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Job Req ID:  4696

Acquisitions Technician

Classified title: Library Specialist

Role/Level/Range: ATO/2/OE

Starting Salary Range:  $16.91 - $23.25/hour

Employee group: Full Time

Employee subgroup: Salaried, Non-exempt

Location: Baltimore, MD

Schedule: Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 5pm

Personnel area: Sheridan Libraries

Department name: Technical Services



General summary/purpose


The Acquisitions Technician position acquires monographic titles in print, microform, and non-book formats, such as electronic books and DVDs, as requested for the Johns Hopkins University academic community. The position also evaluates, edits, and loads bibliographic records in batch using a variety of software and automation tools.



Specific Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Orders monographic titles in a variety of  formats from publishers, book jobbers, auction houses, and private book sellers
  • Establishes purchase orders in the Libraries’ Integrated Library System’s (Horizon) Acquisitions module including adding special handling instructions to orders as appropriate
  • Establishes standing orders for monographic series with organizations, publishers, or other vendors
  • Investigates out-of-print suppliers for titles no longer published and when possible obtains out-of-print titles from these suppliers
  • Investigates publisher/vendor purchasing options to ensure that the library obtains the best price for purchases balanced with timely delivery of materials
  • Evaluates vendor bibliographic records and utilizes software to batch edit vendor files in order to create online purchase order records as well as to update the bibliographic description to conform to local bibliographic control practices prior to their load into the catalog
  • Collaborates with the Library Applications Group Library Specialist, and Head of Technical Services to develop customized imports of various vendors, OCLC bibliographic catalog records, as well as authority records
  • Monitors routine batch load reports generated by online catalog software and identifies record load problems and makes recommendations for their solution
  • Evaluates bibliographic data to ensure accurate description of the purchased titles
  • Merges duplicate online catalog records incorporating appropriate data from bibliographic, holdings, and item records to be reflected on remaining record
  • Maintains the bibliographic integrity of the Horizon online catalog by identifying problems and updating records
  • Undertakes special projects as assigned



Minimum Qualifications (mandatory)


High School diploma/GED required. Bachelor's degree preferred. Three years of related experience required. One or more years of library experience preferred. Additional education may substitute for required experience.


JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. 



Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience designing or implementing data automation solutions
  • familiarity with at least one Western or non-Western European language
  • MARCEdit experience
  • copy cataloging experience, LC Classification experience



Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Exceptional analytical ability
  • demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • ability to think logically, work accurately, and concentrate on detail
  • tolerance and flexibility
  • ability to work productively and effectively in a demanding and time sensitive environment
  • ability to communicate and work collaboratively with vendors and library colleagues responding to questions and problems promptly and professionally  
  • ability to work independently as well as part of a team



Additional Information:


The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new staff and promoting existing staff. The Libraries and Museums prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit information on Evergreen Museum and Library and Homewood Museum, visit

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