Head of Collections Services

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Simpson Library constitutes the knowledge center of the university — a physical and virtual manifestation of the institution’s mission of connected, integrated, and engaged teaching, learning, research, and service. Simpson Library is committed to supporting the University’s mission of creating an environment where students, faculty, and staff share in the creation and exploration of knowledge in the development of their academic and professional interests and in practicing the habits of mind necessary for life-long learning.


In collaboration with the librarians and the faculty, the Head of Collections manages the development of the library’s collections and policies in support of the University’s curriculum and user needs.

Leads the Collection Services Department and oversees collection development, acquisitions, vendor negotiations, and e-resource management. Supervise two full-time staff – E-Resources Librarian and Government Documents Specialist.

Negotiates and monitors license agreements of new and renewing purchases.

Coordinates selection of library materials in all formats using various acquisition methods, such as one-time purchases, annual and multi-year subscriptions, approval plans, standing orders, patron-driven acquisitions (PDA/DDA), and evidence-based acquisitions (EBA).

Meets with vendors to review accounts and learn about product updates and new offers. Collects, analyzes, and reports annual cost and usage data for electronic resources.

Engages in ongoing collection assessment using various tools and methods. Chairs the assessment committee and leads library-wide assessment activities to inform strategic planning and decision-making.

In addition to these responsibilities, this position serves on the reference desk one Sunday each semester and serves on library and campus committees.

This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that includes some remote work consistent with UMW’s telework policy – https://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/handbooks-forms-policies/policies-and-procedures/telework-policy/

See the full position description and apply at: https://careers.umw.edu/postings/13531


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