University of Alberta

Collection Strategies Librarian

LIB Collection Strategies Unit

Competition No.  -    A101734476
Closing Date  -    Jan 05, 2018

The University of Alberta Libraries, with a long tradition of service excellence to the University and its communities, seeks a dynamic professional to join the Collection Strategies Unit.  Bringing strength in broad knowledge of collections issues, the successful candidate will work within an integrated, responsive team, responsible for the strategic development, management, and evaluation of the University of Alberta Libraries’ electronic and print collections across all subject areas. The successful candidate will contribute to policy development, ongoing management of subscription and monograph acquisitions, negotiation with vendors, licensing, and a variety of collections related projects that will involve working with liaison librarians. The Collection Strategies Librarian understands the evolving nature of scholarly communications, and is responsive to the emerging needs of faculty and students. They will assess and evaluate the Libraries’ collections using quantitative and qualitative data to help guide decisions and reach a broad understanding of collection needs and use within the University of Alberta.

The University of Alberta Libraries is committed to supporting the university’s academic mission by continuing to develop and maintain a world class library system that is open, sustainable and responsive to the many communities it serves. A member of the Association of Research Libraries and other international organizations, it is also a leading partner in local library networks including NEOS, a provincial consortium consisting of 17 government, hospital, college and university libraries. It has a recognized expertise in large scale digital initiatives and many outstanding collections of print, archival and electronic resources.  For more information, visit our web-site at 

The Collection Strategies Unit (CSU) is responsible for current acquisition and management of the Libraries’ collections across all subject areas. Key goals of the CSU are to help identify and implement strategies that effectively support collection development that is relevant to the teaching and research needs of the University of Alberta community; to build a single collection of information resources that are discoverable and accessible in a timely manner; and, to build a collection that is based on the analysis of a variety of forms of evidence that allow the University of Alberta Libraries to better respond to user-driven needs.

Qualifications include:

  • A Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent
  • Previous experience doing collection management in an academic library setting
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative approaches to the assessment of collections

Applicants must also possess a strong service orientation, excellent communication skills, superior information management skills, and a commitment to cooperative and innovative solutions. Candidates will demonstrate evidence of the ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment, and the ability to be flexible to changing circumstances. Candidates will possess a high level of competence with electronic information sources and new technologies, demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, organizational and analytical skills, leadership qualities, and evidence of ongoing professional development and involvement. Successful candidates will also be interested in and seek opportunities for conducting research and contributing to the profession. 

This is a tenure-track position at the Librarian I level with a current salary range of $62,231 - $124,387. Librarians at the University of Alberta have academic status and participate in a generous benefits program. When applying, please include your curriculum vitae and the names of three references. Closing date for the position is December 22, 2017. 

For further information, please contact Olenka Li at

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.