DIR/ACQUISITIONS & METADATA SERVICES

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 69180
Type of Recruitment External
Position Title DIR/ACQUISITIONS & METADATA SERVICES
Position Summary

The Director of Acquisitions and Metadata Services leads and manages all operations of the Acquisitions and Metadata Services (AMS) Department and supervises two librarians. This 12-month position is responsible for all AMS operations including the selection, monitoring, and evaluation of library resource and metadata vendors; oversight, analysis, and evaluation of effective and efficient acquisitions; electronic resource management; and monitoring the quality of metadata in library resource records to ensure discoverability. Provides innovative leadership within the context of evolving academic libraries and the dynamic scholarly information marketplace.

Required Qualifications


ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science.
Five years professional librarian experience.
Three years successful supervisory experience.
Two years’ recent experience using an integrated library system to perform tasks related to this position.
Experience performing or managing at least one of the following functions: library acquisitions, library vendor selection and evaluation, bibliographic record creation and maintenance, licensing e- resources, or data analysis and budget management related to acquisitions processes.
Knowledge of cataloging and metadata standards such as MARC21 and RDA.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications


Additional graduate degree.
Professional experience in an academic library setting.
Experience developing and implementing innovative technical services.
Project management experience.
Lean process management experience.
Experience using Ex Libris’ Alma library services platform.

Duties & Responsibilities


Leads and oversees the Acquisitions and Metadata Services (AMS) Department.
Supervises two FTE: the Cataloger and the Acquisitions and Metadata Services Manager/Librarian.
Oversees and evaluates the planning, implementation, development, and evaluation of AMS policies and procedures.
Serves as the chief liaison with the Libraries’ resource suppliers, subscription agents, and metadata suppliers.
Maintains up-to-date information on library vendors and routinely evaluates their services and products.
Works with CMU Contracting and Purchasing Services in the selection, negotiation, and contracting of vendor services, as well as licensing of online resources.
Maintains confidentiality of contract information and university records.
Ensures that the metadata in the library services platform is correct and consistent with CMU Libraries’ and consortia policies.
Oversees in-house cataloging and metadata activities.
Works with all library departments to ensure efficient operation and development of the library services platform and lean workflows.
Ensures the consistency and accuracy of the fund accounting system for the acquisition of library materials and budget monitoring.
Analyzes AMS data for decision-making and administrative reports. Oversees data gathering activities within the department.
Participates in the recruiting, hiring, training, and development, and evaluation of AMS personnel.
Maintains current knowledge of academic library and scholarly information trends as well as innovations and evolving practices in relevant areas.
Develops, implements, and assesses innovative practices.
Works closely with the Director of Collection Development and the subject librarians to acquire and make available, in a timely manner, the most appropriate library collections for the CMU community.
Serves as a member of the Libraries’ Deans Advisory Council.
Participates on library and university committees and is active in professional organizations or associations.
Represents CMU Libraries on relevant statewide committees.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised

Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU’s culture of excellence.

Message to Applicants

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. Please review the http://www.cmich.edu/office_president/Documents/leadershipstandards_poster.pdf Leadership Standards before applying for this position.

Position will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by February 14, 2018. The University reserves the right to close the recruitment process once a sufficient applicant pool has been identified.

Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level<br><br><a href=
Pay Range $65,000 - $85,000
Division Academic Affairs
Department Libraries - Acquisitions & Metadata
Position Status Regular
Position End Date
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.; evenings and weekends as required
At Will? Yes
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department
About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.

CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.

Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.

The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.

Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.

Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

EEO Statement

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity/gender expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see http://www.cmich.edu/ocrie.)

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Posting Begins 01/14/2018
Posting Ends
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this vacancy? Please indicate the specific source by title (i.e., CMU website, HigherEdJobs.com, Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, The Chronicle, specific professional association, specific list serv, etc.):

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the <a href="https://www.cmich.edu/fas/hr/Documents/internal-candidate.pdf#search=definition%20of%20internal">university's definition</a>?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
    • Not Applicable
    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
    • Public Broadcasting
    • Police
    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Do you have a master's degree in Library Science or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have at least five years professional librarian experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have at least two years’ experience using an integrated library system?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. Do you have a minimum of three years of supervisory experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. List of References