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E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian

E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian

Columbia University Libraries Job Location: New York Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 01-25-2023

Columbia University Libraries seeks an E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian to join the Collection Strategies unit. The E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian manages acquisitions of purchased electronic resources content for the Libraries, with a focus on acquiring ebooks (firm orders, approval plans, and frontlists), databases, datasets, and media. This position exhibits a knowledge of: the acquisitions landscape for e-resource content of multiple types and formats; vendors and publishers of e-resource content, especially the quickly evolving ways of purchasing ebooks including frontlists and evidence-based acquisitions; the complexities of both purchased and leased ebook collections. This position is being hired for at the same time as one other position in the Collection Strategies unit. In addition to this position, we are also recruiting for an Electronic Resources Discovery & Access Librarian.  Applicants are encouraged to explore and apply to one or both relevant positions. This position has the option to operate partially remotely and requires residency within a commutable distance. Responsibilities
  1. Manage acquisitions of purchased content with a focus on ebook firm orders, approval plans, databases, datasets and frontlists. Coordinate purchase of media, including streaming content. Manage tracking, processing, and invoice payment of purchased e-resource content. Coordinate and implement vendor platform changes.
  2. Advise and collaborate with Assistant Director on effective workflow management for e-resource acquisitions. Assist selectors with management of approval profiles. Coordinate with Discovery & Maintenance Librarian to ensure e-resource content is accessible to all users. Liaise with vendors to facilitate e-resources acquisitions. Coordinate new vendor setup and vendor maintenance of electronic resource platforms.
  3. Committee and consortial partner participation related to e-resource discovery and access. Participate in internal committees to represent issues relating to e-resource purchased content participate in consortial partnerships for e-resource purchased content.
  4. Manage two bargaining unit employees with primary responsibility for purchased content acquisitions
  5. Pursue professional development activities to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities
Qualifications Minimum Degree Required: Masters in Library Science or other relevant advanced degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a library, museum, or research setting Minimum Qualifications:
  • One to two years experience with electronic resources in an academic library
  • Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing academic library electronic resources environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of the MARC bibliographic and authorities formats for ebooks, databases, and other purchased eresource content
  • Experience with electronic resource management (ERM) systems, bibliographic records, Ebook vendors and resources and Integrated Library Systems.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience on use of major vendor acquisition ebook platforms
  • Experience working with Library vendors in regards to setup, trials and maintenance
  • Familiarity with accessibility standards and issues related to vendor/provider compliance for online/electronic resources
  Learn More in an Online Information Session We are hosting anonymized information sessions for prospective applicants. We welcome you to join one of these sessions to learn more about the Columbia University Libraries, meet the director (Director of Collection Strategies), supervisor (Assistant Director of Collection Strategies), and the Director, HR and ask questions you may have. Attendance and questions will be confidential, as the participant list for each Zoom Webinar session will be hidden. Please note that attendance is not required to apply or be considered for a position. Register to join one of our Online Information Sessions: February 6, 2023 12-12:45pm EST -   CUL Librarian Information Session 2/6/2023 12:00pm-12:45pm EST February 14, 2023 12:00-12:45pm EST - CUL Librarian Information Session 2/14/2023 12:00pm-12:45pm EST   About Columbia University Libraries We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities to apply for this unique opportunity to become a part of our evolving Libraries and University community. Columbia University Libraries is a globally-recognized academic research library system, serving one of the world’s most important centers of research and learning in the most exciting and dynamic city in the world. Talented Libraries staff build, sustain, and make discoverable collections that transcend traditional boundaries of format and domain, keeping pace with a dynamic and rapidly evolving information environment and creating opportunities for users to encounter 4,000 years of human thought. Our decisions are informed by new curricula developed to meet the needs of a more diverse student body, new and emerging areas of research being conducted by a broad spectrum of researchers, including graduate students and newly-hired faculty, as well as by perspectives from the diminished or entirely lost voices of historically oppressed, marginalized, and underserved populations and communities. As an organization, the Libraries provides a supportive, connected environment where every employee’s perspective is valued and every employee is encouraged to grow. All staff members have an impact on Columbia’s mission to advance knowledge at the highest levels and make the results of research accessible to the world. Columbia University has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum and throughout University life. Columbia welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the University’s educational mission. We invite applicants who have demonstrated creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects, solving problems, and developing user-centric programs, services, or collections. Salary Range:  $74,030-$84,000 Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position.

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