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Manager, Collections & Information Services

Employer: KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
Location: Saudi Arabia
Salary: Competitive plus mobility package and benefits
Published Date: 19 Oct 2017
Status: Permaennt
Ref: 50001833

Job Description

Department/Division: University Library

Cost Center: 30030

Position #: 50001833

Grade Code: M2

Reports to: Library Director

Supervises: Research Support & Collections Team Lead, Access Team Lead, Acquisitions Team Lead, Instructions and Reference Coordinator etc.


Position Summary

The Manager of Collections & Information Services main responsibilities are to:

  • Provide strategic planning and implement innovative and effective library services in support of student and faculty research, learning and knowledge sharing.
  • Manage a specialist team of collections development, instructions, e-resource management, acquisitions, access and resource sharing.
  • Identify and develop new programs and services in response to stakeholders’ needs and in consideration of technology change and development.
  • Serve as chief liaison for library subscriptions, license agreements; publisher, faculty, students and researcher relations.

Major Responsibilities

  • Creates department strategy, then develops, assesses, and manages services and programs with ongoing input from key stakeholders at all levels of the organization and throughout the University.
  • Participates in the development of the University Library’s vision and responds to the changing needs of the KAUST community; as well as participates in system-wide planning, policy development, and resource allocation.
  • Manages, develops, supports the department’s employees; oversees the whole operations of the department, and reports on the work of the department.
  • Sponsoring and/or leads cross-unit functional projects to ensure goals and projects are completed according to scope, timeline and budget.
  • Manages the relationship with internal/external parties in regards to subscription licenses, service level agreements and other documents to maintain a sustainable and seamless access to Library resources and services.
  • Oversees collaborations with Academic and Research communities through the subject librarians, instruction and collection development programs.
  • Contributes to and represents the interests of the University Library in regional and international initiatives; seeks partnerships and collaborative service and research opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the Library management and other stakeholders, provides active learning spaces and with collaborative workspaces for interdisciplinary discussions.
  • Performs other duties and undertakes special projects as assigned by the Library Director.



  • Minimum five years of progressive people management experience in areas of acquisition and collections development, library instructions, e-resource management, reference services and access services;
  • A broad view of library and university scholarly communication issues;
  • An excellent understanding of advanced information technologies and their application, current developments and trends;
  • Proven project management experience and a demonstrated ability to estimate scope of a project and bring it to completion on time and budget;


  • Prior experience working in an academic research library, library consortium, or library services organization;
  • Prior experience in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Significant participation in professional associations and/or relevant publications
  • Successful record of developing and initiating new programs



  • Proactivity, flexibility, decisiveness, problem solving, the ability to network, and staying informed about library developments and trends.
  • Ability to effectively communicate issues and solutions to a diverse set of stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated leadership style that promotes teamwork and consensus building.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer service to internal and external stakeholders.



MLS or MLIS degree from accredited programs


Additional educational or research qualifications in science disciplines



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