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Associate University Librarian for Collections, Discovery, and Budget

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, joining the Association of Research Libraries in 2018 as the first new U.S. member of ARL in over 15 years, invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate University Librarian for Collections, Discovery, and Budget. Reporting to the University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian will direct the investment of the VCU Libraries’ $12 million+ budget for collections; oversee all units charged with acquisition, cataloging and resource description, and preservation of collections; and will provide oversight for the library system’s $21 million+ overall budget. As part of the VCU Libraries senior administrative team, the AUL will play a key role in overall leadership and management of VCU’s library system at a time of exciting change and growth for VCU and the VCU Libraries. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive digital and print collections and nationally prominent collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of the health sciences, and comic and book arts.


Reporting to the University Librarian as part of the VCU Libraries’ senior administrative team, the Associate University Librarian for Collections, Discovery, and Budget advances and develops the library system’s work in acquiring, processing, and accessioning library collections, and oversees the general financial operations of the VCU Libraries. Provides strategic vision and overall management for developing and extending library collections, and pursues exemplary, data- and assessment-informed stewardship of library collections funds, which exceeds $12 million annually. Directs staff responsible for licensing and purchasing materials for the collections, cataloging and metadata for discovery of collections, preservation of print and tangible materials in the collections, and stacks management, including operational oversight for the VCU Libraries’ off-site collection storage facilities. The AUL also provides strategic oversight for overall budget management and planning for the VCU Libraries, focused on budget modeling, budget projections, and communicating budget status and needs to inform planning and asset allocation within the library system.

The AUL directly manages the departments of Collections Analysis and Investment, Metadata and Discovery, Licensing and Acquisitions, Budget and Assessment (including the VCU Libraries chief financial officer), and preservation operations managed by the Preservation Officer. The AUL will work with colleagues to develop an overall collections-building strategy that extends current initiatives focused on building specific collections of distinction while also meeting the needs of diverse communities of scholars, students, and others that comprise a large research university. The unique design of this position offers special opportunities and synergies by bringing together management of the VCU Libraries’ collections budget, comprising the largest allocation of the library system’s financial assets, with oversight of its other financial operations and obligations.

Serving as a resource for the library system, the university, and the state of Virginia, the AUL will develop partnerships and collaborations that advance efficiencies, strengthen the impact of collections investments, and open new avenues to building collections and helping scholars explore the scholarly record held by or provided access by VCU Libraries. In partnership with five colleagues comprising the senior leadership team, the AUL embraces a prominent role in overall strategic planning, governance, leadership, management, budgeting, and development for the entire VCU Libraries system. The AUL will foster and stimulate innovation and creativity among staff, advancing the state of practice for collections and discovery nationally. The AUL is expected to be active professionally and to represent the VCU Libraries through participation in local, regional, and national cooperative, outreach, and professional activities. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.


Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or an accredited graduate degree in an appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: At least seven years of increasingly responsible administrative experience related to collections and discovery in an academic research library system. Experience in budget projections and modeling for managing acquisitions budgets or as part of other responsibilities. Excellent skills in strategic planning and visioning, budgeting, project management, and people management. Exemplary interpersonal skills and communications skills; stellar record in leading staff and institutions towards innovative solutions and enhancements that advance the overall goals of the library and its parent institution.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research, enrolling over 31,000 students across its campuses. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 41 doctoral, 72 masters, 3 professional, and 62 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-two of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 20 programs ranking in the top 50; sculpture and nurse anesthesia are ranked number one. Over 3,200 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $270 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. As part of that plan, construction has been completed on a new library facility at James Branch Cabell Library on the university’s Monroe Park Campus.

The VCU Libraries is the newest member of the Association of Research Libraries, and the first new U.S. member in over 15 years. Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University, including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus, employ over 66 professionals and 83 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $21 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and was one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, ArchivesSpace, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see VCU Human Resources' benefits guide.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page. The position will be available March 1, 2018. Review of applications will begin January 22, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Apply via VCUJobs. Complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
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