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[C14-075] - Acquisition Librarian

Position Information



Contact Person:
Theresa Mastrogiovanni
Phone: (860) 832-2097

Job Description

Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library seeks a knowledgeable, creative, and service-oriented library faculty colleague for the position of Acquisitions Librarian. Applicants should be eager to apply excellent technical and interpersonal skills to manage acquisitions operations within the Acquisitions/Serials Department. The successful candidate will coordinate the daily operations related to ordering, receiving, and processing of all library materials regardless of format. This librarian will be responsible for monitoring and expending the Library's approximately $1.7 million materials budget. Candidates are expected to be committed to multiculturalism and working with a diverse student body.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinating acquisitions specific functions of a highly motivated unit responsible for the acquisitions of library materials, regardless of format, including firm orders, standing orders, and subscriptions.
  • Serving as the functional expert within the Library related to all aspects of the acquisitions processes and procedures.
  • Evaluating and selecting vendors for all print and media resources and working with the Serials/E-Resources Librarian to evaluate and select serials and electronic resources vendors.
  • Acting as the technical expert in the use of Innovative’s Millennium Acquisitions module, collaborating with Library Systems personnel to evaluate and implement software applications in support of acquisitions operations as needed.
  • Providing materials budget estimates, establishing fund allocations, monitoring expenditures, and fiscal closing, using the Innopac/Millennium system and reconciling all internal accounting records with expenditures posted by the Business Services division in the University’s Banner accounting system.
  • Serving as an integral member of the Library Director’s budget team and providing all acquisitions statistics requested by the director.
  • Reviewing all library materials invoices and submitting those approved to support staff for entry into the library’s internal accounting system. Contacting vendors regarding all library materials invoices requiring adjustment or correction.
  • Supervising support staff in the absence of the Serials Librarian.
  • Acting as primary liaison with University Accounts Payable, Purchasing, and Accounting Departments.
  • Acting as co-chair of the Library’s Collection Development team with emphasis on print and media resources. Coordinating all collection reviews according to the library’s collection development policy including weeding activities associated with print and media collections.
  • Collaborating with students, faculty, and staff to ensure that library resources being purchased meet the evolving needs of the University community and are in line with the Library’s strategic plan.
  • Serving as a subject liaison to one or more academic departments for the purposes of collection development.
  • Maintaining all acquisitions data, statistics, reports, policies, and procedures.
  • As a library faculty member will successfully fulfill all requirements necessary to obtain tenure.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library science program;
  • Experience with integrated library systems, especially related to acquisition functions;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of library acquisitions, business practices, fund accounting and library budgeting in an academic environment or a similar complex library setting;
  • Experience working with vendors, content providers, and library cooperative purchasing consortia;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; and,
  • Experience working effectively with a highly diverse group of faculty, students, colleagues and the general public.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience supervising full-time employees and/or student assistants;
  • Experience with Innovative Interfaces Millennium;
  • Familiarity with MARC records and general cataloging principles and procedures; and,
  • Familiarity with trends related to acquisition of digital content, including Patron Driven Acquisitions.

The Community: CCSU is located in New Britain, a city of some 70,000, within a 10-minute drive to the state capital in Hartford. New Britain is home to the nationally recognized New Britain Museum of American Arts and offers a range of cultural opportunities, including the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Rock Cats (Double A professional baseball), two theatres, and an extensive park system. The University is approximately two hours (by car) from both Boston and New York City.

Application & Appointment: For full consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2014. Salary and rank are commensurate with education and experience. To begin the application process, click on the Apply Now button and submit the following:

  • Letter of interest addressing the qualifications for the position; and,
  • Current curriculum vitae, including the names of three current professional references with mail and email addresses, and phone numbers.

No emailed or hard copies will be accepted. Please redact any personally identifiable information (e.g., Social Security Number) on any documents submitted.

For more information, contact Theresa Mastrogiovanni at (860) 832-2097 or



CCSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Members of all underrepresented groups, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are invited and encouraged to apply.