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Collections Strategist

The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) seeks nominations and applications for Collections Strategist.

Primary job responsibilities

  • Coordinate a collaborative process for prioritizing and acquiring resources across disciplinary areas

  • Collaborate across institutions in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) to develop shared collections and explore issues, challenges, and opportunities related to cooperative collection development

  • Pilot and assess new collection development approaches using knowledge of the scholarly publishing landscape and emerging trends in publisher agreements

  • Work with staff in Acquisitions and Financial Operations to maintain an efficient workflow for ordering and renewal in accordance with spending priorities

  • Produce analyses, data visualizations, and reports including regular budget updates with respect to fiscal-year targets

  • Develop and lead collection assessment efforts to ensure alignment with research, teaching and learning priorities at GW and effective stewardship of collections budgets 

  • Collaborate with others in articulating negotiation priorities for the Libraries and negotiating license terms with vendors

  • Coordinate engagement and communication with vendors

  • Use assessment techniques and data analytics tools (e.g. Tableau or similar software) to support collection development activities and lead, develop and complete projects

  • Engage with campus stakeholders on issues related to scholarly publishing and collections

  • Conduct library instruction for undergraduate and graduate level courses in partnership with faculty, including partnering with GW’s first-year University Writing Program

  • Support students, staff, and faculty via research consultations, library instruction, and workshops across disciplines

  • Contribute to one or more strategic services or teams in GWLAI. Current areas of focus include supporting scholarly communications, increasing college affordability through the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OERs), and Data and Computational fluency

  • Contribute to the broader professional community by sharing knowledge in scholarly/professional venues and through service to the University and the profession

This position reports to a Director of Research Services.

When applying for the Collections Strategist please highlight the experiences you have that address the job responsibilities and demonstrate your ability to thrive in this position and within the broader GWLAI and university communities.

The Collections Strategist position is part of an open recruiting call for multiple professional librarian/archivist positions. Please read the Multiple Librarian Positions posting to understand the varied, collaborative, and dynamic responsibilities undertaken by GWLAI librarians, the community we are building within GWLAI and across the campus, and the basic job qualifications for all positions.

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for these positions. 

Application procedure

To be considered, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. As part of your cover letter, please indicate for which position or positions you would like to be considered. Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a reference check and standard background screening.

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