Acquisitions Librarian

The Acquisitions Librarian supports the acquisition of library materials and works with the Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections on collection analysis, assessment, and budgetary issues. This position reports to the Coordinator of Technical Services.


  • Monitor and manage the library's approval plans in coordination with the Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections including serving as approval vendor contact and as a resource person for subject liaison librarians in the review and modification of their approval profiles, training them in use of the order system and alerting them to new approval titles.
  • Provide training for new subject liaisons and provide ongoing updates to all liaisons on issues related to selecting and purchases as well as current expenditures.
  • Resolve Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) mediated requests and provide updates on purchase turnaways and upgrades.
  • Provide support to the Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections on collection budget matters including creating monthly fund reports as well as usage and pricing reports and advising on fund allocations.
  • Process streaming video requests by contacting distributors and vendors, negotiating streaming rights and licenses, investigating free online access, ordering the requested items.
  • Manage the Library's video collection including selection and weeding and maintain the video collection webpage.
  • Provide a monthly list of items that have been removed from the collection to the Comptroller.
  • Monitor and respond to patron suggestions for items to purchase by ordering material and sending e-mail responses.
  • Serve as back up for ordering library resources.
  • Serve as back up for transmitting approved invoices to the Accounts Payable unit.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited institution
  • Experience with library acquisitions processes such as ordering, receiving, invoice payment, and fund management
  • Experience with integrated library system (e.g. Sierra) acquisitions module functions
  • Familiarity with publication trends and scholarly publishing issues, including open access to publications and research data.
  • Ability and willingness to work with colleagues in collaborative and team environments
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Commitment to professional development

Marquette University is an independent, Catholic, Jesuit doctoral-granting institution with an enrollment of 12,000 located near downtown Milwaukee. Two adjacent and connected library buildings seat 2,150 and house a 1.7 million volume collection, 500 networked resources, and over 22,000 electronic journals.

Marquette offers an outstanding benefits package including competitive health and other insurance policies, 4 weeks of vacation and tuition remission for employees, their spouses and dependents.

For full consideration submit application online by September 10, 2021 to the university's application site :