University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 224844

Position Summary:
The Collections Strategist provides leadership and direction for the General Library System's collection development and collection management operations. This position collaborates with library staff from across campus and at other institutions to facilitate access to information resources in support of the university's teaching, research, and service missions. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) responsible for collections.

The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

Principal duties:
Collections Strategy (65%)
- Provides leadership and strategic direction for the Libraries collections program.
- Leads the development, implementation, and interpretation of collection development and collection management policies and procedures.
- Negotiates with publishers and vendors; develops and maintains productive relationships with representatives from publishers and vendors.
- Develops and implements strategies to evaluate and assess collections and share those assessments with stakeholders.
- Provides oversight and management for the collections budget. In collaboration with the AUL, allocates funds to advance library and campus strategic initiatives and priorities.
- Develops and implements long-range plans for maintaining the sustainability of the collections budget; leads efforts to restructure the collections budget to reflect modern collections practices.
- Collaborates with the collection coordinators for social sciences, humanities, sciences, and international and area studies on collection development projects.
- Directs, coordinates, supports, and facilitates the collection development activities of subject specialists across the General Library System.
- Provides leadership for campus-wide collection development activities and initiatives, partnering and communicating with campus stakeholders.
- Directs the management of the Libraries physical collections, including the shelving and storage team and shelving facilities, which include a high-density facility.
- Collaborates closely with staff in Scholarly Communications, Electronic Resources Management, Acquisitions, Cataloging, and other departments on collections-related goals.

Consortial Engagement (15%)
- Collaborates with stakeholders from key consortial groups, including UW System, Big Ten Academic Alliance, and HathiTrust, on network-level collection development and management strategies.
- Leads shared print initiatives, representing UW-Madison and actively participating in existing shared print networks, and identifying and evaluating potential new networks and projects.
- Actively participates in and represents UW-Madison on governance and consortial committees, providing leadership, aiding in the development of policy, and assisting with decision-making, as appropriate.

Management (10%)
- Hires, manages, trains, and supervises one direct report, the GLS Shelving & Storage Coordinator (1.0 FTE).
- Conducts annual employee reviews and provides feedback to employees about their ongoing performance to contribute to their professional growth and development, as well as to the strategic advancement of the organization.

Professional Development and Service (10%)
- Stays informed of trends and issues in libraries, with particular focus on topics related to collection development and collection management.
- Participates in professional library organizations.
- Participates in library and campus committees and outreach activities to further the mission of the library.
- Participates in research and scholarship, as appropriate.

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