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Collections Development Librarian

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Collections Development Librarian
Additional Information

Ball State University Libraries includes Bracken Library and branch libraries in the Cooper Science Building and Architecture Building. The Libraries employ 47 professionals and 70 staff employees. With over 1.5 million volumes and 250 databases, the Libraries provide access to a full spectrum of scholarly resources and also offers vibrant learning space for over 1.4 million annual visitors.

FLSA Learned Professional Exemption
Hrs/Week 40
Length of Assignment Fiscal Year - FT Continuing Contract
Position Function

Perform activities related to developing and sustaining University Libraries’ resource collections to meet user needs, including material selection, deselection, preservation, evaluation and assessment; coordinate collection maintenance activities and replacement and gift operations; serve as collection development liaison for assigned departments.

Minimum Education

MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited program.

Minimum Experience

Professional experience in library acquisitions, collection development and management, or other related area; experience with library automated systems, such as OCLC, ALMA.

Minimum Other

Effective oral and written communication skills; working knowledge of basic Microsoft Office applications.

Preferred Education

Additional advanced degrees.

Preferred Experience

Collections development or acquisitions experience in an academic library; familiarity with publishers and trends in publishing, both print and non-print; demonstrated analytical abilities including use of qualitative/quantitative data analysis and proficiency in Microsoft Excel; experience with project development and management.

Preferred Other

An awareness of current issues and trends in librarianship and potential for scholarly and professional achievement.

Pre-Employment Screening Requires successful completion of a background check.
Positions Supervised


EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO/AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of 10 academic colleges that offer 190 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

Department University Libraries:170090
Department Information

The salary for this position is $52,000.

Duties & Responsibilities

Ranking 1
Job Duty

Select materials in best format through approval plans, reviews, publishers’ catalogs, and bibliographies and serve as liaison with specified departments on matters of collection development.

Ranking 2
Job Duty

Review specific subject collections for purposes of deselection, preservation/conservation and assessment of their adequacy to support university curricular and research needs; prepare collection evaluations regarding the collections’ strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement, utilizing metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-driven decisions.

Ranking 3
Job Duty

Review the back volume periodical collection for purposes of deselection and preservation/conservation bearing in mind holdings of other state libraries and titles unique to Ball State University Libraries.

Ranking 4
Job Duty

Coordinate the replacement of lost/missing materials; including reviewing circulating materials for condition and recommending treatment/replacement.

Ranking 5
Job Duty

Coordinate, direct, and monitor collection maintenance activities performed by University Libraries’ liaisons, including review of items recommended for repair, replacement, or deselection.

Ranking 6
Job Duty

Contribute to collections development-related policies and procedures.

Ranking 7
Job Duty

Prepare written reports and compile statistics as required.

Ranking 8
Job Duty

Select gift materials and coordinate gift operations and donor relations.

Ranking 9
Job Duty

Keep abreast of and make contributions to professional literature, activities of professional organizations, and scholarly developments in areas of specialization.

Ranking 10
Job Duty

Perform other duties as assigned.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 201700209P
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date 02/02/2018
Applications Accepted Through Date 03/03/2018
Open Until Filled No
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Master's Transcripts
Optional Documents