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Electronic Resources and Discovery Librarian

  • Post Date:December 20, 2019
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  • Employer Name Auburn University
Job Description

 The Electronic Resources and Discovery Librarian at theAuburn University Libraries is responsible for ensuring accurate and seamlessaccess to subscription and selected open access electronic resources.  The person in this position will assist inaligning technical services operations to improve efficiency and incontributing to the library’s new strategic plan.

The Electronic Resources and Discovery Librarian is a 12-month tenure-track faculty librarian position reporting to the Head of Technical Services.  This position works closely with the Collections Strategist and Acquisitions Librarian, two Information Technology Specialists, and a variety of library vendors in addition to collaborating across library units. The successful candidate will participate in professional and scholarly activity as well as serve on library and university committees.


This is a tenure track position requiring academic research, presentation and writing responsibilities to fulfill the tenure standards of Auburn University.



Managing critical components of the electronic resources life cycle from access through discovery via the library’s main discovery systems:Voyager catalog and EBSCO discovery service.

Customizing electronic resources access for the best user experience and collaborating across library units to research, test, and implement electronic resource enhancements.

Implementing and populating an electronic resources management (ERM) system or comparable functionality within a library systems platform (LSP).

Assisting with workflows supporting license agreements and contract renewals with both internal and external constituents.

Assisting with troubleshooting access issues for electronic resources.

Tracking and providing information and data used in the analysis and evaluation of electronic resources.

Developing and maintaining policies, procedures, and other types of documentation as needed.

Maintaining current awareness of emerging trends and developments in the management and marketplace for electronic resources.

Investigating new technologies, tools, and best practices for improving electronic resources management.

Performing other duties and assisting with special projects as assigned.



Masters of Library Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited program at the time employment begins.

Knowledge of library tools and systems for electronic resources management or acquisitions.

Knowledge of discovery tools.

High-level understanding of metadata with respec tto electronic resources management and discovery.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a flexible and adaptable attitude as well as a focus on customer service.

Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.



Two years of recent professional or high-level paraprofessional experience in academic library technical services especially in:  electronic resources management,electronic resources troubleshooting, acquisitions, and metadata.

Experience with discovery tools,especially the EBSCO discovery service.

Experience working with metadata and large file data wrangling, metadata utilities (e.g.OCLC), and automated library software.

Experience working with electronic resources tools such as OpenURL resolvers, proxy systems, knowledge bases, ERM.

Ability to troubleshoot electronic resource access problems.

Experience with COUNTER and SUSHI, NISO standards and other best practices for electronic resources statistics gathering and analysis.

Evidence of leadership and management skills.


SALARY/ BENEFITS:Starting salary of $56,410 for a Librarian II/Assistant Professor.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience/qualifications. This is a twelve-month tenure-track position.Benefits include 20 days of vacation leave/12 days of sick leave per year;participation in State Teachers’ Retirement System (mandatory); additional voluntary retirement plans available; health/dental/life/disability insurance.


Application review process begins January 31, 2020 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. A complete application must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references(please include mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers).The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. For questions, contact the search committee chair, Patricia Hartman at pjh[email protected].


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Auburn University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), Hathi Trust, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and other organizations of academic institutions.  The Libraries is currently developing a strategic plan in alignment with the Auburn University Strategic Plan which is available at:


Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples.  Additional information can be found on our website.


Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex,religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status,genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.