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Acquisitions Supervisor & Collection Development Coordinator – Historical Society, Wisconsin

Salary: Starting salary is $27.50 to $37.08 per hour depending on experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits. This position is in pay schedule and range 81.03. A one year probationary period will be required.

Contact: Brian L. Schroeder, Human Resources Specialist, 608-264-6409,

Deadline to Apply: 6/27/2016 – Completed application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016.
Exam Information: 57720 – 006 LIBRARIAN SUPERVISOR Preview Exam

This position is located in the Library-Archives Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Madison. The Wisconsin Historical Society holds one of the premier research collections on North American history in the United States, with library holdings of 3.9 million items and Archives of 110,000 cubic feet. The Library-Archives Division is a depository for both federal and state government publications and is the home of the State Archives. In addition to its excellent Wisconsin collections, the Library-Archives Divisions is widely known for its genealogical collections, newspapers and periodicals holdings, special collections, and archival collections in mass communications, social action, and organized labor.

Job Duties: Under the general supervision of the Administrator of the Library-Archives Division, the Library-Archives Acquisitions Section Supervisor and Collection Development Coordinator manages and coordinates all collection development and acquisition activities in the Library-Archives Division. For a copy of the position description and job duties please click on Librarian Supervisor.

Special Notes: A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job. Verification of academic degrees will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

A Well Qualified Candidate Will Have:

  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • A minimum of 3 years professional experience with research library acquisitions methods and procedures
  • Experience supervising and motivating staff in a Library or Archives environment
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse user communities
  • Experience in an academic or research environment
  • Experience with budget preparation and budget oversight
  • Ability to work productively, both independently and with a team
  • Ability to give presentations to professional groups and members of the public
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the literature and research methods in North American history and related fields of inquiry.
  • Knowledge of trends in American history research and publication.
  • Knowledge of the theory, practice, and literature of library and archives generally and of collection development, appraisal, acquisition, and donor relations in particular.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability in library or archives collection development, appraisal, acquisition, and donor relations.
  • Knowledge of the book trade and current approaches to the acquisition of books, e-books, serials, and related electronic publications.
  • Knowledge of current trends in licensing electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of appraisal and acquisition of non-government records and publications.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to develop library and archival collecting policies, implement them, monitor progress and evaluate their success.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to gather and analyze data and report on the results of analysis.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to manage fiscal resources, create and manage budgets, and track income and expenditures.
  • Skills and ability to communicate effectively in person and by other means with collection users and donors of diverse backgrounds and interests.
  • Skills and ability to supervise and manage staff (professional, para-professional and volunteer) and guide staff to achieve success through teamwork.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to use computer systems, including library and archives automation tools, MS office applications, and Internet browsers.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.

How To Apply:
In addition to submitting a resume, you will be preparing detailed written responses to two online exam questions. You may preview the questions on the WiscJobs website. The total length of your written responses for the questions should be limited to a total of five pages. These questions and your responses are considered to be an Examination for this position and will be used to determine your eligibility for this vacancy. Write clearly and concisely and use examples to support your statements when necessary. If you omit information requested on this announcement, your application may be rated ineligible.

To apply online, visit the WiscJobs website. During the application process, you will be asked to create a login and submit your application materials online by copying and pasting your responses into appropriate fields. Follow the online application instructions below…”

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