publishing | Resource Acquisitions Manager - Baltimore in Parkville, MD

Resource Acquisitions Manager - Baltimore

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 8708 Edgefield Rd
  • Parkville, MD 21234
  • Full-Time
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The Resource Acquisitions Manager oversees the strategies, processes and workflows of acquiring content in all formats for general and special collections of the Sheridan Libraries. In collaboration with the Head of Technical Services, this role helps develop the vision and strategic goals for the acquisitions team. This role also works closely with the Associate Director for Collections and Academic Services and Welch Medical Librarys acquisitions staff to coordinate electronic resources licensing and access management across the Johns Hopkins University Libraries. This position has a deep understanding of best practices and emerging trends in collections procurement and scholarly publishing in academic research libraries. This individual actively engages with publishers, vendors, subscription agents, and consortia to acquire content and conducts ongoing evaluation of their services. In collaboration with colleagues across the University and content providers, this forward thinking position aligns acquisitions strategies with collection needs and available resources. The position develops innovative approaches and designs workflows to ensure that the Acquisitions team of six FTE obtain resources in a timely, fiscally responsible, and effective manner ensuring compliance with JHUs licensing and financial principles and practices.

The Johns Hopkins University Libraries spend over $19 million for collections annually. This position must work collaboratively and closely with a number of departments and divisions across Johns Hopkins including University-wide Library Technical Services, the Librarys Financial Unit, the Associate Director for Collections and Academic Services, the Libraries Shared Services and Applications, University Purchasing, University legal counsel, subject liaisons, and others to acquire materials from various publishing markets domestically and internationally.

Specific duties & responsibilities: Responsibilities
  • Oversees all acquisitions processes and workflows including firm orders, approval plan profiles, demand-driven acquisitions, evidence-based acquisitions, standing orders, subscriptions, and electronic resource licensing
  • Establishes effective business relationships with current and prospective book/serial publishers, subscription agents, electronic resource vendors, and consortia; evaluates and analyzes their services and pricing, and makes recommendations for improvements
  • Collaborates with Associate Director for Collections and Academic Services and University Purchasing to evaluate the impact of publisher and vendor business models and those impacts on the Libraries acquisitions
  • Leads collaboration in developing acquisitions policies, procedures, principles, and workflows
  • Hires, supervises, coaches, develops, and evaluates staff; ensures alignment of individual and team goals with the Libraries priorities and goals
  • Trains and mentors staff to ensure smooth operations and build understanding of evolving acquisitions practices, trends, and standards
  • Develops collaborative approaches and best practices with University Libraries colleagues to provide efficient and cost-effective acquisitions services
  • Enhances acquisitions expertise and continued awareness of the scholarly research process through participation in committees, workshops, webinars, and professional associations
  • Serves as an expert in the use of Sirsi/Dynix Horizon Acquisitions module and the related functions of the Universitys SAP system
  • Works closely with University Shared Services and Applications group (IT), researches and analyzes operational aspects of vendor products and services
  • Ensures legal and financial compliance with University systems
  • Participates proactively on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams
  • Competencies
  • Understands the life cycle of scholarly communications from creation through various stages of use through disposition
  • Understands the legal framework in which the acquisitions and licensing of eresources takes place. Demonstrates how and for whom an organization licenses content, as well as the concepts, implications, and contract language pertaining to issues such as archival rights, perpetual access, and interlibrary loan
  • Understands issues surrounding copyright and fair use so licensing ensures library-friendly terms and conditions
  • Understands the records management skills needed for actively coordinating and managing the often complicated records needed to track resources
  • Understands how content should be organized and described so that it will be most useful to the community
  • Has a theoretical and practical knowledge of the structures, hardware, and software underlying the provision of access to content and the interrelatedness of those systems. This includes but is not limited to information, communication, assistive, and related technologies as they affect the resources and service delivery of content
  • Understands how to collect, analyze, manipulate, and provide meaningful interpretation of data using relational databases, spreadsheets, word processing, and other tools
  • Understands and uses established research methods and systems analysis for trouble shooting
  • Understands and uses methods of assessing and evaluating the specifications, efficacy, and cost efficiency of technology-based products and services
  • Identifies the principles and techniques necessary to identify and analyze emerging technologies and innovations in order to recognize and implement relevant technological improvements
  • Demonstrates problem solving, organization, and analytical skills and has an aptitude for detail-oriented work
  • Communicates effectively, promptly, and consistently, verbally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external audiences, and must be able to tailor the message to the circumstances and audience as needed
  • Tolerates complexity and ambiguity, has the ability to recognize patterns and exceptions to the pattern. Is flexible and open-minded. Breaks down problems into fundamental parts and identifies the root cause and possible solutions
  • Communicates in a timely manner with others about changes that may impact them, including the context and/or reason for the changes; motivates others for results; enables and empowers staff
  • Clearly communicates expectations, establishes goals, sets performance standards; recognizes staff achievements
  • Modifies approaches to achieve results in changing situations; empowers and inspires others to find solutions in a timely manner
  • Takes ownership and holds oneself accountable
  • Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
  • MLS or MLIS
  • Minimum 3 years as team lead or supervisory experience in acquiring collections in multiple languages and formats
  • Experience with multi-consortial purchasing
  • Experience evaluating complex workflows and developing innovative strategies for timely procurement of collections
  • Ability to balance priorities and meet deadlines
  • Strong commitment to enhancing service through teamwork and using technology to advance goals
  • Experience working with vendors of information resources
  • Experience negotiating complex contracts
  • Experience writing and managing RFPs
  • Knowledge of copyright and Intellectual Property issues
  • Understanding of link resolver software, metasearch software, data collection software, discovery services, ERMs, and administrative functions of proprietary databases
  • Understanding of standards and protocols such as Open URL/z39.50, central authentication services (Shibboleth), electronic data interchange (EDI), Open Archives Initiative Protocols for Metadata Harvesting (OAI PMH)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility and initiative in carrying out assignments in a changing, production-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated successful project management experience
  • Commitment to staff development, mentoring, training as well as cross-departmental collaboration and communication
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Commitment to professional growth and development with a record of professional activity
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially within a diverse environment
  • Experience with Sirsi/Dynix Horizon environment
  • Experience with Serials Solutions ERM
  • Knowledge of current cataloging standards
  • Working knowledge of at least one Western European or non-Western European language
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and interpretation
  • Experience conducting assessment
  • Experience working successfully in a complex, multi-library organizational structure
  • Knowledge of emerging linked data trends and potential impacts on the way data will be communicated throughout the information supply chain.
  • Classified Title:Librarian IIIRole/Level/Range:ATP/4/PDStarting Salary Range:$57,544 - $79,047Employee group:Full TimeSchedule:Mon Fri, 8:30am 5:00pmEmployee subgroup:ExemptLocation: Baltimore, MDDepartment name:Technical ServicesPersonnel area: Libraries



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