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Program Director, Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing Program (CARS)

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 14th, 2018
Last review date: Monday, Jan 14, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Director, Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing Program (CARS)

The University of California, San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as the Director of Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing Program (CARS), at the level of Associate or Full Librarian.

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services, the Director of CARS provides innovative vision, dynamic leadership, and strategic planning for the program. This position is responsible for fostering a culture of innovation, teamwork and collaboration, based on ongoing assessments of new technologies, and the evolving information needs of the Library’s users. This position is part of the Library’s Collection Services area and works in close concert with senior management and other Program Directors in Collection Services. Responsibilities will include:

  • Provide strategic leadership to a program that is responsive to library users' needs and effectively acquires what they need when they need it.
  • Ensure cross-program and cross-library coordination in the implementation and delivery of content acquisition and resource sharing services, in particular with the Collection Development and Management program and Metadata Services.
  • Keep apprised of, and evaluate, emerging issues, trends, and best practices in assessment of acquisitions and resource sharing services.
  • Oversee collection budget allocations and expenditures, including investments in open access initiatives.
  • Provide management and vision for the program that fosters an environment of innovation and continuous improvement for the program’s workflows and library-wide collections support. Responsible for hiring, evaluating, training, and leading the ongoing growth and professional development of direct and indirect reports.
  • Lead the program in budget, resource, and trend analyses.
  • On a system-wide (University of California) and national level, the position will initiate and engage in partnerships and initiatives that enhance the value of our acquired and curated collections to the UC San Diego academic community.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree. Other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services may be substituted.
  • At least three years relevant supervisory experience in a library or the publishing trade (e.g. acquisitions, electronic resources management/licensing, resource sharing).
  • Experience developing and sustaining a content acquisition and/or resource-sharing program.
  • Knowledge of resource sharing initiatives and trends in an academic library setting.
  • Expertise in licensing, materials budgeting, and managing fund expenditures.
  • Broad knowledge of user-focused library technologies, services, tools, and best practices in acquisitions and resource sharing.
  • Ability to manage, strategize, and prioritize program activities effectively and with a high level of flexibility to meet the changing needs of the UC San Diego campus, the Library, and the UC System.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills to present and share ideas clearly. Proven skills to effectively direct, coach, and motivate staff to build consensus and promote productive cooperation and teamwork.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, persuasion/negotiation, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills; strong commitment to fostering growth and development of others.
  • Commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.
  • Experience with project management, including planning, budgeting, and assessment.
  • Experience with evaluating and/or implementing an upgrade or new installation of an integrated library system.

About The LibraryGreat Research Starts Here

The UC San Diego Library, one of the nation's top public academic libraries, plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The Library provides the foundation of knowledge needed to advance cutting-edge discoveries in a wide range of disciplines--from healthcare and science to public policy and the arts. The Library provides access to more than 7 million items, including digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge demands of scholars, students, and members of the public.

The Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing (CARS) Program supports the University’s mission of research, teaching, and public service by purchasing, licensing, borrowing and otherwise acquiring materials and resources in all formats and languages. The program has approximately 26 FTE staff who track and manage the collection budget, provide collection development support through financial and statistical analysis and reporting, obtain and lend materials through resource sharing workflows, build the Library’s permanent collections utilizing a variety of leading-edge acquisitions and licensing processes, and provide and manage access to digital and, increasingly, to Open Access resources.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community.

About the University

With a current enrollment of more than 30,000 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels. The campus is committed to community engagement, public service and industry partnerships in order to advance the health and well-being of our region, state, nation and the world.

The University of California, San Diego is recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report and has consistently been ranked as the top college in the nation by Washington Monthly in terms of its public contributions to the nation. UC San Diego attracts $1 billion annually in research funding and is among the top ten universities in the nation in terms of its federal research funding.

To Apply

Applications will begin being reviewed on 12/17/18 and the position will remain open until filled. Only applications submitted at [] and including the following items will be considered complete.

  1. A short application letter addressing your interest in this position and applicable qualifications
  2. A resume or CV of education and relevant experience
  3. The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
  4. A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at: Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion [].

Compensation: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Partner Opportunities Program: UC San Diego recognizes that your employment decisions may involve dual career considerations. UCSD provides online and in-person career and relocation assistance to spouses and partners of academic appointees. For more information, visit [].

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

Job location

San Diego, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

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