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Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Librarian-The George Washington University

  • 20 May 2019 12:10 PM
    Message # 7351868

    Position Title:

    Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Librarian-Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library,
    The George Washington University

    Position Description: 

    The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library provides library services and educational support to the students, staff, and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing both on campus and through distance education programs. The Library collections consist of over 4,600 electronic texts, 4,000 journals, and 115 databases in addition to print collections of approximately 28,000 items. Applications are welcomed for a Librarian with knowledge of print books and all types of non-book materials who can work effectively with a variety of resources to create a strong collection of print and electronic materials. The Librarian will serve as Chair of the Collection Development Committee, a group composed of several representatives of various library collections to coordinate the development of an overall collection in all formats. Providing analyses of the book budget and the book collection as well as the ability to work with faculty to maximize collections are fundamental to success in this position. The Librarian will help manage the institutional repository and will supervise the Interlibrary Loan Specialist. The Librarian reports to the Director for oft the department for Collections. Duties and

    Position Responsibilities:

    1. Facilitates the selection and ordering of all individual monographs, audiovisuals, and software purchased for the Library, including the Bloedorn Technology Center, by collaborating with faculty and the Collection Development Committee and utilizing external sources to identify the best resources to meet educational, clinical and research needs.

    2. Conducts reconciliation, approval and payment of all invoices for the above materials and coordinates collection purchases made on the departmental credit card. 3. Manages the budget accounts for all materials listed above, keeping accurate records in Alma/Primo and other systems as needed and produces all budget analyses as required or requested.

    4. Manages currency of all print book collections within the library (monographic, Professional, Reference, etc).

    5. Coordinates the Library’s approval plan program.

    6. Communicates and works collaboratively with the Serials & Systems Librarian to assure the currency of all serial standing orders within the Reference collection. Collaborates with Reference librarians to maintain the Reference collection.

    7. Supervises the Interlibrary Loan Specialist and manages the ILLiad Web Client. Serves as direct contact for interfaces with the server administrator in CASS for ILL systems.

    8. Coordinates the Consortium Loan Service. Supervises loan of Himmelfarb resources to distant education students.

    9. Participates in the Library’s Liaison Program, working with one or more departments as assigned within the guidelines and expectations of the program.

    10. Works with Circulation to resolve lost, claims returned, damaged and assumed lost book items.

    11. Participates in the Library's instructional program as an Informatics Tutor.

    12. Serves as Chair, Collection Development Committee to coordinate and maximize all formats of library resources. Participates as a member in other library committees.

    13. Coordinates collection of and manages annual statistics reports to organizations such as AAHSL and ARL.

    14. Maintains knowledge of current trends in librarianship and their implementation in the area.

    15. Maintains an updated procedures and position manual accessible on shared drive, staff intranet or other system utilized to ensure its availability to all within the library. Minimum


    • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited school. • Two years’ experience working within a library setting and specifically involving acquisitions, collection development, or interlibrary loan duties. • Demonstrated oral, written and analytical communication skills. • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and to work collaboratively within a team environment. • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability to maximize use of Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheets in analysis. Preferred Qualifications: • Knowledge of, and experience specifically with, medical information resources and non-book materials. • Previous supervisory experience. • 4+ years’ experience with acquisitions, collection development, or interlibrary loan.

    Application Process:

    Please complete an online application at and upload a cover letter and a current CV or resume, and provide the names and complete contact information for at least three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin on June 14, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

    The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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