Electronic Resources Librarian

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Science
Department:55080100 - LB-ACQUISITIONS / LICENSING CH

Classification Title:

Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian

Job Description:


The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries Acquisitions and Collections Services Department seeks a skilled and enthusiastic Electronic Resources (E-Resources) Librarian to serve as Head of the E-Resources Unit. This 12-month, tenure-track faculty position provides leadership and expertise in acquiring and integrating electronic resources into the Libraries’ collections. The E-Resources Librarian reports directly to the Chair of Acquisitions & Collections Services, supervises four staff, and works collaboratively with personnel across the libraries to acquire and manage ongoing access to electronic resources.  The E-Resources Unit is responsible for the acquisition and management of the Libraries’ e-resources and engages in a variety of activities, including licensing and acquiring electronic resources and processing over $9 million dollars in annual e-resource expenditures.

In support of the mission and strategic directions of the Smathers Libraries, the Electronic Resources Librarian works collaboratively and fosters positive working relationships with colleagues and with publisher and vendor representatives. This position may assist with negotiating license agreements and purchasing arrangements and will represent the Libraries by serving on consortial committees. As a tenure-accruing faculty member, the E-Resources Librarian will be expected to pursue research and engage in scholarship and creative activities that generate impact nationally and internationally, including publications, presentations, and grants; as well as professional service activities that meet library-wide tenure and promotion criteria.

The E-Resources Librarian is expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and perspectives in work activities to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society.


  • Supervise unit employees (4 FTE) and manage the activities and workflows of the E-Resources Unit, including planning and goal setting, workflow review for effectiveness and quality assurance, hiring, training, and evaluating professional staff and student workers.
  • Plan and coordinate e-resource lifecycle management efforts, including license review and record maintenance, invoicing and activation, access and authentication, MARC batch record loading and other metadata activities, discovery system and e-resource management system configuration and maintenance, and analysis and report creation for collection assessment purposes.
  • Maintain effective communication channels and excellent working relationships with subject specialist librarians, library administrators, and publisher/vendor representatives to ensure collection goals are met, including timely renewal and processing of subscriptions and invoices; investigation, planning, and negotiation of new and existing services, purchases, and license terms; and analysis and assessment of e-resource collections and cost effectiveness.
  • Monitor user interaction with library-created and third-party systems, including consulting with subject/liaison librarians to review settings, investigating and troubleshooting complex access/authentication issues, and providing constructive feedback on product and platform design and delivery to vendors and publishers.
  • Monitor and evaluate publisher and vendor products, services, and costs; provide input to the administrators responsible for collection budget management and library systems selection.
  • Contribute as part of the Acquisitions and Collections Services Department leadership team to develop department goals, policies, procedures, priorities, and staffing decisions.
  • Maintain active involvement in appropriate professional and subject-related national, regional, and state organizations, particularly taking a prominent role in representing the Smathers Libraries with regional and state library consortia e-resource and acquisitions-related committees and group initiatives.
  • Engage in professional activities, scholarly research, and service opportunities at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with the Libraries’ tenure and promotion criteria.
Advertised Salary:

$49,920 minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank; $57,738 minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank; Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

Minimum Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent professional experience, plus an advanced degree
  • Appointment at the Assistant University Librarian rank requires two years of relevant experience; appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant experience.
  • Experience managing e-resources within integrated library systems (ILSs), knowledge bases and e-resource management systems, and third-party discovery systems
  • Experience supervising, managing, training, and motivating team members
  • Experience creating documentation and reports and generating statistics to assess collections and/or acquisition plans
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member to accomplish common goals and to adapt to rapidly shifting priorities, goals, and deadlines in a complex, evolving, and diverse environment
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to customer service
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
  • Strong potential to meet requirements for tenure and promotion outlined in the Faculty Career Development Handbook.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Understanding of business and licensing models and their budget implications, and the ability to clearly communicate that understanding
  • Functional experience with Aleph and/or Sierra ILSs and EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Evidence of excellent analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Evidence of working independently and meeting deadlines
  • Project management experience
  • Understanding of cataloging principles and experience manipulating and batch loading MARC record files
  • Experience reviewing and negotiating license agreements, purchasing terms, and/or vendor services for electronic resources in an academic library
  • Experience planning and monitoring library collection funds
  • Knowledge of trends in scholarly communication and academic libraries, specifically as related to e-resource management; acquisitions; collections; cataloging and metadata; and/or scholarly communications.
  • Experience with Demand/Patron Driven Acquisitions (DDA/PDA), Evidence Based Acquisition Selection (EBA/EBS), or other “just in time” acquisitions models
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Involvement in professional development activities, including research and participation in professional organizations. 
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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