Acquisitions Librarian
Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info

Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: 2122 (LIBR-Goddard library)
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Dec 12, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Position ID:: 156903

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Head of Collections Strategy, the Acquisitions Librarian has primary oversight of managing procedures and workflows for acquisitions and serials management in the Goddard Library. The Acquisitions Librarian works closely with all staff in the collections unit, as well as other library staff to ensure efficient and timely decision making, bill payment, and receiving procedures.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates and manages the acquisition of library materials in all formats;
  • Manages serials renewals on an annual basis using EbscoNet and working with individual vendors.
  • Reviews usage of journals on an annual basis to ensure that collections are meeting the needs of the Clark community.
  • Receives and manages monograph purchase requests and provides timely responses to requestors on what action the library will take with regard to requests.
  • Provides reportable endowment titles to advancement staff, as needed.
  • Makes decisions about which endowments and funds are used for purchasing of monographs.
  • Collaborates with collections team and other staff on acquisitions initiatives and issues, policies, and database and vendor selection.
  • Works closely with administrative assistant to have invoices paid in a timely manner and resolve problems with outstanding orders and bills.
  • Coordinates reserves orders.
  • Supervisor student employee(s).
  • Coordinates purchase of faculty monographs for Goddard and Special Collections.
  • Coordinate leisure reading program.


Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Requirements include:

  • ALA accredited master's degree
  • Knowledge of accounting principles with respect to library acquisitions, including fund accounting;
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to effectively manage time and set priorities;
  • Effective analytical, oral, written, and interpersonal skills;
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented;
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as?well as maintaining general knowledge of current trends in publishing and scholarly communications.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Previous supervisory and academic library experience preferably in technical services;
  • Experience compiling, managing and reviewing acquisitions data for decision-making;
  • Proficiency using an integrated library system (OCLC World Management System highly preferred), particularly the Acquisitions module.
  • Experience with bibliographic utilities, such OCLC Connexion
  • Experience with selection and ordering of materials using online ordering tools such as GOBI
  • Demonstrated strong technology and troubleshooting skills; ability to both to collaborate and to work independently.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Already have a Clark University Careers Account? Login to your account to add documents or update your account.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.

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