Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 320100 - General Library
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

The University Libraries provide their communities of users an ongoing, creative and technologically advanced program.

Area of Specialization:

Acquisitions Librarian

Anticipated Appointment Date:

June 16, 2019

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establishes staff and unit goals for one-time acquisitions;
  • Supervises acquisitions unit, including the supervision and training of three staff members and student workers in ordering, receiving and invoicing one-time purchase materials;
  • Manages and provides reports for annual departmental monographic allocations; instructs library liaisons in the use of Gobi, the library’s book order system;
  • Reconciles various acquisitions spreadsheets to ensure expenditures are correctly charged to university accounts;
  • Works collaboratively with other librarians to create solutions to workflow problems;
  • Assists Coordinator of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions in collection development activities;
  • Serves as vendor contact for one-time purchase vendors;
  • Meets library and university requirements for promotion and tenure in the areas of librarianship, research, service and collegiality

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program;
  • 1-3 years of relevant library experience, including at least one (1) year of experience with the management and access of monograph resources in print and electronic formats;
  • Supervisory and management experience;

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic Library experience, supervisory experience;
  • Additional graduate degree;
  • Experience with the acquisition modules of the SirsiDynix Workflows integrated library systems;
  • Knowledge of cataloging (print and electronic) and MARC formats;
  • Experience with spreadsheets and databases, preferably MS Excel

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current trends in the acquisition, management and access of print and monographic resources;
  • Knowledge of the acquisition module of an integrated library system;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills as well as effective interpersonal, collegial and communication skills (both oral and written);
  • Ability to set and adjust priorities and work flows in a dynamic and changing environment and accept new challenges in order to realize departmental and library goals;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
  • Ability to carry out professional research and service necessary to meet library and university requirements for promotion and tenure.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at
Applicant must submit a complete resume or a curriculum vita and the names, email address and phone number of at least three references who can address the suitability of the candidate.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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