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Position vacancy at the University of Florida (Electronic Resources Librarian and Unit Head)


A position has opened at the University of Florida for an 
Electronic Resources Librarian and Unit Head. I've included the 
position vacancy announcement text below, but a pdf version of 
the document can be also viewed here:


The application deadline is 1/31/08.

Jay Wiese, Library Associate I
Acquisitions & Licensing
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida


George A. Smathers Libraries
Support Services Division
Human Resources Department Gainesville, FL 32611-7001
422 Library West
PO Box 117001
352-392-4538 Fax


POSITION: Electronic Resources Librarian and Unit Head

RANK: Assistant University Librarian (Tenure Track)

REPORTS TO: Chair, Acquisitions & Licensing Department

SALARY: Anticipated starting salary is $43,500. Commensurate with
selected applicant's qualifications.

REQUISITION #: 0704465


Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the 
submission of application materials (see below: APPLICATION 
PROCESS). Failure to submit all of the required documents as 
instructed, may result in your application not being considered.


The University of Florida Libraries is seeking a creative, 
skilled, and enthusiastic individual to serve as the Electronic 
Resources Librarian. This tenure track faculty member is 
responsible for the expert management of all acquisitions and 
licensing functions of library electronic resources.

The position supervises two support staff and manages the 
activities of the Electronic Resources Unit within the 
Acquisitions & Licensing Department. The unit is responsible for 
managing license agreements, paying invoices, compiling and 
loading bibliographic records, and maintaining online access to 
all the electronic resources acquired by the library.

The Electronic Resources Librarian collaborates and coordinates 
communication with Library Administration, representatives of the 
Florida Center for Library Automation, Health Science Center 
Library and the Legal Information Center, as well as staff from 
the departments of Access Service and Collection Management to 
renew license agreements and package subscriptions, in addition 
to initiating new electronic resources acquisitions.

The expectation is that this librarian will develop and maintain 
expert knowledge on issues related to electronic resources and 
take the lead in implementing an electronic resources management 
system; and collect and analyze data to evaluate usage and make 
recommendations to collection management. In addition, the 
Electronic Resources Librarian will monitor and contribute to the 
professional dialogue regarding electronic resources development 
and trends.  The selected applicant will be a motivated, 
service-oriented individual with a strong commitment to 
facilitating the use of technology and library resources in the 
UF community.

The duties of this position include:

1. Supervision and management of the Electronic Resources Unit
operations. This includes planning and goal setting; monitoring  and
evaluating workflow for quality and quantity of production;  hiring,
training, and evaluating two full-time staff.

2. Management of electronic resources. This includes coordinating 
electronic resource acquisitions; facilitating the licensing 
process; coordinating access to electronic resources; and 
providing support for management of established licenses and 
contracts, license compliance, and record keeping for digital 

3. Participation in library and state-wide discussions, 
conference calls, workshops, and projects to develop strategies 
for using electronic resources management systems, link 
resolvers, federated search tools, and enhanced user interfaces 
for integrated library system OPAC's.

4. Participation in organizing, analyzing, and preparing data 
related to e-resources for use in acquisitions, collection 
development and institutional reporting.

5. Ensuring quality control in acquisitions by monitoring 
electronic resources vendor services. This includes performing 
vendor evaluations; facilitating negotiations of vendor services 
as needed; and preparing regular budget reports.

6. Establishing policies and procedures for acquisitions and 
cataloging tasks that comply with national standards and local 
policy and procedures. This includes co-chairing the Electronic 
Resources Management Committee; coordinating standards and 
procedures for electronic resources acquisitions and management; 
and coordinating licensing within and among the University of 
Florida Library Departments, branches and SUL state-wide 

7. Contributing to the development of departmental and library 
goals, policies, procedures and priorities. This includes working 
with a variety of groups and various assignments, and reviewing 
current procedural and workflow documentation and recommending 

8. Participation in and contribution to the library profession, 
particularly in the fields of acquisitions and electronic 
resources. This includes conducting research and publishing in 
peer recognized journals, and serving on national library 

Minimum qualifications:

1. A Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited 
institution or in another field with direct relevance to the 
duties of this position.

2. At least two years of professional experience working with 
e-resources in some capacity.

3. Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem solving 
skills. Ability to perform workflow analyses.

4. Ability to work collaboratively as a team member in a complex 
academic research library environment.

5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in 
writing. Ability to document procedures.

6. Ability to work independently and meet project deadlines.

7. Ability to shift priorities and cope with change.

8. Knowledge of trends in scholarly communication, research, 
publishing, and instructional technology in the academic world.

9. Strong potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and 
promotion. More information available at:

Preferred qualifications:

1. Familiarity with electronic resources standards such as  OpenURL
and ONIX, and electronic resource related initiatives  such as 
SUSHI, COUNTER, License Expression, etc.
2. Experience working in a consortium.
3. Experience with licenses agreements as pertaining to electronic
resources and the academic environment.
4. Experience in training staff on technical topics.
5. Experience in cataloging, acquisitions or other Technical Services
areas within a library.
6. Experience using the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system.
7. Experience implementing or using an electronic resources management
8. Experience generating cost and usage statistical reports.
9. Successful supervisory experience preferred.


The University of Florida is a large, land grant, public 
educational research institution with a faculty of approximately 
4,000 and a student body of 48,000. It ranks third nationally in 
size of student body and eighth nationally in the number of merit 
scholars enrolled in the freshmen class. The University is a 
member of the Association of American Universities and offers the 
Ph.D. in more than 90 fields and the Master's degree in more than 
120 fields. For more information please consult the UF homepage 
at <http://www.ufl.edu>.

The University of Florida Libraries are members of the 
Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research 
Libraries, the Research Libraries Group, and SOLINET. The library 
staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, 
technical/clerical staff and student assistants. For more 
information about the Libraries, please visit 

The Technical Services Division of the George A. Smathers 
Libraries at the University of Florida consists of four 
departments: Acquisitions & Licensing, Cataloging & Metadata, and 
Preservation. The mission of Technical Services is to make the 
library's technology infrastructure work in support of the 
information needs of the University of Florida community, and 
thus serve as a catalyst for research and discovery. The 
technology infrastructure includes the functions required to 
provide online access to library resources: support for the 
Library web site, the Library catalog, acquisitions, organization 
& navigation, preservation and the transformation of priority 
materials to digital form. The aim is to provide the tools 
library staff and the university community needs to manage 
information for learning and research in the digital world. The 
Acquisitions and Licensing Department is responsible for 
ordering, receiving and paying for print and digital resource 
materials that support the academic and professional programs of 
the University of Florida. Over the next few years, the 
Department will be engaged in planning and implementing 
initiatives such as executing EDI file transfer of payment and 
other acquisitions functions in Aleph and PeopleSoft; managing 
licensing agreements, information access fees, and usage 
statistics for electronic resources; monitoring virtual approval 
plan and evaluating returns for profile adjustments. The five 
units (Serials, Monographs, Electronic Resources, Paying, and 
Technical Support Services) in the Department will actively 
participate in these and other initiatives to advance the 
transition from print to digital resources in the collection.


Twenty-six vacation days, nine paid holidays, and thirteen days 
sick leave annually; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; 
tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax.


The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is 
strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. 
Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of 
ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged 
to apply. As part of the application process, applicants are 
invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary 
demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: 
<http://www.hr.ufl.edu/job/datacard.htm>. This information is 
collected by the University of Florida's Faculty Development 
Office to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by 
the Smathers Libraries in the selection process. Please submit 
application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word 
format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and 
qualifications for this position, your current resume and a list 
of three references. Include address, telephone and email 
information for references. Please include a 250 word document 
expressing your opinion on the topic "What do you see as the most 
significant challenges to managing electronic resources in an 
academic environment, and how would you overcome these 
challenges?" Apply by 1/31/08 (applications will be reviewed as 
received). Send all required application materials to

Brian Keith
Smathers Libraries Human Resources Officer