[Libs-Or] Job Posting: Humanities and Acquisitions Librarian (PSU Library)

Stephanie Doig smdoig at pdx.edu
Wed Jul 26 15:27:06 PDT 2017

*POSITION:*    Humanities and Acquisitions Librarian / Assistant Professor
/ Tenure-Track

*LOCATION:*  Portland State University Library, Portland, OR

*POSTED:*        July 26, 2017, open until finalists identified

Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities,
Portland State has an innovative approach to education that combines
academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through
internships and classroom projects with community partners. The
University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment
to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the
curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the
teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students
span the globe.

PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic
goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual
respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading
through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy.
Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the
exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and
global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community.

As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's Strategic
Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives
to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally
for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and
the preparation of it students as world citizens.

Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions,
education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting
discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital
status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender
identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any
other basis in law. This policy implements state and federal laws.
Inquiries about it should be directed to the Office of Equity and
Compliance, 1600 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 830, Portland, OR 97201,
503-725-5919, or via email to: diversity at pdx.edu.

*Position Summary*

The Humanities and Acquisitions Librarian provides leadership in
coordinating the acquisitions functions of the library and serves as the
Library's liaison to assigned humanities departments.

The Humanities and Acquisitions Librarian consults and collaborates with
scholars; participates in a dynamic instructional program, including
classroom and online instruction; provides reference and information
services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of
the community; and selects information resources to support the
instructional and research needs of a diverse institution. This position
also serves as the liaison to academic units within the humanities such as
World Languages and Literatures, depending on the needs of the Library.

This position manages negotiations and contracts with vendors; collaborates
and coordinates with acquisitions staff (reporting to the Head of
Cataloging and eAccess) in the procurement of library resources;
participates in the creation and review of policies that govern library
collections; collaborates with the Library Fiscal Analyst in managing the
library materials budget; works closely with the Collection Development and
Head of Cataloging and eAccess librarians in the acquisition and management
of information resources; and participates in developing and refining
workflows for collection development and the acquisition and cataloging of

Portland State University faculty members contribute to faculty governance
activities within the Library and the University, engage in community and
professional service, and pursue an active scholarly agenda including
publication, research, and seeking grants as appropriate. This full-time,
12-month, tenure-track faculty position reports to the Research &
Instruction Manager.

*Key Cultural Competencies*

   - Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates
   - Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the
   context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and
   cultural backgrounds.
   - Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in
   diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change
   for continual improvement.
   - Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited
   Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.


   - Supports the instructional and research needs of assigned units.
   Collaborates with these units in assessing information needs and the
   availability of information resources; cultivates bridges for service and
   teaching; works with teaching faculty to develop discipline-appropriate
   instruction; and provides research consultations for faculty and students.
   Includes working some evening and weekend hours.
   - Participates in the Library's information literacy and general
   instruction program, face-to-face and online. Shares in the development and
   delivery of course-related instruction in the general education program.
   - Develops physical and online learning objects and research guides.

   - Provides reference and information services for the University’s
   students and faculty as well as members of the community.
   - Coordinates contracts for library information resources; applies
   knowledge of copyright issues, licensing, and contracting in academic
   libraries while negotiating with library vendors regarding the procurement,
   use, and management of resources.

   - Collaborates with the Library Fiscal Analyst in managing the library
   materials budget; collects, manages, analyzes and communicates numerical
   and budget information accurately and clearly.
   - Coordinate workflow within the acquisitions functions and their
   relationship to other Library units; support collaboration and innovation
   among relevant library units.
   - Participates in continual library planning and assessment activities,
   including the collection of relevant data on inputs, outputs, and outcomes.
   - Maintains awareness of scholarly communication and copyright issues in
   general and within assigned disciplines and contributes to advocacy
   efforts. Keeps colleagues informed of current issues and developments in
   liaison areas.

   - Occasionally directs the work of part-time student employees or

*Research/Scholarly Activities*

   - Pursues an active publication and research agenda.
   - Meets expectations for faculty scholarship in accordance with the
   Library and University’s promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review

*University Service Activities*

   - Supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the Library and the
   - Establishes short and long-range goals, objectives, and priorities;
   aligned with those of the Library and the University.
   - Contributes to the work of relevant Library and University committees
   and workgroups.
   - Supports Library and University development efforts.

*Professional Service Activities*

   - Contributes to the work of professional associations: local, regional,
   national, or international.
   - Maintains current professional expertise through participation in
   workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through
   continued awareness of the scholarly literature.

*Other Responsibilities*

   - Engages in community endeavors that may benefit from one’s
   professional expertise, and be a good ambassador for the University.
   - Contributes to a positive and collaborative environment based on
   mutual respect, service, open communication, and cooperation.
   - Maintains effective and productive communications with colleagues,
   administrators, and community users and organizations.
   - Other duties as assigned.

*Minimum Requirements *

   - ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
   - Two years experience years of full-time, post-MLS experience as a
   - Experience in at least two of these areas: serving as a liaison to
   academic departments; teaching or training; delivering reference services;
   and collection development.
   - Experience in library acquisitions.
   - Ability to successfully complete a background check and provide

*Preferred Requirements*

   - Ability to collect, manage, analyze and communicate numerical
   information accurately and clearly.
   - Experience negotiating with library vendors.
   - Knowledge of copyright issues regarding purchased resources and the
   ability to communicate effectively about copyright issues concerning the
   purchasing and acquisitions of materials for an academic environment.
   - Enthusiasm for teaching and experience integrating information
   literacy concepts into teaching.
   - Flexibility and the ability to work positively in a fast-paced,
   changing environment while collaborating with diverse colleagues, faculty,
   students, and the community.
   - Demonstrated commitment to practices facilitating diversity and
   - Evidence of professional service and scholarship.
   - Effective communications and collaboration skills.
   - Knowledge of one or more non-English languages.


The salary is $70,236 with an excellent benefits package.

*To Apply*

To apply, please create an account and apply through the Portland State
University career portal:


Review of applicants will begin approximately August 25, 2017, and will
remain open until finalists are identified.

For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a
disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for
a position with Portland State University, please call 503-725-4926 or
email askhrc at pdx.edu

Please email search coordinator Stephanie Doig with any questions regarding
this job posting.

*Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and
candidates who support diversity.*
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