Electronic Resource Management Librarian – Colorado State University

This position fills a key leadership role in the Collections/Contracts Department at the CSU Libraries by ensuring access to commercial and public information resources needed by the CSU community for teaching and research.

The CSU Libraries is a technologically sophisticated environment with a strong commitment to electronic resources and services.  The Libraries has recently reorganized and aligned with campus Academic Computing.   The Dean of Libraries is also the Vice President for Information Systems.  This position presents significant opportunities for a librarian who is innovative, technologically literate, and invested in the future.

Incumbent is responsible for procurement and licensing of primarily electronic information products purchased directly by the Libraries and licensed collectively by the Colorado Alliance, Greater Western Library Alliance, and other consortia. There is also a small print serial component in the current workflow and the incumbent will be responsible for ongoing activity focused on identifying and transitioning print to electronic.  The individual selected for this position will be integral to the success of the strategic vision of a virtual library collection at CSU.

Supervises staff in the unit responsible for populating and maintaining the Innovative Electronic Resource Management module (ERM) and traditional serials processes including hiring, evaluating, training, reviewing and revising assignments, and  workflow procedures.

Assists in new and renewal negotiations with vendors and content providers and administers new and existing licenses for electronic products, interpreting data for maintaining a license database, and consulting with University Legal Counsel to resolve license and contract issues.

Applies knowledge of copyright and intellectual properties principles to ensure that rights of library users are protected.

Responsible for researching license agreements in order to place new subscription orders, developing and maintaining guidelines for standard licensing terms, monitoring subscriptions in relationship to existing license expirations and renewals, registration and activation of electronic subscriptions, and troubleshooting electronic information resource access problems reported by patrons and other library staff.

Plays a key role in the process of identifying and managing the next generation of discovery tools.

Effectively identifies and applies new technologies in support of efficient processing activities and develops expertise with emerging technologies.

Maintains awareness and engagement of trends and developments in e-resource acquisitions and management and transfers knowledge to staff across the organization.

Identifies and negotiates options for preservation/archiving of purchased electronic products (e.g., LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, PORTICO, local servers, etc.) and assures tracking through ERM.

Works with Libraries technology staff to test functionality of archiving systems.

Oversees the operation of the citation linker (currently SFX) and knowledge base(s) which contribute to the Libraries’ discovery tools for users.

Oversees the linking of user terms and conditions to records in the online catalog and ensures that resources are properly managed through the proxy server for user authentication.

Establishes and monitors ongoing extraction of the citation linker knowledgebase to provide holdings data (e.g., Google).

Monitors trends/changes in library and publisher environments that affect citation linking performance and options for services and enhancements.

Works closely with subject liaisons and other staff to identify, select and acquire new information resources, assess needs of CSU community stakeholders, and adjust resources to fit programmatic and research needs in a patron-driven acquisitions environment.

Works closely with Metadata staff and Systems staff to make sure electronic content and database resources are properly added, and records created for access by users.

Works with other Collections staff and accounting staff to monitor budgets, ordering and receivables, and collaborates with staff at CSU Pueblo and CSU Global on acquisitions and licensing.

Collaborates with others in the implementation of best practices, ongoing pursuit of process, improvements, and development/dissemination of policies, guidelines, and procedures.

Maintains successful vendor/publisher relations and monitors and evaluates their services.

Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited degree program.  Minimum of two years professional experience working with electronic resources.  Evidence of flexibility, innovative thinking, and a vision for the future of academic libraries.  Knowledge of the electronic product market, publishing issues, pricing models, and other serials issues, including cataloging.  Experience with an integrated library system—preferably Innovative Interfaces, Inc.—including, acquisitions, accounting, serials and ERM systems.  Knowledge of library technical services processes.  Evidence of excellent computer skills, including knowledge of general computer logic and database structure, as well as electronic content delivery and delivery systems and digital preservation frameworks for commercial collections.  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external parties and diverse constituencies, including other staff, cross-department/division teams, and patrons. Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and priorities.  Effective oral and written communication skills, and ability to communicate clearly with others.  Evidence of leadership potential and institution-wide perspective.  Ability to meet tenure and promotion criteria in an academic library.
Preferred: Successful supervisory and management experience.  Demonstrated ability to anticipate user needs and seek ways of providing satisfactory solutions.  Demonstrated ability to work with detail to ensure accuracy.

Ability to analyze data.  Knowledge of industry standards related to serials and e resources, e.g., ISSN, Open URL, KBART, ERMI, SERU, COUNTER, SUSHI, MARC, etc.  Experience working with vendors and licensing issues.

Faculty status and responsibilities. Twelve-month tenure-track appointment with contract reviewed annually until tenure is granted.  Rank is dependent upon qualifications. Insurance benefits are available.  Faculty may select from several options for medical, dental, life, and personal disability insurance, as well as retirement plans.

Full-time faculty earn 24 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave annually.  Optional deferred compensation.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

UNIVERSITY DESCRIPTION: Colorado State University was established as the land-grant institution of the State of Colorado in 1870.  Student enrollment is approximately 25,000, and the University employs 1,400 academic faculty, 1,900 administrative professionals, and 2,000 classified staff.  Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, a dynamic community with a population of approximately 135,000, and situated 65 miles north of Denver, at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains.  Averaging 300 days of sunshine per year, with low humidity and moderate winters, Fort Collins is ideally located for a variety of recreational, cultural, and family activities.  The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and has a comprehensive online presence at http://lib.colostate.edu.

TO APPLY: To apply, send a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position, plus a current resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references, to James Farmer, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019, or by e-mail to james.farmer@colostate.edu.  Applications and nominations will be considered until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by October 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm.  The search may be extended if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.

Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements in all programs.  The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services Building.  In order to assist Colorado State University in meeting its affirmative action responsibilities, ethnic minorities, women, and other protected class members are encouraged to apply and to so identify themselves.

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