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Head of Acquistions and Assistant/Associate Professor of Library Administration

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign


Position Available:  


July 1, 2006.  The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of Acquisitions, a full-time tenure track position as Assistant/Associate Professor of Library Administration. 


Duties and Responsibilities:    


With an annual collections budget of over $12 million, the Library adds over 150,000 volumes annually and receives approximately 50,000 active paid serial subscriptions per year, as well as over 8,000 electronic journals. The Head of Acquisitions is responsible for managing the acquisition of all collection materials in all languages and formats (including print and electronic) for the Library, including analysis of vendors and vendor products; negotiation of agreements for materials in all formats; approval of invoices; and review and negotiation of license agreements. The Head of Acquisitions supervises the work of two library faculty members and approximately 19FTE staff, graduate assistants, and student workers in all aspects of acquisitions and pre-order/copy cataloging operations in an automated environment (Voyager). He/she develops, implements, and reviews policies and procedures of the Acquisitions Department and oversees the acquisition of electronic resources, firm orders, approval plans, blanket orders, exchange programs and serial management and check-in. The Head of Acquisitions analyzes departmental needs for enhanced information technologies and actively collaborates with Library Information Technology personnel on the design and implementation of new and upgraded systems in support of acquisitions operations.  He/she works closely with the Associate University Librarian for Collections and the Director of the Library Business Office in managing the collections budget, and collaborates with Library subject specialists and technical service librarians, libraries within the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the State of Illinois, as well as with the campus purchasing office.




Required:    MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution;  basic knowledge of U.S. and international publishing industry and the vendor trade, and trends in scholarly communication; at least three years experience in an academic or research library; experience in budget management;  excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, along with demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills; willingness and ability to work within a team environment;  ability to meet the Library’s requirements for promotion and tenure.

Preferred:     Knowledge of the foreign publishing industry or experience in the acquisitions of foreign materials.  Reading knowledge of at least one language in addition to English.  Knowledge of integrated library systems, especially Endeavor Voyager.



The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research collections in the nation and the world.  With 10 million volumes and a total of 21 million items, it ranks third among academic libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world.  As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and services possible and engaging in research and development activities – both of which support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service.  The Library employs approximately 100 faculty and 250 staff members.  For more detailed information, please visit  The Library consists of more than 40 departmental libraries that are located throughout campus and administratively organized into nine divisions.


Salary:  Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and credentials for appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. 


Terms of Appointment:  Twelve month appointment; 24 work days vacation per year, 11 paid holidays, 12 days annual sick leave (cumulative) plus an additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System, which includes several private options, is compulsory (8% of staff member’s salary is withheld); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security, and are subject to its deduction.


Campus and Community:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Research Level 1) that is ranked among the best in the world.  Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation.  It employs 2,000 faculty members who serve 26,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receive campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching.  More information about the campus is available at  The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are, situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles northeast of St. Louis.  The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution.  More information about the community can be found at,, or


Apply:  Send letter of application and complete curriculum vitae with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email address (where available) of five references to Cindy Kelly,   Library Human Resources, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Suite 127, Urbana, IL  61801.  Email:  Electronic applications are acceptable initially, but must be followed by a hard copy with signature.  Phone (217) 333-8169.  For an electronic version of the full job announcement see

For further questions about the position itself, contact the chair of the search committee, Robert H. Burger


Deadline:  In order to ensure maximum considerations, applications and nominations should be received by March 15, 2006.  Interviews may occur before the closing date however, no decision will be made prior to the closing date.