Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian

Library

Employer/Library: 
Northwestern University Galter Health Sciences & Library & Learning Center
Library Type: 
Academic Library
County: 
Cook

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Hours: 
37.5
Salary: 
TBD

GALTER HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY & LEARNING CENTER
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Northwestern University, Chicago
Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian

This position is a non-tenure eligible appointment at the rank of Librarian Faculty.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine is accepting applications for the position of Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian. The Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian coordinates the acquisition, activation, maintenance, and usage analysis of resources for the Galter Health Sciences Library.

POSITION REPORTS TO: Head, Collection Management and Metadata Services

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian gathers information associated with potential new products and trials. Establishes vendor relations, including license review and negotiation. Coordinates licensing of shared resources among Galter Library, affiliated hospital libraries, and other university libraries. Coordinates orders, payments, and activation processes for electronic resources. Manages collections budget. Manages and maintains proxy server and OpenURL link resolvers. Troubleshoots and resolves electronic resources problems and security issues. Consolidates vendor-supplied usage data (both COUNTER and non-COUNTER compliant). Synthesizes and analyzes data to create actionable usage reports. Collaborates in the administration of ExLibris Alma integrated library services platform and Primo discovery platform. Assists with library's collection development related initiatives and activities. Explores new resources and emerging technologies, evaluates their relevance to library goals and user needs, and works with information systems personnel to implement new tools and services as appropriate. Develops documentation of best practices, process improvements, procedures, policies, and guidelines regarding acquisitions and resource management. Assists with promotion and outreach efforts related to library's e-resources. Creates and updates library web pages pertaining to e-resource access, discovery, troubleshooting, and related topics. Participates on committees, task forces, and special projects related to acquisitions, discovery and e-resources as appropriate.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Master's degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with acquisitions and electronic resources in an integrated library system
  • Demonstrated experience working with vendors, publishers, and subscription agents
  • Experience negotiating and reviewing license agreements
  • Evidence of collaborative troubleshooting and creative problem solving
  • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Strong customer service focus

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Experience managing a collections budget in a health sciences or academic library environment
  • Working knowledge of Ex Libris Alma and Primo systems
  • Experience working with EZproxy or other authentication and remote access software
  • Experience with electronic resources usage statistics standard (COUNTER) and protocol (SUSHI)
  • Familiarity with cataloging and metadata workflows and services; knowledge of cataloging standards, including MARC and RDA; familiarity with non-MARC metadata concepts and schemas, such as Dublin Core and RDF; knowledge of metadata delivery formats, such as XML and JSON
  • Evidence of initiative and flexibility
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal continuing education and involvement in the profession

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

In order to apply for this position, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to stephanie.thor@northwestern.edu. Please reference the job title and job opening ID in the email.

Application Contact: 
Steph Thor