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Assistant Professor, Electronic Resources Librarian

Apply now Department: 3670003040 Hale Library
Job no: 516868
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Library
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Kansas State University Libraries invites applications for an energetic, creative, and committed individual to serve as electronic resources librarian. The individual in this position will work collaboratively with a variety of library stakeholders to deliver innovative solutions for the management and expansion of electronic resources and serials in ways that maximize value and access to content for students, faculty, and staff. Serving as a functional lead for the management of e-resources throughout the entire e-resources lifecycle, the successful candidate will leverage technologies and collaborate with cross-trained staff to solve problems, maintain efficient workflows and ensure proper metadata for e-resource content. As a tenure-track librarian reporting to the department head for acquisitions and resource management, the individual will serve on library and university committees and teams, pursue involvement in professional associations, and develop professionally through research, publishing and presentations.  

Core Responsibilities 

  • Manage access to e-resources, including databases, electronic journals, and various other content.  

  • Train acquisitions and resource management colleagues on activities related to e-resource workflows and projects, as needed 

  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure accurate holdings and metadata for resources activated in the Alma library services platform.  

  • Serve as the Libraries’ expert on Alma functionality related to e-resources. 

  • Develop, implement, and refine electronic resources workflows for maximum impact.  

  • Work closely with content development to achieve accurate and timely access to resources, including monitoring of expenditures, reviewing licensing agreements and discussion of e-resource deployment.  

  • Assist the content development department with assessment of e-resource collections. 

  • Serve as a liaison with vendors and publishers, including monitoring and critically evaluating vendor performance.  

  • Conceptualize and execute electronic resource project work.  

  • Troubleshoot access to electronic resources using a ticketing system and work closely with appropriate staff to develop solutions. 

  • Monitor electronic resources usage data by collecting, reporting, and organizing data to inform collection decisions made by the content development department.  

  • Perform simple and complex copy cataloging for electronic resources and serials.  

  • Monitor trends in e-resource management, analyze tools and workflows, explore new methodologies and models and recommend changes to existing systems and procedures, as appropriate. 

  • Disseminate information about e-resources to appropriate individuals and departments. 

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, with completion attained prior to the designated start date. 

  • Demonstrated understanding of electronic resources management in all stages of the lifecycle including acquisitions, evaluation, implementation, and support.  

  • Knowledge of library services platforms or other integrated library systems. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing electronic resources in an academic library.  

  • Experience supporting Ex Libris products such as Alma and Primo VE.  

  • Knowledge of various electronic resource management standards and tools, such as, but not limited to COUNTER, KBART, OpenURL, SERU, SUSHI.  

  • Experience applying metadata standards and schema, including, but not limited to, RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC. 

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skill. 

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization. 

  1. Curriculum vitae. 

  1. Names and contact information for three professional references. 

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until March 28th, 2024


Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


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