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Director of Collection Services


Director of Collection Services
Reed College seeks an innovative and resourceful library professional for the role of Director of Collection Services.  The next director will play a leading role in shaping and implementing a strategic vision for library collections, including open access and emerging strategies.  The collection services department includes acquisitions, cataloging, serials, electronic resources, and systems, functions that are critical to library support of Reed’s academic mission. The director is a member of the library’s leadership team, reporting to the college librarian.

This is a full-time, 12-month exempt position. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and partner. Starting salary for this position will be $80,000 to $85,000 per year.

Who You Are

  • You are passionate about providing excellent resources and services to an active community of undergraduate scholars, faculty, and staff.
  • You are knowledgeable about scholarly communication, vendor relationships, collection access, and effective management of library resources, including budgets and staff.
  • You are excited to continue developing the library as a central and essential component to the academic life of the college.
  • You look forward to joining a team of committed library staff dedicated to serving an active academic liberal arts community.
  • You enjoy working in a collaborative environment to develop resources and services for an increasingly diverse campus community.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead development of collection strategies that are responsive to the needs of our academic community.
  • Lead a team of five dedicated staff in the areas of acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resources/serials, and systems.
  • Manage and optimize an annual budget of approximately $2.6M that supports a challenging liberal arts curriculum that includes strong science and social science programs.
  • Work collaboratively to develop and implement policies relating to library collection development, metadata, open access, and open educational resources.
  • Build and manage relationships with library vendors for collections.
  • Coordinate the library’s participation in collaborative collection building and related initiatives with consortial partners and effective use of library systems for collection management.
  • Cultivate working relationships with faculty and librarians to ensure broad participation in acquisition, evaluation, and maintenance of library collections.
  • Support the work of the library’s subject liaisons, with the opportunity to serve as liaison to one or more academic departments.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science and minimum of five years of professional library experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Experience working as a supervisor for exempt or non-exempt staff.
  • Expertise in or experience with library acquisitions, cataloging, discovery systems, serials and electronic resource management, open educational resources, and/or scholarly communications.
  • Understanding of current and emerging models of scholarly publishing, including open access,  assessing and evaluating collections, and the library’s role in knowledge sharing. 
  • Knowledge of electronic resource content models, emerging formats, acquisition methods, and licensing.
  • Commitment to developing and promoting the use of library resources and services.
  • Ability to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of collections, processes, and services.
  • Interest in providing excellent services to undergraduates and faculty in an academic environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with vendors of library materials, information systems, and services.
  • Experience acquiring and providing access to library collections and services in a consortial environment.
  • Knowledge of or experience with licensing of electronic resources.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience in supporting diverse populations of students and faculty.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How does this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?
  • Of which accomplishment in your recent professional experience are you most proud?
  • As all members of Reed’s community are expected to contribute to a diverse and inclusive campus, describe how you might use your lived experience, education,  professional experience, and prior community engagement to contribute to diversity and inclusion at Reed.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, April 3, 2023  and continue until the position has a final candidate pool.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.