Coordinator of Acquisitions and Electronic Resources

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Created: November 9, 2016


*RESPONSIBILITIES*: The University of Alabama Libraries seeks an energetic
and collaborative librarian to fill the position of Coordinator of
Acquisitions and Electronic Resources. The successful candidate will be
flexible, inquisitive and a creative problem solver. The Coordinator will
report to the Head of Resource Acquisition & Discovery, and will ensure
optimal and accurate access to subscription resources, including databases,
electronic journals and e-books. S/he will work closely with the Head of
Resource Acquisition & Discovery, the Associate Dean for Research and
Instruction, and liaisons to apply best practices to shape and improve
access to electronic resources for Library users. This faculty position
provides leadership and direction for the development, delivery, and
assessment of the University Libraries’ collection of electronic resources.
S/he proactively incorporates new and emerging techniques and technologies
into the program. In collaboration with the Head and other faculty, staff,
and students in Resource Acquisition and Discovery, this position
participates fully in planning, assessing, and determining strategic
directions. The candidate must have willingness for continual learning,
development and application of additional expertise through work related
experiences and professional development opportunities. Must possess the
ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems in an academic

Other position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

· Manage the lifecycle of digital resources from trial to
subscription/purchase. Maintain accurate records for purchase decisions,
licensing, and renewals.

· Review and manage licenses in conjunction with the Business
Office and purchasing/legal entities on campus.

· Design and prepare expenditure reports; maintains accurate
acquisitions records; oversees invoice payments and monitors renewals for
electronic resources

· Advise and collaborate with ILL on issues regarding access and
use of digital resources.

· Demonstrated ability to view issues from an institutional and
library-wide perspective

· Engage in creative problem solving and suggest ways to improve
current practices and procedures.

· Prepare and submit accurate timely reports on statistics and
payment as needed.

· Ensure efficient and effective workflow for the acquisition of
digital resources.

· Work effectively with the current ILS (Voyager) and discovery
system (EDS), the electronic resource management system (Serials
Solutions), and the usage consolidation system (Ebsco Usage Consolidation).

· Work effectively with the management of Spring Share to provide
access to the A-Z list of digital resources.

· Assist the Head of Resource Acquisition & Discovery with
management of all activities related to the purchase of library materials
in all formats.

· Assist with development of policies and procedures related to
monographic and serials acquisitions, budgeting, fund management, vendor
assessment, and audit record requirements.

· Overseeing the activation and management of new and existing
e-resources within the knowledge-base of the Library’s access management

· Developing proactive methods to preempt e-resource access
problems before they are reported;

· Resolving problems relating to e-resources access in a timely

· Monitoring trends in e-resource management, analyzing tools and
workflows, exploring new models and recommending changes to existing tools
and workflows as appropriate.

· Providing information, training, and support to inform colleagues
and the campus of new features and interface changes related to e-resource

· Promoting and improving resource access by updating, customizing,
and integrating interfaces for e-resource discovery, including vendor
platforms for databases/e-journals/e-books, and other library resources.

· Implementing policies and procedures for new modes of content
delivery including streaming video and e-book platforms, provide training

· Monitoring usage of all electronic resources, develop and submit
various reports on usage trends and provide analysis.

· Working collaboratively with other RDA faculty staff to develop
and distribute various marketing materials to promote electronic resources
to Library users.

· Performs other duties/functions as requested.

· Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library
environment continues to change.

· Supervision of student workers and staff as required.


· Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program

· 2-3 years minimum experience managing electronic resources in an
academic library

· Demonstrated ability to do detail-oriented work, including strong
analytical and problem solving skills.

· Experience with Voyager or another ILS

· Experience with Ebsco Discovery Service or similar discovery

· Working knowledge and management of Serials Solutions, Ebsco
Usage Consolidation, Spring Share products

· Demonstrated ability to review, manage, and process licenses for
digital products.

· Understanding of copyright issues regarding digital products

· Experience configuring and managing open URL resolvers

· Demonstrated problem solving, organizational and analytical
skills, and an aptitude for detail-oriented work

· Demonstrated ability to plan, initiate, and implement effective
programs, projects, and services; demonstrated strong commitment to
customer service excellence

· Proven communication and interpersonal skills evidenced by the
ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships
with colleagues, faculty, students, and staff

· Friendly, approachable, public service attitude

· Demonstrated ability to be flexible in a dynamic work
environment; proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
in a complex changing environment and complete tasks according to an
established timeframe

· Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a
faculty appointment; commitment to engage in continuing professional


· Three or more years as a manager in electronic resources or

· Experience in a large academic or research library

· Experience working with consortial issues and subscriptions

· Experience with negotiating licenses

· Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and meeting

· Experience with fund management, vendor relations; knowledge of
current issues and trends in scholarly communication, collection
development, or acquisitions; knowledge of web technologies and metadata
standards related to effective e-resource access and discovery.

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the
State of Alabama’s flagship public university and the senior comprehensive
doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 37,000 students, is
ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. UA has
graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, has had 121 Fulbright
Scholars, is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars
(150 in 2015), and has 5 Pulitzer Prize winners among its ranks. Under the
new leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic
planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion
of graduate education. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of
200,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation
across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent
quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several
large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of
Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for
Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation, centerNet, LYRASIS,
the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Network of Alabama
Academic Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama
Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional
Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The
University Libraries homepage may be accessed at

Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment
background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month Tenure Track appointment at the Assistant or
Associate Professor rank; or 12-month Clinical appointment at the Assistant
Professor rank, depending on qualifications. Salary is $60,000.00 -
$75,000.00 commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits
including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at Click Search Positions. University Libraries
in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum
Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three
references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by November 30, 2016 are
assured of receiving full consideration.

The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and
staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of
ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.


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