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Head, Acquisitions Department. Use HDACQ for all of the following positions: (a) head of a
department that is responsible for the selection of material (or management of selection activities
carried out on a basis encompassing more than a single organizational unit), but not responsible
for the placement of orders, payment of invoices, etc.; (b) head of a department responsible for the
placement of orders, maintaining on-order files, payment of invoices, etc., but not responsible for
selection decisions; (c) head of a department responsible for both the selection decisions (or
coordination of selection activities) and for acquiring the material. Libraries that split these two
functions between two departments should report more than one professional with the position
HDACQ. If someone is both HDACQ and HDCAT, report such positions under HDCAT.
Specialists. These are of four kinds: Administrative Specialists may provide critical
organizational support that is institutional in nature (e.g., Finance or Personnel, etc.); Digital
Specialists provide technical support and expertise needed to provide and maintain services that
are digital in nature; Functional Specialists are archivists and curators, media specialists or experts
in preservation, or may coordinate or lead a team or program (e.g. Coordinator of Information
Commons); Subject Specialists build collections, but may also provide specialized research and
reference assistance, including specialized instruction and faculty liaison, and specialized services
like GIS; Specialists may not be, strictly speaking, professional librarians (i.e., have an MLS). The
“specialist” category would generally not be used for someone with significant supervisory
responsibilities. (See also note under Assistant Department Head, above.)
Administrative Specialist sub-codes. BUSI and HUMRES were formerly part of the
Functional Specialists category, ADMIN was a general category that has been narrowed in
focus, and DEV is a new category.
Digital Specialist. These sub-codes include three that were formerly part of the Functional
Specialist category and four new sub-codes meant to capture some of the new positions in
libraries that are the result of an increased digital presence. The new SS sub-code captures
the work of those Digital Specialists that are also subject specialists; for example digital
specialists with subject expertise in humanities, social sciences or sciences; this category
includes digital humanities, science data specialists, etc.
Functional Specialist sub-codes. Starting with the 2004-05 Salary Survey, the ARL
Statistics and Assessment Committee adopted a proposal from the ACRL Personnel
Administrators and Staff Development Officers Discussion Group to break down the
Functional Specialist category. For each position which would have been labeled FSPEC
prior to 2004-05, instead please use one of the five sub-codes (ARCH, ASSESS, CTL,
MEDIA, PRES) to describe that position. If you cannot determine which sub-code to use,
please use the FSPEC code.
Subject Specialist sub-codes. Starting with the 2013-14 Salary Survey, the ARL Statistics
and Assessment Committee adopted the following codes into the Annual Salary Survey
data collection: HFA, SCI, SBS, and AREA. For each position which would have been
labeled SSPEC prior to 2013-14, instead please use one of the four sub-codes (HFA, SCI,
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