Collection Development Librarian at the University of Vermont – Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont Howe Library seeks an innovative, collaborative and highly motivated Collection Development Librarian to provide leadership in transforming collection services within the Libraries.  A fundamental responsibility of the Collection Development Librarian is to assess curricular needs across the university and support effective teaching and research with appropriate information resources. This position reports to the Director of Collection Management Services and works closely with subject liaisons at Howe Library and librarians at Dana Medical Library and Silver Special Collections Library/University Archives.

The successful candidate will know the range of scholarly content available in electronic and print formats while also focusing on discovery and access beyond ownership: open access initiatives, institutional repositories and data mining initiatives.  Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape and standard criteria for measuring resource use and impact is essential. This position requires the ability to work with campus partners to demonstrate the value of the library’s collections to multiple constituencies in academic departments, professional schools and academic medical centers.  The Collection Development Librarian will join the University Libraries during an exciting period of transition to a new collections model that focuses on interdisciplinary research and incorporates the expertise of subject librarians and faculty.


Manages the selection, assessment and disposition of resources in all formats. Oversees user focused collections including patron driven and evidence based acquisitions. Performs collection analysis to determine effectiveness in meeting campus community needs.  Coordinates activities of the Collections Team to implement collection development strategies and prioritize resource requests and renewals.

Leads collection development activities including assessment, selection, and deselection of print, nonprint, electronic resources, and gifts in all subject areas. Manages the approval plan. Manages staffing resources in coordination with the E-Resources/Acquisitions Librarian. Collaborates with subject liaisons, faculty, academic departments and schools to ensure that UVM library collections are robust and discoverable. May serve as a liaison to subject areas, if assigned. Engages in scholarly activities and service to the library, the university and the library profession.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program or equivalent degree;
  • Knowledge of electronic resource management;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in project management: selection, analysis, and disposition of materials or other collection-related project management experience;
  • Experience with approval plans, such as patron driven or evidence based acquisitions;
  • Demonstrated expertise with collection analysis techniques and tools;
  • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty and staff in a rapidly changing and dynamic environment; 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience;
  • Knowledge of collection management, the publishing industry, licensing and copyright issues, digital rights management, digital preservation;
  • Knowledge of link resolvers and experience with discovery systems;
  • Professional experience in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with vendors, consortia, and publishers.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic institution. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about their commitment to diversity and how they will further this goal. For more information on diversity at the University of Vermont, see

Salary and Application Information:

Salary is commensurate with rank and experience. The successful candidate will be appointed as an Assistant or Associate Library Professor. Minimum salary for Assistant Library Professor is $59,321. Minimum salary for Associate Library Professor is $71,184. Appointment at the Associate level requires prior experience in managing collections operations as demonstrated through increasingly responsible levels of appointment and a continuing record of scholarship and service consistent with UVM Libraries’ criteria. Generous benefits package includes: TIAA/CREF (or alternative plan), managed health care plan, and 22 days of annual leave. The library faculty is represented by United Academics.

To apply on-line, please visit our website at: and refer to job posting number F1317PO. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications should be received no later than Friday, June 7, 2019.

Campus Profile:

The University of Vermont (UVM), established in 1791, is Vermont’s public university and the largest institution of higher education in the state, with over 12,600 degree students enrolled in nine schools and colleges. UVM is known as a small, premier research institution, combining the faculty-student relationships found at small liberal arts colleges with the resources of a major research institution. UVM Libraries, comprised of Howe Library, Dana Medical Library, and our new Silver Special Collections Library, deliver distinctive and outstanding service to the campus community and the State of Vermont through excellence in instruction, innovation in research and scholarship, and dedication to public service. UVM Libraries use Primo as their discovery search interface, ScholarWorks @ UVM as the institutional repository and offer unique digital collections via the Center for Digital Initiatives.

UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which has consistently been named a top city to live in. Uniquely situated near both Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, the surrounding area offers easy access to a variety of outdoor activities year round. Burlington enjoys a progressive economy, excellent school systems, a dynamic and stimulating cultural scene, and a vibrant and diverse social life. It is also within a short distance of several major metropolitan areas, including Montreal, Boston and New York City.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

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