As the Ohio State University charts a course from excellence to eminence, the
University Libraries is seeking a leader with strong skills in innovation,
analysis, and collaboration to develop collections that underpin this
evolution. The Collections Strategist is responsible for devising and
implementing strategy for collection building in a rapidly evolving scholarly
communication environment and coordinates strategic collection building with
innovative management of existing collections to embrace new models based on
local, regional, and national partnerships.
The Collections Strategist has Libraries-wide responsibility for building and
managing the Libraries' collections. The Libraries were recently ranked 5th
among public research university by the Association of Research Libraries
expenditure index. The position reports to the Associate
Director for Collections, Technical Services, and Scholarly Communication and
has the support of two full time staff positions. The Collections Strategist
will work in a highly collaborative organization to create and implement
innovative approaches to providing effective stewardship of print and
electronic collections and provides guidance and fund oversight for the
materials budget and the collection development work of subject librarians,
curators, and area studies librarians.
Partnerships with other libraries are integral to collection development and
management strategy for OSU Libraries. The Collections
Strategist will advance an environment of active consortial engagement through
OhioLINK, the CIC, HathiTrust, and other cooperative programs. The Collections
Strategist leads OSUL participation in the OhioLINK Cooperative Information
Resources Management Committee and other OhioLINK groups as appropriate and
represents OSU Libraries in initiatives with CIC partners, CRL, OCLC Research
Libraries Partnership, HathiTrust, et al.
Develop and lead innovative program activities critical to the Libraries'
collection strategies such as building and stewarding distinctive collections,
shifting collecting focus from print to electronic resources, periodic and on-
going review of continuations, and selection decisions for relocation of print
materials and de-duplication. Provide leadership and coordination for
collections-related projects and initiatives.
Develop and implement collecting and fund management strategies in alignment
with the University's needs and the Libraries' strategic directions.
Engage with partners within the Libraries, with other campus constituencies,
and with consortial partners to advance strategic activities in collection
development and management.
Monitor and develop strategy for managing all central funds in the materials
budget. Manage special purpose funds and selected endowments as needed.
Facilitate effective and appropriate use of all funds in a materials budget of
over $14 million dollars.
Develop a program of data analysis to inform collections strategy and apply
data to collections decisions.
Provide effective and consistent communications with campus constituencies
regarding the library's strategies and programs for collection development and
Build and maintain a research program and service profile related to library
collections. Presents and publishes in appropriate venues in order to raise
own and Libraries' profile.
ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree.
Minimum of three years professional experience in building and managing
library collections in print and digital formats, including management of
Knowledge and understanding of 21st century collections issues for research
libraries, emerging practices, standards, and trends relating to collection
development and management in an academic or research library environment.
Rank/Salary This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month
tenure-track faculty appointment. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on
qualifications and experience.
Benefits For a summary of benefits, see:
Application Nominations or applications
will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to
applications received by February 15, 2013. Please send letter of interest
with a current resume and name, address, phone, and email address of three
references to Greg Newman at [log in to unmask] Please include Head of
Collection Development and Management Program Application in the subject
Contact Greg Newman, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue
Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-247-8887
To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from
individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.
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