Librarian/Discovery Unit Lead — University of Arizona

Post date: July 22, 2021

Posting Number: req6074

Department: Collection Services

Department Website Link:

Position Highlights

Review date has been updated to August 30, 2021.

The University of Arizona Libraries seek a dynamic and forward-thinking librarian to bring leadership, expertise, and vision to a number of functional areas within the Discovery Unit of the Collections Services department. The incumbent will actively participate in the electronic resources life cycle, including collaborating in the management of our authentication to licensed content; coordinating our programs for metadata management and cataloging; supervising and mentoring Discovery Unit employees; and actively working across departments to optimize our discovery solutions. As Unit Lead, they will collaboratively establish and communicate priorities and procedures, seek ways to improve services and achieve efficiencies, and manage workflows in accordance with the Libraries’ strategic priorities. They will also actively work across departmental lines in an environment where collaboration, innovative thinking, customer service, and creative problem solving are all highly valued. Central to this position and the Discovery Unit will be ensuring timely and durable user access to content through integrated processes related to discovery and metadata application.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead the Discovery Unit’s functions related to electronic resources’ access management.

  • Actively participate in the electronic resources life cycle, from onboarding and maintenance to offboarding.

  • Actively participate in the ongoing configuration of authentication methods for accessing the Libraries’ licensed content (Single Sign On, EZProxy, patron privacy, etc.)

  • Manage the Libraries’ outsourced and in-house metadata and cataloging programs, regardless of format, increasing efficiency and integrating acquisitions and cataloging workflows, as appropriate.

  • Manage the troubleshooting and resolution of access issues to content in consultation with other library staff, as needed.

  • Train, mentor, and supervise discovery unit employees, including a mix of university staff and library faculty.

  • Develop and apply expertise with emerging technologies in support of areas of responsibility.

  • Work to put the Libraries in a position to thrive in a linked and open world of discovery.

  • Communicate and collaborate across library departments in support of discovery, electronic resources lifecycle, authentication, and cataloging needs and functions.

  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and UA Libraries.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
    Supervisory experience.

  • Experience using a library services platform to perform the duties related to this position.

  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure) including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated and recent experience participating in supporting authentication methods for access to electronic resources.

  • Demonstrated and recent experience participating in an organization’s electronic resources lifecycle.

  • Experience working in an academic library.

  • Experience with using Ex Libris’ Alma platform to manage electronic resources.

  • Experience with using and understanding of Ex Libris’ Primo discovery tool.

Rate of Pay: $60,000 - $75,000

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Target Hire Date: 9/20/2021

Contact Information for Candidates: Armando Cruz (

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

To ensure your application materials are considered, please submit your application by the first review date of August 30, 2021.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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