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Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian

Job Opening ID 43268


Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian


The University of Missouri Libraries seeks a user-focused, forward-looking, collaborative Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian (NTT position) to join our dedicated, energetic team to maintain and improve users’ access to online resources and maximize the value of the resources.  The successful candidate must demonstrate flexibility, open-mindedness, and the ability to adapt to changing and new technologies and services.  Under the direction of the Head of Research & Information Services, the Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian will coordinate e-resource access, gather e-resources usage data and troubleshoot patron access problems.  In addition, this librarian will work closely with librarians and staff across departments (including subject librarians, Acquisitions & Technical Service’s staff and other departments).  Supervisor and mentors will provide training in systems (SpringShare, Ebsco Discovery Services, etc.). Entry level librarians are encouraged to apply.


Salary and librarian rank will be commensurate with experience. Negotiable from $50,000.


This position holds non-tenure track faculty status (NTT) and will be hired at the appropriate rank of Librarian or Archivist. For information regarding title and rank, please review the MU Libraries’ Librarian and Archivist Governance Document found at: http://library.missouri.edu/staff/libguides/Governance%20Document_rev2019.pdf


Application Materials

Apply online at https://hr.missouri.edu/job-openings with Job ID 43268. A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV must be uploaded through the brief online application. Preference for applications received by September 23, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Individuals interested in this position are welcome to contact the Search Committee Chair, Rhonda Whithaus, with questions or for further information.  Rhonda may be reached at whithausr@missouri.edu or (573) 882-9164.  Potential candidates are also welcome to join an informational webinar with the Chair and members of the Search Committee scheduled for September 8, 2022 at 10:00am (CST) via Zoom (https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/98615606175) .  Attendees will be able to ask questions via chat and will remain anonymous.  


Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities, and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.


The University of Missouri (MU, Mizzou) was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Today, MU’s 31,000+ students represent every Missouri county, all 50 states and 100 countries. As the state’s largest and most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300-degree programs, including 89 online options, through 12 colleges and schools and is one of only six public universities nationwide that has a school of medicine, veterinary medicine college, and a law school. The MU Office of Extension & Engagement extends the benefits of MU research to Missouri’s citizens in all 114 counties in Missouri.


Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, MU is the only public institution in Missouri to be a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The University of Missouri Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), the Center for Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.


For more information on the University of Missouri and the Columbia area, please visit the following:

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits


Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.


The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer

Position: Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian
Organization: University of Missouri Libraries
Location: Columbia,  MO 
United States
Salary: Negotiable from $50,000
Posting Start Date: 9/19/2022
Date Posted: 9/19/2022

Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintain seamless access to electronic resource collections by actively managing access points available online through the libraries
  • Manage database listings utilizing LibGuides and in-house content management system
  • Assist in support of third-party services enabling full text linking, such as Full Text Finder
  • Update and customize interfaces for electronic resource access and discovery
  • Serve as the administrator for the libraries’ branded instance of Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) and the public interfaces for other online resources
  • Maintain the EDS knowledgebase
  • Identify methods for maximizing value and awareness of e-resources through marketing, workshops, etc.
  • Gather, organize, and present data to stakeholders for evaluation of electronic resource subscription decisions and local and national reporting requirements (ACRL, ARL)
  • Use tools and systems to gather COUNTER usage reports
  • Perform troubleshooting for access issues, communicate with users and vendors to identify and resolve issues
  • Coordinate product trials, including user access, manage user feedback and provide usage data to appropriate subject specialists
  • Coordinate librarian and staff training on e-resources
  • Provide user-centered reference assistance and support to students, faculty, staff and community patrons 
  • May serve one or more academic programs as a subject librarian with responsibilities for outreach, research consultation, instruction and collection development for assigned area(s)
  • Stay current with emerging trends relating to electronic resources’ access and discovery to enhance library services
  • Participate in library and campus committees
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Graduate degree in library and information science (MLS, MLIS or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program or its equivalent

The successful candidate will also be evaluated on the following:

Strong customer service attitude

Positive, proactive approach to problem-solving

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

Ability to adapt to change

Ability to plan, implement and assess projects

Familiarity with or interest in learning about tools and programs, such as:

standard usage metrics (e.g., COUNTER data)

library discovery service and full-text link resolver

e-resource access troubleshooting

SpringShare suite of products

Microsoft Excel and Access

Status: This listing expires on: 12/18/2022
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520 S 9th St

Columbia,  MO 65201
United States