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Collection Development Librarian: UA-Fort Smith, Fort Smith, AR

7 Dec 2021 9:28 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

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Workstudy Position:


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Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.


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Summary of Job Duties:

The Collection Development Librarian assists the Director of Library Services with the development and management of the library’s collection and plays a critical role in the mission and work of the library to support and advance teaching, learning, and scholarship. This is a library faculty position, and as such, research, publication, and service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library or information sciences from an ALA-accredited institution
  • One years’ experience in collection development

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • One or more years experience with collection development in an academic library setting
  • Experience with electronic resources lifecycle
  • Experience working with statistical analysis and data visualization

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and with a diverse community of users
  • Strong commitment to service excellence
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of library collections in support of the undergraduate curriculum and faculty research
  • Demonstrated progressively responsible participation in the selection, analysis, and management of information resources
  • Experience providing research assistance with resources in both print and electronic formats
  • Experience providing library instruction
  • Experience with LibGuides software or other web development tools
  • Experience working with learning management systems, such as Blackboard
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work successfully in a complex, dynamic environment with competing demands

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the oversight, stewardship, and promotion of the library’s collections
  • Develops and oversees collection development strategies
  • Implements innovative models and approaches to collection content that effectively steward the library’s investment in collections
  • Participates in developing methodologies that promote best practices in making informed collection development and management decisions and conducts regular content use reviews
  • Gathers, analyzes, and presents collections-related data from the library’s integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.), as well as other vendor platforms to be used in decision making regarding additions, renewals, and cancellations
  • Consults with liaison librarians on collection development decisions;
  • Provides assessment and analysis support to liaison librarians including data metrics
  • Participates actively in strategic planning and priority-setting in the library and serve as a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Salary Information:

Mid $40,000

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Additional Information:

Working Relationships: This position reports directly to the Director of Library Services; Works with students on a daily basis; Works closely with library faculty and staff; Works with university faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as student groups and organizations.

List Employees Supervised: Interlibrary Loan Library Technician

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office setting; Hours as part of a regular weekend rotation are expected; Works with standard office equipment; Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Recruitment Contact Information:

HR 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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