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Collections Strategist Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library, Baltimore City, MD


The Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) seeks a service-oriented and collaborative Collections Strategist Librarian to develop and implement collection strategies that support the academic missions of Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. This position also leads library resource management functions to support the teaching, research, and learning needs of faculty and students. This position will be supported and enhanced by consortial relationships with the University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST), and Center for Research Libraries (CRL). The Collections Strategist Librarian manages the Acquisitions/Cataloging unit and serves on LNDL’s Operations Group. The position reports to the Assistant Director of Collections & Access Services, supervises full-time staff and student assistants, and administers LNDL’s acquisitions budget.

LNDL affirms and promotes a culture of collaboration, innovation, and engagement. The successful candidate will advocate for and cultivate an environment where diversity of thought and background are valued. LNDL encourages applications from candidates that have demonstrated experience in fostering diverse, inclusive, and equitable libraries. The Collections Strategist Librarian will be committed to developing relationships within and outside LNDL to contribute to the enhancement of the collections and support student and faculty scholarship, creativity, and innovation.

Position Responsibilities:
• Manage, coordinate, and assess all activities and operations of the Acquisitions/Cataloging unit. Hire, mentor, evaluate, and retain unit staff.
• Lead collection development and assessment strategies that support the research, teaching, and learning of a diverse faculty, student, and staff community.
• Lead the acquisition of resources in all formats. Lead acquisitions budget proposal cycles and provide expenditure reports as needed.
• Work collaboratively to ensure proper care and maintenance of electronic resources throughout the entire life cycle. Serve as primary negotiator of licensed content; maintain relationships with vendors and publishers.
• Manage cataloging and metadata services to ensure the discoverability of content.
• Compile statistics, analyze data, and prepare reports to inform decision making and enhance opportunities to communicate LNDL’s story to a broad range of audiences.
• Support LNDL consortium partnerships and projects.
• Promote services and resources and develop relationships with faculty as assigned.
• Maintain and enhance professional skills through consistent and meaningful professional development activities. Serve on LNDL and other committees as appointed.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA;
• Experience working in a technical services area of an academic library;
• Demonstrated interest in managing, motivating, and leading library technical services staff;
• Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
• Proven ability to analyze and adapt services, spaces, and technologies to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that continually enhances the user experience;

• Proven ability to take initiative, prioritize work to meet deadlines, and work independently and collaboratively;
• Demonstrated commitment to professional development.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Recent experience or knowledge of negotiating content licenses for electronic resources;
• Working knowledge of integrated library systems and discovery layers;
• Experience working within a library consortium;
• Demonstrated ability to learn and use tools such as Microsoft Excel, Tableau, and OpenRefine.

About the Library:
The Loyola Notre Dame Library, located in a residential area of north Baltimore City, is a member of University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) and serves as the library for Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. Loyola University Maryland, a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, is recognized for excellence in teaching and learning and Notre Dame of Maryland University is a leader in the education of women and non-traditional students. The Library serves a total graduate and undergraduate student population of 5,858 FTE that includes 4,470 FTE at Loyola and 1,388 FTE at Notre Dame.

The Library offers an excellent benefits package that includes medical, access to dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as TIAA retirement. All positions at the Library are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Successful candidates will be subject to a pre‐employment background check. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, the Loyola Notre Dame Library is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

How to apply:

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. Please submit electronically a resume, cover letter, and a list of three (3) work-related references with “Collections Strategist Librarian” in the subject line to [email protected]. Only complete applications will be considered.

The Loyola Notre Dame Library is dedicated to the safety of our staff and our surrounding communities. As part of that commitment, LNDL requires all staff to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and new employee at LNDL, you will be required to comply with the Library’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at the Library. LNDL provides reasonable accommodations, absent undue hardship, to qualified individuals with disabilities that enable them to perform their job duties as well as employees with sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, or practices that conflict with getting vaccinated. Reasonable accommodation may include appropriate adjustment or modifications of employer policies, including the Mandatory Vaccination Policy.