Head of Acquisitions and Serials -- Sam Houston State University -- Huntsville, TX

Department: Library Technical Services
Rank: Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Position Availability: Immediately
Application deadline for first consideration: 31 August 2022

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Newton Gresham Library (NGL) invites applications for the position of the Head of Acquisitions and Serials unit. This is a tenure-track faculty position with expectations of librarianship, professional service, and scholarship. The librarianship duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collaborate with library administration and faculty to allocate and reconcile the expending of library materials budget.
  • Coordinate all aspects of resource acquisitions, including overseeing ordering and receiving of library materials in all formats and order types—firm orders, subscriptions, standing orders, and patron driven acquisitions. Oversees print serials processes including receiving and binding. Supervises, trains, and evaluates the work of Acquisitions unit staff. Collaborates in setting departmental goals, policies, procedures, practices, and workflows. Provides unit leadership to complete them.
  • Investigates and manages potential subscriptions, purchases, and renewals of large e-journal packages, e-book subscriptions, streaming media subscriptions, and patron-driven acquisition services requested by subject selectors. Utilizes vendor subscription management systems and/or communicates with vendors, publishers, and consortia partners to obtain pricing, licensing, accessibility, and other data. Places approved orders with vendors. Participates in the management team of the Technical Services Department to establish department priorities and objectives and to provide effective coordination of technical services workflow processes.

SHSU's mission is to provide high quality and inclusive education, scholarship, and service to students. Located in Huntsville, Texas, (approximately an hour’s drive north of Houston) there are many living options, with metropolitan areas and amenities to the south and rural communities with access to wilderness areas the north.


  • A degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited master’s program.
  • Minimum 2 years of progressively responsible experience managing workflows and processes associated with the acquisition of physical and electronic materials including firm order, standing order, patron driven acquisition, and subscription methods.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience supervising paraprofessional library staff in an academic library. Commitment to staff mentoring and development.
  • Cultural competence and ability to provide leadership in ways that increase equity and inclusion.
  • Experience managing library collection budgets
  • Familiarity with collection management.
  • Experience working with spreadsheets to collect, analyze and report on data.
  • Experience with systems used in academic libraries including ILS acquisitions and serials modules, vendor portals, electronic resource management systems and university financial accounting systems.
  • Experience communicating and resolving acquisition issues with vendors.
  • Attention to detail
  • Evidence of effective communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Experience with the acquisition of print and electronic resources


  • 3+ years of progressively responsible professional and/or paraprofessional experience managing workflows and processes associated with the acquisition of physical and electronic materials and supervisory experience.
  • Working knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, AACR2, RDA, LCSH
  • Experience using and/or administrating SIRSIDynix acquisitions and serials modules
  • Familiarity with EDI/EDIFACT for ordering, claiming, and invoicing
  • Familiarity with print serials binding processes
  • Familiarity with usage statistics standards such as COUNTER and Google Analytics data.

To see the full job description or to begin the application process, please visit Sam Houston State University’s online employment site : https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/30968

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

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