Electronic Resources and Collections Librarian


Loyola University Chicago - Health Sciences Library
Library Type: 
Academic Library
Illinois County: 

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time

The Organization

Loyola University Chicago is a nationally recognized urban university founded in 1870 in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. The Health Sciences Library located in Maywood, IL supports nursing, medical, graduate biomedical, bioethics, and public health education and the Loyola University Medical Center.

Position Summary

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library Electronic Resources librarian is collaborative, proactive, and service-oriented and applies innovative approaches to electronic resources and collections operations. This position is responsible for providing leadership for strategic development and management of the life cycle of new and existing electronic resources, discovery tools, and cataloging for all Health Sciences Library resources in all formats. The librarian proactively solicits input from faculty, students, and staff, adeptly promotes HSL collections and resources, and skillfully responds to Health Sciences Campus resource needs. Reporting to the Director, this accomplished professional will join a small and dynamic team of talented librarians and capably manage change in an evolving technological environment.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage a robust collection of electronic books, article databases, journals and other resources in support of stakeholder needs and University strategic mission
  • Lead cataloging and discovery services operations by setting well-articulated goals in concert with the Library mission. Communicate goals and policy to faculty, staff, and students
  • Maintain timely and accurate metadata about the library's resources in a variety of systems, including Alma, Primo VE, Serials Solutions, and EZ Proxy
  • Design and manage collections budget to ensure judicious and timely expenditure of funds
  • Apply usage statistics and other assessment data to identify needs, evaluate current and potential licenses and to support renewals, alternative access options, and withdrawal
  • Provide detailed collection policies that define the scope and level of collections and effectively communicate them to stakeholders
  • Establish and document workflows, processes, and best practices for electronic resources acquisition, licensing, implementation, assessment, and budget
  • Develop and maintain productive and positive relationships with vendors, colleagues, faculty, students and staff
  • Serve on relevant University committees and represent the library at national and regional meetings.
  • Performs other duties as required

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in library science or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree
  • 3 – 5 years of professional library experience with progressive responsibilities in technical service in an academic, research, or health sciences library
  • Proven experience researching, implementing, and assessing electronic tools and resources
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Experience in setting up, providing access to, and troubleshooting issues with electronic resources through database and web page maintenance, cataloging, proxy server, and OpenURL linking
  • Demonstrated expertise with copy cataloging of print, electronic, and other formatted materials
  • Familiarity with OCLC Connexion, and working knowledge of MARC editors
  • Demonstrated knowledge of classification standards (MeSH and LCSH), authority records, and current cataloging rules and standards (e.g., AACR2, RDA, MARC);
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively in both collaborative and independent settings
  • Ability to work as a team player in maintaining harmonious, cooperative working relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and staff
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to explain complex concepts to a wide range of users in individual and group settings
  • Strong interest in the health sciences, the research enterprise and supporting researchers, residents, and the educational journey of tomorrow's health care professionals and their teachers

Preferred Qualifications

  • Flexibility, initiative, and a sense of humor
  • Proven project management skills
  • Familiarity with biomedical research and experience searching biomedical and other health-related information resources and citation management systems
  • Working knowledge of common and emerging metadata and encoding standards
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to use scripts or tools to extract and manipulate data from a variety of sources , including web services and APIs
  • Proficiency with at least one programming or scripting language, such as R, Python, Ruby or JavaScript
  • Strong commitment to working in a diverse and collegial atmosphere that offers opportunities for innovation and professional growth
  • Respect for the Catholic, Jesuit tradition and enthusiasm for the library mission, values, and vision

This is a non-tenured faculty position. Promotional opportunities are achieved through a rank and promotion process. Academic expression for this position is accomplished through contributions to teaching, publication, research or service to the profession of health sciences librarianship

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications based on Loyola University of Chicago pay scales. Loyola University Chicago offers a generous benefit program which may be reviewed online.

Special Instructions

All applications must be submitted electronical via the following link: https://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/20368 . Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three references. The position will remain open until filled.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

For fullest consideration, please complete the application by July 15, 2022.

Application Contact: 
Jonna Peterson
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