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Head of Collection and Technical Services (Library)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Unofficial transcripts should be from the college or university which verifies minimum qualifications for the position. Upon an offer of employment, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please provide three professional references on your application.

Posting Details

Position Information

Department/College Library
Position Title Head of Collection and Technical Services (Library)
Job Category Faculty
Posting Number 00139
FLSA Exempt
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Other 12-month tenure track with faculty rank of Assistant Librarian
Temporary No
If Temporary, number of months

Position Summary Information


Under general direction, the Head of Collection and Technical Services plans, organizes and directs the ordering, cataloging, and processing of library materials and the automated functions of the library system. This position supervises the work of librarians and staff members. Work involves placing orders for library materials and receiving and checking shipments from publishers, cataloging materials, and making materials shelf-ready, and maintaining the library’s automated system. This position also provides some public service desk work and library and research instruction in online and/or face-to-face classes consisting of traditional and non-traditional students. The university offers a for-credit library course for each college. This is a twelve-month tenure-track position with faculty rank of Assistant Librarian. The position reports to the Library Director.

• Establish, monitor, and evaluate overall program of service for Technical Services division. Responsible for planning and program development, management of cataloging, serials and binding, and electronic licensing
• Develop, implement and evaluate policies and procedures for Technical Services including the creative use of technology for technical services operations
• Work closely with the Director and key staff in overseeing the maintenance of the entire collection and establishing departmental priorities within general policy direction
• Responsible for the supervision of librarian and staff work as it relates to Technical Services
• Assist Library Director in evaluating and implementing the library’s materials budget including subscriptions
• Maintain statistics of technical services operations and prepare narrative and statistical reports
• Maintain an awareness of current library issues and trends affecting all library departments; read professional literature and attend relevant workshops
• Develop and maintain the library automation system and automated administrative functions
• Perform and/or supervise the physical processing of all library materials for acquisition and withdrawal
• Perform and/or supervise the cataloging and classification of all library materials using OCLC, MARC, TLC, and the Dewey decimal classification system, including some original cataloging. Maintain knowledge of current trends in professional cataloging rules and standards, RDA, and public library practices and procedures
• Resolve catalog problems and questions initiated by Library staff
• In conjunction with the Administrative Assistant, maintain inventory of department equipment and supplies
• Provide reference services through various communication methods to on-campus and off-campus students and faculty and keep accurate counts
• Work with assigned departments and co-workers to enhance the library’s collections and act as a point of contact for assigned departments
• Work within teams and departments to recommend and assess new programs, policies, procedures and services for public services
• Actively develop and implement ideas for the promotion of the library to the university community including but not limited to programs, activities, and services
• Positively represent Athens State University in professional, community, and state organizations
• Actively participate in professional development and continuing education
• Assist in covering service points as needed
• Other duties as assigned


• Master’s degree in Library Science or recognized equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.
• At least five years of experience in a university setting in cataloging, acquisitions, ILS, and or technical services management
• Demonstrated supervisory skills of staff and librarians
• Demonstrated record of strong organizational, planning, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and implement those deemed appropriate for the community.


• Experience in a related position
• Thorough knowledge of contemporary bibliographic maintenance standards and practice, including all prevailing cataloging rules, Dewey decimal classification, OCLC/MARC records, and applicable library automation
• Knowledge of current copyright law related to libraries and higher education
• Exhibit strong broad-based knowledge of reference sources
• Knowledge of electronic reference products and accompanying search strategies and techniques
• Knowledge of word processing and database software
• Familiarity with distance education library services
• Ability to understand, create, and follow oral and written instructions
• Evidence of strong service orientation as demonstrated by an ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and library personnel at all levels
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, other employees and general public
• Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
• Ability to plan and direct activities and to supervise multiple employees simultaneously
• Ability to complete tasks within a specified time frame

Salary Schedule

$44,000 – $49,738, minimum to midpoint, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Posting Detail Information

University Information

Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources. The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

EEO Statement

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement: Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.

Background Check Statement

In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.

Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Unofficial transcripts should be from the college or university which verifies minimum qualifications for the position. Upon an offer of employment, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Please provide three professional references on your application.

Additional Information

Athens State University participates in the E-verify System to verify employment eligibility for all newly-hired employees.

Starting date: January, 2018

Review of applications will begin October 09, 2017 and continue until filled.

For assistance, contact the Human Resources Office at 256-216-3333 or email us at

Posting Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Special publication
    • Athens State University website
    • Personal Referral
    • Local newspaper
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Other Document