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The successful candidate for this position will serve as Head of the Serials Acquisitions Unit, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division (TSD), Library Operations (LO), National Library of Medicine (NLM).

More than just a library!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NLM is the world's largest biomedical library with a collection of more than 20 million items. Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. NLM acquires, organizes, and preserves the world's scholarly biomedical literature, creates databases and search tools for molecular biology, genomic and toxicology information, and supports a nationwide network of medical libraries. The Library's various Web-based databases are the world's most consulted medical information resources for scientists, health professionals, and the public.  Click on for more information.


•Manage operations of the Serials Acquisitions Unit which acquires approximately 18,000 print and electronic biomedical and related serials
•Provide preliminary bibliographic control for serial titles
•Provides supervisory leadership and direction to a staff of professional acquisition librarians whose grades range from GS-9 to GS-12 level and library technical support staff whose grades range from GS-7 to GS-8 level. 
•Manage accounts and communication with commercial subscription vendors worldwide.
•Oversee creation and maintenance of purchase order, receiving, payment and holdings records in an integrated library system and physical processing of print serial issues.
•Monitor expenditures on the serials budget and prepare reports to support analysis of the NLM collection.
•Advise management in establishing local policies and practices for serials acquisitions based on current and emerging industry standards and technology.
•Participate in the development and implementation of overall policies and procedures for the Collection Development and Acquisitions Section and of NLM-wide policies and procedures for literature acquisition.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No