Assistant Librarian (Electronic Resources Librarian)— Utah State University

Post date: Nov 06, 2020

Position Summary:

This position manages the Libraries’ collection of electronic resources and works collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the Library, University, and consortia as needed. The Libraries provide a combination of owned, subscribed, on­demand, and Open Access materials through local and consortial arrangements. The Electronic Resources Librarian plays a key role in day-to-day operations by maintaining various points of access to these materials, including through local systems and vendor interfaces. This position provides leadership for navigating the complex, ever­changing role of electronic resources and communicating those changes to the institution. A paraprofessional dedicated to electronic resources and collegial and collaborative cross-functional committees support the work of this position.

Reporting to the Head of Collection Management & Resource Sharing the position is a 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment, including responsibilities for scholarly output and service to the university and the profession. The estimated start date for the position is March 1, 2021.

The Library is dedicated to promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.


  • Coordinates the acquisition and management of electronic resources.

  • Collaborates with the Collection Management team and academic department liaisons to assess and coordinate renewals and selection of new resources.

  • Provides top-level support for e­resource troubleshooting and ensures ongoing usability and accessibility.

  • Promotes the Libraries’ resources and provides trainings to Library employees.

  • Manages administrative metadata in local and third­party systems and knowledgebases (Innovative ERM, Encore Duet, Serials Solutions, etc.).

  • Negotiates and tracks licenses.

  • Assists in budget projections.

  • Works scheduled hours at the Research Help Desk.

  • Participates in professional development and scholarship opportunities relevant to the needs of the position.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA­ accredited MLS degree before hire date.

  • Ability to gather, analyze, and report data.

  • Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills.

  • Excellent communication skills, including listening, writing, and speaking.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and meticulous attention to detail.

  • Ability to work independently and perform complicated tasks with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing assignments and needs.

  • Commitment to meeting the university's requirements for tenure, including excellence in librarianship and effective scholarly output and service to the university and profession.

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, especially as applied to access to electronic resources.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an academic or research library.

  • Demonstrated technical-support skills.

  • Familiarity with current issues in electronic resources.

  • Experience training or teaching.

  • Familiarity with technical standards and formats relevant to electronic resources such as SUSHI, OpenURL, and COUNTER, link resolvers, proxy authentication, and discovery platforms.

  • Experience working with integrated library systems, such as Innovative Interface’s library system Sierra.

  • Familiarity with or experience administering an electronic resources management system (ERMS).

Salary is a minimum of $48,000 plus excellent benefits. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.

To apply for this position, please visit the Utah State University Human Resources website at:

Utah State University is a multi-campus, land-grant institution. Utah State University’s campus in Logan is located 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, within easy driving distance of many national parks. The surrounding Wasatch Mountains place USU in one of the finest outdoor recreational environments in the nation, along with cultural opportunities in nearby cities such as Ogden and Salt Lake, including the Sundance Film Festival.

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Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

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