• Head, Electronic & Continuing Resources Librarian

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    LITS: Library and IT Services
    LITS: Electr Content Resources
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Required Documents
    Letter of Interest, List of References
  • Description

    Reporting to Assistant Director, Resource Management in the Access & Resource Services (ARS) Division and serving as an area leader for Electronic & Continuing Resources (ECR) including print serials, the Librarian is responsible for management, policy, planning and advocacy for electronic resources and print serials support within the Emory Libraries. This includes acquisitions, receipt and processing of print serials and electronic resources, binding operations, implementation, maintenance and review of licensed electronic resources and vendor products. The Librarian assumes a leadership role in support of workflows committed to acquiring, describing, and providing access to serials and electronic resources in all mediums and languages. The Librarian will align all processes and practices within the framework of Emory Libraries organizational initiatives, foster innovation, and implement constructive change as a part of evolving staff roles in support of strategic directions.  This position works closely with Health Sciences Center Library librarians and staff.


    Essential Responsibilities & Duties


    Electronic and Continuing Resources Team Responsibilities

    • Plan and coordinate e-resource lifecycle management efforts for databases, e-journals, e-books, datasets, and streaming video, including license review and record maintenance, invoicing and activation, access and authentication, MARC batch record loading and other metadata activities, discovery system and e-resource management system configuration and maintenance, and analysis and report creation for collection assessment purposes.
    • Troubleshoots and resolves e-resource access problems. Works cooperatively with other library departments and university departments to resolve issues. 
    • Develops and maintains vendor and publisher relationships.
    • Coordinate the acquisition, renewal, and maintenance of print serials, including binding.
    • Manage staff engaged in serials cataloging, holdings and item maintenance.
    • Manage staff engaged in subscription and renewal processes for print & microform serials, electronic resources, e-journals, and databases.
    • Manage invoicing and payment procedures and practices to maintain accurate budgets
    • Coordinate the collection and reporting of usage statistics, workflow metrics, and any other measures contributing to service assessment.
    • Contribute as a member of the Resource Management team to develop department goals, policies, procedures, priorities, and staffing decisions.
    • Collaborate with other departments, including Collection Management and Library Technology and Digital Strategies, as well as with subject liaisons to ensure access and collection needs are met.

    Managerial Responsibilities


    • Serves as the department head for Electronic and Continuing Resources (ECR) team with programmatic responsibility for functional areas and direct supervision of 4.75 FTE staff.
    • Works with direct reports to coordinate recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff and student employees. Coaches, mentors, and counsels both direct and indirect reports in order to develop staff in a positive and proactive manner ensuring individuals have opportunity to develop broad knowledge of library operations and services as well specialized skills. Works with LHR staff to develop specific training for staff based on need and participates in succession planning and management initiatives as appropriate. 
    • Responsible for developing and maintaining up-to-date librarian position responsibilities statements and library staff job descriptions for staff within department. Reviews requests for new positions and reclassifications and submits to the Assistant Director, Resource Management and Director of Access and Resource Services for consideration.  Works with HR staff to facilitate reclassifications.
    • Conducts annual performance evaluations for direct reports and oversees annual process within the department/unit ensuring that annual evaluations are conducted in a timely manner and submitted on time in accordance with campus and library policy.
    • Establishes and maintains communication with department/unit staff to facilitate the work of the library and ensure library staff is informed of library activities and initiatives.

    Professional Responsibilities

    • Participates in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.
    • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
    • Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.
    • Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librariansto ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank
    • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.


    Required Qualifications 

    • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with library experience).
    • Experience with e-resource and serials management, including strong familiarity with subscription agents, serials vendor products and services, and electronic resource providers.
    • Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, orienting, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, and taking disciplinary action as necessary. Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a supervisor in order to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals. 
    • Knowledge of serials cataloging and metadata standards and practices for print and electronic resources.
    • Knowledge of trends and practices in e-resource management, including developments in e-content acquisition/licensing, workflow, access, and delivery.
    • Experience reviewing and negotiating license agreements for electronic resources in an academic library.
    • Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, faculty and students, off campus faculty and administrators, campus administrators, etc.
    • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.
    • Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software.
    • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
    • Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in academic libraries, higher education, and relevant subject disciplines.
    • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Project management experience.
    • Experience updating and managing EZProxy.
    • Experience in supervising and managing librarians and staff including coaching, motivating, and mentoring.
    • Experience providing and managing library services with evidence of progressively increasing scope of responsibility in a large academic or research institution library and evidence of successful record of leadership and ability to foster an organization-wide perspective that ensures effective stewardship of available resources.
    • Evidence of competence in strategic planning and in introducing and managing change in complex environments along with budget planning and administration, human resources management, and facilities and space planning and management in complex organizations.

    Additional Details

    Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include: 

    1. Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
    2. Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
    3. On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.  

    Candidates applying by October 19th will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans. 


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