Electronic Resources Librarian

Associate Librarian
$59,089 – $73,126, per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full time appointment. The expected start date is January 1, 2015.

The University of California, Berkeley invites applicants for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian (ERL). Reporting to the Head of the Acquisitions Department, the successful applicant will have a thorough understanding of and experience with licensing and supporting access to electronic resources. The ERL will manage key e-resource information systems and will be responsible for the production and dissemination of statistics related to resource (both print and electronic) acquisition, licensing and usage.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation’s premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,500. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries – including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. The Doe/Moffitt Libraries bring special focus to the humanities, social sciences, international and area studies, and undergraduate services and the intersections between them. Discover more about the Library via our Web site: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu


The incumbent will take the lead role in managing publisher/vendor license negotiations, assessment, and support of ongoing access to electronic information resources. S/he will work closely with the Head of Acquisitions, the AUL & Director for Collections, the Electronic Resources Unit, and subject librarians to shape and improve access to electronic resources for Library users. The ERL will report to the Head of the Acquisitions Department.

  • Review and negotiate license agreements with publishers/vendors to reach favorable pricing and licensing terms and arrange trials of e-resources
  • Assist the AUL & Director of Collections with acquisition of content licensed through the California Digital Library (CDL)
  • Review CDL offers and local proposals, and coordinate them with subject librarians and acquisitions staff
  • Establish and manage excellent publisher/vendor relationships
  • Coordinate trial, acquisition and renewal activities with publishers/vendors and staff
  • Work with vendors and users to remedy violations or breaches of contract
  • Work closely with subject librarians and acquisitions staff to support e-collection development
  • Work closely with the fund manager to monitor appropriations and expenditures for central digital funds
  • Coordinate user education and outreach on appropriate conditions of use for licensed content
  • Collect and analyze usage data from local, UC-wide, and vendor/publisher sources and create reports to support purchase and renewal decisions
  • Participate in UC Berkeley’s Collection Budget Group and Digital Advisory Group and UC-wide groups as appropriate
  • Work closely with the staff of the Acquisitions Electronic Resources Unit to ensure a smooth workflow for the acquisitions of e-resources

Minimum qualifications

  • MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution by date of application.

Required additional qualifications:

  • Two years or more experience negotiating license agreements for e-resources for an academic library
  • Two years or more experience working with academic vendors and publishers
  • Familiarity with copyright, fair use, and other intellectual property issues as these pertain to e-resources
  • Knowledge of trends and issues with e-resources and a commitment to keeping current with changes
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

Preferred additional qualifications:

  • Experience licensing data sets, including restricted use data
  • Understanding of data gathering and analysis techniques to support descriptive and inferential statistical analysis
  • Broad understanding of technical services operations in an academic library
  • Familiarity with technologies used in acquisitions, assessment and e-resource settings

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Librarian advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC system, and profession.

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement program and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

DEADLINE: Consideration will be given to applications received by November 20, 2014. All completed applications received by this date will be given full consideration; this recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00559. Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-3778
Email: librec@library.berkeley.edu


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