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Collection Strategist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), a Research 1 institution and the flagship institution for the state, is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join the collaborative and innovative Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy team at the University Libraries. The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. UT is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Collection Strategist plays a key role in developing and implementing a holistic collection development strategy, ensuring the continuing excellence of the world-class collection at the heart of UT Libraries’ mission. Reporting to the Head of Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy, and with the support of a small, dynamic team in this department, the Collection Strategist provides matrix leadership throughout the organization, working closely with subject liaisons, personnel in other Library departments, and with partners on campus and elsewhere, providing strong leadership and strategic focus in developing and managing outstanding collections. 

Guiding evidence-based collection development and management decision making, the Strategist designs assessment strategies and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to inform and substantiate the strategic allocation of the Libraries’ collections budget, as well as decision processes for the selection and management of content, including print, digital, media, data, and other emergent formats. The Strategist monitors local, system-wide, and vendor-provided reports to identify collection related trends and patterns. The Strategist participates and represents the Libraries in system-wide initiatives or on national level projects. In collaboration with subject liaisons, the Collection Strategist develops frameworks and leads the coordination of evidence-based content acquisition, management, and assessment regardless of format or delivery platform. In coordination with personnel in Acquisitions and Continuing Resources and in the Business Office, the Strategist contributes to budget planning, and to the oversight of funding allocations, and monographic approval plans. The strategist consults as needed with personnel in Collection Logistics on print storage and disposition decisions. 

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