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    Posted: 11/Feb/2014 at 7:40pm

Title:           Electronic Resources Librarian
Category:     Librarian (Open Rank)
Department:     Acquisitions
Benefits:     22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays
          Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a robust organization of Big Ten member institutions, is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

With collections including 4 million volumes and more than 40,000 serials subscriptions, the University of Maryland Libraries allocate 75 percent of its materials budget to electronic resources. Maryland ranks 39th among the 115 member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries and has an operating budget of $23.7 million.  The University of Maryland Libraries benefit from being situated geographically within minutes of the nation’s capital and its departments, agencies, and research centers.

The University of Maryland Libraries is seeking an Electronic Resources Librarian. As a member of the Acquisitions Department reporting to the Head of Acquisitions, the Electronic Resources Librarian is responsible for the procurement, licensing and management of electronic resources purchased directly by the UM Libraries, and those resources indirectly acquired through collective licensing via consortia. Responsible for the administration of new and existing licensing for electronic resources; maintains a database for tracking electronic resource licenses and licensing expressions. Researches existing license agreements and negotiates new licenses, develops and maintains guidelines for standard licensing terms, monitors subscriptions in relation to existing license expirations and renewals, reviews the impact of current licensing on post cancellation archival access, collects usage statistics, registers and activates new electronic resources, and troubleshoots e-access problems reported by patrons and other library staff.

Works closely with the Head of Collection Management, the Continuing Resources Librarian, and the Head of Acquisitions to develop licensing policies and e-resource management workflows for both owned and demand driven e-resources, and to support new methods of research, such as working with large datasets and text/data mining. Consults with University Counsel to resolve license and contract issues. Works closely with Metadata Services staff and Digital Systems and Stewardship staff to make sure electronic content and database resources are both discoverable and accessible to library users. Also assists the collection development librarians with renewals and the licensing of new electronic resources. Participates in inter and intra-departmental initiatives across the Libraries.

Librarians hold faculty status and contribute to the teaching, service and research mission of the University. As a member of the Library faculty, has an obligation to remain professionally informed, to pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to the field of expertise, to disseminate the results of scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for professional service at the Libraries, campus, state, or national level.

Required Qualifications

     â€¢     Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association.
     â€¢     Two years of academic library experience with acquisitions or electronic resource management, at least one of which must include serial acquisitions management.
     â€¢     Experience with integrated library systems or next-generation resource management systems.   
     â€¢     Demonstrated ability to manage tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints.
     â€¢     Must be able to take direction as well as provide direction to others.
     â€¢     Ability to work independently and meet project deadlines.
     â€¢     Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external parties and diverse constituencies, including other staff, cross-departmental/divisional groups, patrons, vendors, and/or library partners.
     â€¢     Must have excellent analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills.
     â€¢     Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.
     â€¢     Demonstrated ability to pay close attention to details is essential, as is accuracy.
     â€¢     Ability to perform workflow analyses and document procedures.

Preferred Qualifications
     â€¢     Three or more years of serial or acquisition experience in an academic or research library, at least one of which is as a professional librarian.
     â€¢     Experience with e-resource management, e.g., implementing system support for e-resource workflow, license negotiation, providing and maintaining access to e-resources.
     â€¢     Experience with discovery systems and e-resource knowledge base systems.
     â€¢     Familiarity with cataloging, systems, or collection development.
     â€¢     Technical skill such as creating apps, SQL queries, or coding in Python, JavaScript or other programming languages.

For the full position description, please go to

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website:

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at . No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until March 10, 2014.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  
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