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Job Req ID:  15736

Resource Acquisitions Manager


General Summary/Purpose:

The Resource Acquisitions Manager oversees the business activity of the Acquisitions and E-Resources unit within Technical Services, including the strategies and processes of acquiring content. In collaboration with the Head of Technical Services and the Associate Director, Collections and Academic Services, this role helps develop the vision and strategic goals for the acquisitions team by analyzing the operations, outlining problems, opportunities and solutions. This role also works closely with the other JHU libraries in particular the Welch Medical Library’s acquisitions staff to coordinate electronic resources licensing and access management across the Johns Hopkins University Libraries. This individual is deeply aware of the scholarly communications ecosystem and how that influences and impacts the acquisition of content. The role conducts ongoing evaluation of the services provided by content supplier and engages with them to better address the needs of the JHU scholarly community. This forward thinking position aligns acquisitions business strategies with collection needs. The position develops innovative approaches and designs workflows to ensure that the Acquisitions team of 6 six FTE obtain resources in a timely, fiscally responsible, and effective manner ensuring compliance with JHU’s licensing and financial principles and practices.


The Johns Hopkins University Libraries spend over $19 million for collections annually. This position must work collaboratively and closely with a number of departments and divisions across Johns Hopkins including University-wide Library Technical Services, the Library’s Financial Unit, the Associate Director for Collections and Academic Services, the Libraries Shared Services and Applications, University Purchasing, University legal counsel, subject liaisons, and others to acquire materials from various publishing markets domestically and internationally.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Oversees, analyzes, and recommends changes to existing processes and workflows to optimize the efficiency and organization of business activities.
  • Establishes effective business relationships with vendors; evaluates and analyzes their services and pricing, and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Collaborates with Associate Director for Collections and Academic Services and University Purchasing to analyze the impact of publisher and vendor business models and those impacts on library acquisitions.
  • Leads collaboration in developing acquisitions policies, procedures, principles, and workflows.
  • Embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion as core values that inform business practices and lead to excellence.
  • Hires, coaches, and evaluates a diverse staff; ensures alignment of individual and team goals with the Libraries’ priorities and goals; works with staff to build the understanding of evolving acquisitions practices, trends, and standards.
  • Develops collaborative approaches and best practices across the University Libraries to provide efficient and cost-effective acquisitions services.
  • Works closely with University Shared Services and Applications group (IT), researches and analyzes operational aspects of vendor products and services.
  • Ensures legal and financial compliance with University systems.
  • Participates proactively on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams.



  • Understands and can analyze problems and works with customers, internal and external, to find solutions.
  • Ability to read, analyze and critique contracts and licenses.
  • Employs creative thinking and solicits a diverse array of perspectives.
  • Uses data to make decisions and is able to communicate decisions and rationales to key stakeholders.
  • Actively listens to customers to better understand problems and to propose more apt solutions.
  • Seeks to better understand the environment in which the business operates and employs contextual thinking to problem solving.
  • Focuses on improving communications strategies.
  • Understands the importance of teamwork and actively engages members of the team by developing relationships and growing others’ understanding of the common goal.
  • Understands issues surrounding copyright and fair use so licensing ensures library-friendly terms and conditions.
  • Understands the records management skills needed for actively coordinating and managing the often complicated records needed to track resources.
  • Understands how content should be organized and described so that it will be most useful to the community.
  • Understands and uses methods of assessing and evaluating the specifications, efficacy, and cost efficiency of technology-based products and services.
  • Identifies the principles and techniques necessary to identify and analyze emerging technologies and innovations in order to recognize and implement relevant technological improvements.
  • Tolerates complexity and ambiguity, has the ability to recognize patterns and exceptions to the pattern. Is flexible and open-minded. Breaks down problems into fundamental parts and identifies the root cause and possible solutions.
  • Modifies approaches to achieve results in changing situations; empowers and inspires others to find solutions in a timely manner
  • Takes ownership and holds oneself accountable.


Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

  • MLS or advanced degree in management, business, library science or other related field required.
  • Three years of related experience required. Minimum of 2 years as a team lead or supervisor in business analysis strongly preferred.
  • Experience evaluating complex workflows and developing innovative strategies.
  • Ability to balance priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong commitment to enhancing service through teamwork and using technology to advance goals.
  • Experience negotiating complex contracts.
  • Experience writing and managing RFP’s.
  • Knowledge of copyright and Intellectual Property issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Flexibility and initiative in carrying out assignments in a changing, production-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated successful project management experience.
  • Commitment to staff development, mentoring, training as well as cross-departmental collaboration and communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Commitment to professional growth and development with a record of professional activity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially within a diverse environment.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with Sirsi/Dynix Horizon environment.
  • Experience with Serials Solutions ERM.
  • Experience conducting assessment.
  • Experience working successfully in a complex, multi-library organizational structure.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Understanding of link resolver software, metasearch software, data collection software, discovery services, ERMs, and administrative functions of proprietary databases.
  • Understanding of standards and protocols such as Open URL/z39.50, central authentication services (Shibboleth), electronic data interchange (EDI), Open Archives Initiative – Protocols for Metadata Harvesting (OAI – PMH).
  • Knowledge of current cataloging standards.
  • Working knowledge of at least one Western European or non-Western European language.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of emerging linked data trends and potential impacts on the way data will be communicated throughout the information supply chain.


Classified Title: Librarian III 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $58,695 to $80,628 annually
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon- Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10000074-Technical Services 
Personnel area: Libraries


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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