Electronic Resources Librarian

Position Announcement

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as an Electronic Resources Librarian.  We are hiring one individual for a full-time position with an 11-month academic appointment beginning February 2020. The Libraries has a healthy resource budget of nearly $14 million for electronic resources.  There is strong support for professional development and this position offers an excellent opportunity for an early-career librarian to gain valuable technical service skills and knowledge. This is an open-track faculty search allowing applicants to indicate a preference for either a tenure-track/tenured position with research and service expectations or a non-tenure track position with professional service expectations. Depending on qualifications, applicants for tenure-track/tenured positions will be considered for the faculty titles of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. Similarly, applicants for non-tenure track positions will be considered for the faculty titles of Clinical Assistant Professor or Clinical Associate Professor.

Reporting through the Director of Electronic Resources, the Electronic Resources Librarian is responsible for the day-to-day activities related to the Libraries’ licensed e-resources throughout their life cycle. Duties include, but are not limited to, activation and maintenance of serial access records in our link resolver, creation and maintenance of supplier and resource records in our electronic resources management system, and creation and maintenance of database access records in LibGuides. The librarian works with vendors to negotiate license renewals, troubleshoot access issues, and remain current on vendors’ technologies.  The position also provides opportunities to participate in the library open software community and may supervise staff.

The person in this position must be a self-starter and detail-oriented, and should enjoy solving problems in a collaborative, collegial environment with continually evolving technologies. The Electronic Resources Librarian is expected to maintain a working knowledge of national trends and developments in acquisitions and electronic resource management. The position serves on committees for the Libraries, the University, and other organizations, contributes to the profession, and engages in scholarship.

Tenure-track responsibilities include engaging in research activities leading to publications and national service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure and promotion.  Non-tenure track responsibilities include engaging in professional service at multiple levels with demonstrated national impact.

The University:

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values:  Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 68,000 students and 3,200 faculty.

 

The Libraries:

The vision of the University Libraries is to be the indispensable hub for discovery, learning, and creativity at Texas A&M.  The pillars of this vision are a distinguished collection of information resources unbounded by place and preserved for future generations; a suite of robust services and a dedicated team exceeding customer expectations; an inspirational environment that delights and invites use; and an organizational culture celebrated for its trust, openness to risk and strengthened by its collaboration and diversity.

The Libraries currently rank in the top ten among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries with competitive starting salaries (taking into account the regional cost of living).  Current staffing includes approximately 160-170 classified and professional staff and 85-90 faculty.  More information can be found at http://library.tamu.edu

 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent)
  • Familiarity with the electronic resources lifecycle and the major technologies involved including link resolvers, electronic resources management systems, and integrated library systems
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • The ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Demonstrated experience handling complex, analytical work, including the ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate problems and devise solutions
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to the electronic resources lifecycle
  • Experience managing electronic resources and/or troubleshooting resource access
  • Experience working with vendors and publishers
  • Experience with SFX or other link resolvers, electronic resources management systems, integrated library systems, interlibrary loan management systems, or other library-related information technologies
  • Experience reviewing and processing licenses

 

Salary/Benefits: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $50,500. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA; paid holidays; no state or local income tax. Funding is provided for professional travel and development activities.

 

Applications: Applications must be received by December 1, 2019 for consideration.  Applications should include a letter of application, current complete vita, and contact information for 3 professional references.  They must be submitted through the Interfolio portal.  Tenure-track/Tenured position applicants should use posting number 69957 (https://apply.interfolio.com/69957). Non-tenure track position applicants should use posting number 69892 (https://apply.interfolio.com/69892).  Please be aware that this is a non-binding selection and can be changed at point of negotiation with the successful applicant.

The letter of application should explicitly address the applicant’s qualifications in context of knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to the specific position References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission. 

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.