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Job Posting: Villanova University, Acquisitions and Licensing Librarian

Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library seeks a highly-motivated and collaborative individual to lead the acquisition and licensing of information resources. This position is a member of the leadership team in the Collections Directorate and plays a key role in relationships with subject liaisons, the Office of General Counsel, vendors, and consortia.

Reporting to the Associate Director for Collections, the Acquisitions & Licensing Librarian (A&LL) manages the information resource acquisition-lifecycle for all formats of materials. The A&LL leads and coordinates the acquisition, renewal, and payment of information resources. The A&LL is responsible for maintaining access to and the management of e-resources and communication regarding changes with appropriate library staff.

S/he negotiates and manages licenses in cooperation with the subject librarians, the University’s Procurement Department, and the Office of General Counsel (OGC). The A&LL collaborates with OGC to develop standard terms and forms for efficient licensing. S/he communicates with library and university staff to promote mutual understanding of and compliance with licensing terms and principles.

The A&LL supervises, trains and coordinates team members working in functions relating to acquisition of print and electronic resources. S/he develops, maintains and applies a thorough knowledge of best practices, efficient workflows, and tools for acquisitions, licensing and e-resource management. S/he contributes to programs and initiatives of Falvey Library, Villanova University, and professional organizations, as appropriate.


  • MS/MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience acquiring, licensing and managing the lifecycle of scholarly e-resources. Preferred: 5+ years of progressively responsible acquisitions and licensing experience in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a portfolio of scholarly e-resources in a complex publishing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate the acquisition and licensing of scholarly resources.
  • Knowledge of current issues in acquiring, licensing and managing scholarly resources.
  • Proven record of collaborative problem solving and facilitating cross-organizational cooperation in service of user needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, exercise flexibility in meeting objectives, and effectively manage multiple projects and assignments.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
  • Experience with acquisition module of an ILS.


  • Experience with an ERM.


The successful candidate will be appointed an appropriate Librarian rank depending on qualifications and experience.

Falvey Memorial Library is situated in the heart of campus and is central to academic life at Villanova University. Falvey, which has approximately 50 FTE, was the university library recipient of the ACRL 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The Library has developed both VuFind, an open-source ILS discovery layer that has been adopted internationally, and VuDL, an open-source digital library management software, in an effort to aid its users and scholars world-wide to access its print and electronic resources in excess of 1,000,000 volumes.

Villanova University, located on a beautiful 260-acre suburban campus twelve miles west of Philadelphia, was founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. To this day, Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law.

Nominations and Applications:
To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references with contact information via the Jobs at Villanova website: http://jobs.villanova.edu. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.