Electronic Resources Management Librarian (Tenure-track), CSU Channel Islands

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University with 629 transfer students and welcomed its first freshman class in fall 2003. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities not only in the Cal State system but also in the nation. Indeed, in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges ranking, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI 20th among “Top Public Schools”. Moreover, CSUCI was ranked 20th of over 1,449 schools in CollegeNET’s Social Mobility Index (2020) and the 15th “Most Transformative College” (2020) in the nation by Money Magazine.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. CSUCI is located in Ventura County and home to more than 6,900 undergraduate and 239 graduate students. We are proud to note that our campus is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 55% of our undergraduate students as Latina/o, 25% as White, 2% as African American, 5.5% as Asian-American, and 4% are multiracial.

CSUCI is taking steps to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people. We encourage applicants who are motivated to contribute and serve as colleagues to our tenure-track body that consists of 20.73% Latinx faculty, 2.44% African American faculty, 8.54% Asian American faculty, 0% American Indian faculty, and 62.2% White faculty.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population, welcoming people from all backgrounds, to sustain an environment in which all can thrive, create, work and learn.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI provides excellent faculty support services for new hires to settle in and join a collaborative and supportive community. With the proper support, the successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the school and university.

About the Program:

The John Spoor Broome Library team is comprised of 11 librarians and 11 staff members. A critical part of the CSUCI experience, the Library supports the learning and research communities of our diverse campus through its collections, and robust information literacy program. The Broome Library is prized by faculty and students alike for its careful attention to physical space, collections, special programming, and services such as equipment lending. The Library’s commitment to comprehensive reference service, active learning pedagogy, multicultural programming, and range of methods for gathering student input reflect its alignment with and support of the campus’s four mission centers. Furthermore, the integration of information literacy standards into the campus General Education learning outcomes creates an effective foundation for its core educational mission.

About the Position:

The Electronic Resources Management Librarian oversees the lifecycle of the Broome Library’s electronic resources, including licensing, discoverability, access & accessibility, administration & support, operating under the day-to-day supervision of the Head of Collections & Resource Management. This position develops, recommends, implements, & maintains an operational management strategy for the Library’s electronic resources. This Librarian monitors & manages the entire complex life cycles of e-serials, e-books, databases, & streaming video, & applies best practices for discoverability and accessibility of Library resources to improve electronic resource access, usability and accessibility. The position works collaboratively with Library faculty & staff, vendors, & campus IT Services to ensure seamless, and uninterrupted access to, and discovery of, the Library’s electronic resources.


  • Creates and maintains policies and best practices related to electronic resource management in collaboration with various stakeholder groups including students, discipline faculty, academic support services, accessibility support services, and others to ensure timely and equitable access to academic research collections.
  • Maintains close working relationships with content providers, vendors, and campus and CSU partners.
  • Works to ensure adherence to license terms for electronic library resources including but not limited to database, e-book, and streaming media (facilitating data harvesting, clarifying license terms and costs, and developing and sharing usage reports) in consultation with Library stakeholders within & outside of the library.
  • Provides support to Library faculty and staff and patrons, as appropriate, to resolve e-resource access and discovery problems.
  • Provides reference and research counseling to students, designs and delivery information literacy instruction, and conducts discipline specific subject liaison duties with discipline faculty colleagues as assigned.
  • Seeks feedback from Library faculty & staff to regularly improve electronic resource system functionality.
  • Troubleshoots and identifies solutions for electronic resource management workflows and processes.
  • Designs and manages workflows for loading records, and license management for locally-purchased subscriptions.
  • Coordinates the management of the electronic consortial bibliographic records through the CSU Unified Library Management System (Alma/Primo VE), discovery (Primo, web), and user authentication platforms (EZproxy), and knowledge bases (SFX, Primo) in coordination with faculty and staff who have responsibility for Library acquisitions & programming.
  • Serves as the library liaison with the Chancellor’s Office, Ex Libris, and CSU Library groups directly relevant to library electronic resource management matters by participating in CSU-wide discussions, working groups and task forces related to electronic resource management in the CSU system.
  • Monitors relevant Chancellor’s Office, Ex Libris, and CSU Library group listservs and communications to ensure effective communication of changes & developments relevant to ensuring access to electronic resources.
  • Creates resource usage reports for resource allocation, analysis, budget review, institutional assessment, accreditation needs, and state and federal reporting requirements.
  • Oversees LOCKSS and CLOCKSS e-resource preservation systems, in collaboration with the Library Programmer.
  • Identifies emerging trends and technologies in e-resource management that have the potential for new and improved library service, as for example Open Educational Resources (OER).
  • Provides reference and instruction services to a diverse student body.
  • Collaborates with librarians and university partners to integrate library collections & services across the curriculum.
  • Serves on library and university committees and task forces.
  • Pursues scholarship as expected of a tenure-track position.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science/Information Science (or equivalent foreign degree) by July 2021.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science/Information Science (or equivalent foreign degree) by July 2021.
  • 3-5 years of professional library experience in electronic resource management, including experience working with vendors and publishers, negotiating licenses, and experience with other ER related applications such as link resolvers (esp. SFX) and proxy server configuration (esp. EZproxy) at time of application.
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to service excellence to a diverse community including a focus on first-generation, Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, Asian/Asian American, and other historically marginalized groups.
  • At least two years’ experience with Alma, Primo Central Discovery Index, and Primo/Primo VE.
  • Demonstrated understanding of relevant standards and practices, such as OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI, EDI, and KBART.
  • Basic knowledge of Oracle and SQL.
  • Technical aptitude and ability to learn new programs as necessary.
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the community.
  • Evidence of effective cross-cultural interpersonal and communication skills (i.e., multicultural competencies).
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a diverse environment, prioritizing work to ensure that departmental and Library goals are realized per stated specifications.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills, proven problem solving ability, flexibility, and ability to meet deadlines successfully in a complex, dynamic, and diverse environment with competing demands.
  • Understanding of the multi-faceted roles libraries play in higher education and the broader community; knowledge of information technology trends and appreciation of the importance and impact of technology in academic libraries.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of successful mentoring historically marginalized students with special focus on first-generation, Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American students.

As a condition of employment, this position will require a background check. The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience using best ERM practices in working effectively in the complex landscape of digital content management including streaming media licensing and administration.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in creating and maintaining comprehensive discoverability and accessibility of a rich collection of digital resources (databases, e-books, streaming media, statistical data sets, etc.).
  • Evidence of cultivating relationships with faculty, students, staff, and community members to encourage collaborative partnerships.
  • Experience working with library users of diverse ages, as well as from various socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Experience teaching library instruction to a diverse student body.
  • Experience providing reference services to a diverse population.
  • Dedication to research and scholarship in the field of library and information sciences.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin 4/21/2021. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

To apply, an online application must be completed at www.csucijobs.com.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. a letter of application,
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. the names and email addresses of three references, and
  4. a librarianship statement describing your philosophy on engagement and interaction with students in your role as an ERM librarian, with a special focus on first-generation, Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American students. This statement could include evidence of teaching, professional/public service, or research that demonstrates commitment to serving historically marginalized groups.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at academicpersonnel@csuci.edu.

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