary):
Limited to Current UA Employees: No
Contact Information for Candidates:
Krissandra McNeill

Open Date: 06/25/2018
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Review Begins On: 10/01/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant
In your letter of interest, please describe how your qualifications and experience are fitting for this position.

Diversity Statement
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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