Assistant Dean for Collections and Knowledge Access Services

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Created: April 1, 2013


The University of Nevada, Reno seeks an experienced and highly motivated professional for the position of Assistant Dean for Collections and Knowledge Access Services. Reporting to the Dean, University Libraries and Teaching and Learning Technologies, the position serves as a member of the Libraries’ executive team and plays a leadership role in helping the libraries meet the challenges of changing modes of scholarly communication.

Major responsibilities are to:
• Provide leadership for units responsible for resource acquisition and access, including collection development, acquisitions, electronic resources and licensing, serials, discovery services, metadata and cataloging, and ILS database management (Innovative Interfaces)
• Manage a multi-million dollar materials budget, including state funds, student fees, gift/donor funds and endowment funds; oversee allocations and expenditures; ensure resource allocation decisions are aligned with strategic direction
• Provide leadership for the selection, licensing, management and preservation of print and electronic resources
• Negotiate licenses and agreements with vendors
• Develop and apply data driven and curriculum based decision making strategies to manage library collections
• Chair and coordinate the collection activities of an advisory group of subject liaison librarians
• Provide leadership in consortial and cooperative activities that include collections and scholarly communication
• Monitor and share knowledge of trends and best practices in library collection development and scholarly communication and employ that knowledge to manage digital resources and physical collections
• Monitor and share information related to developments in scholarly communication issues, collection development, electronic resources, licensing and copyright
• Maintain current knowledge of higher education trends and research needs in the context of rapidly developing technologies
• Facilitate cross-departmental communication concerning library information resources both within the library and among academic departments, with the University Courses & Curricula Committee, and other NSHE institutions
• Represent the Libraries within the university, with donor and community relations, and on committees and forums at the state and at the national level

Required Qualifications
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
• At least eight years of experience in an academic or research library, with a proven record of successful leadership and demonstrated ability to manage librarians and staff
• Professional experience in collection development in an academic/research library, including:
o managing a large library materials budget or other complex budgets
o approval plans and/or vendor profiles for shelf-ready monographs
o using statistics and analytics to measure use and inform decision making
• Experience successfully leading and implementing change
• A demonstrated record of scholarship, publication, and professional service


Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 13:47 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:45 UTC