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Purdue University Calumet: Acquisitions Management Librarian and Subject Specialist

Purdue University Calumet

DATE: July 12, 2006
JOB TITLE: Acquisitions Management Librarian and Subject Specialist

Purdue University Calumet Library seeks an energetic, knowledgeable librarian committed to student success, faculty achievement, and community engagement in an innovative, collaborative, fast-paced academic environment for appointment in library acquisitions management. The Library is designed to sustain the accessible, trusted, and indispensable learning environment that is fundamental to Purdue University Calumet’s mission and strategic direction.

Responsibilities: Manage operations for purchase, subscription, preservation, and licensing of print, non-print, and electronic monographs and serials. Maintain productive working relationships with vendors and monitor efficient and cost effective vendor services. Create, manage, and maintain in-house databases for collection management and budget projection; provide statistical and other written reports on acquisitions activities. Hire, train, and supervise acquisitions clerical staff; develop effective procedures and training; evaluate outcomes to enhance acquisitions activities; create a positive work environment. Work collaboratively with collection development, cataloging, systems, and other Library units to establish goals and objectives, set priorities, and coordinate work flows.

Additional Responsibilities: Reflective of education, experience, and interest, the successful candidate will also be appointed as a subject specialist. He/she will participate in reference deskwork, the information literacy program, collection development and liaison, strategic planning, and other library duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Supervisory experience; strong team management and team development skills. Knowledge of acquisitions, periodicals, and electronic publications in an integrated library systems environment (Endeavor preferred). Knowledge of publishing industry, licensing, and vendor contracting. Strong organizational skills, excellent attention to detail; demonstrated technical aptitude. Working knowledge of Windows and Oracle database systems, MS, and other desktop applications.

Additional Qualifications: Required -- A.L.A.-accredited master’s degree in library or information science; undergraduate degree in relevant discipline. Must demonstrate excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, ability to work independently and in teams; initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a changing environment. Strong commitment to responsive, innovative, user-focused library service. Must demonstrate awareness of and interest in current issues and trends in the profession and be able to meet the responsibilities of a tenure-track appointment. Preferred – experience in academic or research library technical services; project management skills; undergraduate degree in engineering or technology. Entry-level candidates are welcome to apply and should highlight their potential for success in this position.

Salary and Benefits: This is a 12-month, full-time tenure track faculty position with attendant expectations for professional competence, scholarship, and service as outlined in Library and University promotion and tenure documents. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications. Starting salaries for assistant professors in the upper-$30s and for associate professors in the upper-$40s. Attractive benefits package includes generous contribution to retirement and/or mutual fund plans, accredited childcare center and state-of-the-art fitness center. Appointment begins August 2006.

Application: Send letter of application, original graduate transcripts, statement on librarianship, research and service, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:


Kathryn H. Carpenter
Search Committee Chair, Library
Purdue University Calumet
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Purdue University is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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