Head of Acquisitions and Description

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Created: August 26, 2013


The Z. Smith Reynolds Library seeks an exceptional librarian to manage the daily activities necessary to expeditiously acquire, catalog and provide access to all formats of non-serial library resources.  The successful candidate will bring acquisitions expertise and excellent supervisory skills to oversee the work of two librarians and four staff who perform ordering, cataloging, data management, and maintenance. The librarian oversees workflow development; training; support for external and internal users; vendor negotiations; platform and content review; monitoring of expenditures and stewardship of funds. The librarian may also serve as liaison to one or more academic departments.

Selection preference will be given to candidates with: significant work experience in the acquisition of books and media in print and electronic formats; demonstrated ability to work with library vendors; knowledge of MARC format and a national bibliographic utility such as OCLC; an understanding of cataloging standards including AACR2, RDA, LCSH, ISBD, and FRBR; proficiency in utilizing an integrated library system and advanced functions of Microsoft Office; ability to work collaboratively in a diverse team environment; ability to work effectively in an organization in which change is both welcome and constant; excellent written and oral communication skills and evidence of professional growth potential through publication, professional activities, or other contributions to the field.

This is a twelve-month position, with Library Faculty status, and reports to the Director of Resource Services.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program with two to five years of post-Master’s degree professional experience in an academic setting or research library. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.

Desired Qualifications: Experience with licensing for DVDs and streaming media; knowledge of public performance rights and copyright; experience with bulk processing of MARC records from OCLC, MARCIVE and other vendors. Knowledge of and/or experience with multiple aspects of librarianship including electronic resource management; budgeting; and collaboration with vendors, librarians, faculty, staff, students and the larger community.

Salary and Rank: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is appointed to a Library Faculty rank as established by Wake Forest University. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials.

Review of applications begins August 30, and continues until the position is filled.   Interested applicants should go to https://wakejobs.silkroad.com/WFU/Employment_Listings.html and submit cover letter, resume and references within the online system.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library, with a collection of over 1.7 million volumes, materials expenditures of over $4 million, and an operating budget of over $8 million, serves over 4,300 undergraduates and 2,200 graduate and professional students within the Wake Forest Schools of Business and Accountancy, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wake Forest Divinity School.  Wake Forest is a private university where academic excellence is consistently recognized through rankings in the top tier of the country’s finest liberal arts institutions.  Wake Forest offers a rare combination – the academic and technological resources, facilities and Division I athletic programs associated with a large university with the compact campus, small classes and individual attention only a smaller school can provide. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.”  The university is beautifully located between the western mountains and east coast beaches of North Carolina.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

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