Employment at the UConn Library

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Professional Employment Opportunities

Job ID: 2019170
Rank:  University Librarian II or III (UCP 7 or 9)
Area:   Collections & Discovery

The UConn Library seeks a forward-thinking leader and strong communicator to conceive, communicate, and implement strategies to analyze, build, and leverage collections. This newly created position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Discovery. Along with all UConn Library personnel, the Collections Strategist will make a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Collections Strategist collaborates across the UConn community and with external organizations to develop, maintain, and assess the strategies that the UConn Library uses for collection development; including determining acquisition models, formats, criteria, and partnerships. The position develops inter-and intra-institutional benchmarks to evaluate and identify strategic directions, assists in allocating and managing collections funds, and ensuring that these funds are aligned with broader collection strategies. The strategist is a member of the Dean’s Library’s Council, which is responsible for incubating, informing, and influencing strategic directions of the UConn Library.

Shared Expectations for All Staff

  1. Participates in planning and actively contributes to Area and Unit priorities, initiatives, and operations through collaboration and cooperation.
  2. Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Maintains currency and open communication in ongoing trends and developments related to position responsibilities.
  4. Works effectively in current office applications, software, and communication tools as set by the UConn Library and University of Connecticut.

Minimum Qualifications for Appointment at University Librarian II (UCP 7):

  1. Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program (or international equivalent).
  2. Minimum of three years’ experience carrying out collections related functions in an academic library or comparable setting.
  3. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, interact collaboratively, and build and maintain successful partnerships.
  5. Demonstrated leadership ability.
  6. Knowledge of emerging trends in scholarly communications and library collection management.
  7. Demonstrated effectiveness in balancing multiple responsibilities in a complex and dynamic environment.
  8. Evidence of sustained participation in library-related professional development activities at a local level or higher.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Appointment at University Librarian III (UCP 9):

  1. Minimum of six years’ experience carrying out collections related functions in an academic library or comparable setting.
  2. Evidence of sustained participation in library-related professional development activities at a regional level or higher.

Preferred Qualifications for Both Appointments:

  1. Experience working in an academic or research library.
  2. Experience using specialized tools for the analysis of collections (e.g., Alma Analytics, GreenGlass, Tableau).

Appointment Terms

This is a full time position based in Storrs. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary and rank are dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience. 

To Apply

Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions. (reference search #2019170) and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to Ellen Silbermann at ellen.silbermann@uconn.edu. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by December 16, 2018. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019170)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 16, 2018.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .

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There are no temporary employment opportunities currently available at the UConn Library.  Please see UConn Jobs for a listing of employment opportunities at the University of Connecticut.

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