Director of Collection Development and Acquisition Services

Position Announcement

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a dynamic and collaborative professional to join the Libraries as the Director of Collection Development and Acquisitions Services. The person in this leadership position must be a self-starter who will set the strategic direction for the unit. He or she will have proven assessment and negotiation skills, will have successfully led a functional area and demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with other units. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries through the Associate Dean for Information Resources, the Director of Collection Development and Acquisitions Services will manage the library materials budget, direct the activities for one-time purchases and copy cataloging workflow and coordinate collection development policies and collection analysis. This is a tenure-track academic appointment carrying full faculty status and responsibilities including research, publication, and service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure and promotion.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in development, testing, and implementation of FOLIO, a new open-source library services platform
  • In cooperation with the other Information Resources directors, support the strategic direction for the division, the Libraries, and the University
  • Provide direct leadership and administrative oversight for 3 librarians and 13 support staff
  • Manage the $16+ million materials budget for the TAMU Libraries, using sound financial accounting practices and detailed financial analysis and reporting
  • Oversee the workflow for collection development and the acquisition and copy cataloging of one-time purchases
  • Manage relationships, negotiations and contracts with vendors for approval plans, DDA, and other one-time purchases
  • Exercise leadership in the examination and creation of policies that govern library collections
  • Works closely with the Director of Electronic Resources in the acquisition and management of recurring content
Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent
  • At least 3 years of professional librarian (post-MLS) experience managing complex, acquisitions operations in multiple formats, particularly of one-time purchases
  • Demonstrated evidence of increasingly responsible leadership activities
  • Demonstrated ability, through examples, to successfully lead change
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other library units
  • Demonstrated experience with material budget management
  • Demonstrated experience with collection development
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience that involved the evaluation of staff and/or librarians
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience managing statistical data and generating reports
  • Experience or working knowledge of rights management, copyright, and licensing trends
  • Experience working with vendors of library materials in print and non-print formats
  • Knowledge of cataloging practices
  • Experience with project management
  • Established record of publications and service



The University:
Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 55,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty. Based on Vision 2020, the institution’s goal is to become a premier, tier-one research university and to be ranked among the top 10 public universities nationwide by 2020.

The Libraries: 

In an effort to provide relevant customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture representing flexibility, innovation and risk-taking.  In addition, the Libraries recognize the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and our nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.

The Libraries currently rank 8th in materials expenditures ($23.6 million) and 4th in ongoing expenditures ($16.6 million) among all ARL libraries. Additionally, the Libraries typically rank near the top 10 for starting librarian salaries among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries. Currently the staffing includes 268 individuals which includes 90 librarians holding faculty status.

The Community:

Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station, a friendly community where the ubiquitous “howdy” greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.


Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $54,000 Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax. Funding is available for professional travel and development activities.


Applications received by June 30, 2017 will be given first consideration. The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Please submit application letter, vita, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission. Send nominations and applications via email to or mailed to Pixey Mosley, Associate Dean for Administrative & Faculty Services, Texas A&M University Libraries, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-5000.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, TAMU Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.

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