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Position Announcement - Big 12 Plus Consortium

Cross-posted; please excuse any duplications.

Program Officer for Resource Sharing
Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium

The Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium (BTP) invites applications
for the position of Program Officer for Resource Sharing.  This is a new
position that plans and coordinates activities related to the BTP resource
sharing program area, based on specific goals and strategies developed by
the deans/directors of the BTP libraries in this program in the following

o Interlibrary loan
o Cooperative collection development
o Licensing electronic resources
o Building shared digital collections
o Cooperative reference and instructional programs related to collection 
  development projects.

The Big 12 Plus (<http://www.big12plus.org/>http://www.big12plus.org) is a
regional consortium of 26
major research libraries located in 12 states in the central and western
 U.S. with programs in resource sharing, scholarly communication,
continuing education and preservation & conservation.  Headquarters for
the consortium is the Linda Hall Library
(<http://www.lindhall.org/>http://www.lindhall.org) in Kansas City,
Missouri.  Twenty-one of the BTP member libraries belong to the
Association of Research Libraries (ARL).


Under the supervision of the Executive Director, and working closely with
the member libraries, the program officer will plan and coordinate the
implementation of the goals and strategies for resource sharing that are
established by the membership.  Specific responsibilities include:

o Working with various consortium committees and taskforces involved in
  resource sharing activities, including coordination of meetings
o Negotiating license agreements for electronic resources
o Interlibrary loan delivery contract management
o Coordination of a pilot project for Web-based, patron-initiated 
  interlibrary loan
o Managing communications on BTP resource sharing activities among member
o Project planning and management
o In collaboration with the Executive Director, representing the Big 12
  Plus at professional meetings and conferences


Required:  Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited graduate
school of library/information studies and five (5) years of professional
experience in an academic or research library or in a cooperative library
agency or organization. Professional experience in collection development,
database licensing or interlibrary loan.  Demonstrated project management
skills and effective oral and written communication skills.  Ability to
travel to consortium meetings, member libraries, and professional

Preferred:  Experience in an library consortium environment, effective
group facilitation skills, grant writing experience and a demonstrated
ability to work effectively in a collaborative library environment with
multiple constituencies.

Salary & Benefits

Beginning salary range is $45,000 - $50,000 per year, commensurate with
and experience.  Big 12 Plus professional staff are compensated through the
University of
Kansas, with appointments in the University Libraries as Unclassified
Professional Staff
(non-tenure track).  As such, BTP staff are eligible for University of Kansas benefits, including:

o 22 paid vacation days and 12 days paid sick leave annually
o Group health and life insurance options, including a choice of four
  retirement programs (TIAA-CREF, etc.)

Relocation of the successful candidate to the Kansas City area is highly
preferred but may be negotiable under certain circumstances.

Application Deadline & Procedures

Applications review will begin April 3, 2000 and continue until the
position is filled.  Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter of
interest, a curriculum vita and the names, addresses, telephone numbers,
and e-mail addresses of three references to:

Sandra K. Gilliland
Assistant to the Dean
University of Kansas Libraries
Lawrence KS  66045-2800
Phone:  785-864-8922
Fax: 785-864-5311
E-mail: sgilliland@ukans.edu

The University of Kansas (and the Big 12 Plus) is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer. The University encourages
applications from underrepresented group members. Federal and state
legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion,
color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, and´┐Żeteran
status. In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation, marital status, and parental status.

Adrian W. Alexander, Executive Director
Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium 
Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry St. 
Kansas City MO 64110-2498
VOICE: 816-926-8765
FAX: 816-926-8790
EMAIL: alexandera@lindahall.org
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