Acquisitions & E-Resources Librarian

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Created: November 20, 2015


Reporting to the Coordinator of Technical Services, the Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Librarian provides leadership for materials acquisitions, rapid cataloging, and ongoing management of electronic and continuing resources.  The Librarian works collaboratively to make research resources rapidly accessible to library users in an environment where licensing, acquisitions, and cataloging are highly merged, administers the library materials budget and related purchase records in an integrated library system, supervises ordering processes, and oversees budget expenditures according to university policy and procedure.  The Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Librarian may serve as a liaison librarian in assigned areas.

Responsibilities & Duties

Coordinates the full materials acquisitions lifecycle. Provides leadership in managing publisher/vendor relationships, including license agreements for monographs, continuing resources, and database providers. Ensures rapid cataloging, discovery, and access to materials, working with staff throughout Technical Services as appropriate.  Administers Library purchasing systems and monitors spending throughout the year, communicating with subject librarians on materials budgets. Coordinates and customizes policies, tools, and processes to support materials acquisition across a range of procurement models. Coordinates acquisitions budget with the Coordinator of Collections & Scholarly Resources and Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services.

Electronic and continuing resources management
Oversees electronic and continuing resource holdings in library catalog, link resolver, knowledge base, and discovery and management systems, working with staff in Technical Services and Collections as appropriate. Identifies and implements new approaches to electronic and continuing resource linking, discovery, and accessibility and tools for electronic and continuing resources management. Communicates with publishers/vendors to resolve access or use issues. Collaborates with Collections Coordinator to gather usage statistics and other assessment data for electronic resources; manages acquisitions data analysis projects.  Provides internal training and information on electronic and continuing resources management best practices and tools.

Liaison Librarian Services
Serves as liaison librarian to one or more academic or co-curricular programs, as assigned, including responsibilities for provision of information and instructional services, collection management, and engagement with faculty, staff, and students promoting library resources and services.

Professional Development
Maintains an awareness of best practices in academic librarianship through reading in the scholarly and professional literature, participation in relevant conferences, workshops, and professional development programs, and applies lessons learned to current needs in the University Library.

Participates and represents the University Library in University, state, regional, or national professional service activities.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent).

3 years of academic or research library experience, in progressively responsible positions, of which at least 1 year must include the administration of acquisitions functions in an integrated library system.

Demonstrated experience managing work-flows and tools across functional areas and departments related to continuing and electronic resources management, acquisitions, and rapid cataloging; including managing tools and functions that support work in these areas, such as ILS functions, payment and ordering system integrations (e.g. EDI and EOD), vendor acquisitions systems (e.g. GOBI), shelf ready specifications, ERMs, knowledge bases, link resolvers, OCLC Connexion, OCLC's Collection Manager, etc.

Demonstrated familiarity with current cataloging practices and with national and international standards such as RDA, AACR2R, and MARC 21. 

Preferred Requirements

Experience overseeing copy cataloging and rapid cataloging processes; including selecting, batch processing, and loading cataloging record sets.

Supervisory experience.

Knowledge of scholarly publishing, copyright policies, and intellectual property issues in academic institutions and higher education.

Understanding of publisher's licensing and business models.

Demonstrated experience in licensing of electronic resources including reviewing, negotiating, analyzing, or drafting electronic resource license agreements.

Demonstrated experience with original cataloging and full bibliographic control of materials, especially of continuing resources, in all formats in a union environment.

Managerial responsibilities

Manages the activities of the Acquisitions area, fostering efficient and effective work-flows and collaboration across functions and units. Provides direct supervision for 4 full-time, non-exempt staff members (2 Continuing Resources Assistants; Ordering Assistant; Financial Assistant) and indirect supervision of part-time staff and student assistants. Leads task forces, projects, and other groups related to acquisitions, rapid cataloging and discovery, collection management, and electronic and continuing resource management as appropriate.

Financial responsibilities

Administers the library materials budget  and collaborates with the Coordinator of Collections & Scholarly Resources, the Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services, University Financial Services, and consortial buying bodies in the entry and review of these expenditures.  Assists in the preparation of annual departmental budget and special budgets for the Library in collaboration with Library Coordinators; recommends full-time and part-time salary/wage, acquisition of furniture, technology, supplies, and other purchases to support the work of staff in assigned unit.

Other Skills & Abilities Reqd

Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical staff.

Ability to develop and document procedures and work-flow.

Excellent planning, project management, and problem-solving skills.

Ability to work with diverse constituencies.

Ability to work in a collegial environment in order to provide excellent library services.

Knowledge of information technology resources, print information resources, and Web-based information resources required to provide excellent library services.

Knowledge of integrated library systems, e-resource management systems, and library discovery systems.

Ability to interpret bibliographic data accurately.

Knowledge of MS Office, other routine information technology applications employed at the library or university level, and enterprise-level systems employed for the management of library collections or the provision of library services.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to spend extended periods standing. sitting, kneeling, crouching, and bending. Routinely lifting up to 25 pounds may also be required. Visual acuity, hand-eye coordination and motor skills sufficient to use a computer, copy machine and other office equipment are required.

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