Head of Acquisitions Services

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
University Libraries


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Head of Acquisitions Services. This 12-month tenure-track faculty position reports to the Associate Dean for Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications and will manage acquisitions activities throughout all libraries at Penn State to ensure responsible and timely expenditure of a total University-wide collections budget of over $18 million. The successful candidate is expected to work in a highly collaborative organization to create and implement effective and efficient procedures in acquiring resources in all formats, and be committed to innovation in enhancing existing services, and be willing to review long-term embedded practices. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity. The Head of Acquisitions Services will provide leadership and management of the Acquisitions Services Department. The head will represent the concerns of and advocate for the department to University Libraries administration and ensure timely and effective acquisition of library resources. Additionally, the head negotiates licensing terms, ensures resource accessibility via on-line discovery systems, and maintains the highest ethical standards in our business transactions. The head works with vendors to include accessibility-related language in licensing contracts, and coordinates with other units in accessibility testing of electronic resources as part of the acquisitions process. Acquisitions Services currently has eighteen staff in three collaborative units: Electronic Resources, Monographs and Budgeting, and Serials. This position will collaborate closely with the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services. Responsibilities include supervision of direct reports, oversight of all aspects of acquisitions, including negotiating, licensing, ordering, claiming, receiving, and e-resource management. The selected candidate will work closely with subject liaisons on all Penn State campuses (24), Access Services, the Business Office, the Libraries Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright, the Collections Services and Strategies Librarian, Penn State Business Service`s Purchasing Department, and the Office of Corporate Controller`s Risk Management Division to manage the acquisitions budget, vendor relationships, licensing, and acquisitions-related consortia memberships in the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI). This position will serve on the Dean’s Library Council and the Collections Council. As the primary representative for all acquisitions efforts, this individual will serve as the primary contact for all vendor and publisher relations, and consult the Associate Dean for Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications on negotiation and acquisitions strategies as needed. This position requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); significant experience in an academic or research library acquisitions operations; broad knowledge of library acquisitions issues, practices and current trends; demonstrated management ability; knowledge of monographs and serials acquisitions, approval plans, endowments, and gifts; ability to manage accounting and budgetary practices; ability to foster positive working relationships with vendors, publishers, colleagues, and faculty; knowledge of e-resources and licensing agreements; demonstrated ability to lead and work independently, collaboratively, and flexibly; strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; ability to meet the requirements of promotion and tenure; excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills; and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Preferred qualifications include experience with or knowledge of consortial agreements; experience with negotiating with vendors; knowledge and understanding of Open Access and Scholarly Communication issues; experience with Serials Solutions and SIRSI products; experience mentoring fellow library faculty and staff; and familiarity with promotion and tenure practices in a research library. The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of Penn State’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations. [The University Park campus is set in State College, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu and http://www.cbicc.org. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin January 6, 2020 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Rob Harris, Faculty Search Coordinator, at rch20@psu.edu. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with Penn State policies. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088