Massachusetts Institute of Technology Acquisitions and Appraisal Librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Acquisitions and Appraisal Librarian

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

ACQUISITIONS AND APPRAISAL LIBRARIAN, MIT Libraries, to join the Acquisitions and Appraisal (A&A) leadership team and help build a department committed to innovation and experimentation in the field of library and archives acquisitions and appraisal. A&A provides services in support of general collections, including ordering, licensing support, access, receipt, renewal, payments, physical processing, preservation, quality control, and areas of lifecycle support. Over time, the group will augment these core acquisitions services by expanding its work in line with the library’s strategic pivot toward “inside-out collections,” such as open access collections, data acquisitions, digital scholarship, and born-digital archives. The A&A librarian will run and participate in the operations of acquiring monographs and serials, manage activities involving vendors and publishers, contribute to reporting and analysis of the collections budget, work with and supervise a staff of five, and develop strong collaborative working relationships across the Libraries. The position is ideal for enterprising librarian who is eager to broaden the definition of acquisitions beyond the traditional. A full job description is available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: MLS/MLIS or bachelor’s degree and two years of experience; ability to lead, manage, and train, and motivate staff; ability to identify problems, think creatively, and carry out solutions; enthusiasm for embracing the empathy, courage, self-reflection, and respect essential in a multicultural, diverse, and inclusive workplace and ability to embrace those values in collections and public service work; and ability to understand and evaluate new and emerging technologies. Job #16374-OApplications must include cover letter and resume and be received by August 27, 2018, for priority consideration. 8/1/18

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.