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Acquisitions & Serials Specialist


Reed College seeks an innovative and service-oriented specialist to procure current and out-of-print materials, in all formats and languages. In this position, you will collaborate with a team of library specialists and subject librarians to support students and faculty engaged in research, inquiry, and coursework throughout the curriculum.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week. Starting pay is $20-21 per hour. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10 percent employer contribution (after one year), 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 spouse.

Who You Are
  • You have experience working in a library or you know that you want to focus the next chapter of your career in library services.
  • You care about the details and do your best to dot your I’s and cross your T’s.
  • You enjoy library technologies and are eager to learn more.
  • You are comfortable making educated decisions based on researching options and evaluating the information available.
  • You cultivate relationships and enjoy working in a collaborative environment.
  • You thrive in an ever-changing library environment.
  • You are an advocate for diversity with a commitment to fostering an accessible, equitable, and inclusive environment and workplace.
  • Ideally, you have first-hand experience using library systems such as Alma, Gobi, and Connexion.
What You'll Do
  • Order new purchases of books, journals, DVDs, CDs, scores, and other audiovisual media in a variety of languages and from a variety of general and specialized library vendors.
  • Create and update order and holdings records in the library’s integrated library system (Alma).
  • Search and import existing bibliographical records from OCLC Connexion into the library catalog.
  • Monitor and review accuracy of order fulfillment.
  • Process payment of invoices and assist in monthly credit card reconciliation.
  • Communicate with vendors about a wide range of issues including invoices, payments, claims, and cancellations.
  • Select and track use of budget resources including gift endowments and funds.
  • Perform copy cataloging for some monographs and government documents.
  • Process print continuing resources, such as newspapers, serial subscriptions, government documents.
  • Process donations to the library.
  • Prepare print serials for binding.
  • Lead and contribute to annual collection maintenance projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or two years of library technical services experience, or any combination of education and experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job.
  • Excellent communication, writing, and analytical skills.

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:

  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • What is one recent professional accomplishment of which you are particularly proud?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you contribute to equity, inclusion, and community growth at Reed?

Review of applications will begin on August 12, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early. 

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 values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.