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Reed College

Reed College seeks an innovative library professional to help develop a strategic vision for collections to serve our liberal arts college community. The library’s collection services department encompasses acquisitions, cataloging, serials, electronic resources, and effective access to and management of all collections. The next director will play a leading role in shaping the library’s integration of print, digital, and licensed electronic collections. This role reports to the college librarian.

This is a full-time, 12-month exempt position. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10 percent employer contribution, educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse. Starting salary for this position will be $68,000-$71,000 per year, depending on qualifications and experience.

Who You Are

  • You are passionate about providing excellent resources and services to an active community of undergraduate scholars, faculty, and staff.
  • You are knowledgeable about scholarly communication, vendor relationships, collection access, and effective management of library resources, including budgets and staff.
  • You are excited to continue developing the library as a central and essential component to the academic life of the college.
  • You look forward to joining a team of committed library staff dedicated to serving an intensely academic liberal arts community.
  • You enjoy working in a collaborative environment to develop resources and services for an increasingly diverse campus community.


What You’ll Do

  • Lead acquisitions, cataloging, serials, and electronic resources management for the library, including supervision of 3.5 FTE collection services staff.
  • Lead development of collection strategies that are responsive to the needs of our academic community while making optimal use of the library’s financial resources.
  • Work collaboratively to develop and implement policies relating to library collection development, cataloging, processing, and maintenance of collections.
  • Build and manage relationships with library vendors for collections.
  • Coordinate the library’s participation in collaborative collection building and related initiatives with consortial partners and effective use of library systems for collection management.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and librarians to ensure broad participation in acquisition, evaluation, and maintenance of library collections.
  • Participate in the library’s research services as a liaison to one or more academic departments.



  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science and minimum of five years of professional library experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • A minimum of two years of supervisory experience.
    Expertise in and experience with library acquisitions, cataloging, discovery systems, and/or serials and electronic resource management.
  • Understanding of current and emerging models of scholarly publishing, collections, and the library’s role in knowledge sharing.
  • Knowledge of electronic resource content models, emerging formats, acquisition methods, and licensing.
  • Ability to think creatively in developing and promoting the use of library resources and services.
  • Ability to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of collections, processes, and services.
  • Interest in providing excellent services to undergraduates and faculty in an academic environment.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with vendors of library collections, information systems, and services.
  • Experience acquiring and providing access to library collections and services in a consortial environment.
  • Knowledge of or experience with licensing of electronic resources.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience in supporting diverse populations of students and faculty.


Application Instructions

Follow the link provided to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

– How would this position contribute to the achievement of your long-term professional goals?
– Of which accomplishment in your recent professional experience are you most proud?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:

-If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Review of applications will begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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