Collection Development Manager and Engagement Librarian

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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: Education/Instructional, Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks energetic, forward-thinking, team-oriented applicants for the position of Collection Development and Engagement Librarian 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.


20Academic and Professional responsibilities: • Teach two or more sections of LS101 (Library Information and Research, 1 credit) per year; • Contribute to the 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 and contribute to the development and enhancement of reference services; • Participate in professional organizations at international, national, and state levels; • Represent the Library through service on University committees.Essential
30Campus Engagement and Outreach • Actively engage with university and library colleagues to ensure collections meet the needs of the University of Alaska community and support the University’s and Library’s mission and strategic plans; • Develop subject/discipline promotional materials that effectively communicate the library’s resources to the community; • Work closely with library colleagues on UAF and community outreach and development activities.Essential
50Leadership in the development of library collections: • Serve as a member of the Library's management team; • Work collaboratively with library and campus faculty and staff in the selection and de-selection of resources; o Lead the Collection Resource Group in determining priority purchasing of databases and other library materials o Provide management and review of serials, monographs and general gift program o Maintain and enforce current collection policies • 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; • Work collaboratively with University of Alaska, state, national and international libraries on resource sharing and consortial developments; • In conjunction with UAF Procurement office, work to ensure accuracy of license agreements for library databases and other resources; • Work collaboratively with unit heads responsible for specialized collections (e.g. Alaska and Polar Regions, Government Documents & Maps, and BioSciences Library); • Work with Head of Acquisitions and Technical services to ensure that collection development infrastructure (approval plan, vendor-related collection management databases, etc.) is well managed and maintained; • Oversee on-going collection analysis and evaluation; • In conjunction with Head of Acquisitions and Technical Services, collect and manage data for collection assessment activities and accreditation requirements; • Collaborate with Circulation Manager on overall shelving plan to accommodate changes in collection emphases and growth/reduction of subject areas.Essential

University of Alaska Fairbanks is a Land, Sea and Space Grant institute, with programs in social and natural sciences, arts, engineering, and interdisciplinary areas with particular emphasis on the North. UAF is the premier research university in Alaska.

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 activities. It serves an extensive user community with books and serial holdings, archives and manuscripts, historical photographs and films, rare books and maps, and an oral history program.


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 Experience:  Minimum of 1-2 years of experience with collection development or working in academic libraries.

Education or Training:  MLS or MLIS from ALA-accredited program, or equivalent degree from foreign institution


Term Position:

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

Application Process:  Interested applicants must submit: a cover letter, CV or resume, and three professional references with contact information.   

This is a full-time position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefit package.  

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 UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

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:

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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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