Electronic Resources Librarian

Storrs, CT
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Created: August 16, 2019


Job ID: 2019617
Title:   Electronic Resources Librarian
Rank:  University Librarian I or II (UCP 5 or 7)
Area:   Collections & Discovery

The Electronic Resources Librarian coordinates the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources. Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions & Discovery, the Electronic Resources Librarian works collaboratively to develop and communicate best practices and procedures for the acquisition and management of the UConn Library’s electronic resources.  This position will require innovation, creativity and a willingness to problem solve. Along with all UConn Library personnel, the Electronic Resources Librarian will make a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University.

The Electronic Resources Librarian engages in continuous learning and is professionally engaged at the state, regional, or national levels.  As an active member of the Collections & Discovery area’s Acquisitions & Discovery unit, the Electronic Resources Librarian contributes to the advancement of the UConn Library through collaboration with colleagues and engagement with Library-wide initiatives, including serving on Library and University committees. The incumbent will be a positive contributor to the Library, founded on the UConn Library values of kindness and trust, curiosity and inquiry, equity and inclusion, and having fun.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees all workflows related to managing the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources, including licensing, acquisitions, access, administration, support, and evaluation.
  2. Works with vendors to develop and maintain effective business relationships.
  3. Participates in the review of contracts and negotiation of favorable pricing and licensing terms for electronic resources, including e-journal titles and packages.
  4. Maintains an understanding of State of Connecticut and University of Connecticut procurement requirements (e.g., ethics affidavits) and ensures compliance.
  5. Coordinates license agreement processing and invoice payments. Tracks electronic resource expenditures and monitors budget.
  6. Notifies vendors of renewal and cancellation decisions and ensures timely communications with appropriate user communities on new or cancelled resources.
  7. Establishes access to new electronic resources, monitors platform changes, and works collaboratively to investigate, resolve and communicate access issues.
  8. Updates and maintains remote access and authentication products, such as EZproxy.
  9. Tracks and manages complex changes in the UConn Library’s e-resources collections.
  10. Informs the strategic allocation of funds by leveraging assessment tools to evaluate current resources and identify areas of user need, including overseeing the collection and analysis of electronic resources.

Minimum Qualifications for Appointment at University Librarian I (UCP 5):

  1. Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program (or international equivalent).
  2. Work experience in a library and/or library consortia setting.
  3. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, interact collaboratively, and build and maintain successful partnerships.
  4. Familiarity with current electronic management systems and workflows, technologies, and integrated library systems.
  5. Knowledge of current licensing and renewal issues for academic or research libraries.
  6. Ability to analyze and evaluate data in order to produce reports and recommendations for decision-making purposes.
  7. Demonstrated leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Appointment at University Librarian II (UCP 7):

  1. Minimum of three years’ experience in an academic library or comparable setting.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of current licensing and renewal issues for academic or research libraries and a user-centered approach to e-resource collection development and acquisitions.
  3. Demonstrated experience managing a project or budget for a department, project, team, or committee.
  4. Evidence of sustained participation in library-related professional development activities at a local level or higher.

Preferred Qualifications for Both Appointments:

  1. Recent experience working and negotiating with commercial and academic vendors including pricing, licensing, and contract negotiations for all e-resource types.
  2. Experience with Ex Libris Alma and/or electronic resource management systems.
  3. Familiarity with current e-resource standards and protocols (e.g., KBART, COUNTER, and SERU).
  4. Demonstrated awareness of current national trends and developments in shared and consortia collection development and management.
  5. Experience coordinating projects with demonstrated project management skills.

Appointment Terms
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top public research universities.

UConn’s faculty and staff are a critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. 

This is a full-time position based in Storrs, Connecticut. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary and rank are dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience.

To Apply
Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions, (Reference search #2019617) and include a cover letterdetailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to ellen.silbermann@uconn.edu. To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by September 1, 2019. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019617)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 1, 2019.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .

Last updated: Saturday, August 17, 2019 15:10 UTC