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Collections Strategist (Librarian 3)
The UConn Library seeks a forward-thinking and analytical Collections Strategist (Librarian 3). Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Discovery, the Collections Strategist conceives, communicates, and implements strategies to analyze, build, and steward UConn Library collections.
As an active member of the Library and guided by our Strategic Framework of Connect, Empower, and Engage and our core values of kindness and trust, curiosity and inquiry, equity and inclusion, and having fun, the successful candidate will make positive contributions to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University and will actively exemplify the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice in their daily work.
UConn is one of the top public research universities in the nation, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University’s network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the State of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world’s brightest students. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.
The main 4,400-acre campus is set in a university town located in the heart of Connecticut, approximately a half-hour’s drive from Hartford, 90 minutes from Boston, and 3 hours from New York City. Storrs offers New England village charm, with outstanding recreational facilities and open space initiatives, farm-to-table agricultural communities, and excellent public schools.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top public research universities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- 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.
- Identifies and develops inter-and intra-institutional benchmarks to evaluate and identify strategic directions in collection management, assists in allocating and managing collections funds, and ensures that these funds are aligned with broader collection strategies.
- Reinforces and applies the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice (DEIAJ) in collection development and supporting work.
- Develops operational solutions in support of holistic collections strategies.
- Identifies opportunities for innovation within metadata management.
- Uses advanced professional knowledgebase and skillset to proactively identify and resolve critical needs as related to the position, serving as a subject matter expert to others.
Shared Expectations for All Staff
- Applies the principles of the Library’s core values and Strategic Framework through active contribution and cooperation in achieving Area and Unit priorities and operational goals.
- Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrates active learning in and communication of ongoing trends and developments related to professional and positional responsibilities.
- Works effectively in current applications, software, and communication tools as employed by the UConn Library and UConn.
- Exhibits appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse working environment, inclusive of all backgrounds and identifications.
- Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.
- A graduate-level degree in a field relevant to the position or a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited institution (or international equivalent).
- Minimum of six years of post-graduate related professional experience.
- Evidence of an advanced knowledge level and currency in professional standards, practices, procedures, policies, and technologies as related to strategic collection management.
- Clear commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice, and demonstrated ability to make positive contributions to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University.
- Ability to build and maintain successful partnerships in support of position responsibilities.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with evidence of delivering reliable, effective, and appropriate verbal and written communications.
- Evidence of active engagement and significant contributions to professional activities at a statewide, regional, and/or national level.
- Proven success with project management.
- Advanced skill in effective analytical and problem-solving at the individual and group levels.
- Demonstrated success applying the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and/or justice in a professional setting.
- Advanced knowledge of emerging trends in scholarly communications and library collection management.
- Proven success implementing or supporting change in an academic or research library.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in balancing multiple responsibilities in a complex and dynamic environment.
- Demonstrated leadership ability.
- Experience using specialized tools for the analysis of collections (e.g., Alma Analytics, GreenGlass, Tableau).
This appointment is a full-time position with hybrid schedule options, based in Storrs, Connecticut. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #497977 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Candidates must address in their cover letter and/or resume how their candidacy meets the position’s responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications (if applicable). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on February 18, 2024.
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.
All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.
The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.