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Collection Strategist Librarian

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 7th, 2020
Next review date: Monday, Feb 17, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Collection Strategist Librarian

Library of the University of California, Davis

Overview of Position

The Library of the University of California, Davis, has an opening for two librarian positions. These positions will be recruited at the rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian.

The Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks two dynamic and innovative Collection Strategist librarians to provide leadership for collections in the Life and Health Sciences and Social Sciences/Area Studies, respectively. The Collection Strategies Department leads the University Library in creating and sustaining an environment of evidence-based collections acquisition, management, and review. The Collection Strategists are collaborative and user-focused and work closely with personnel in other Library departments, and with campus faculty, staff, and students in a highly interdisciplinary research community renowned for its academic excellence and global impact. The strategists will operate within a department designed to support the high-quality research collections and academic services on which the entire university community depends.

Under the general supervision of the Head of the Collection Strategies Department, the strategists work across directorate and programmatic lines in a highly interdependent library organization to build and maintain vital collections. The strategists, supported by the Collection Strategies Department Analyst, gather, assess, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, contribute to the strategic allocation of Library resources for the acquisition and management of collections in traditional and emergent formats, and design interpretive reports to best present and communicate how the Library judiciously develops its collections in an environment of change in scholarly communication and publishing. A key element to the success of the strategists’ work is incorporating University of California-wide and national collections initiatives, shared print programs (such as WEST), and specialized data repositories into the Library’s collections framework.

UC Davis and University Library

UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near the California state capital of Sacramento, UC Davis has 39,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics and researchers, and 17,400 staff. The campus has an annual research budget of over $850 million, a comprehensive health system, and about two dozen specialized research centers. Recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the U.S. and the Number 1 university in the world for agricultural research, UC Davis offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The UC Davis Library is among the top 100 research libraries in North America, and belongs to the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, and other organizations that position it to collaborate with other top organizations.

Position Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Head of the Collection Strategies Department, the Collection Strategist develops frameworks and leads the coordination for evidence-based content acquisition, management, and assessment regardless of format or delivery platform. In coordination with Collection Strategies Department personnel, the strategist contributes to budget planning, oversees funding allocations, and manages monographic approval plans. In consultation with other Library and university departments and service units, the strategist designs models that promote and sustain content acquisitions, access, archiving, and preservation, and coordinates the Library’s system-wide planning and consortial resource selection and evaluation, as well as national efforts to acquire shared content. The strategist guides evidence-based collection development and management decision making, and designs assessment strategies and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to inform and substantiate the strategic allocation of the Library’s collections budget, as well as decision processes for the selection and management of content, including print, digital, media, data, and other emergent formats.

The Collection Strategist guides evidence-based processes by developing content acquisition, format choice, location, and assessment strategies; designs methodologies that promote best practices in making informed collection development and management decisions; and conducts regular content use reviews. The strategist coordinates gifts-in-kind activities. The strategist monitors local, system-wide, and vendor-provided reports to identify collection-related trends and patterns. The strategist participates and represents the Library in UC system-wide initiatives or on national level projects.

The strategist participates in professional development activities as appropriate to meet both personal needs as well as departmental goals and objectives, and as an academic appointee engages actively in pertinent ongoing research, scholarship, or creative activity and/or teaching.

Required Qualifications

-A master's degree in library or information sciences from an American Library Association-accredited institution or equivalent
-Minimum of five years’ relevant experience in a major academic or research library in content acquisition, management, and assessment or equivalent comparable experience
-Experience with library collection development, management, and budgeting
-Knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development and scholarly communication
-Strong data analysis skills; proven skills to gather, assess, interpret, and present quantitative and qualitative data for varied audiences
-High level of proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other software applications to manage and present data
-Demonstrated success in working effectively both independently and within teams
-Demonstrated skill with oral and written communications, sufficient for public speaking to a variety of audiences
-Experience managing complex projects and leading project-oriented teams
-Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills to establish and maintain close, productive working relationships with colleagues and Library constituencies
-Experience working with sensitive or confidential data
-Demonstrated organizational skills sufficient to balance multiple priorities, deadlines, and changing project parameters
-Evidence of flexibility and initiative when working within a fast-paced, changing environment
-Demonstrated commitment to professional development
-Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion within the librarian series

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience with 1) Life and Health Sciences or 2) Social Sciences/Area Studies collection development and management
-Experience working in or with a large academic consortium
-Experience with or relevant knowledge of how consultative decision making works on a large academic campus
-Experience working in a collaborative, team-based environment
-Experience with creating collection development and management policies and strategies
-Experience using the acquisition functions of an ILS system to make informed collections related decisions
-Aptitude for learning and adapting emerging technologies
-Knowledge of emerging scholarly communications issues (e.g., open access and open educational resources initiatives), tools, and resources
-Familiarity with licensing electronic resource practices
-Strong record of professional engagement, such as service in library organizations, presentations at conferences, peer-reviewed publication, and/or teaching consonant with an academic appointment

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary: Associate Librarian, Salary Point 6, $69,923 – Librarian, Salary Point 13, $112,952. (Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.)

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).

Benefits: UC is one of the largest employers in California, and offers outstanding health and retirement benefits to its employees and their families. Librarians are academic appointees and earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year. In addition, there are 13 university holidays. See

Application Information

Applications must be submitted via the UC Davis RECRUIT website at

Candidates applying by February 17, 2020, will receive first consideration. The positions will remain open until filled. See for this posting and information about working at the UC Davis Library.
Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least four references.

Applicants are also required to complete a Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Please visit for information about why diversity statements are requested and guidelines for writing a diversity statement.

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, including criminal history and identity checks.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014.

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Job location

Davis, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)