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Assistant Librarian - Acquisitions & Electronic Resources/Collections Strategist (University Libraries)

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: Library

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries is seeking applications for two tenure-track faculty positions.

The Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Librarian will provide strategic direction and leadership around the processes and purchase of library materials and the support and maintenance of electronic resources. The Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Librarian is a key member of the Systems & Discovery Department, which includes acquisitions, cataloging, discovery, technology, and electronic resource management. This position is responsible for coordinating the purchase, payment, and receiving of library materials, assisting in setting the library collections budget, coordinating the support and maintenance of electronic resources, and the investigation and implementation of new acquisition models.

The Collection Strategist will manage renewal decisions on databases and journals, lead and conduct analysis of subscription resources, and maintain awareness of the GVSU curriculum in order to effectively align our collection practices to GVSU’s academic programs. The Collection Strategist is a key member of the Collections and Digital Scholarship Department, which includes scholarly communications, university archives, digital collections, and digital preservation.

These positions will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:

CREATE-- The Collections Strategist and the Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Librarian will identify and implement new and emerging trends, best practices, and models in collections lifecycle management. These positions will help create new workflows, policies, and procedures that align with their areas of focus and anticipate the future needs of the Libraries. 

ANALYZE--These positions will coordinate the collection of statistics and create reports to help analyze usage of library resources. This analysis will help to inform budget allocations and collections decisions to best meet the needs of a diverse campus. Additionally, as a faculty position, there will be opportunities to provide leadership on Library and University committees. 

COLLABORATE--These positions will work collaboratively across the library to ensure our collections are accessible and meeting the needs of our users. These positions will provide opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students across the University. We invite applicants who have a user-focused, innovative, and creative approach to their work.

GROW— GVSU librarians are full members of the university faculty; as such they must possess the potential to fulfill the University Libraries’ requirements for promotion and tenure by engaging in scholarship and professional development and contributing service to the institution, including faculty governance. In support of this requirement, GVSU and the GVSU Libraries have a culture that encourages professional growth and development. Funding for conference travel and the dissemination of scholarly output is provided by both the Libraries and the University via internal grants. For more information on how GVSU supports travel and scholarship, please see the Pew Faculty Teaching and learning Center grants page at and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at

DISCOVER more about the benefits GVSU offers by visiting, the GVSU Wellness website (, or the GVSU HR site (

Interested in applying?  Go and search for Librarian.

Questions? Feel free to contact Patrick Roth ( or Cara Cadena (, search committee co-chairs

Required Qualifications

● Master's Degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA
● Demonstrated evidence of organizational skills and ability to be detail-oriented
● Strong time management skills
● Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy
● Demonstrated teamwork skills complemented by the ability to take initiative
● Demonstrated commitment to providing customer service to meet user needs
● Commitment to inclusion, equity, and to serving the needs of a diverse population

Preferred Qualifications

● Experience managing projects or operational activities
● Familiarity with integrated library system functions for technical services
● Ability to manage stakeholder needs
● Knowledge of and/or experience with licensing and user rights
● Comfort working with financial and other statistical data

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Department/Division:  University Libraries

Campus: Allendale

Application Deadline: October 25, 2018

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts and references.  On the application you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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