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Assistant Director of Collections and Discovery

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Categories: Staff
Department: Library

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Davidson’s E.H. Little Library, recipient of the 2021 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, seeks an Assistant Director of Collections and Discovery to inspire and lead a high-performing team in the development, management, and data-driven analysis of the library’s collections, acquisitions services, and resource sharing. If selected for this role, you will manage spending of a 1.5 million collections budget, lead e-resource and collection licensing negotiations, and develop the library’s research collection. Partnering closely with library stakeholders, you will help shape the strategic vision for the library’s discovery systems and provide oversight for the library services platform (currently Alma). Serving on the library’s leadership team and reporting directly to the Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Library, you will be a key partner in defining and implementing strategies to support Davidson’s library of the future. 

Guided by our organizational values, we work to advance the college’s purpose in developing disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service by providing expertise, space, resources, and services for research, access to, and creation of information. We are most proud of how our expertise, programming, and resources intersect with and support the college’s strategic priorities, especially those of access and social justice. Library staff play an important role in expanding the global impact of traditional scholarship, stewarding born-digital materials, supporting digital scholarship, and advocating for equitable and sustainable access to information​. 

We are inspired by the college’s public commitment to racial equity and justice. To create an inclusive learning community and to reflect the diversity of Davidson experiences, we collaborate on projects that reframe the narratives our college tells about itself, develop collections in partnership with students and faculty, and create meaningful community connections. We seek a thoughtful colleague who joins us in embracing a special set of responsibilities as we articulate the college’s relationship to the past, confront our present moment, and chart a hopeful future. Read more about Davidson College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here:https://www.davidson.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion

Compensation

Our salaries are benchmarked to national liberal arts colleges and regional colleges and universities. The position hiring manager is happy to discuss our salary benchmarks at any stage of the interview process. In addition to joining a great library organization that is committed to supporting your professional well-being, Davidson College offers numerous benefits as an employer including:

  • 4 weeks of vacation in your first year on the job, plus College holidays

  • Health insurance

  • A 403(b) retirement plan to which the College contributes at least 8.5% of your salary

  • Tuition assistance for employees and their dependents

  • Please see https://www.davidson.edu/offices-and-services/human-resources for additional information 

What You’ll Do as the Assistant Director of Collections & Discovery:

  • Coordinate the library’s research collection strategy; lead the review and development of policies, procedures, guidelines, and workflows for lifecycle management of collections in multiple formats and the systems that provide access to them; 

  • Provide strategic oversight for the library services platform (currently Alma) and discovery systems;

  • Enable the success of the team in providing excellent services in the areas of collection development, discovery, e-resource licensing, acquisition, description, and organization of library materials;

  • Provide oversight for the management of vendor relationships, including review and coordination of new and existing service agreements; participate in contract negotiation for e-resources and the systems that provide access to these resources; 

  • Lead data collection efforts to support decision making concerning the strategic acquisition, renewal, retention, and sharing of library resources;

  • Prepare and monitor spending of the research collections budget;

  • Build strong relationships with teaching and learning partners across the college to identify resource needs. Actively communicate with colleagues about resources, departmental collections-related policies, and other relevant projects; provide workshops and consultations as appropriate;

  • Provide strategic direction for interlibrary loan activities and associated expenditures; 

  • Collaborate with other libraries and consortia to leverage shared print initiatives and collaborative collection models;

  • Partner with the Library Leadership Team to lead library-wide initiatives;

  • Coordinate and/or perform special projects and perform other duties as needed.

Qualifications that will help you flourish in this role:

  • You are a thoughtful, open-minded, collaborative leader with strong interpersonal, problem-solving, and communication skills. 

  • You have a solid record of developing partnerships, building consensus, and communicating effectively among cross-functional teams.

  • You are motivated, adaptable, resilient, and able to change direction as the library landscape evolves.  

  • You cultivate an optimistic mindset. 

  • You are highly organized with strong project management skills. 

  • You are committed to creating an inclusive environment that values and celebrates difference. 

For this job, we require that:

  • You have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association OR or an equivalent combination of related experiences, education, and training.

  • You have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience including team management, budget management and analysis, and contract negotiation. 

  • You have demonstrated experience using complex sets of data for the development, management, and systematic analysis of the library’s print and electronic collections. 

  • You have extensive experience with library services platforms (preferably Alma) and discovery tools.

This is a full-time, 12-month position. Apply by September 16, 2022 for fullest consideration. Candidates are asked to submit a resume and a cover letter addressing their experience and skills and how these relate to the mission of the Davidson College Library. Information about how to submit an application can be found at https://employment.davidson.edu

Consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, close to the city of Charlotte. At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.

 

 

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