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Library Acquisitions and Access Coordinator, Healey Library at UMass Boston (Boston)

General Summary

The Healey Library seeks a collegial and service-oriented person to join our small, dynamic technical services team. The Library Acquisitions and Access Coordinator will be responsible for the tasks involved in making library materials accessible to our patrons, including acquisitions, copy cataloging, and reserves processes.  Duties include: 1)  Ordering, receiving, and issuing payment for library materials; 2) maintaining accurate tracking of library materials purchases; 3) Copy-cataloging new materials to be available to patrons; 4) Managing course reserves operations to ensure the availability and accessibility of reserve and/or instructional materials.  The LAAC should have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the areas covered in this position and the aptitude and willingness to acquire expertise through training in the other areas covered in this position.  This position reports to the Head of Technical Services.

Examples of Duties

Library Materials Acquisitions:

Purchase and oversee the acquisition of library book and audiovisual materials, including using ordering platforms, such as GOBI, OASIS, and on-demand purchasing
Adhere to University purchasing standards, and best practices, to acquire library materials
Track and follow-up purchases made
Serve as primary library liaison with outside vendors regarding triggering and tracking orders.
Coordinate with the Systems & Discovery department to implement new software and tools related to acquisitions processing and management
Collaborate with the Business Office and Collection Development Librarian on library material purchases


Perform quality copy-cataloging of monographs, serials, and audiovisual, using library standard best practices
Search and retrieve records from OCLC or other bibliographic sources, editing records as needed (checking classification numbers, verifying subject headings, adding into Alma/Primo library system)
Perform end-processing to prepare library materials to be shelf-ready
Edit and correct bibliographic, holdings, and item records in Alma to ensure access and discovery

Print and Electronic Reserves:

Serve as the primary course reserves contact in Healey Library
Monitor and process incoming course reserves requests from faculty, in a timely, and efficient way
Maintain workflow guidelines and procedural documentation that is consistent with customer service standards, copyright compliance, and fair use 
Modify  reserves policy, procedure, and service, as needed, in consultation with the circulation desk and library administration
Maintain and apply current knowledge of fair use and copyright laws for course reserves
Coordinate with the Video Production team to provide streaming media files for course use
Coordinate with the Systems & Discovery department to implement any new software and tools related to reserves processing and management

General duties:

Contribute to the development of documentation and training materials
Meet with faculty as needed to discuss their acquisitions requests and course reserves needs
Perform other duties as assigned


Three to Five (3-5) years of library or related experience with knowledge of library technical services, systems, procedures, methods and techniques, record keeping, and software programs. The incumbent must be detail oriented, able to manage and effectively prioritize shifting responsibilities. Must be able to track expenditures. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, multitask, operate under tight deadlines, and work with minimal supervision a must. Strong interpersonal skills required, and the ability to work effectively and efficiently with library vendors, librarians, faculty and members of the University Community at large. 

Requires regular lifting and moving of materials from bookcases and storage areas at a variety of heights, including materials weighing up to 40 pounds and pushing heavily loaded book trucks through multiple doors

Preferred Qualifications: 

Familiarity with cataloging standards such as MARC, RDA and AACR2
Have knowledge of and use Library of Congress Classification and subject headings

Full/Part Time

Full Time





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2020-01-30 |  Quick link to this job