Head of Acquisitions & E-Resourcces, University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek an experienced, service oriented information professional to head the Acquisitions & E-Resources Section of the Collections Division. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections, the Head is responsible for the overall management of Serials Acquisitions, Monographic Acquisitions, and Electronic Resources, including management of the ordering and receipt of materials in all languages and formats, approval of invoices and the expenditure of regular and restricted funds for a multi-million dollar budget. The Head manages two unit supervisors; the Section has a total of eleven staff. The Head is responsible for ensuring that accurate records are maintained and best acquisitions practices are followed, that acquisitions areas are responsive to their varied clientele, that appropriate statistics are kept and that required reports are made.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections, the Head will:

  • Manage and provide strategic leadership to the staff of the Acquisitions & E-Resources Section
  • Work with other library staff and faculty to evaluate, select, and deselect materials in all media
  • Coordinate the selection and acquisition of electronic resources based on the lifecycle of e-resources, and liaise with the subject specialist librarians on acquisitions and e-resources issues
  • Review and negotiate license agreements with publishers/vendors
  • Provide direction in the collection, storage, and dissemination of usage statistics for all licensed online resources
  • Track developments of new and changing print & online services and resources
  • Ensure the efficient and effective workflow of the acquisition of library resources in all formats (electronic, print, multimedia, etc.)
  • Oversee all aspects of the order and receipt workflows
  • Internally manage serial price increases and generate vendor reports
  • Assist in negotiating cost/funding issues with library selectors and external partners
  • Coordinate and oversee the maintenance of all library technologies that support acquisitions and e-resource management
  • Work effectively with the report module of the integrated library system (Sirsi), the electronic resources management system (Serials Solutions), discovery system (Summon),and other modules such as serials control as well as any successor ILS system that may be adopted
  • Interact with the Acquisitions units in the Health Sciences Libraries and the Law Libraries on matters of mutual interest
  • Capacity for creative problem-solving and suggesting innovative solutions in managing the work of the Section
  • Participate in library planning, assessment, and evaluation
  • Collaborate with other staff in peer training and staff development

The successful candidate is expected to be current on relevant library and scholarly information trends and practices. This knowledge must be applied to produce a significant, positive impact on the Collections Division, as well as advance the USC Libraries’ and the University’s strategic plans.

Minimum Education
Minimum Education

  • An MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC.

Minimum Experience

  • Three or more years of experience in a supervisory role in a large academic or research library acquisitions department or similar experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of core skills, including e-resource acquisition and management, automated bibliographic systems, serials control, and approval plans
  • Knowledge of relevant library and scholarly information trends and practices;
  • Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills; ability to work both independently and as a team member on a variety of simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated aptitude for detail oriented work, including strong analytic and problem solving skills
Full posting and applications procedures at: https://jobs.usc.edu/postings/60368

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