Head of Collection and Technical Services

Athens State University


Application Deadline

Apply By Oct 8th, 2018


$41,930.00 to $52,412.00 per Year


Athens, AL




Not Specified

Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Specified

Type of Library


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Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: Under general direction, the Head of Collection and Technical Services plans, organizes and directs the ordering, and processing of library materials and maintains the automated functions of the library system. This position supervises the work of two librarians and one staff member. Work involves placing orders for library materials and receiving and checking shipments from publishers, cataloging materials, and making materials shelf-ready and maintaining the library’s automated system. This position also provides some public service desk work and library and research instruction in online and/or face-to-face classes consisting of traditional and non-traditional students. This is a twelve-month tenure-track position with faculty rank of Assistant Librarian. The position reports to the Library Director.

• Establish, monitor, and evaluate overall program of service for Technical Services division. Responsible for planning and program development, management of cataloging, serials and binding, and electronic licensing.
• Develop, implement and evaluate policies and procedures for Technical Services including the creative use of technology for technical services operations
• Work closely with the Director and key staff in overseeing the maintenance of the entire collection and establishing departmental priorities within general policy direction
• Responsible for the supervision of librarian and staff work as it relates to technical services
• Assist Library Director in evaluating and implementing the library’s materials budget including subscriptions
• Maintains statistics of technical services operations and prepare narrative and statistical reports
• Maintains an awareness of current library issues and trends affecting all library departments; read professional literature and attends workshops
• Maintains inventory of department equipment and supplies
• Develop and maintain the library automation system and automated administrative functions
• Perform and/or supervise the physical processing of all library materials for acquisition and withdrawal
• Perform and/or supervise the cataloging and classification of all library materials using OCLC, MARC, TLC, and the Dewey Decimal Classification system, including some original cataloging. Maintain knowledge of current trends in professional cataloging rules and standards, RDA, and public library practices and procedures
• Resolve catalog problems and questions initiated by Library staff
• Maintain inventory of department equipment and supplies
• Provide reference services through various communication methods to on-campus and off-campus students and faculty and keep accurate counts
• Work with assigned departments and co-workers to enhance the library’s collections and act as a point of contact for assigned departments
• Work within teams and departments to recommend and assess new programs, policies, procedures and services for public services.
• Actively develop and implement ideas for the promotion of the library to the university community including but not limited to programs, activities, and services
• Positively represent Athens State University in professional, community, and state organizations
• Actively participate in professional development and continuing education
• Assist in covering service points as needed
• Other duties as assigned


• Master’s degree in Library Science or recognized equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.
• At least five years of experience in University setting in cataloging with working knowledge of acquisitions, ILS, and technical services management
• Through knowledge of contemporary bibliographic maintenance standards and practice, including all prevailing cataloging rules, Dewey decimal classification, OCLC/MARC records, and applicable library automation
• Demonstrated supervisory skills
• Evidence of strong service orientation as demonstrated by an ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, library personnel and the general public at all levels
• Demonstrated record of strong organizational, planning, interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills
• Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and implement those deemed appropriate for the community.

• Experience in a related position
• Exhibit strong broad-based knowledge of reference sources
• Knowledge of electronic reference products and accompanying search strategies and techniques
• Knowledge of word processing and database software
• Knowledge of current copyright law related to libraries and higher education
• Familiarity with distance education library services
• Ability to understand, create, and follow oral and written instructions
• Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
• Ability to plan and direct activities and to supervise multiple employees simultaneously
• Ability to complete tasks within a specified time frame

The Community

Athens State University is the oldest continuously operating insitution of higher education in the state of Alabama. Beginning in 1822 as a women's school - we are now a 2-year upper-division and graduate University. We are located just south of Nashville, TN and are a part of the Huntsville-Madison greater metro-area, one of the fastest growing in the state and home to museums, botanical gardens, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and much more. This is a very friendly area, with a low cost of living, many outdoor activities, and plenty of recreational options. 



Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by OnlineU.org for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources.

The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.



HR Info


For assistance, contact the Human Resources Office at 256-216-3333 or email us at employment@athens.

In addition to online application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts


EEO Statement

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.


Posted Sep 10, 2018