Head, Acquisitions & Continuing Resources – Internal Search
Department Acquisitions & Continuing Resources
Position Type Faculty
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Appointment Rank Assistant/Associate Professor
Reports To Senior Associate Dean
Salary Minimum $58,000
Available August 1, 2019


The Head, Acquisitions and Continuing Resources provides leadership to a department of fifteen (15) FTE in three units:  Resource Acquisition, Resource Management, and Resource Sharing. This individual works collaboratively across departmental lines to evaluate sustainable acquisition and sharing strategies in an environment of evolving collection and access models. The department head is responsible for maintaining a broad awareness of new and emerging developments, technologies, standards and technical issues, and how they may impact and influence department responsibilities. The Acquisitions and Continuing Resources department is responsible for approximately $11.5 million of the Libraries’ materials expenditures annually.

This key leadership position actively participates in management of the Libraries through Library Council and other committees and groups, and successfully collaborates with other in the Libraries to acquire and share collections needed to support the academic and research programs of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Responsibilities & Duties


  • Provides leadership for a knowledgeable staff in a changing environment by effectively managing the acquisition and renewal of physical resources and e-content in a user-focused academic library.
  • Provides oversight and ensures fiscal accountability for library materials acquisitions and expenditures.
  • Ensures best practices for managing, processing, and providing access to electronic resources
  • Assures best practices in contemporary resource sharing
  • Investigates and promotes new and progressive acquisitions models and seeks opportunities to expand services based on user needs
  • Fosters effective working relationships and communication with peers, stakeholders, and library partners, and facilitates departmental communication with colleagues across units including other technical services staff and subject librarians
  • Establishes departmental priorities and goals to ensure effective workflows and outcomes in a positive, productive, and efficient work environment.
  • Provides leadership for Acquisitions and Continuing Resources faculty and staff through professional development, mentoring, coaching, and regular review of department personnel
  • Working collaboratively with Business Services and Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy, effectively negotiates and monitors license agreements, including cost, access, and library terms for new purchases and subscriptions, as well as renewals
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with vendors
  • Serves as Libraries’ liaison to UT system Office of Contract Administration, Purchasing, Office of General Counsel, and UT Knoxville’s Office of Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance for licensing and resource acquisition

Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Service

  • Engages in scholarly activity through publications and presentations
  • Participates in professional activities associated with job functions and research interests
  • Serves on library, university, and professional committees
  • Serves the library profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other information professionals

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Several years of recent experience in an academic or research library setting
  • Familiarity with technologies used in acquisitions, assessment, and e-resource settings
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends and issues with electronic resources and a commitment to keeping current with changes
  • Knowledge of acquisition processes, including ILL and vendor databases, and established and emerging trends in acquisitions, management, and maintenance of library resources and technologies
  • Experience using electronic resources tools such as OpenURL resolvers, proxy systems, and knowledge bases
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Experience working with and maintaining positive relationships with vendors
  • Evidence of leadership and management skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in a higher education setting
  • Evidence of ability to engage in research, publication, and service consonant with the University and the Libraries’ guidelines for tenure and promotion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with ExLibris products.
  • Knowledge of electronic resources and serials cataloging and descriptive standards.
  • Demonstrated experience with Excel, Access, or other data analysis tools.
  • Demonstrated record of publication and professional contribution.


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier public research university. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity.

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 Library in the heart of campus houses the majority of the UT Libraries’ collections and many unique services. Two branch libraries offer specialized collections and services: the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library and the George F. DeVine Music Library.
The UT Libraries is a national leader in 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 UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, HathiTrust, the Library Publishing Coalition, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other University of Tennessee System libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

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 put our principles of civility and community into action is available at https://www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at https://www.lib.utk.edu/employment/position/head-scholars-collaborative/


Appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor with a minimum salary of $58,000. 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, Executive Director, Libraries Administration and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to ejgreene@utk.edu.  Review of applications will begin August 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.


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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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