Collection Strategist Librarian – University of California – Davis, CA

Position Overview

The University Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks a dynamic, innovative Collection Strategist librarian to participate in forming a new and forward-thinking Collection Strategies Department. The Collection Strategies Department leads in an initiative to create an environment of evidence-based collections acquisition, management, and review. The collaborative and user-focused Collection Strategist works closely with the Library’s subject liaisons, personnel in other Library departments, and with campus faculty, staff, and students in a highly interdisciplinary research community renowned for its academic excellence and global impact. The Collection Strategist will operate within a newly reorganized library structure designed to support the high quality research collections and academic services on which the entire university community depends (

Under the general supervision of Head of the Collection Strategies Department, the Collection Strategist works in a matrix-based library organization across directorate and programmatic lines to build and maintain vital collections. The Strategist, supported by the Collection Strategies Department Analyst, gathers, assesses, and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data; contributes to the strategic allocation of Library resources for the acquisition and management of collections in traditional and emergent formats; and designs interpretive reports to best present and communicate how the Library judiciously develops its collections in an environment of change in scholarly communication and publishing. A key element to the success of the Strategist’s work is incorporating University of California-wide and national collections initiatives (such as the HathiTrust), shared print, and specialized data repositories into the Library’s collections framework.

UC Davis and University Library

UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near the California state capital of Sacramento, UC Davis has more than 34,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics, and 17,400 staff. The campus has an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system, and about two dozen specialized research centers. Recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the U.S. and the Number 1 university in the world for agricultural research, UC Davis offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The UC Davis University Library is among the top 100 research libraries in North America, and belongs to the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, and other organizations that position it to collaborate with other top organizations.

Position Responsibilities

In collaboration with subject liaisons, the Collection Strategist develops frameworks and leads the coordination for evidence-based content acquisition, management, and assessment regardless of format or delivery platform. In coordination with the Collection Strategies Department personnel, the Strategist contributes to budget planning, oversees funding allocations, and manages monographic approval plans. Through consultation with other Library and University departments and services the Strategist designs models that promote and sustain content acquisitions, access, archiving, and preservation, and coordinates the Library’s system-wide planning and consortial resource selection and evaluation, as well as national efforts to acquire shared content. Guiding evidence-based collection development and management decision making, the Strategist designs assessment strategies and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to inform and substantiate the strategic allocation of the Library’s collections budget, as well as decision processes for the selection and management of content, including print, digital, media, data, and other emergent formats.

The Collection Strategist guides evidence-based processes by developing content acquisition, format choice, location, and assessment strategies; designing methodologies that promote best practices in making informed collection development and management decisions; and conducting regular content use reviews. The Strategist coordinates gifts-in-kind activities, working with subject liaisons, the Special Collections Department, and the Archives Program. The Strategist monitors local, system-wide, and vendor provided reports to identify collection related trends and patterns. The Strategist participates and represents the Library in UC system-wide initiatives or on national level projects.

Required Qualifications
• A master’s degree in library or information sciences from an American Library Association accredited institution
• Minimum five years’ relevant experience in a major academic or research library in content acquisition, management, and assessment
• Experience with library collection development, management, and budgeting
• Knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development and scholarly communication
• Strong data analysis skills; proven skills to gather, assess, interpret, and present quantitative and qualitative data for varied audiences
• High level of proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other software applications to manage and present data
• Demonstrated success in working effectively both independently and within teams
• Experience using the acquisition functions of an ILS system to make informed collections related decisions
• Demonstrated skill with oral and written communications, sufficient for public speaking to a variety of audiences
• Experience managing complex projects and leading project-oriented teams
• Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills to establish and maintain close, productive working relationships with colleagues and Library constituencies
• Experience working with sensitive or confidential data
• Demonstrated organizational skills sufficient to balance multiple priorities, deadlines, and changing project parameters
• Evidence of flexibility and initiative when working within a fast-paced, changing environment

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working in a collaborative matrix-based environment
• Experience with creating collection development and management policies and strategies
• Aptitude for learning and adapting emerging technologies
• Knowledge of scholarly communications issues, tools, and resources
• Familiarity with licensing electronic resource practices
• Strong record of professional engagement, such as service in library organizations, presentations at conferences, and peer-reviewed publication

Salary and Benefits

Salary: Associate Librarian to Librarian ($60,684 -$81,474)
(Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.)

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Benefits: UC is one of the largest employers in California, and offers outstanding health and retirement benefits to its employees and their families. Librarians are academic appointees and earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year. In addition, there are 13 university holidays.

Application Information

Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references.

Candidates applying by March 1, 2015 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014.

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