Job: Electronic Resources Librarian

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Electronic Resources Librarian

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$48,492 minimum salary

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Position DOES NOT require a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


The Acquisitions and Collections Services Department seeks an experienced Electronic Resources (E-Resources) Librarian to serve as Head of the E-Resources Unit. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position that provides leadership in the management of the complete e-resource lifecycle, coordinates the unit’s activities and workflows, manages the work of, and supervises five full-time staff, and sets goals and objectives for the Unit. 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, processing over $8 million dollars in annual e-resource expenditures, managing access via e-resource access and discovery systems, liaising with subject librarians on all e-resource related matters, loading e-resource MAchine Readable Catalog (MARC) records, and creating reports and statistical analysis for collection assessment.



In support of the mission and strategic directions of the Smathers Libraries, the incumbent works collaboratively and fosters positive working relationships with colleagues and with publisher and vendor representatives to ensure patron information needs are met while continuing to build collections that satisfy long-term goals. This position may negotiate license agreements and purchasing arrangements and represent the Libraries by serving on consortial committees. As a tenure-accruing faculty member of the Smathers Libraries and University, the E-Resources Librarian will be expected to pursue research, 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 for distinction.

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 (5 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 relationship 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.
  • Continuously improve user interaction with library created and third-party systems, including reviewing settings, investigating and troubleshooting complex access/authentication issues, and advocating for users’ needs by 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 development of 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.






  • 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 supervising, managing, training and motivating team members
  • Experience with integrated library systems (ILSs) and e-resource management, access, and discovery systems
  • 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 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 excellent analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Evidence of working independently and meeting project deadlines
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to customer service
  • 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.
  • 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 at





  • Experience reviewing and negotiating license agreements, purchasing terms, and/or vendor services for electronic resources in an academic library
  • Understanding of business and licensing models and their budget implications, and the ability to clearly communicate that understanding
  • Experience planning and monitoring library collection funds
  • Functional experience with Sierra ILS and EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Project management experience
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Experience with Demand/Patron Driven Acquisitions (DDA/PDA), Evidence Based Acquisition Selection (EBA/EBS), or other "just in time" acquisitions models
  • Basic understanding of cataloging principles and experience manipulating and batch loading MARC record files
  • Involvement in professional development activities, including research and participation in professional organizations.




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Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries

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Job Place:
George A Smathers Libraries

Job Location:
Central Florida

1545 W University Ave




Institution Information
Institution Name :
University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries

1545 W University Ave




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Bonnie Smith

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How to apply

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement on how changes in the e-resources landscape are affecting users and collections at large research institutions (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by August 14, 2017 (applications will be reviewed beginning July 24, 2017). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Failure to include all required documents may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions or concerns about the process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at


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