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ATG Job Bank: University of California, Berkeley – Electronic Resources Librarian

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Electronic Resources Librarian – Library

University of California, Berkeley

Electronic Resources Librarian

University of California, Berkeley Library

Hiring range: Associate Librarian
$65,942 – $75,337, per annum, based upon qualifications

This is a full time appointment. The expected start date is October 1, 2018.

The University of California, Berkeley invites applicants for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian (ERL). Reporting to the Head of the Acquisitions Department, the successful applicant will have a thorough understanding of and experience with licensing and supporting access to electronic resources. The ERL will manage key e-resource information systems and will be responsible for the production and dissemination of statistics related to resource (both print and electronic) acquisition, licensing and usage.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation’s premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of more than 30,000 undergraduate students, 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and numerous subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 12 million volumes and a collections budget of over $17 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. The Doe/Moffitt Libraries bring special focus to the humanities, social sciences, international and area studies, and undergraduate services and the intersections between them. Discover more about the Library via our Web site: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ (link is external)


The incumbent will take the lead role in managing publisher/vendor license negotiations, assessment, and support of ongoing access to electronic information resources. S/he will work closely with the Head of Acquisitions, the AUL for Scholarly Resources, the Electronic Resources Unit, and subject librarians to shape and improve access to electronic resources for Library users. The ERL will report to the Head of the Acquisitions Department. Duties will include:

  • Review and negotiate license agreements with publishers/vendors to reach favorable pricing and licensing terms and arrange trials of e-resources, including complex negotiations for data sets
  • Assist the AUL & Director of Collections with acquisition of content licensed through the California Digital Library (CDL)
  • Review CDL offers and local proposals, and coordinate them with subject librarians and acquisitions staff
  • Establish and manage excellent publisher/vendor relationships
  • Coordinate trial, acquisition and renewal activities with publishers/vendors and staff
  • Work with vendors and users to address disputed or actual violations of terms of use or breaches of contract
  • Work closely with subject librarians and acquisitions staff to support e-collection development
  • Work closely with the fund manager to monitor appropriations and expenditures for central digital funds
  • Coordinate user education and outreach on conditions of use for licensed content
  • Provide leadership to the Acquisitions Electronic Resources Unit in managing access and maintaining accurate information about electronic resources
  • Establish and maintain effective workflows with acquisitions and cataloging staff for all electronic resources
  • Assess databases for licensing tracking tools, and plan implementation and population of said tools with licensing terms to assist with perpetual rights management
  • Collect and analyze usage data from local, UC-wide, and vendor/publisher sources and create reports to support purchase and renewal decisions
  • Support Scholarly Communication team’s efforts to improve student access to affordable course content
  • Collaborate with Assessment Librarian to provide metrics and analysis of electronic resource usage
  • Participate in UC Berkeley groups and committees as well as UC-wide groups as appropriate

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Librarian advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC system, and profession.


Minimum Basic Qualification(s) at Time of Application:

MLS, MIS, or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree

Required additional qualifications by start date in position:

  • Two years or more experience negotiating license agreements for electronic resources used by libraries
  • Two years or more experience working with library vendors and publishers in acquiring electronic resources
  • One year or more experience managing e-resources, including issues related to packages, aggregators, platforms, pricing models, and statistical management needs
  • One year or more experience resolving e-resource access problems

Preferred additional qualifications:

  • Three or more years of serials or acquisitions experience in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member
  • Experience with e-resource management, e.g., implementing system support for e-resource workflow, license negotiation, providing and maintaining access to e-resources
  • Familiarity with copyright, fair use, and other intellectual property issues as these pertain to e- resources
  • Experience licensing data sets, including restricted use data
  • Understanding of data gathering and analysis techniques to support descriptive and inferential statistical analysis
  • Familiarity with technologies used in acquisitions, assessment and e-resource settings

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement program and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01797 (link is external).

Applications must
include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant
work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable
about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals
under serious consideration.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct (link is external).

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong

Director, Library Human Resources
Email: librec@library.berkeley.edu (link sends e-mail)

(Above photo by Charlie Nguyen, Flickr)


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