Resource Acquisitions Services Librarian at the University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, IN

The Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame seeks a Resource Acquisitions Services (RAS) Librarian.  The ideal candidate is a library professional with operational expertise in acquisitions and/or interlibrary loan, who wishes to exercise organizational influence in key library service areas and develop a broader base of functional and management expertise in a Program dedicated to team-based and service-oriented approaches to work.

Summary:  The RAS Librarian directs a functionally blended staff team within the Interlibrary Loan & Acquisitions (ILLAS) Unit of the Resource Acquisition & Discovery (RAD) Program.  This team focuses on acquiring, receiving and making discoverable and deliverable resources in support of teaching and learning.  This librarian is responsible for efficient and service-oriented acquisitions and interlibrary loan life-cycles.  The Resource Acquisitions Services Librarian is a member of the Library Faculty and RAD leadership team, reporting to the Head of ILLAS.

Responsibilities:  Serves as mentor, coach, and manager, hiring, evaluating, and training all direct reports to ensure competency in acquisitions, copy cataloging, and interlibrary loan borrowing workflows and focuses the team to meet organizational goals by utilizing industry best practices and applying local policies and procedures.

Collaboratively manages two key service life-cycles:

  • Resource acquisitions for monographic and one-time gift and collection purchases, leveraging various acquisitions strategies, working with private sellers, donors, and vendors, and providing timely discovery of acquired resources via contract and local cataloging and metadata management through available systems.
  • Interlibrary loan borrowing with an eye on efficient approaches towards request intake, queue management, source identification, and timely delivery of loans and articles to patrons via resource receipt and return systems and workflow routines.

Continuously develops a team culture that reflects a clear sense of functional and organizational purpose, service orientation and innovation towards work.

Actively encourages an independent and problem-solving mindset of each team member by communicating organizational context, training in functional lifecycle processes, and developing critical thinking skills.

Manages operations in compliance with fiscal and legal standards of the University. 

Knowledge of or interest in learning:

  • Project-based management approaches
  • Personnel management techniques
  • Metrics collection and analytics to drive team service improvements
  • Sound audit trail and business practices
  • Current and emerging resource acquisitions and interlibrary loan strategies
  • Library systems for acquisitions and interlibrary loan
  • Current key systems:  Aleph, ILLiad, Concur, CORAL, OCLC, Rapid
  • Encoding standards, e.g., MARC, BIBFRAME, XML-based standards
  • Content standards, e.g., AACR2, RDA, DC
  • Controlled vocabularies for subjects and names, e.g., LCSH, LC-NAF
  • Foreign language proficiency

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MLS degree from ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent
  • A minimum of 1-3 years management of acquisitions and/or interlibrary loan borrowing

Preferred qualifications:

  • Interlibrary loan experience

Salary and Benefits:

Appointment salary and rank are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Resource Acquisitions Services Librarian is a non-tenure track member of the Library Faculty. The University offers an excellent benefits and annual vacation package.


The University of Notre Dame is a highly selective national Catholic teaching and research university in northern Indiana about ninety miles from Chicago. Approximately 8,200 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students pursue a broad range of studies. For more information about the University of Notre Dame, please visit the University of Notre Dame homepage at  The Hesburgh Libraries ( hold about 3.5 million volumes and provide access to more than 23,000 serials. The Libraries have 141 staff and 57 librarians. The Libraries are a member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI), ARL, NERL, and other consortia. The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring a variety of backgrounds to our community.

Further details & application instructions:  

This position posting and application instructions can be found on the Interfolio website: of applications will begin on February 28, 2019 and the application deadline is Monday, March 11, 2019.

This position posting and additional information about Hesburgh Libraries can be found on the Libraries’ website:

For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit  The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program ( in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff, and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

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