Collections & Discovery – UConn Libraries
Under the direction of and reporting to the Head of Electronic Resource Services, this position is responsible for performing a variety of duties in the acquisitions, licensing, access management, and analysis of UConn Libraries’ e-resource collections. This position is also responsible for collaborating with library staff to communicate e-resource information, evaluate e-resources, and resolve issues related to e-resource access and management. In conjunction with the Head of Electronic Resource Services and Electronic Resource Services Unit (ERS) members, this position works to develop and communicate best practices, procedures, and strategic directions for UConn Libraries’ e-resources collections and applies fiscal criteria and guidelines to acquire, analyze, and manage those collections. This position works collaboratively within ERS on strategic initiatives, annual planning, and goal setting.
Facilitates the movement of e-resources through the UConn Libraries’ processes for acquisitions, licensing, and access.
Works with e-resource providers to create and maintain effective business relationships and to pursue the refinement of existing methods and explore the development of enhanced models of acquiring e-resources.
Coordinates and participates in the review and negotiation of favorable pricing and licensing terms for e-resources, including e-journal titles and packages.
Ensures timely renewals or cancellations.
Tracks and appropriately manages complex changes in the UConn Libraries’ e-resources collections, including title changes and the transfer of online subscriptions from one publisher/platform to another or in and out of content packages.
Works with campus units such as Procurement Services, Purchasing, and the Office of the General Counsel to develop e-resource acquisitions workflows that are compliant with University and State of Connecticut procedures and policies.
Maintains an understanding of State of Connecticut procurement requirements (e.g., ethics affidavits) for e-resource collections purchases and subscriptions and assists in collecting and tracking any required documents.
E-Resource Collection Development & Analysis:
Informs the strategic allocation of funds by conducting analyses and developing methods to support the systematic and ongoing assessment of e-resources.
Compiles and analyzes data to improve understanding of user behavior and collections use, evaluate returns-on-investment in support of evidence-based collection management decisions, and contribute to the analysis of shared/consortia collections to support decision-making with partner organizations.
Maintains an awareness of trends and developments in users’ information seeking behaviors and preferences as well as emerging technologies and applies this information to improve e-resource access and management.
Works to support cooperative e-resource acquisition efforts and resource sharing agreements with the UConn School of Law and UConn Health as well as members of the Connecticut Library Consortium, the Northeast Research Libraries, the Boston Library Consortium, and other appropriate organizations.
Professional Service and Development:
Develops, maintains, and applies a thorough knowledge in the tools, skills, and standards of professional librarianship that provides the basis for responding to queries, coordinating services, providing instruction, presenting material, creating new resources/tools, or implementing and utilizing current and systems.
Participates in professional organizations at the regional and/or national level.
Participates in appropriate Library, University, and professional programs to enhance and develop work-related skills.
Contributes to the university community by participating in the general programs and initiatives of the UConn Libraries, University, and other appropriate professional activities.
Minimum Qualifications for appointment as University Librarian I (UCP 5):
Graduate degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program.
Work experience in an academic or research library and/or library consortia setting.
Demonstrated working knowledge of current Electronic Management Systems and workflows, technologies, and integrated library systems.
Demonstrated analytical, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
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.
Ability to analyze and evaluate data in order to produce reports and recommendations for decision-making purposes.
Additional Minimum Qualifications for Appointment as University Librarian II (UCP 7):
Minimum of three (3) years’ recent experience negotiating licenses and pricing for e-resources.
Demonstrated experience managing a budget for a department, project, team, or committee.
Recent demonstrated involvement in professional development activities related to e-resources acquisitions and management at the local or regional level.
Preferred Qualifications for all Appointments:
Recent experience working and negotiating with commercial and academic vendors including pricing, licensing, and contract negotiations for all e-resource types.
Experience with integrated library management systems (e.g., Alma) and/or Electronic Resource Management Systems (e.g., CORAL).
Recent academic training or professional experience relevant to e-resource management.
Familiarity with current e-resource standards and protocols (e.g., SUSHI, COUNTER, and SERU).
Experience coordinating projects with demonstrated project management skills.
Demonstrated awareness of current national trends and developments in shared and consortia collection development and management.
Recent demonstrated involvement in professional development activities related to e-resources acquisitions and management.
Knowledgeable of current trends in e-resource management and scholarly publishing.
This is a full time position with an anticipated start date of November 13, 2015. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Rank and salary are dependent upon education, qualifications and experience.
Applications should be submitted online using Husky Hire at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu and include a cover letter, detailed resume providing evidence of a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, and contact information for three professional references.
Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to email@example.com. Position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by September 15, 2015. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
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 consistently 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 research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the 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.
For information on employment opportunities at the UConn Libraries please contact:
Head of Administrative Services, UConn Libraries
369 Fairfield Road, Unit 1005A
Storrs, CT 06269-1005