University of Florida George A. Smathers

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The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries seek an experienced collaborator, knowledgeable about print management and retention procedures, to serve in a new position as the Head, Shared Collections. This is a year-round (12-month) tenure track faculty position, in the Shared Collections department, which includes the Auxiliary Libraries Facility (ALF), the Interim Library Facility (ILF), Serials Cataloging, and the Government Documents Cataloging Unit.

The Head, Shared Collections provides leadership for the University of Florida’s statewide, regional, and national shared print collections, which includes the Florida Academic Repository (FLARE), a statewide shared storage initiative; manages other programs such as the Journal Retention and Needs Listing (JRNL); and participates in regional and national conversations such as the those of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Scholars Trust and the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, both of which represent exciting opportunities to help shape these conversations. The Head, Shared Collections analyzes data related to print retention decisions; provides leadership to guide groups in complex technical and cross-institutional issues; and helps build consensus among multiple constituencies. In addition to managing the FLARE collection, this position is responsible for providing leadership for storage materials that are not part of the shared collection (UF Only), for Serials Cataloging,   and for Government Documents Cataloging. The Shared Collections Department consists of 19 FTE, including 4 direct reports. ALF is one of two storage facilities which the Smathers Libraries operate and is the site for a proposed high-density facility. Both the Government Documents Cataloging Unit and the ALF Storage staff reside in that building. The “UF Only” storage collections are also located in this building. Staff in ALF process monographs into FLARE, process inter-library loan (ILL) requests, and deliver local materials to and from the UF campus. The Government Documents Cataloging unit is responsible for cataloging and receiving federal government documents, as well as assisting in correcting catalog records for the FLARE collection. Additionally, patron requests for federal government documents are handled in this unit. The Serials Cataloging unit consists of two FTE who are responsible for correcting serials cataloging records for both the Smathers Libraries and for FLARE. The Head, Shared Collections, will contribute to local policy and procedure decisions, develop and assess workflows, and seek creative approaches for managing shared storage and the Government Documents Cataloging unit.

The Smathers Libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently, the Head, Shared Collections, will serve on department and library-wide committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the position will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities and decision making. The Head, Shared Collections, will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

The search will remain open until December 11, 2017, and applications will be reviewed as received. For a full description of the position and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the George A. Smathers Libraries faculty recruitment webpage at http://library.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

Address inquiries to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

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