Collections Assessment and Development Librarian, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA

Collections Assessment and Development Librarian,

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA


The main focus of the person in this new position is to provide leadership in the assessment, title selection processes, and licensing of digital and print resources by formulating, articulating, and managing the direction, balance, and focus of the Library's collections to support learning, teaching, and research. The position will report to the Associate University Librarian. The position will be advertised until it is filled.


Principal duties and responsibilities include:

  •          Lead and manage collections assessment and development by analyzing institutional data, usage statistics, and other metrics for decision-making and through title selection processes involving various purchasing plans, faculty and student/staff requests, publishers' offers, and other sources.
  •          Oversee collection management procedures and activities, including collection reviews and evaluation, title selection, de-selection, preservation, and replacements.
  •          Recommend guidelines and procedures for development of the Libraries' collections based on current and proposed academic curricula.
  •          Develop planning and budgetary recommendations, including fiscal allocations; monitor and ensure the efficient expenditure of the Libraries' materials budgets in consultation with others.
  •          Oversee digital licensing procedures and renewals, interpret, and monitor updates in appropriate library information systems.
  •          Provide data for reports and analyses related to collections development and maintenance as required by university offices and external agencies, including accreditation bodies.
  •          Work in partnership with peer libraries, consortia, state and regional library systems to ensure appropriate collaborative collections activities
  •          Administer the Libraries' gift program for materials, including the identification and pursuit of potential gift opportunities.
  •          Oversee student employees - assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations as to interviewing and selection, performance appraisal, and discipline.


Position Requirements:

  •          MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited program
  •          Three or more years of experience in collections development, collections management, acquisitions, or similarly related activities in an academic library
  •          Advanced knowledge of basic Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and Word and/or demonstrated competency in budget creation
  •          Basic knowledge of ACCESS helpful
  •          Demonstrated operational experience with an online integrated library system
  •          Effective oral and written communication skills
  •          Some course work in science or engineering disciplines is a plus
  •          Knowledge of the following is strongly preferred:
  •          Print, non-print, and electronic publishing and trade industries,
  •          Current issues and trends in library collections development and information delivery/access
  •          Electronic resources and related copyright/licensing issues
  •          Resource sharing and preservation
  •          Ability to work with a variety of foreign languages


Application Details:

Please submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applications and all of the above items must be submitted on the WPI Career Site,

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