Head of Library Resource Management

Head of Library Resource Management

Posted: August 11, 2022
Position Code: 181

Position Overview & Responsibilities
McQuade Library at Merrimack College seeks a leader to oversee resource management for a growing community of students, faculty and staff. The Head of Library Resource Management will provide leadership and expertise in the procurement, assessment, and management of library print and electronic resources, including individual and package subscriptions, e-book demand driven acquisitions, and streaming services.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provides leadership to provide a user-centered, holistic electronic resources management vision to meet current and emerging information needs of the MC community.

  • Manages library materials budget; negotiates agreements with vendors/publishers and monitors performance of vendors; selects and evaluates library resources. Prepares and disseminates reports and statistics.

  • Verify and maintain local and remote access to all electronic resources.

  • Solves technical issues that affect user services and identifies strategies for enhancing e-resource accessibility and discoverability.

  • Coordinates training on library software, databases, and other electronic resources.

  • Collaborates with professional library staff to perform workflow analyses and document procedures.

  • Serves as primary liaison to subject areas faculty and users; identifies, meets, and facilitates ongoing communication about resource needs and service expectations.

  • Acts as Library representative on relevant faculty and campus committees.

  • Manages gifts to the library both monetary and physical. Maintain and disseminate Gift Policy.

  • Perform similar or related duties as assigned.


  • Required: Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from ALA-accredited institution.

  • Thorough knowledge of automated library management systems, OCLC cataloging software, Windows operating systems, and MS-Office Suite.

  • Familiarity with basic technology troubleshooting.

  • Commitment to the ALA’s statement on Intellectual Freedom, Challenged Materials, and the ALA Library Bill of Rights.

  • Required: 3-5 years’ experience in acquisitions or e-resources management with supervisory and budgetary experience.

  • Experience working with publishers and/or vendors of e-resources.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Preferred: academic library experience.

To Apply
Application Materials Should Include:

  • Resume and cover letter.

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Statement on Our Mission
Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:
Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community. Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College
The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.