The University of Arizona Libraries seek a dynamic and proactive Electronic Resources Librarian; a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment and who welcomes each new challenge as a new opportunity. The successful applicant will work as a member of a collaborative work group where innovative thinking and creative problem solving are highly valued.
The successful applicant will be a creative and innovative librarian, energized by the opportunity to improve access to, and our users’ experience with our online information resources. With the imminent implementation of a new library services platform (ALMA), this position will work collaboratively with appropriate stakeholders to develop, implement, and manage the electronic resources lifecycle, from trials, negotiation, and acquisition to access. This position serves a critical function as the communications link with the University’s Procurement and Contracting Services, as well as Library units including technical services, collections, and our liaison and embedded librarians and desk staff.
Working under the direction of the Senior Information Resources Officer, and collaboratively with members of the Delivery, Description, and Acquisitions Department and other stakeholders, the incumbent oversees the ERM lifecycle and resolves complex issues related to electronic resources acquisitions and licensing (including consortial agreements); electronic access issues; and the implementation, data migration, and ongoing management of electronic resources systems in Ex Libris’ ALMA. These duties and assignments serve the overall objective of providing network-level access to digital resources in a robust discovery to delivery environment and involve a high level of complexity and coordination.
The Electronic Resources Librarian will play a critical role in the development, implementation, and evolution of strategies and workflows relating to the acquisitions and management of electronic resources. This position requires a thorough understanding of and experience with all aspects of acquiring, evaluating, incorporating, and supporting ongoing access to electronic resources.
This is a continuing-status (equivalent to tenure), academic professional position. Depending on experience, candidates may be hired at either the Assistant or Associate rank, and as continuing-eligible or with continuing status. Incumbents are members of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the university and the Arizona Board of Regents. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship and service.
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Duties & Responsibilities
- In collaboration with the Collection Management Librarian, and under the supervision of the Senior Information Resources Officer, negotiates electronic resource licenses to reach favorable pricing and licensing terms.
- Manages electronic resource licensing issues across departments (i.e. TeSS, ODIS, DDA, R & L, UAHSL) as part of a distributed model for electronic resources management (working with Finance, the University’s General Counsel, Procurement & Contracts Office, and other campus and affiliated units or partners, as needed).
- Actively manages the lifecycle of e-resources in collaboration with stakeholders (DDA, R&L, UAHSL, ODIS, Spec Coll, etc.)
- Ensures the accurate recording and maintenance of all administrative data for the Library’s electronic resource subscriptions.
- Actively collaborates with the Senior Information Resources Officer and Collection Management Librarian on current and future electronic resources collection strategies.
- Actively involved in improving the user experience of electronic resources with TeSS, AIS, liaisons, and others.
- Collaboratively investigates, develops, and implements best practices and workflows pertaining to electronic resources management, including the ongoing pursuit of process improvements, and the development and dissemination of policies, guidelines, and procedures.
- Actively develops expertise with emerging technologies and effectively identifies and applies new technologies in support of efficient processing.
- Coordinates and performs access-related problem resolution, responding to user and staff reports and working with library and vendor staff to resolve the issues identified.
- Working closely with the Information Resources Management staff, provides input on budget, fund management, and expenditure projections.
- Member of cross-departmental Information Resources Stakeholders Group.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Demonstrated ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies.
- Demonstrated ability to anticipate user needs and seek ways of providing satisfactory solutions.
- Ability to read and synthesize technical documentation and explore solutions independently.
- Knowledge of current issues, standards, and technologies related to acquiring, licensing and managing scholarly electronic resources.
- Knowledge of infrastructure and data management functions of integrated library systems as they relate to an electronic resources management system.
- Knowledge in the area of electronic resource identification, analysis and processing, e-access trouble-shooting and general electronic resource management.
- Strong management and organizational leadership skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and experience and comfort with professional presentations.
- Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work collegially and collaboratively within and across organizations, as well as with vendors and publishers.
- Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
- Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them. Ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others.
- Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills. Ability to conceive of, plan, document, and complete projects or complex assignments.
- Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.
- Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
- Demonstrated experience reading, managing, and negotiating license agreements.
- Demonstrated experience supporting the management and/or acquisition of electronic resources in an academic or research library.
- Demonstrated experience managing and troubleshooting problems with electronic resource access.
- Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure) if hired into librarian track, including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.
- 5 or more years of experience in an academic library.
- Experience implementing and using an Electronic Resource Management System. Experience with ALMA and/or Primo.
- Experience working in a consortial environment.
- Knowledge of trends and issues with e-resources and a commitment to keeping current with changes, including awareness of issues of vendors, packages, aggregators, platforms, licensing, pricing models, and financial and statistical management needs.
- Knowledge of copyright, intellectual property, and fair use as it pertains to licensing electronic resources.
- Established ability to deal with change, ambiguity and complex problems and to understand relationships between multiple library systems.
- Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and collaboratively.
- Ability to use technology in creative ways to address challenges.