Manager, Collection Acquisition - 231529001

Pikes Peak LIbrary District

1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$25.75 per Hour   Calculate


Colorado Springs, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

Are you passionate about providing a great collection for library patrons?  Do you like engaging with the community?  Is supportive leadership your style? Are you adept at understanding the big picture of an organization as well as the details and processes that turn the wheels?  The Pikes Peak Library District seeks an Acquisitions Manager that enjoys interacting with staff, vendors, and  patrons; leading and  supporting the Acquisitions staff;  and curating the adult nonfiction collection. Support the Library’s mission by guiding district-level acquisition of a robust and current print and digital collection through engagement with staff, vendors, the community and other libraries.

The Community


LIBRARY 21C      (40 hours, exempt)

Position #231529001         

DATE POSTED:                    January 10, 2020

LOCATION:                           1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, CO  80920                       

SALARY RANGE:                 $25.75 per hour + full benefits benefits (for benefits information, please see:

POSITION HOURS:              40 hours per week per the following schedule:

                                                Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Note: Regular schedule may be subject to minor changes due to required meetings, training events, etc. Management may require modifications to a position’s schedule, days, times and locations at any time as the needs of the Library District change.


1.  Complete a PPLD online application located at on the application tab.

2.  Required: Resume and cover letter highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for the

     position should be submitted in the following file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .htm                                     

3.  If you require an accommodation to complete your job application, please contact the Human 

     Resources Office at (719) 531-6333, Ext. 6380.

CLOSING DATE:  Preference given to applications received by January 29, 2020 at 9:59 p.m., MST. 

Position Summary: Supports the Library’s mission by guiding district-level acquisition of a robust and current print and digital collection through engagement with staff, vendors, the community and other libraries.

Essential Functions

Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Selects materials for assigned portions of the collection, researches available materials, anticipates trends, analyzes usage, and proposes collection development based on information gathered.
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and training to Collection Management staff.
  • Manages the selection, ordering, and deselection of materials.
  • Evaluates existing procedures and assists in developing, recommending, and coordinating the implementation of new procedures.
  • Assists in the evaluation and development of departmental budgets.
  • Manages the process for hiring acquisitions staff.
  • Conducts performance reviews for direct reports and develops goals and activities for individual and group staff development.
  • Provides coaching and ongoing feedback for direct reports.
  • Contributes to and supports the library customer service mission through providing coverage of the public service desk.
  • Provides excellent direct customer service and acts as a role model for library staff; presents a courteous, positive image of the library and maintains confidentiality in customer, vendor, and staff interactions.
  • Responds to customer suggestions, comments and complaints in a timely, professional, and constructive manner.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

Duties are considered non-essential and include the following:

  • Keeps informed about Library and department information.
  • Participates in special projects as assigned.
  • Encourages professional development of department staff through participation in community and professional organizations.
  • Represents the Library District to community agencies and professional library organizations; speaks to interested groups as requested.
  • Serves on local, state and national committees; takes an active role in library professional organizations.
  • Attends regular department meetings and scheduled All-staff meetings.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Pikes Peak Library District’s policies and procedures and ability to follow them.
  • Ability to act as an ambassador of Pikes Peak Library District by promoting its mission and vision to the public.
  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of library services, innovative trends and best practices in collection management and development.
  • Demonstrates commitment to principles of intellectual freedom and all aspects of customer diversity.
  • Ability to encourage a diverse culture and cultivate a collaborative environment; builds high performing teams.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to actively support change in order to meet strategic goals and objectives.
  • Ability to supervise, plan, and coordinate the work of staff in order to accomplish library goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrates excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills; maintains effective relationships within the division, with staff at all levels, and the public at large.
  • Ability to effectively use applications software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook, along with standard office equipment.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, organize daily work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, detail-rich environment.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively organize daily work under general supervision.

Education and Experience:

  • Requires a Master’s degree in library science (MLS or MLIS).
  • Requires a minimum of three years of professional public library experience.
  • Two years of demonstrated success in leading teams is preferred.
  • Two years of directing departmental operations is preferred.
  • Experience in selection of public library materials preferred.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work is primarily conducted in an office setting that provides comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions. Position requires the ability to sit and use a computer or standard office equipment for extended periods.  Position requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time.  Position requires the ability to lift up to 30 pounds occasionally. Position requires the ability to push a loaded book truck.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.

HR Info

Posted Jan 10, 2020