Collection Development Manager

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Rasmuson Library
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences, Other

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks energetic, forward-thinking, team-oriented applicants for the position of Collection Development Manager at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, the campus' main library. This position reports directly to the Director of Libraries and is a member of the library's management team.


10Participate in professional organizations at international, national, and state levelsEssential
30Leadership in the development of library collections: Serve as member of the Library's management team . Work collaboratively with library and campus faculty and staff in the selection and de-selection of resources; provide management and review of serials, monographs and general gift program . Provide leadership for the support of scholarly research initiatives . Work collaboratively with members of other library units (for example: acquisitions, circulation, library systems, and interlibrary loan) to assess and plan for the impact of technology on collection building, access, and archiving . Work collaboratively with Head of Acquisitions and Technical Services and Fiscal Officer on budget development and allocation . Lead Collection Resource Group in determining priority purchasing of databases and other library materials . Work collaboratively with University of Alaska, state, national and international libraries on resource sharing and consortial developments . Work closely with library managers on UAF and community outreach and development activities. In conjunction with UAF Procurement office, work to ensure accuracy of license agreements for library databases and other resourcesEssential
30Overall collection management: Maintain and enforce current collection policies . Work collaboratively with unit heads responsible for specialized collections (Alaska and Polar Regions, Government Documents & Maps and BioSciences Library) . Ensure that collection development infrastructure (approval plan, vendor-related collection management databases, etc.) is managed and maintained. Oversee on-going collection analysis and evaluation. Collect and manage data for collection assessment activities and accreditation requirements. Collaborate with Circulation Manager on overall shelving plan accommodate changes in collection emphases and growth/reduction of subject areasEssential
30Teach two or more sections of LS 101 per year; contribute to development of course readings and assignments in collaboration with other LS faculty. Teach Bibliographic Instruction (one-shot) classes. Work scheduled shifts at the Reference Desk; contribute to development and enhancement of reference servicesEssential

Established as the original site of the University of Alaska in 1917, UAF is a multi-campus university based in Fairbanks, the state's second largest city, with seven extended campuses spanning two-thirds of the state. UAF serves as the cultural hub of the Alaskan Interior region: we have latitude with attitude. The campus is located on a scenic hill on the edge of Fairbanks that offers a majestic view of the Alaska Range and access to ski and hiking trails through miles of boreal forest. The Fairbanks Campus is a leading research intensive university with programs in social and natural sciences, arts, and interdisciplinary areas with a particular emphasis on the North. UAF's research revenues exceed $80 million, comprising more than 90% of the total research revenue of the University of Alaska statewide system. The research centers and cultural facilities, such as the International Arctic Research Center, the Geophysical Institute, the Institute of Northern Engineering, the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and the Davis Concert Hall, attract renowned scholars, researchers, performers, and artists. 

UAF offers degrees ranging from certificate to doctoral levels, and has numerous programs and facilities to serve local, national, and international students.

The Rasmuson Library is Alaska's largest library with holdings of more than 2.2 million items.  The library is committed to providing students and faculty with a well-rounded physical and electronic collection of information resources on all topics, with a focus on materials to support campus curriculum and research interests.  The Library's special collections include Government Documents & Maps, and Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives (APRCA), one of the world's preeminent collections of Alaskana and Arctic/Antarctic materials. It serves an extensive user community with book and serial holdings, archives and manuscripts, historic photographs and films, rare books and maps, and an oral history program. The Library is the largest member of consortia consisting of academic, public, and special libraries throughout the State.  


  • Increasingly responsible experience with collection development in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary theories and techniques in developing and analyzing academic library collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scholarly communication process.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of publishing industry (material in all formats), jobbers and agents.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of new and emerging information technologies and familiarity with their implementation in academic libraries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of integrated library systems.
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and collaboratively as both a team member and a team leader.
  • Evidence of excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Evidence of ability to use information technologies for effective communication and work productivity.
  • Evidence of teaching ability.

Required Education & Experience: 

Minimum of 1-2 years of experience with collection development or working in academic libraries.  MLS or MLIS from ALA-accredited program, or equivalent degree from foreign institution.

This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on May 17th, 2019.   To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 5/16/2019.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Term Position:

This position term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact Rasmuson Library Human Resources at 907-474-6696. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact UAF Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC)

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus.  For more information, please go to:

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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