Collections Analysis Librarian – Temple University – Philadelphia, PA


The Temple University Libraries seek a librarian to apply strong analytical skills in support of library-wide collection management efforts and assist in health sciences-specific resource licensing. Temple University is a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development, with strong collaborative ties to the Director of the Health Sciences Libraries and the Assessment and Organizational Performance Librarian, the Collections Analysis Librarian supports effective decision making concerning acquisition, renewal, retention, and location of current and potential Library collections by analyzing varied streams of collections-related data, presenting findings, and making recommendations. Provides general support for other collections-related staff and projects. Assists in the negotiation and licensing of online resources and in collaborative collection building/retention arrangements with other institutions. Performs related duties as assigned.

1. Develops quantitative and qualitative methods for determining the effectiveness and value of the Libraries’ collection development activities across all formats and how well they meet the current and anticipated needs of the Temple community.
2. Informs strategic collection decision-making by analyzing collection-related data and effectively communicating results and recommendations.
3. Assesses the value of current and potential collaborative arrangements with other institutions and consortia (e.g. PALCI). Supports
participation in such arrangements by coordinating withdrawals or holdings commitments, as appropriate.
4. Works collaboratively with others throughout the Libraries to support varied collections-related projects and activities, including support for the health sciences libraries’ collection development activities.
5. Supports contract negotiation and licensing workflow, with particular emphasis on health sciences-specific resources.

6. Participates in library-wide activities or projects through service on library and university committees and working groups; the
incumbent will be expected to be active professionally and also expected to meet requirements for contract renewals, promotion, and regular appointment.
Required Education and Experience:

ALA accredited MLS. Minimum of 3 years’ experience in an academic or research library environment.
Required Skills and Abilities:

· Demonstrated experience with collections analysis and management.

· Strong knowledge of current collection management issues, practices, and trends.

· Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated experience using appropriate software applications and techniques to gather, manipulate, and analyze various types of data.

· Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

· Experience with licensing and contract negotiations.

· Experience working in a complex academic institution with a medical center and affiliates.

· Experience or coursework in statistics and visualization.

· Supervisory experience.


Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.
Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference TU-18918. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.