Cambridge, MA; Acquisitions Librarian, Smithsonian Institute

Acquisitions Librarian manages activities related to the strategic direction and development of Wolbach’s materials collection to promote collections and collections-related activities. The community served by the Wolbach Library includes Smithsonian staff, Harvard faculty and staff, students, post-docs, the international astronomy community, and the public.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Establish and maintain relationships with CfA community for input on collections selections
Helps select and evaluate vendors, and establish and maintain productive relationships with publishers and vendors in order to maintain an up-to-date awareness of available materials and plan for acquisition model adjustments (e.g. plan for a publisher to change vendors, plan to incorporate backfile sales into purchase recommendations)
Ensures that all collection items are processed, and prepared promptly for community borrowing
Analyzes collection turnover rates and other use-based measures to determine acquisition strategy to maintain the high quality of Wolbach’s collection
Analyzes publishing trends and borrowing patterns to ensure at collections provide educational and enriching experiences the astronomy community
Ensures special information access needs of all members of the community (including those with disabilities or English as second language) are incorporated into acquisitions strategies
Identifies opportunities to promote the collection in the community
Performs copy and original cataloging as needed
Will manage workflows for maintaining the library’s catalog records
Performs other duties and special projects as assigned
Will act as back up and be able to support interlibrary loan document delivery services
Manages pre-allocated acquisitions budgets
Participates in daily circulation desk staffing

Job Requirements
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
Pre and Post background Investigation.
May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
Direct deposit/electronic funds transfer is required for salary payment.
Basic Requirements:

All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education as shown for GS-7; however, as a standard practice applicants enter at grade GS-9 on the basis of a master’s degree in library science.

Since many libraries are highly specialized, some librarian positions require a knowledge of a specialized subject or field of endeavor.. Also, since materials in libraries are often in foreign languages, some librarians must have a proficient knowledge of one or more foreign languages. For such positions, applicants must meet requirements that are directly related to the subject matter or language of the specialization. These requirements are in addition to the basic professional library science requirements that apply to all positions. However, these requirements may be included in or supplemental to those specified for all positions. The following specializations are authorized: biological, medical, social or physical sciences, education, fine arts, business and industry, humanities, law, music, engineering, and the Germanic, Slavic, Oriental, Semitic, or Romance languages.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related education and/or specialized experience.

Grade 9 Specialized experience: One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (Grade 7) in the normal line of progression for the position. -Experience at this level normally would equip the applicant with knowledge of establishing and maintaining relationships with communities for input on collection selections; assisting and selecting vendors; ensuring collection items are processed and prepared promptly for community borrowing; analyzing collection turnover; participating in daily circulation desk staffing.


2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience.

For Requirements please refer to Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions:
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