Electronic Resources Librarian

Winston-Salem, NC, USA
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Salary: $55,000+
Created: October 25, 2022


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Job Description Summary

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library seeks a creative, proactive, and collaborative library professional with the ability to provide innovative services through their position as Electronic Resources Librarian. The successful candidate will provide leadership and strategic management for the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources following licensing; and will ensure that the Library’s discovery services accurately reflect e-resource holdings from local purchases and subscriptions, consortial arrangements, and other sources. This position will maintain and improve e-resource access; diagnose and troubleshoot access and linking problems; serve as the Library’s primary point of contact for access issues; and work to ensure continued access to the Library’s e-resources. This position is expected to communicate with users, vendors, and colleagues on multiple Library teams and in other Wake Forest University libraries.

The Electronic Resources Librarian organizes and presents assessment data to stakeholders in order to evaluate e-resource usage and subscription decisions, and participates in the Library’s reporting requirements. This position will use tools to gather COUNTER usage reports and will manage data collected with SUSHI harvesting and other reporting tools.

The Electronic Resources Librarian will identify, document, and implement best practices and workflows for e-resources in the Library’s Alma/Primo environment; and will work with subject liaisons and others to improve e-resource discovery across the Library’s suite of discovery tools. The Electronic Resources Librarian will coordinate with subject liaisons and others to arrange product trials and training. They will maintain an awareness of current developments and trends in e-resource access, assessment, and management. This position may also serve as a liaison to one the university's academic units.

Job Description:

This is a full-time, twelve-month position, with Library Faculty status, and reports to the Director of Library Technologies. ZSR Library faculty are governed by the policies established in our Librarian’s Assembly and are evaluated annually on Librarianship (70%), Scholarship and Professional Achievement (20%), and Service (10%).

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equity, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or a master’s degree in a related field with experience in an academic, special, or research library setting.
  • At least two years of experience working with electronic resources in an academic library or equivalent; experience with related software platforms such as Library Services Platforms and OpenURL resolvers.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, exercise flexibility and creativity in meeting objectives, and effectively manage multiple projects and assignments in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Proven ability to resolve complex and ambiguous issues in a timely manner.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; strong interpersonal skills and public service attitude. Ability to work effectively in a team environment; ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff of the University.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

We want to emphasize that the following preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague increase their academic knowledge and/or develop preferred skills if needed.

  • Experience working with the following:
    • Ex Libris Alma and Primo, OCLC EZProxy, and SpringShare LibAnswers’
    • Alternate authentication methods;
    • Developing, analyzing, and documenting workflows and procedures;
    • Working with vendors and publishers.
  • Familiarity with the following:
    • Standards for e-resource usage statistics;
    • Current, relevant metadata standards (e.g. MARC, RDA, KBART, OpenURL);
    • Reporting requirements for IPEDS and ARL statistics.
  • Practical understanding of e-resource contract language including issues such as archival rights, perpetual access, interlibrary loan, and copyright and fair use.
  • Engagement with professional organizations, research, or publication.

Salary and Rank: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is appointed to a Library Faculty rank as established by Wake Forest University. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. We anticipate hiring at the Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian rank. Starting salary for this position at Assistant Librarian would be no less than $55,000 annually and negotiable based on experience. Wake Forest offers a generous benefits package.

Review of applications begins November 21, 2022 and continues until the position is filled. Interested applicants should go to https://hr.wfu.edu/careers and submit cover letter, resume and references.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library, with a collection of over 1.9 million volumes, materials expenditures of over $6 million, and an operating budget of over $13 million, serves over 5,500 undergraduates and over 2,800 graduate and professional students within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Divinity School, and the School of Professional Studies. We collaborate with the Coy C. Carpenter Medical Library and the Law Library to supplement services for the School of Medicine and the Law School. Wake Forest is a private university where academic excellence is consistently recognized through rankings in the top tier of the country’s finest liberal arts institutions. Wake Forest offers a rare combination – the academic and technological resources, facilities and Division I athletic programs associated with a large university with the compact campus, small classes and individual attention only a smaller school can provide. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” The university is beautifully located between the western mountains and east coast beaches of North Carolina. 

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