Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga)

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Lupton Library
Position available: August 1, 2011
Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian
Job Identifier: F10-2-17

The Lupton Library seeks an energetic, intellectually curious, and user-centered professional to fill our Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian position in the Materials Processing Department at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC).  The librarian in this position serves as an integral member of a team of faculty librarians and staff specialists committed to managing ongoing, seamless access to electronic and serialized resources in all formats efficiently and effectively.  This is an ideal opportunity for a professional interested in working in a small academic library focused on providing proactive services in a dynamic, transparent, and flexible environment.

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Materials Processing, the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian ensures optimal and accurate access to subscription resources in all formats, including databases, electronic journals and books, print journals and other continuations.  The Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian leads the development of new methods of subscription and resource acquisition and strives to increase available resources for the UTC community.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage subscription resources through the establishment of product trials, license review, access management, record maintenance, subscription renewal, and ongoing vendor relations;
  • Activate and manage new and existing e-resources within the knowledgebase of the Library’s access management system;
  • Oversee receipt of remaining print journals and other continuations;
  • Serve as chair of the Library Electronic Resource Committee;
  • Assist in management of proxy access to ensure accurate access to resources;
  • Develop proactive methods to preempt e-resource access problems before they are reported;
  • Resolve problems relating to e-resources access in a timely manner;
  • Monitor trends in e-resource management, analyze tools and workflows, explore new models and recommend changes to existing tools and workflows as appropriate;
  • Gather, analyze, and report use statistics and monitor pricing patterns of e-resources to support decision-making;
  • Provide information, training, and support to inform colleagues at the Lupton Library and the campus of new features and interface changes related to e-resource discovery;
  • Work closely with Digital Integration Librarian to optimize content exposure;
  • Work with the Library Information Technology Department on issues related to e-resource access;
  • Manage student workers and delegate workflows effectively;
  • Assist and advise department head and dean in the iterative reorganization of the department and the library.

Other librarian responsibilities include:

  • Provide reference services for 2 to 3 hours per week and one Saturday per semester;
  • Serve as Library liaison to assigned academic departments and develop collections in the corresponding subject areas;
  • Serve on Library committees and participate in other Library-wide efforts;
  • Serve on University committees and participate in other University-wide efforts;
  • Participate in professional, scholarly, and creative endeavors.

Department Description

The Materials Processing Department provides UTC students, faculty, staff, and affiliates with access to a range of resources in a variety of formats, from discovery to fulfillment.   The department consists of 4 full-time librarians, 3 full-time staff specialists, and student assistants working in a collaborative environment committed to excellence.

Library Description

The Lupton Library is centrally located at the heart of the UTC campus.  The Library staff is comprised of 16 librarians and 14 staff members, has an annual budget of just over 2.4 million dollars, and collection holdings of more than 500,000 volumes, over 2,000 active journal subscriptions, 140 databases, and over 22,000 accessible online journals.  The Lupton Library offers 100 public computers, 10 group study rooms, and two well-equipped library instruction classrooms, among other features.

Lupton Library faculty and staff support and enhance the campus community’s mission of teaching, research, and service by providing a comprehensive range of public, collections, and technological services, including proactive outreach, instruction, and reference.  Lupton Library constitutes the largest information center on campus.  The Library’s technological infrastructure consists of a combination of vendor-based, open source, and locally developed resources.  Key components include:  VTLS Virtua’s ILS, OCLC’s Web-scale Management System (WMS), Gold Rush’s open-url linking software, ILLiad, Rapid ILL, electronic reserves, LibGuides, Library H3lp, a Joomla-based web presence, and a number of in-house programs that manage and enhance library collection and services.

Current and recently completed projects include an ongoing review of the circulating collection of books, implementation of OCLC’s WMS, implementation of a new zombie-themed library orientation game, expanded workshop offerings, implementation of digital signage and 10 new Macs on the public floor, an experimental library news channel, and an upcoming website redesign.  The library is in the building phase of a new $48 million dollar, 180,000 square foot library to be completed in early 2013.

University and City Description

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, UTC is a growing metropolitan university of just over 10,000 students offering 44 undergraduate degree programs, 22 graduate degree programs, and doctorates in three fields.  In 2008 UTC earned the Community Engagement designation from the Carnegie Foundation in the areas of Curricular Engagement and Outreach/Partnerships.  The campus is in year three of its five year Strategic Plan.

UTC’s 100 acre campus is located in walking distance from downtown Chattanooga in the center of a very scenic metropolitan area of close to 500,000 people.  Chattanooga is a mid-sized city that has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Parade, Southern Living, and other magazines and web sites as one of America’s most livable cities.  Chattanooga has gained an international reputation for its downtown, riverfront development, public and private partnerships, excellent quality of life, outdoor advantages, and reasonable cost of living.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program;
  • Detailed understanding of current models, practices, and tools used by academic libraries for the acquisition and management of e-resources;
  • Demonstrated aptitude and experience with relevant information technology, such as integrated library systems, open-url resolver, Microsoft Office, Web 2.0 and social software (blogs, wikis, RSS), and instant messaging;
  • Demonstrated problem solving, organizational and analytical skills, and an aptitude for detail-oriented work;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, initiate, and implement effective programs, projects, and services;
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to customer service excellence;
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, students, and staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible in a dynamic work environment;
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex changing environment and complete tasks according to an established timeframe;
  • Demonstrated ability to view issues from an institutional and library-wide perspective and to manage organizational change;
  • Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a faculty appointment;
  • Commitment to engage in continuing professional development.

Desirable qualifications

  • A second advanced degree;
  • Prior experience managing e-resources in a library setting;
  • Prior academic library experience;
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly communication;
  • Knowledge of web technologies and metadata standards related to effective e-resource access and discovery;
  • Knowledge of serials cataloging

Salary: minimum is $42,500.00, commensurate with experience

Rank

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position with faculty status and academic rank.  Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate professor.  Professional achievement, service, and research/scholarship activity are required for tenure and promotion

Benefits include: 24 days vacation and 12 days sick leave per year, 11 paid holidays, 80% of health/life insurance paid by the state, choice of retirement programs, relocation reimbursement, professional development funding, tax program savings, and more.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of interest, 2) a current CV, and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references including the professional relationship of each reference.   Please include a reference to Job Identifier F10-2-17 in your letter of interest or email message.

Review of applications begins on July 5, 2011 and will continue until position is filled.

Email complete application packets to facultyvitae@utc.edu

Finalists will be asked to make a presentation during the on-campus interview.

For information about the UTC and the Lupton Library please visit www.utc.edu and www.lib.utc.edu

For information about Chattanooga, please visit www.chattanoogafun.org or www.chattanooga.gov

Official transcripts for required degrees must be received prior to any offer of employment. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment. A criminal background report will be completed on the chosen candidate.  The University of Tennessee is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, Section 504, and ADA Institution.

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