The Acquisitions Technician position acquires monographic titles in print, microform, and non-book formats, such as electronic books and DVDs, as requested for the Johns Hopkins University academic community. The position also evaluates, edits, and loads bibliographic records in batch using a variety of software and automation tools.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Orders monographic titles in a variety of formats from publishers, book jobbers, auction houses, and private book sellers
Establishes purchase orders in the Libraries' Integrated Library System's (Horizon) Acquisitions module including adding special handling instructions to orders as appropriate
Establishes standing orders for monographic series with organizations, publishers, or other vendors
Investigates out-of-print suppliers for titles no longer published and when possible obtains out-of-print titles from these suppliers
Investigates publisher/vendor purchasing options to ensure that the library obtains the best price for purchases balanced with timely delivery of materials
Evaluates vendor bibliographic records and utilizes software to batch edit vendor files in order to create online purchase order records as well as to update the bibliographic description to conform to local bibliographic control practices prior to their load into the catalog
Collaborates with the Library Applications Group Library Specialist, and Head of Technical Services to develop customized imports of various vendors, OCLC bibliographic catalog records, as well as authority records
Monitors routine batch load reports generated by online catalog software and identifies record load problems and makes recommendations for their solution
Evaluates bibliographic data to ensure accurate description of the purchased titles
Merges duplicate online catalog records incorporating appropriate data from bibliographic, holdings, and item records to be reflected on remaining record
Maintains the bibliographic integrity of the Horizon online catalog by identifying problems and updating records
Undertakes special projects as assigned
Minimum Qualifications (mandatory)
High School diploma/GED required. Bachelor's degree preferred. Three years of related experience required. One or more years of library experience preferred. Additional education may substitute for required experience.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Experience designing or implementing data automation solutions
familiarity with at least one Western or non-Western European language
ability to think logically, work accurately, and concentrate on detail
tolerance and flexibility
ability to work productively and effectively in a demanding and time sensitive environment
ability to communicate and work collaboratively with vendors and library colleagues responding to questions and problems promptly and professionally
ability to work independently as well as part of a team
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Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130... years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.
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