Assistant Librarian (Collections), University of Redlands

Position: Assistant Librarian (Collections)
Department/School: Library
Months: 11 months
Salary: $66,500
Note: Salaries for 24/25 are pending, the salary above is for 23/24.
Posting Date: March 13, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled. First review of Applications is April 8th

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The Armacost Library at the University of Redlands seeks a collaborative team member to lead and innovate collection strategies across multiple organizational environments and cultures. The Collections Librarian will reconceive library collections to engage with scholarly communications, open access publishing, library publishing, artificial intelligence, and respond to shifts in student demographics. These responsibilities build upon traditional responsibilities that include managing print and electronic resources, acquisitions and deaccessioning resources, data and assessment of collections. Applicants looking to engage students, colleagues, and the campus in traditional and emerging models of collection management are encouraged to apply.

The Armacost Library seeks candidates who share our commitment to welcome, teach, and support students in their learning and growth. The Collections Librarian will report to the Library Director and collaborate across units within the Library and University, and with consortial partners. In addition to collections management, this librarian will liaise with various campus units to provide instruction, scholarly communications, and reference consultations.

The Library serves an expanding University across multiple locations within California and across the globe. As higher education and the University prepare for the future, we seek new faculty colleagues to help shepherd our own transformations. New and seasoned librarians who are eager to grow are encouraged to apply.

This is a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Librarian. All faculty undergo University-wide, periodic reviews which carry expectations of research, service to the discipline and University.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Engages with the profession and scholarship to inform collection practices; cultivates relationships with the University community through outreach, service, and participation in assemblies and events; engages with library consortia to leverage opportunities.
  • Liaise with various campus units to inform and provide instruction, scholarly communications, and reference consultations.
  • Creates opportunities to initiate campus and departmental dialogue around student needs, teaching and learning, and emerging trends and issues as they relate to collections, publishing, and access models.
  • Applies critical praxis in the short- and long-term stewardship of budgets; explores ways to support open and equitable collections; collaborates with colleagues across scholarly communication, instruction, outreach, access services, and systems to shape policies and practices.
  • Manages acquisitions, short-term leases, ongoing subscriptions and cancellations; coordinates the collection and analysis of data to discern trends and inform strategic planning, acquisition and deaccession decisions, budget proposals and allocations.
  • Guides and supports library colleagues in acquisitions and collections work by facilitating dialogue around trends and best practices, developing policies and procedures; supervises staff directly and indirectly.
  • Advocate for open, equitable, and sustainable practices; negotiate contracts and vendor relationships to reflect professional values.

Qualifications Guidelines

Any combination equivalent to, but not limited to, the following:


  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program (or international equivalent).
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in physical and electronic library collections management.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in scholarly communications.
  • Capacity and a desire to build and maintain healthy teams spanning multiple locations.
  • Capacity and a desire to develop collaborative, working relationships with colleagues and students across the University.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills.
  • Knowledge of project management practices.
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity to develop and sustain an active research agenda that results in peer-reviewed artifacts.
  • Experience as a person-centered manager and project leader, particularly in the implementation of change in academic libraries.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in licensing and copyright, digital rights management, digital preservation, open-access, and accessibility.
  • Experience stewarding collections budgets.
  • Experience leading collaborative, strategic planning.
  • Experience supporting textbook affordability initiatives.
  • Experience with library instruction.
  • Experience working with vendors and negotiating contracts.
  • Experience with shared print initiatives.
  • Experience with Controlled Digital Lending.
  • Experience with library systems such as Alma, Alma Analytics, Primo, GOBI, LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibWizard, LibInsight.
  • Experience with grant writing and implementation.
  • Commitment to critical librarianship.

The University of Redlands seeks to hire a cohort of faculty who can contribute to our mission as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with strong commitments to serving Native Students, advancing an anti-racist agenda, and building an inclusive learning community for all. Candidates whose teaching and research advance the outcomes of our Latinx and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students and broader community of inclusive excellence will be given preference.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

Working Conditions:

Standard office setting. Duties performed are primarily in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation or in meetings. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort.

Physical Demands:

Incumbents regularly sit for long periods; walk short distances on a regular basis; may travel to various locations to attend meetings and conduct work; use hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; stoop or kneel or crouch to file; speak clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; see to read fine print and operate computer; hear and understand voices over telephone and in person; and lift, carry and/or move objects weighing up to 20 pounds.

To apply

Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy and the required and preferred qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references

In compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act, if selected for the interview process and accommodations are needed, please call (909) 748-8040. If you are unable to complete an application due to a disability, contact us at (909) 748-8040 to ask for accommodation or an alternative application process.