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Job Posting - Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian

Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian
Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School

The serials/electronic resources librarian is responsible for all 
library continuation material in both print and electronic 
formats and for binding of print material.  Reporting to the 
Associate Director for Technical Services, the librarian performs 
the following duties:

*  Manages the serials unit of the library, establishing and 
documenting all necessary policies and procedures; hires, 
supervises, trains, and evaluates 3 support staff responsible for 
serials check-in, serials claiming, serials check-in record 
maintenance, data entry related to e-resources, binding, and 
sorting library mail;

*  Manages all required work activities for the library's growing 
electronic resources including creating and maintaining 
electronic resource records in EBSCO's ERM Essentials and 
updating of any related check-in and order records; maintains 
licensing details, preferably electronically in EBSCO's ERM 
Essentials, or in paper format when necessary; monitors the 
lifecycle of library subscriptions to all electronic resources, 
including individual journals, databases, e-resources packages 
and other electronic content;

*  Works with other librarians to coordinate the set up of trials 
for electronic resources; notifies Associate Director for 
Technical Services when orders resulting from trials should be 

*  Monitors vendor performance; works with Systems/Emerging 
Technologies Librarian to set up and monitor usage statistics 
gathered through the proxy server, SerialsSolutions, and/or 
collected directly from publishers and vendors;

*  Coordinates with Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian and 
Associate Director for Technical Services to troubleshoot access 

*  Takes lead role in promoting electronic resources, working 
with both reference librarians and the Systems/Emerging 
Technologies Librarian to develop a wide array of activities that 
will increase the students' and faculty's awareness and use of 
the library's electronic resources;

*  Works closely with Systems/Serials Library Specialist on 
claiming and replacement of print and other serials-related 

*  Serves as a backup for placement of rush, faculty requests 
using a University of Pennsylvania purchasing card;

*  Participates in a variety of library-wide planning activities 
and committees; participates in collection development 
activities; serves as serials liaison with other library and law 
school departments, library patrons, other libraries and 

Required Qualifications:

*  Master's degree or equivalent in library or information 

*  Library experience, preferably in a technical services 
department, at either the professional or paraprofessional level 
or substantial student internship experience as part of a library 
school program;

*  Strong service orientation; initiative and ability to work 
both independently and in a collaborative, collegial environment; 
strong service orientation with excellent organizational skills; 
excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing;

Preferred Qualifications:

*  Knowledge of legal materials and experience in an academic law 
library environment;

*  Demonstrated supervisory ability;

*  Familiarity with MARC formats and bibliographic data; working 
knowledge of standard metadata formats.

Salary and Benefits:

Competitive. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal 
opportunity employer.

The position is available September 1, 2011, and we will review 
applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume and names of three 
references to:

Paul M. George
Associate Dean and Director of Biddle Law Library
Biddle Law Library
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3460 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3406

Tel. 215-898-7488
Fax 215-898-6619
email: pmgeorge@law.upenn.edu

Patricia Callahan
Associate Director for Technical Services
Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania