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Coordinator of Collection Services - Liberty University - Lynchburg, VA


JOB SUMMARY

Join our team of professional librarians at Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Library! We have a full-time, faculty position available as Coordinator of Collection Services. New graduates are welcome to apply for our open staff positions.
Our beautiful campus sprawls over 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, VA, near the famous Blue Ridge Mountains and James River, which offer miles of scenic trails and beautiful parks for outdoor enthusiasts. In downtown Lynchburg, walking tours highlight iconic landmarks and monuments that reveal Central Virginia’s rich history. A vibrant arts community and diverse collection of restaurants and markets complement the culture of the historic city.
The 170,000 square-foot library opened in 2014 with the latest technological advances, including a two-story robotic book retrieval system and a fully equipped technology commons. Featuring Jeffersonian-style architecture, the building was recognized with Library Journal’s Landmark Libraries 2016 Honorable Mention Award for innovative design and spaces. It offers views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a small lake, and the academic lawn. A main focal point in the Esbenshade Atrium is a media wall that is 22 feet wide by 12.5 feet high. It features news and weather as well as university social media and events. Casual seating areas, reading rooms, a spacious café, multiple balconies, and three levels of quiet add to the relaxed, scholarly atmosphere. Our popular group study rooms with writable walls provide opportunities for students to collaborate while the Active Learning Classroom and telepresence technologies support interactive and virtual learning.
The library supports over 15,000 residential students, more than 2,700 faculty, and a thriving online learning community. Liberty was founded in 1971 by Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. with a vision of training Champions for Christ. As an R3 doctoral university with over 700 unique programs of study on the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, you have an exciting opportunity to join us in creating a culture of student research and success by helping to ensure ease of discovery and access of our more than 1.6 million electronic and physical resources. In this position, you must be able to work with and provide customer service to diverse populations in compliance with our Non-discrimination Statement (http://www.liberty.edu/financeadmin/financialaid/index.cfm?PID=30442). You must also embrace the library’s core values of faith, service, wisdom, integrity, and community.

The principal role of the Coordinator of Collection Services is to help guide the diverse and complex processes performed by Collection Management, which seeks to provide an array of information resources and resource types based on the curricular needs of Liberty University. In collaboration with the direction of the Head of Collection Management, this position oversees the implementation of collection management projects and goals. The Coordinator of Collection Services also assists with coverage of the reference desk at the Customer Service Center and has liaison duties to one or more departments at Liberty University.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Functions as the department team-lead on routine operations pertaining to physical and electronic collections.
  • Assists in coordination of recurring, annual departmental targets pertaining to information resource performance assessment and renewal, contract reviews, and other critical deadlines.
  • Guides collection analysis and benchmarking for the department to assist with curricular growth and accreditation requirements.
  • Covers the reference desk at the Customer Service Center as assigned by the Coordinator of Research and Instruction.
  • Performs liaison duties to one or more academic departments as assigned, which include bibliographic instruction sessions as requested, development and maintenance of online research guides, and handling of research questions by email or phone.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work in and with diverse populations, supporting an equitable and inclusive environment.
  • Remains abreast of existing and emerging technologies, processes, products, services and leading industry performance benchmarks.
  • Works effectively as a team member, embracing and fostering LU’s mission.

 

EDUCATIONAL/EXPERIENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent
  • Commitment to Christian higher education and endorsement of Liberty University’s doctrinal statement
  • Familiarity with academic library collection management functions
  • Experience managing staff or teams
  • Ability and willingness to work with colleagues in collaborative and team environments, as well as independently
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

 

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