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Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian

Position overview

Salary range: $60,116-$144,844

Application Window

Open date: January 4, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Feb 27, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian
Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing (CARS)

The University of California, San Diego Library seeks creative, collaborative, and service-oriented applicants for the position of Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian for our Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing (CARS) Program.

Responsibilities of the Position - Reporting to the Program Director for CARS, the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian serves as the Division Head for the Electronic Resources and Serials Units. Reviews and negotiates licenses for UCSD purchased resources and manages the acquisition, activation, and troubleshooting of all purchased and subscribed electronic resources for the Library. Collaborates with collection strategists on licenses. Coordinates the gathering and analyzing of serials, ebooks, database usage, and other related assessment data. The Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian also oversees the activities of the serials acquisitions unit. This position directly supervises 4 FTE (3 in electronic resources and one serials unit head), and 3 FTE (serials unit) indirectly. This position offers a hybrid work arrangement, which includes a combination of 2 to 3 days of onsite and 2 to 3 days of remote work.

• As a CARS Division Head, manages personnel, delegates work, and oversees the development and implementation of new policies and procedures.
• Recommends and adapts new technologies and ensures appropriate training.
• Demonstrated experience in electronic resources management.
• Manages the life cycle of electronic resources including acquisition, licensing, activation, and troubleshooting access issues.
• Manages and oversees adherence to license terms for the Library’s electronic resources in consultation with collection strategists.
• Oversees the acquisition of serial publications in all formats.
• Gathers data on acquisition, holdings, and usage of electronic resources and print serials.
• Manages electronic books and streaming video licensing, acquisition, and troubleshooting.
• Collaborates closely with collection strategists to support resource acquisition.
• Represents the Library in communications and negotiations with content providers, vendors, and publishers.
• Collaborates with the California Digital Library Acquisitions Unit to manage shared, UC systemwide electronic collections and serials

About The Library – Great Research Starts Here

The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the top 25 public academic research libraries in the nation, plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, patient care, and public service mission. The goal of the library is to serve the University’s vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. It accomplishes this through support of student and faculty success, support of research and learning through information resources, by serving as a place of community and inspiration, and by extending the impact of UC San Diego research through investments and innovation in scholarly communication and research data. In service of these priorities UC San Diego
Library has 180 staff and an annual budget of approximately $32 million. UC San Diego Library serves the entire UC San Diego community and is committed to building a Library that reflects and supports our community’s values. The incumbent should be committed to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse culture.

The Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing (CARS) Program supports the University’s mission of research, teaching, and public service by purchasing, licensing, borrowing and otherwise acquiring materials and resources in all formats and languages. The program has approximately 22 FTE staff who track and manage the collection budget, provide collection development support through financial and statistical analysis and reporting, obtain and lend materials through resource sharing workflows, build the Library’s permanent collections utilizing a variety of leading-edge acquisitions and licensing processes, and provide and manage access to digital and open access resources.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community, the Library’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, and LAUC-SD Diversity and Inclusion Committee. We also encourage the opportunity to build a network of peers that share your similar passions and interests through the UCSD Staff Associations network.

About the University

With 42,800 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as well as one of the top schools for medical research. UC San Diego is also in the top 10 of all universities in the nation in receiving federal R&D research grants.


Basic qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

• MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree. Other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services may be substituted.
• 3-5 years experience working as an Electronic Resource Librarian, Serials Librarian or in related fields.
• Knowledge of the electronic resources and print serials life cycles.
• Demonstrated knowledge of current practices in electronic resource management in a library.
• Demonstrated experience managing staff.
• Enthusiasm and commitment to learn new skills in support of program and library goals.
• Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Additional qualifications (Required at Time of Start)

• Experience overseeing electronic resources and serials in an academic or research library setting.
• Experience working in library systems such as an ILS and link resolvers.
• Experience with Open URL linking technologies and/or authentication mechanisms.
• Experience managing streaming media licenses.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA