Collection Services Librarian/Assistant Professor, 54017

Job Description or Duties: The Collection Services Librarian at Calvin T. Ryan Library manages operations of Collection Development and Acquisitions. The Collection Services Librarian collaborates closely with the Archives/Special Collections unit and provides collection coherence to a working group of librarians responsible for collections including Government Documents, Curriculum, Electronic Resources and the Institutional Repository. The person in this position will offer a holistic perspective, leadership and expertise in refining and repositioning collections in the context of emerging trends to meet evolving needs of the university community. The person in this position manages Cataloging processes/related procedures and performs original cataloging. The Collection Services Librarian has a key role in representing UNK within the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL), especially with regard to acquisitions and collections. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track faculty position reporting to the Dean of the Calvin T. Ryan Library.


COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT: Working with Library liaisons to develop a balanced collection in the formats that will meet the needs of the UNK curriculum, students and faculty no matter where they are located. Developing, reviewing and updating collection development planning, policies and procedures, and information distribution concerning the collections. Participating with the Coordinator for Library Technology Services/eResources Librarian and liaison librarians in regular and systematic assessment and approval of standing orders, serials, and electronic resources. Interpreting and communicating collection issues and procedures to the library and campus communities. Continually reviewing the collections with liaison librarians to ensure that the intellectual content provided meets the library and UNK missions. With input from liaison librarians and departmental faculty, recommending deselection of content as appropriate to meet UNK collection needs. Collaborating with liaison librarians in collections assessment for accreditation, program reviews, new curriculum proposals, and emerging academic programs. Collaborating with appropriate staff to prepare collection analysis reports and forecasts of collection needs and trends. May work with liaisons and others to identify resources appropriate for specialized storage. Reviewing donations and communicating with donors. Representing the library on appropriate UNK, NU System, and state, regional and national collection-related committees.


ACQUISITIONS: Along with the Library Dean, the Coordinator for Technology Services/eResources Librarian and the Library Business Manager, will be responsible for the materials budget, including management of fund sources for the purchase of materials. Manages, coordinates and supervises activities of the Acquisitions staff, reviewing and establishing policies, procedures, and workflow patterns, assigning special projects, and arranging for staff training.


CATALOGING: Supervises two copy catalogers, identifies training opportunities. Creates original catalog records for unique items held in the Library’s collections. Oversees preservation of worn and damaged library material. Collaborates with other Library faculty and staff to identify and direct special projects to improve access to library materials.


AS A MEMBER OF THE LIBRARY FACULTY: Provides research assistance and instruction to individuals in the use of the library’s services and resources in person and via LibAnswers (telephone, e-mail, SMS text and online chat). Includes assigned evening and week-end reference duties. Maintains a high level of commitment to prompt, courteous service to all library clients. Assists in information literacy instruction utilizing various methods, including teaching sessions in the library computer labs and classrooms, instructional classrooms, and other locations, using course management software (Canvas), LibCal scheduling software. Serves as a liaison to academic departments as assigned. Develops and maintains resource guides to support liaison duties through the use of LibGuides. Produces guides to support individual courses in assigned liaison areas at the request of and/or in collaboration with course instructors. Engages in scholarly and service activity as required for tenure and promotion. Fulfills other tasks as assigned by the Dean of the Library.


Required Qualifications: ALA-accredited master’s degree or international equivalent in library or information science. Collection Development experience in an academic library serving residential students and a growing online population. Ability to supervise library staff. Commitment to achieving tenure under Board of Regents, University and Library guidelines and standards.


Preferred Qualifications: Experience with collection development within a consortium. Cataloging experience in an academic library including RDA, MARC 21, and Library of Congress Subject Headings; cataloging through a national bibliographic utility such as OCLC; ability to create original records for a variety of physical formats. Knowledge of and experience with current trends and best practices in library collection development, acquisitions and related work. Experience working as a bibliographer and/or working with subject faculty to develop collections and support liaison activities. Experience with or understanding of Archives and Special Collections in a University Library. Knowledge of Innovative Interfaces, the local computerized integrated library system, Springshare LibInsight analytics software, and various other software applications.


HOW TO APPLY: Application review begins January 22, 2017. For more information and to apply visit For more information about the position contact: Laurinda Weisse, 308-865-8593. For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8522 or


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate.  Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive.  The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. NuFlex benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care.  The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees.  Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA/CREF and Fidelity.


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