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Vacancy Announcement: Univ of Kansas


University of Kansas Information Services 
Regents Libraries Database Consortium 
The University of Kansas Libraries invite applications for a Licensing
Specialist.  The licensing specialist supports the electronic licensing
program of the University of Kansas including licenses for library content
(primary focus) and central information technology software (as backup).
The position also supports the licensing function of the Kansas Regents
Libraries Database Consortium (RLDC), which provides electronic products
to public higher education communities in the state. Time will be allotted
equally between the University of Kansas and the Kansas RLDC.
The position will have a single supervisor and a single workspace at the
University of Kansas Libraries. S/he will take programmatic direction from
the RLDC Chair for those activities related to the RLDC.
For the University of Kansas Libraries and Information Technology units: 
* Review licenses for library content (electronic databases, journals,
books) for conformity to state, university, and library requirements, in
consultation with University Counsel and other staff

* Negotiate with vendors and publishers on business model and licensing

* Coordinate business and technical arrangements with appropriate library
staff j * Ensure that provisions of licenses are appropriate to enable the
University to provide effective services

* Ensure that positive business relationships are developed with major

* Contribute to ongoing review and revision of local guidelines to
maintain currency with university needs and prevailing professional

* Document progress of license negotiations and maintain official license
agreement files

* As needed, provide backup and support for licensing of software within
Information Technology units.
For the Regents Library Database Consortium (RLDC): 
* Serve as contact for vendors on behalf of the RLDC

* Arrange with vendors/publishers for demonstrations and trials for new
products identified by RLDC members or by the Program Assistant

* Develop and prepare annual cost-sharing spreadsheets for review by RLDC
and CODDL (the Council of Deans and Directors of Libraries)

* Compile annual usage statistics for consortium products

* Obtain costs for potential purchases / licenses, and negotiate these
costs to obtain the best possible price for consortium members

* Review and negotiate consortium licenses for consistency with
established standards and expectations

* Prepare bid specifications or work with members in developing bids for
proposed group purchases or contracts including electronic products,
tattle-tapes, binding contracts, etc.

* Develop a consolidated database of products licensed by each member
institution that can be used by the consortium to identify overlap and gap
for possible consortium purchase

* Serve as a consultant to RLDC member libraries in evaluating license
agreements for electronic resources that are not part of the consortium

* Prepare minutes of RLDC meetings

* Work with the Chair of RLDC to establish meeting times and agendas

* Assist members of RLDC to prepare publicity pieces regarding
collaborative projects

* Develop and maintain a website for RLDC containing documents related to
the consortium's business
Required Qualifications 
* Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or five
years of relevant experience in a library, information technology or
university environment

* Demonstrated planning and organizational skills

* Knowledge of intellectual property, electronic publications, and

* Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively in a team

* Excellent interpersonal and communications skills

* Demonstrated ability with analytical tools
Preferred Qualifications 
* Familiarity with or experience in contract law or other legal field

* Familiarity with electronic resources in an academic library setting

* Master of Library Science degree

Terms of Appointment

Offer of employment is contingent upon successful candidate having current
authorization to work in the United States.  The Library Licensing
Specialist and Program Assistant is a full-time Unclassified Professional
Staff position (non-faculty).  Unclassified Professional Staff are
eligible for annual reappointment contingent upon satisfactory performance
and funding availability.  Unclassified Professional Staff are evaluated
annually on their performance of professional responsibilities. There are
no expectations for professional service and scholarly activity.  This
position is FLSA non-exempt (eligible for overtime compensation).
Salary & Benefits

Competitive annual salary; dependent upon qualifications and experience.  
Benefits include 22 days paid vacation, 12 days paid sick leave annually;
several paid holidays; group health and life insurance options; choice of
four retirement programs.
Application Deadline & Procedures

Review of applications will begin June 15, 2004.  Applications will be
accepted until the position is filled.  For full consideration, applicants
must provide a letter indicating how their experience relates to each of
the required and preferred qualifications.  In addition, a curriculum
vita, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of
three references are also required.

Please send this material to: 
Head, Library Licensing Specialist Search Committee
University of Kansas Libraries 
502 Watson Library 
Lawrence, KS 66045-2800 

Applications may be electronically to rcwilson@ku.edu
<mailto:rcwilson@ku.edu> or faxed to (785) 864-5311.  Questions about the
position may be addressed to Sharon Bullard, Human Resources Librarian at


The University of Kansas Libraries constitute a major academic and
research resource supporting approximately 25,000 students and 1,300
faculty.  The University is located in Lawrence, a diverse community of
approximately 90,000 set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, 40
miles from Kansas City. Lawrence and KU offer a wide range of cultural and
recreational activities, and the Libraries play a vital role in the
intellectual life of the community. The Libraries' collections comprise
approximately 3.9 million volumes and 27,000 current serial titles, housed
in six library facilities in Lawrence and one library in suburban Kansas
City. The Libraries have a budget of $14 million and a staff of 71 library
faculty and professional staff, 76 paraprofessionals, and 80 FTE of
student workers.
The University of Kansas is a leader in national efforts to reform and
improve the scholarly communications system.  The University of Kansas is
a founding member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for
Research Libraries, and the Greater Western Library Alliance, and is a
member of OCLC.  The Libraries seek creative staff committed to active
academic outreach and liaison, cooperative and collaborative collection
development, and critical experimentation with new technologies.
Additional information about the University and the Libraries can be found
at http://www.ku.edu and http://www.lib.ku.edu.
The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. The University encourages applications from underrepresented
group members. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on
the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age,
disability, and veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status, and
parental status.