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Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

The Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian is responsible for the identification and selection of books and other intellectual materials in all languages for the museum library in accordance with the collection development policy and through established relationships with international vendors. The incumbent manages and disperses acquisition funds for the development of the collection, including endowment and trust funds and general operating funds. The incumbent co-manages the Technical Services Management Team and is a member of senior staff. 

This position oversees 2 staff members; Collection Development and Management Services Associate, and Technical Services and Administrative Assistant.



  • Select all materials and oversee collection development, including establishment of book selection policy and criteria for acquisitions based on knowledge of the literature and needs of current and future researchers.

  • Acquire new materials in all languages from key vendors. Establish, negotiate, and monitor approval plans with vendors, including evaluation of vendor performance, analysis of vendor services, maintenance and analysis of library subject profiles, and evaluation of approval plan materials for relevance to collection.

  • Select rare and out of print monographs with established vendors; establish new relationships with rare and out of print dealers, vendors, and services as necessary. Consult with curatorial liaison librarians as appropriate.

  • Supervise and perform all administrative duties related to collection development and management services associate; non-administrative duties of the technical services and administrative assistant; volunteers, work-study students, and interns by scheduling, prioritizing, organizing and assigning work; training and evaluating staff; reviewing work in progress.

  • Supervise staff through co-management of the Technical Services Management Team.

  • Evaluate and implement new formats in conjunction with library and archives staff.

  • Identify and evaluate existing resources for de-accessioning, withdrawal, and preservation.

  • Maintain proficiency in all essential functions of the integrated library system and OCLC.

  • Allocate and monitor expenditure of acquisitions budget. Set monthly ordering goals for staff accordingly.

  • Staff the library reference desk, fielding questions from museum staff, independent scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, and the general public in person, by phone, and through the ArtLens Ask web application. Conduct in-depth bibliographic searching as needed.



Master’s degree in Library Science (M.L.I.S.) from an ALA-accredited program. Knowledge of art historical literature; experience developing and managing relationships with vendors, publishers, and interface providers; and working knowledge of at least two foreign languages required, especially German, French, or Italian, as well as a proficiency in using dictionaries for other foreign languages. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Preferred: Master’s degree (M.A.) or Ph.D. in art history. Prior experience working in an academic or research library, ideally in an acquisitions department; and familiarity with integrated library systems and OCLC. Demonstrated aptitude for research, communication, management, and collaboration within and beyond one’s place of employment.


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