Friday, May 8, 2009

Head of Collection Development Department

The University of California, Irvine Libraries are seeking a dynamic, knowledgeable leader to join an enthusiastic staff in building a research library of excellence for a young and rapidly-growing university ranked nationally in the top universities. The Head of Collection Development Department will work in an entrepreneurial and service-oriented collaborative environment to ensure that both learning and research intensive collections are of the highest quality.


The successful candidate will play a key role in leading innovation in the Collection Development Department and the Collections Division. As a member of Library Council, the incumbent participates in library wide planning and policy making. The Head of Collection Development Department oversees collection development and management of general resources in all formats library wide and ensures a high caliber collection that supports the teaching, research, and patient care needs of the campus.

More than 20 subject specialist Research Librarians whose duties include reference, instruction, and collection development, are based in either the Collection Development Department or the Reference Department. The Head of Collection Development Department oversees and evaluates the collection development, collection management, and faculty/student liaison activities of all of these Research Librarians, approximately five of whom report directly to this position. In addition, Head of Collection Development Department will collaborate, as necessary, with the new UC Irvine Law Library.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, the Head of Collection Development Department participates as a member on divisional and library-wide teams, task forces, and project teams as appropriate and is expected to work comfortably and with a high degree of expertise in a shared decision-making environment.

The following duties are those for which the Head of Collection Development Department holds primary responsibility:

· Manages day-to-day collection development/management functions and operations, assuring the high quality and ongoing excellence of collections in all three UCI Libraries.
· Monitors the Libraries’ materials budget of approximately $9 million.
· Manages departmental budgets, policies, procedures, and web pages.
· Coordinates collection development/management and faculty/student liaison activities of Research Librarians
· Collaborates as necessary on collection development activities with the Law Library
· Responsible for recruitment, retention, training, and evaluation of Research Librarians in conjunction with the Head of the Reference Department.
· Directly supervises and conducts performance reviews for Collection Development Department staff.
· Chairs the Collection Development Department meetings, the Collections Coordinating Council, and the Bibliographers Group.
· Acts as a spokesperson for the UCI Libraries to the campus community as appropriate in conjunction with the Research Librarians and the Associate University Librarian for Collections; fosters good communication and effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and other library users.
· Manages the Libraries’ approval plans with input from the Research Librarians and in consultation with Acquisitions.
· Approves licenses for electronic resources and media and works with Acquisitions to advise on complex license negotiations.
· Supervises special projects in collection development and collection management.
· Coordinates a range of library wide collection development preservation activities (both print and digital), and participates in UC system wide preservation issues.
· Ensures excellent communication and cooperation with other departments in the Libraries.
· Participates in the Libraries’ development efforts as they relate to collection development.
· Maintains regular and close communication with the Associate University Librarian for Collections.
· May have opportunities for collection development and liaison responsibilities for a particular academic program, depending on background and experience.

The following duties are those for which the Head of Collection Development Department holds secondary responsibility, in consultation with the Associate University Librarian for Collections and the bibliographers:

· Coordinates the preparation and allocation of the Libraries’ materials budget of approximately $9 million.
· Provides leadership and coordination in developing, evaluating and assessing the Libraries’ collections to support the University’s research, teaching and patient care programs.
· Participates in defining and implementing key strategies for acquiring or accessing electronic resources.
· Coordinates the Libraries’ participation in UC system wide cooperative/collaborative collection development efforts and digital library initiatives.
· Provides leadership in the application of new technologies related to collection development/management.
· Shares leadership for scholarly communication issues and coordination and oversight of the scholarly communication program.



· Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
· Collection development and collection management experience in an academic library, research library, or major public library.
· Ability to oversee collections in the full range of subjects at UCI.
· Ability to successfully supervise, mentor, and train bibliographers in collection development/management and liaison activities.
· Ability to plan collections budgets and develop budget reports, projections, and needs assessments.
· Knowledge of current issues and trends in collection development facing academic and research libraries.
· Strong planning, organizational, project management, analytical and decision-making skills.
· Leadership qualities to be an effective Department Head and Library Council member.
· Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment.
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
· Commitment to effective cross-departmental collaboration and communication.
· Commitment to working effectively and cooperatively with a culturally diverse university community.
· Ability to meet the University of California requirements for advancement and promotion


· Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic or research library setting.
· Successful managerial and supervisory experience, especially of librarians,
· Experience in assessing, negotiating, or licensing online resources Reading knowledge of at least one language other than English.

The Collection Development Department

The Collection Development Department is responsible for the library wide development and management of general collections in the Langson Library, Science Library, and Grunigen Medical Library under the administration and coordination of the Associate University Librarian for Collections. This department takes the lead role in developing and planning the overarching and ongoing collections policies, procedures, and projects that ensure that the scholarly resources available meet the campus teaching, research, and patient care needs.

The department consists of the Department Head, the Collections Assistant, and approximately five Research Librarians, who are responsible for supporting the collection, liaison, and service needs of UCI academic programs. In addition, there are 15+ other Research Librarians located in departments throughout the Libraries, who are responsible for both collections and services in their specialized disciplines. Each Research Librarian is a member of one of three discipline-based pods (or teams) as well as of the library wide Bibliographers Group.

The Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Business, the Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Science Library primarily serves the College of Health Sciences (including the School of Medicine) and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computer Sciences. The Grunigen Medical Library serves the clinical needs of the Health Sciences at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus.

The UCI Libraries have a staff of 248 FTE and an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments. The library collection consists of over 3.1 million volumes, over 51,000 current serial titles, and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 1,500 faculty members. UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, three Nobel prizes since 1995, and ranking in many surveys among the nation’s best public universities.

Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2014 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff. Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers 42 doctoral programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D. UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level: $48,029 - $95,388 (Associate Librarian I – Librarian V) plus an annual administrative stipend.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by June 10, 2009 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply: Electronic applications are preferred. Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their application materials including: cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant, to:

Library Human Resources
UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
confidential fax (949) 824-3270

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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