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Head of Collections Strategies, Smith College (Northampton)

Please consider applying for the Head of Collections Strategies. In this role, you will lead, manage, and coordinate print and electronic collection development and management for the Smith College Libraries.  Supervise 5 staff responsible for the acquisition and full lifecycle of the library’s general print and electronic collection.   In conjunction with the Director of Collections, Discovery, and Systems, oversee the Libraries’ materials budget of over $4 million.  Provide strategic direction for collection decisions based on data collection and assessment, curricular and research needs, and available financial resources.  Coordinate Smith’s collaborative collection efforts within the Five Colleges and other shared print preservation initiatives such as EAST and HathiTrust.

Smith College Libraries are a vibrant workplace, supporting the learning, teaching and scholarship of the Smith community and beyond. The libraries include the Hillyer Art Library, the Werner Josten Performing Arts Library, Alumnae Gymnasium, and the recently renovated Neilson Library. Neilson is a stunning, future-facing facility designed by Maya Lin featuring expert staff, innovative services in open, light-filled spaces. As a liberal arts college library system with extensive research collections and Special Collections, the Smith Libraries encourage experimentation, support staff development, and have an ongoing commitment to equity & inclusion. Smith College is part of the Five Colleges Consortium and shares library resources with Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; 3-5 years of relevant professional library experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Supervisor experience required.

Skills & Preferred Qualifications: Experience in collection development, budget preparation, and management.  Knowledge of collection development, library cataloging, and acquisitions procedures and processes.  Demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly changing service environment.  Ability to take initiative, solve problems and prioritize work effectively. Awareness of new technologies and trends and their applications for library services. Ability to effectively manage multiple and competing projects and priorities.  Excellent oral and written communication skills. Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages desirable.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$83,000.00 - $93,000.00  / year

Salary Notes


Closing Date

July 17, 2023

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