Electronic Resources Librarian

Washington, D.C.
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Created: July 7, 2014


American University Library invites applications for an Electronic Resources Librarian at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian.  The successful candidate will be an innovative, user-focused, collaborative Electronic Resources Librarian to provide vision and leadership in managing the Electronic Resources Management (ERM) Unit.

Responsibilities: The Electronic Resources Librarian reports to the Director of Technical Services and manages the ERM Unit within the Technical Services Division of the University Library.  This Unit is responsible for acquiring the library’s electronic resources which includes databases, datasets, e-journals, and aggregator packages, negotiating license agreements, compiling and analyzing usage statistics, troubleshooting access problems, managing the library’s various electronic resource platforms and delivery systems.  Manages the electronic resources/serials collection budget of $4.2 million. The Electronic Resources Librarian supervises 3 FTE unit members.  Supervisorial duties of this position include developing and implementing unit goals and projects, establishing policies and procedures as well as hiring, training, and evaluating staff.  As a member of the Collections Management Team, this position participates in collection development activities and provides support for digital initiatives.  As a member of the Technical Services management team, this position serves a leadership role within the division.  

As a member of the Library faculty, this position participates in in library governance activities, provides expertise regarding innovations and trends within librarianship and specifically regarding the management of electronic resources, contributes to creative and scholarly research, and participates in campus-wide committees.  This position reports to the Director of Technical Services.

Requirements: ALA accredited M.L.S.  Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience managing electronic resources including acquisitions, licensing, and providing access, fund management, knowledge base management and the technical aspects of electronic resources.  Evidence of leadership and management skills.  Evidence of initiative, an ability to work collegially in a team environment as well as excellent organizational, interpersonal and communications skills. Evidence of potential to meet continuous appointment requirements in performance of primary responsibilities, scholarship, and university service.   Experience with an integrated library system, electronic resources management system, and link resolver.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Position available: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The American University Library www.american.edu/library  serves the AU community through a collection of over 1,300,000 volumes, 52,000 media and sound recordings. Notable collections include a branch music library, a strong visual media collection, special collections and university archives, a K-12 curriculum materials center, and numerous partner collections across campus
including those with GLBTA, Career, and Visual Arts resources. AU Library has affiliate collections at the Washington College of Law and at the Wesley Theological Seminary. The AU Library collection totals over 125,000 journal subscriptions in all subjects. Personnel include 20 library faculty, several part-time librarians, 70 full-time staff, and about 140 student assistants. The library's budget is about $14.4 million. The American University Library is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, the Patriot League Libraries Group and the University Libraries Group.

American University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, many with international focus, to more than 12, 000 students.  

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of application, resume, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:

Michele Mikkelsen, Director, Administrative Services
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8046

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.  American University is an Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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