Head of Collections

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Work type: Staff (Full-Time)
Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL
Categories: Olin Library
Division: Academic Affairs

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Benefits & Perks 

  • 25 Days - Paid Time Off (vacation, sick and personal time)
  • 11 Days - Paid Holidays
  • 5 Days - Paid College Closure Days
  • Eligible for Medical, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurances (within 30 days of hire)
  • 100% Employer-Funded Health Reimbursement Account ($125+/month)
  • 100% Employer-Paid Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • 11.5% Employer Retirement Contributions
  • Discounted On-Campus Dining Meal Plans
  • FREE On-Campus Parking
  • FREE Access to Campus Amenities (gyms, pools, library, sporting events and more)
  • FREE Full Tuition for Employees and their Families
  • Pet Insurance
  • 100% Employer-Funded Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
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  • Local & National Discount Programs, including Winter Park Locations (i.e. shops, restaurants, gift cards and more)
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Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Library Director, the Head of Collections creatively and proactively leads a team of four staff members, including the Electronic Resources and Serials Manager, in maintaining and evaluating efficient workflows, developing the library’s collections, and creating a rich, diverse, and relevant array of offerings based on the needs of the Rollins community.  This team is responsible for the acquisition, access, licensing, organization, and description of library collections in all formats, as well as interlibrary loan.  In addition to leading and managing a department, the Head of Collections serves as a member of the Director’s leadership team.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads and manages a team of four staff members.
  • Manages the library’s collections in all formats, in collaboration with library colleagues and in support of the Rollins College curriculum.
  • Uses an evidence-based approach to perform and direct selection, promotion, and de-acquisition of library materials and online services and recommends introducing new formats and eliminating outdated collections, and develops procedures on weeding, acquisition, and all aspects of the selection process.
  • In consultation with the Director, develops the annual budget for review, and administers the approved budget allocations for collection resources. Develops and recommends system policy and procedure on collection development related matters.
  • Leads strategy and team accountability for acquisition, licensing, organization, access, and description of library collections in all formats, as well as interlibrary loan.
  • Anticipates collection needs by analyzing demographic trends, past collection performance, and emerging developments. Considers and makes recommendations on new formats (including nontraditional collections) and the de-acquisition of less popular collections (including under-utilized electronic collections).
  • Ensures technical operations are streamlined and standards compliant and works to ensure that selection and de-accession activities generate a continuous, stable workflow. Collaborates with other unit leaders on optimizing workflow across units.
  • Leads the Electronic Resources and Serials Manager in contract negotiation, licensing, troubleshooting, and performance evaluation of vendors. Provides information and support to the library director in the negotiation of e-resource licensing. Regularly reviews standing orders and periodical subscriptions.
  • Collaborates with the Digital Archivist in leading digital scholarship initiatives and coordination of related collections and systems.
  • Serves as a member of the Director’s team of department heads in coordinated leadership of Library initiatives.

Research Assistance and Instruction

  • Provides research consultation assistance during scheduled hours at the Olin Library.
  • Provides information literacy instruction including library orientations and general and subject-specific instruction sessions.
  • Works with faculty members to develop a professional and contextually appropriate collection in all formats across disciplines.
  • May participate in library liaison outreach program to assigned academic departments and holds a courtesy faculty appointment to the Olin Library.
  • Takes initiative to identify and facilitate ongoing communication and build relationships with stakeholders (e.g. academic departments, administrative departments, programs, and organizations) within the Rollins community on matters related to Library collections.
Qualifications & Education


  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or an equivalent degree.
  • Two or more years of experience supervising staff and/or librarians.
  • Experience indicating the ability to lead, manage, and administer library collections in all formats.
  • Ability and/or demonstrated experience to lead and manage a department, including personnel management and evaluation and knowledge of library and institutional policies and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively plan and delegate projects from vision to evaluation.
  • Ability to manage and lead change in a rapidly developing library environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with college constituents and the public effectively and courteously.
  • Ability to work as a leader in a team environment.
  • Significant knowledge of one or more of the library subspecialties of acquisitions, collection management, cataloging, metadata, scholarly communication, digital collections, or interlibrary loan.
  • An appreciation for the liberal arts and the role of the library in higher education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with web-based resources, including open access resources.
  • Campus-based position located within the Olin Library.
  • A second master’s degree in an academic discipline is preferred.

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Provide three reference names and email addresses on application.

Screening of applications will begin immediately.

About Olin Library:


Olin Library strives to be an exemplary liberal arts college library that collaborates with our diverse academic community in teaching, learning, and knowledge creation. We seek to empower the Rollins community through personalized, expert services, curated and diverse resources, and engaging, supportive environments. To learn more, please click here.

About Rollins College:


Rollins is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the College celebrates the open exchange of ideas within a climate of civility and mutual respect. We view differences—from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and political perspectives—as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. to learn more, please click here.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

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