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Electronic Management Resource Librarian--Job Posting

Colorado State University Libraries
Position Description

Electronic Resource Management Librarian

This position fills a key leadership role in the 
Collections/Contracts Department at the CSU Libraries by ensuring 
access to commercial and public information resources needed by 
the CSU community for teaching and research.

The CSU Libraries is a technologically sophisticated environment 
with a strong commitment to electronic resources and services. 
The Libraries has recently reorganized and aligned with campus 
Academic Computing.   The Dean of Libraries is also the Vice 
President for Information Systems.  This position presents 
significant opportunities for a librarian who is innovative, 
technologically literate, and invested in the future.

Incumbent is responsible for procurement and licensing of 
primarily electronic information products purchased directly by 
the Libraries and licensed collectively by the Colorado Alliance, 
Greater Western Library Alliance, and other consortia. There is 
also a small print serial component in the current workflow and 
the incumbent will be responsible for ongoing activity focused on 
identifying and transitioning print to electronic.  The 
individual selected for this position will be integral to the 
success of the strategic vision of a virtual library collection 
at CSU.

Supervises staff in the unit responsible for populating and 
maintaining the Innovative Electronic Resource Management module 
(ERM) and traditional serials processes including hiring, 
evaluating, training, reviewing and revising assignments, and 
workflow procedures.

Assists in new and renewal negotiations with vendors and content 
providers and administers new and existing licenses for 
electronic products, interpreting data for maintaining a license 
database, and consulting with University Legal Counsel to resolve 
license and contract issues.

Applies knowledge of copyright and intellectual properties 
principles to ensure that rights of library users are protected.

Responsible for researching license agreements in order to place 
new subscription orders, developing and maintaining guidelines 
for standard licensing terms, monitoring subscriptions in 
relationship to existing license expirations and renewals, 
registration and activation of electronic subscriptions, and 
troubleshooting electronic information resource access problems 
reported by patrons and other library staff.

Plays a key role in the process of identifying and managing the 
next generation of discovery tools.

Effectively identifies and applies new technologies in support of 
efficient processing activities and develops expertise with 
emerging technologies.

Maintains awareness and engagement of trends and developments in 
e-resource acquisitions and management and transfers knowledge to 
staff across the organization.

Identifies and negotiates options for preservation/archiving of 
purchased electronic products (e.g., LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, PORTICO, 
local servers, etc.) and assures tracking through ERM.

Works with Libraries technology staff to test functionality of 
archiving systems.

Oversees the operation of the citation linker (currently SFX) and 
knowledge base(s) which contribute to the Libraries' discovery 
tools for users.

Oversees the linking of user terms and conditions to records in 
the online catalog and ensures that resources are properly 
managed through the proxy server for user authentication.

Establishes and monitors ongoing extraction of the citation 
linker knowledgebase to provide holdings data (e.g., Google).

Monitors trends/changes in library and publisher environments 
that affect citation linking performance and options for services 
and enhancements.

Works closely with subject liaisons and other staff to identify, 
select and acquire new information resources, assess needs of CSU 
community stakeholders, and adjust resources to fit programmatic 
and research needs in a patron-driven acquisitions environment.

Works closely with Metadata staff and Systems staff to make sure 
electronic content and database resources are properly added, and 
records created for access by users.

Works with other Collections staff and accounting staff to 
monitor budgets, ordering and receivables, and collaborates with 
staff at CSU Pueblo and CSU Global on acquisitions and licensing.

Collaborates with others in the implementation of best practices, 
ongoing pursuit of process, improvements, and 
development/dissemination of policies, guidelines, and 

Maintains successful vendor/publisher relations and monitors and 
evaluates their services.

Required:  Graduate degree in library science from an 
ALA-accredited degree program.  Minimum of two years professional 
experience working with electronic resources.  Evidence of 
flexibility, innovative thinking, and a vision for the future of 
academic libraries.  Knowledge of the electronic product market, 
publishing issues, pricing models, and other serials issues, 
including cataloging.  Experience with an integrated library 
system-preferably Innovative Interfaces, Inc.-including, 
acquisitions, accounting, serials and ERM systems.  Knowledge of 
library technical services processes.  Evidence of excellent 
computer skills, including knowledge of general computer logic 
and database structure, as well as electronic content delivery 
and delivery systems and digital preservation frameworks for 
commercial collections.  Demonstrated ability to work 
collaboratively with internal and external parties and diverse 
constituencies, including other staff, cross-department/division 
teams, and patrons.  Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing 
environments and priorities.  Effective oral and written 
communication skills, and ability to communicate clearly with 
others.  Evidence of leadership potential and institution-wide 
perspective.  Ability to meet tenure and promotion criteria in an 
academic library.
Preferred:  Successful supervisory and management experience. 
Demonstrated ability to anticipate user needs and seek ways of 
providing satisfactory solutions.  Demonstrated ability to work 
with detail to ensure accuracy.  Ability to analyze data. 
Knowledge of industry standards related to serials and e 
resources, e.g., ISSN, Open URL, KBART, ERMI, SERU, COUNTER, 
SUSHI, MARC, etc.  Experience working with vendors and licensing 

Faculty status and responsibilities. Twelve-month tenure-track 
appointment with contract reviewed annually until tenure is 
granted.  Rank is dependent upon qualifications. Insurance 
benefits are available.  Faculty may select from several options 
for medical, dental, life, and personal disability insurance, as 
well as retirement plans.  Full-time faculty earn 24 days of 
vacation and 15 days of sick leave annually.  Optional deferred 
compensation.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with 
experience and qualifications.

UNIVERSITY DESCRIPTION:  Colorado State University was 
established as the land-grant institution of the State of 
Colorado in 1870.  Student enrollment is approximately 25,000, 
and the University employs 1,400 academic faculty, 1,900 
administrative professionals, and 2,000 classified staff. 
Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, a dynamic 
community with a population of approximately 135,000, and 
situated 65 miles north of Denver, at the western edge of the 
Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains.  Averaging 
300 days of sunshine per year, with low humidity and moderate 
winters, Fort Collins is ideally located for a variety of 
recreational, cultural, and family activities.  The University 
Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries 
(ARL), and has a comprehensive online presence at 

TO APPLY:  To apply, send a letter of application addressing your 
qualifications for the position, plus a current resume, and the 
names and contact information for three professional references, 
to James Farmer, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort 
Collins, CO 80523-1019, or by e-mail to 
james.farmer@colostate.edu.  Applications and nominations will be 
considered until the position is filled; however, to ensure full 
consideration, application materials must be received by October 
22, 2010 at 5:00 pm.  The search may be extended if a suitable 
candidate is not identified.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and 
productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, 
we conduct background investigations for all final candidates 
being considered for employment.  Background checks may include, 
but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender 
search and motor vehicle history.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative 
action employer and complies with all Federal and State laws, 
regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action 
requirements in all programs.  The Office of Equal Opportunity is 
located in 101 Student Services Building.  In order to assist 
Colorado State University in meeting its affirmative action 
responsibilities, ethnic minorities, women, and other protected 
class members are encouraged to apply and to so identify