Head Library Resource Acquisitions Unit

  • Post Date:April 21, 2020
  • Apply Before: July 15, 2020
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  • Employer Name University of PIttsburgh
Job Description


ULSTechnical Services

UniversityLibrary System

University of Pittsburgh


The University Library Systemis seeking an innovative and future-oriented leader to be the Head of the LibraryResource Acquisitions Unit, a full-time faculty Librarian position in the ULSTechnical Services Department. The Head of the Library Resource Acquisitions Unitprovides guidance in the acquisition of all formats of materials, including thecritical and quickly evolving world of electronic resources that supportresearch, teaching and learning. The successful candidate will provideleadership both in managing current staff and services and in collaborativelyenvisioning and implementing evolving services of this user-oriented department.   This position reports to the Head ofTechnical Services.




  • Oversees the strategies, processes and workflows of acquiring and paying for content in all formats for the University Library System while ensuring that we are obtaining resources in a timely, fiscally responsible and effective manner.
  • Provides management and leadership for the Acquisitions Management Unit (3 support staff), Acquisitions Payments Unit (2 support staff), the Electronic Resources team (3 support staff), and the Serials Check-in (2 support staff).  
  • Coordinates electronic resource acquisition, licensing and access management for the University Library System, working closely with the Health Sciences and Law Library systems for shared resources.
  • In consultation with the Head of Technical Services, allocates, monitors and reports out on the acquisitions budget for acquisitions activities and expenditures.
  • Engages with publishers, vendors, subscription agents, and consortia to acquire content and conducts ongoing evaluation of their services.
  • Maintains a deep understanding of best practices and emerging trends in collections procurement and scholarly publishing in academic research libraries and alerts colleagues to these trends as appropriate.

·        Serves as a resource person for staff in Technical Services, the ULS and for other University personnel for issues relating to library materials acquisitions.



Librarians at the Universityof Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstratecontinuous professional development in addition to performing their specificresponsibilities.  This expectationincludes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental,library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the professionat a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broadawareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas ofexpertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities,and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can beapplied to evolving research, services and collections.






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The University of Pittsburgh Library System

The University ofPittsburgh’s University Library System (https://www.library.pitt.edu/) is amember of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 4.7 millionprint and electronic volumes, including access to over 300,000 journals and 570databases. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 14libraries and employs 75 faculty librarians and 103staff. In addition to the ULS, theUniversity of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and lawschool.


The ULS stands at the centerof intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections andknowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, andresearchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship andcreative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivitythrough its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, anduser-centered focus.


The ULS has recently enacteda major organizational realignment and is currently aggressively hiring in manyareas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarshipand creation, entrepreneurship and innovation. We are repositioning our services to respond to and anticipate changesin research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottomrenovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University ofPittsburgh campus which saw 1.9 million visitors in FY17.  The reinvented Hillman (http://library.pitt.edu/hillmanreinvention)will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digitalmaking and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing academic study, and fosteringenergetic, collaborative exchange.


This is an exciting time tojoin the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of thefuture.


The University of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1787, theUniversity of Pittsburgh (http://www.pitt.edu/) is one of the oldestinstitutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is aninternationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the artsand sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students,including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at thePittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average,more than $700 million in research funding every year.  It is also one of the nation’s top producersof Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according tothe U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), andis among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producerin both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs.  In 2018, for the second consecutive year, theWall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pittas the best public university in the Northeastern United States.


The City of Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh islocated in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in SouthwesternPennsylvania.  Consistently ranked as oneof the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized forits natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technologicalresources.  Additional information on thecity of Pittsburgh can be found at: https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/


Salary:  Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including onemonth vacation per year; excellent medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuitionassistance.


Successful candidate willmeet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian I or II, and will behired on an initial 3-year renewable contract. For further information, please see: http://pi.tt/NESLibrarianApptReview


Please applythrough the University of Pittsburgh’s TalentCenter, requisitionnumber 20002062. In addition to creating a Talent Center account,please upload/attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references withcontact information.  Any questionsregarding the application process should be directed to Sharon McMasters([email protected]).


Visa sponsorship is notoffered with this position.


Reviewof applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled;primary consideration will be given to those received by May 15, 2020.


The University of Pittsburgh is anAffirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality ofopportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled