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Position Opening for Acquisitions Librarian



Acquisitions Librarian
(tenure-track faculty position)
University of Tennessee at Martin, Paul Meek Library

The University of Tennessee at Martin seeks a collegial and service-oriented professional to serve as Acquisitions Librarian in a beautiful, rural-area, academic library. The library serves a school of 6,000 on-site and distance education undergraduate students in northwest Tennessee and five off-site centers. The library collection provides access to more than 300,000, books, 100,000 eBooks, and over 100,000 periodicals in over 80 electronic databases. The library uses LibGuides, and Sierra (Innovative) as its ILS.

The University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) is a primary campus in the University of Tennessee system located in northwest Tennessee approximately 125 miles north of Memphis and 150 miles west of Nashville. The University’s emphasis is rooted in excellence of undergraduate instruction. The students at the University of Tennessee at Martin are able to participate in leadership and service opportunities through participation in over 125 different campus organizations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to provide a caring and nurturing campus environment. In addition, the campus has been recognized as one of the safest in the nation.

The community of Martin and the surrounding area is laid-back and friendly and boasts a low-cost of living. There are opportunities to participate in various local and national civic and volunteer organizations. There are several local parks, as well as state and national recreation areas, including Reelfoot Lake and Land Between the Lakes, located within easy driving distance. For details on Martin, Tennessee click:

The successful candidate will be able to:

A. Acquisitions:

• Solicits from stakeholders, researches, and recommends potential resources for evaluation, assessment, and ultimate approval to the Collection Development Committee.
• Selects, approves, and coordinates the acquisition of materials in all formats (including but not limited to monographs, periodicals, serials, scores, and electronic resources).
• Ensures accurate and timely processing of invoices, subscription orders and renewals, and license agreements in compliance with applicable University and state policies and procedures.
• Manages and expends acquisition budget of over $1,000,000, which includes books, periodicals, and electronic databases; manages and expends restricted funds; produces financial reports (tracking monies allocated, encumbered and expended) for various collections and subject areas; and ensures reconciliation of all funds with campus ledgers.
• Establishes and maintains effective relationships with vendors and electronic service providers.

B. Other Duties

• Serves as Library liaison to designated departments, providing collection development (with a primary focus on undergraduate populations), and creates and updates Library (Lib) Guides and other finding aids, tools, or tutorials.
• Staffs the reference desk on a scheduled basis including some evenings and weekend hours.
• Maintains awareness of trends and advances in the field by attending professional workshops, meetings, conferences and other events.
• Progresses successfully along the promotion and tenure track, and participates fully as a member of the university faculty including serving on internal library and campus-wide faculty and related committees.
• Performs other duties as required.

Required Qualifications:
• Masters of Library Science (MLS) from an ALA accredited program or equivalent
• 1-2 years library experience
• Excellent organizational and communication skills, strong commitment to public service, and ability to work with diverse users and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:
• At least one year of documented success working with library collections, vendors, and budgets, preferably in an academic setting.
• Working knowledge of cataloging practice and standards, including MARC records management.
• Working knowledge of an integrated library system (ILS).

Work will involve occasionally climbing ladders and lifting up to 25 pounds to shoulder level. The successful candidate must be willing to accept a faculty appointment at an assistant/associate level and meet University of Tennessee standards for promotion and tenure.

This is a twelve-month, tenure-track, faculty appointment with the rank at the Assistant/Associate Professor level; salary will reflect the successful candidate’s qualifications and professional experience; benefits include a choice of health and retirement plans, tuition waiver for self, and partial tuition waivers for dependents.

To Apply:
Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Paul Meek Library:
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Direct enquiries or requests for additional information to the search committee chair, Heidi Busch: or 731-881-3078.

Apply for the position through the UT Martin faculty-application site:

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until position is filled, with tentative starting date of January 1, 2017. To ensure consideration, applicants must provide:

• a cover letter describing interest and addressing qualifications
• résumé/curriculum vitae
• full contact information of at least three professional references.

Candidates invited for interviews will be required to make a presentation to the library faculty and staff during their interview, and must submit unofficial graduate transcripts prior to the interview; the individual hired will be required to supply official transcripts and is subject to a mandatory criminal background check.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.