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Collection Strategist

Appointment Rank
Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Faculty
Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy
Reports To:
Head, Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy
Minimum $52,000
January 1, 2019


The Collection Strategist plays a key role in developing and implementing a holistic collection development strategy, ensuring the continuing excellence of the world-class collection at the heart of UT Libraries’ mission. This position reports to the Head of Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy, and has the support of a small, dynamic team in this department. The Collection Strategist provides matrix leadership throughout the organization, working closely with subject librarians, personnel in other Library departments, and with partners on campus and elsewhere, providing strong leadership and strategic focus in developing and managing outstanding collections.

Guiding evidence-based collection development and management decision making, the Strategist designs assessment strategies and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to inform and substantiate the strategic allocation of the Library’s collections budget, as well as decision processes for the selection and management of content, including print, digital, media, data, and other emergent formats. The Strategist monitors local, system-wide, and vendor provided reports to identify collection related trends and patterns. The Strategist participates and represents the Library in system-wide initiatives or on national level projects. In collaboration with subject librarians, the Collection Strategist develops frameworks and leads the coordination of evidence-based content acquisition, management, and assessment regardless of format or delivery platform. In coordination with personnel in Acquisitions and Continuing Resources and in the Business Office, the Strategist contributes to budget planning, and to the oversight of funding allocations, and monographic approval plans. The strategist consults as needed with personnel in Collection Logistics on print storage and disposition decisions.

Responsibilities & Duties

Collection Strategy 

  • Collaborate with personnel throughout the Libraries to design and implement an evidence-based model to inform collection decisions. Engage with partners within the Libraries, with other campus constituencies, and with consortial partners to advance strategic activities in collection development and management.
  • Develop and lead innovative program activities critical to the Libraries’ collection strategies such as building and stewarding distinctive collections, shifting collecting focus from print to electronic resources, and periodic and ongoing review of continuations. Work collaboratively on selection decisions for relocation of print materials and de-duplication. Provide leadership and coordination for collections-related projects and initiatives.
  • Monitor and develop strategy for managing all central funds in the materials budget. Manage special purpose funds and selected endowments as needed. Develop and implement collecting and fund management strategies in alignment with the University’s needs and the Libraries’ strategic directions. Facilitate effective and appropriate use of all funds in the materials budget.
  • Develop a program of data analysis to inform collections strategy and apply data to collections decisions. Participate in the assessment of curricular and research needs of the University and assist in developing library collections in response to those needs. Make data transparent and available for decision-making as needed for all constituents.
  • Provide effective and consistent communications with campus constituencies regarding the library’s strategies and programs for collection development and management.

Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity

  • Conduct and disseminate research and scholarship through publications and presentations.
  • Create original materials that support the mission and goals of the Libraries.

Service & Professional Development

  • Contribute to planning activities and faculty governance in the library.
  • Serve on library and university committees.
  • Serve the library profession through active participation in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other library and information professionals.
  • Participate in professional development and continuing education opportunities to enhance and update skills and to keep abreast of developments in the field of assessment.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Experience with library collection development and management.
  • Experience managing complex projects and leading project-oriented teams.
  • Knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development and scholarly communication.
  • Strong data analysis skills and proven experience gathering, assessing, and interpreting data.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment accompanied by a creative, flexible, and problem-solving attitude.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills to establish and maintain close, productive working relationships with colleagues and Library constituencies.
  • Commitment to scholarship, service, and professional development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience directing academic library collection development and management activities.
  • Experience in collections budget allocation processes.
  • Experience in content acquisition and assessment.
  • Familiarity with electronic resource licensing practices.
  • Experience communicating quantitative and qualitative data for varied audiences.
  • Experience working with library service platform or complex database system, such as Alma, Gobi, or SAP.


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the campus, a land-grant Carnegie university and the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Main LibraryWebster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, and George F. DeVine Music Library serve the Knoxville campus.

The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The UT Libraries participate in cultural programming on the UT campus, hosting a Writers In The Library series of readings, international and documentary film series, and co-sponsoring programs with campus groups such as the Baker Center for Public Policy and UT’s Ready For The World initiative.

The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment.  More information about how we continually strive to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville is available at

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at


Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of $52,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development.

UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.

Application Procedures

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Manager, Library Dean’s Office and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to  Review of applications will begin October 22, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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