Head, Open Stack Collections

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Ranked #1 for innovation two years in a row by U.S. News and World Report, Arizona State University has become the foundational model for a new paradigm for public higher education – committed to access, excellence and impact – and is now actively engaged in building a new library for the 21st century. ASU Library, serving as a critical gateway to ASU’s growing research and knowledge enterprise, works to collaborate, educate and innovate across disciplines, communities and technologies, while leveraging key research and learning opportunities that are unique to ASU.

ASU Library seeks a highly motivated, knowledgeable, and service-oriented collections development and management professional to lead the Open Stack Collections team.  This includes the curation of openly available print and digital materials (e.g., Open Educational Resources, government documents, scholarly and reference works) in collaboration with stakeholders to support research, learning, and inquiry. The successful candidate will provide leadership and vision for a community-focused approach to the selection, design, and ongoing management of open stacks, government documents, and general collections housed in ASU libraries and our High Density Storage facility. S/he will actively seek strategic partnerships with local, state, national, and international entities to further the work of ASU Library and align our collections with the needs of the ASU community and the goals and mission of Arizona State University. S/he will hire, train, and evaluate personnel within this unit to carry out collection maintenance activities and projects and will work closely with selectors and key stakeholders to define open stack collection development policies and programs.

A key focus of the position is to work closely with other units to ensure exemplary preservation protocols and stacks management, efficient acquisition and processing, creative design of stacks within Library spaces, and project coordination, using innovative approaches to problem solving and collection assessment tools for data analysis and decision making.

ASU Library is a strong supporter of student success and a critical partner in realizing the New American University mission of access, excellence and impact. Success at ASU is measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.

A center of energy, imagination and innovation, ASU Library is home to nine library facilities across five ASU campus locations – providing students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers and a suite of makerspaces and creative services. More information about the library can be found at lib.asu.edu.


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science
  • 3 - 5 years of collection development experience in a library
  • Experience supervising staff


  • 5-7 years of professional work experience in an academic or research library
  • Experience in selecting and managing Federal government documents
  • Experience in managing projects and meeting deadlines
  • Experience in writing successful grants
  • Experience facilitating project teams and/or working groups
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets and data analysis tools
  • Excellent communication skills

Salary and Rank:  This is a continuing appointment track academic professional position; Associate/Full Librarian, Rank and salary dependent upon experience.

Application Procedures: Application packet consists of a cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references.  The application should be sent as a single (one) complete electronic file to Lillie Johnson, Lillie.Johnson@asu.edu.  Questions about the position and search should be directed to Lorrie McAllister, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy: lorrie.mcallister@asu.edu

Application Deadline: Application deadline is August 11, 2017; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  A background check is required for employment.  For more information regarding ASU and the visit our web site: www.asu.edu.  For the Tempe and/or Phoenix area, please visit www.visitarizona.com

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and minorities are welcomed and encouraged to apply.