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Electronic Resources & Collections Services Librarian, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA


Full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track.
The Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University seeks an experienced librarian to head the Electronic Resources & Collections Services Department. The incumbent will provide leadership and expertise in acquiring and integrating electronic and traditional resources into the library’s collections. In addition, the successful candidate will work closely with liaison librarians and subject specialists to ensure that the Library’s collections and related policies and services are up to date, well managed, and positioned to support the University’s overarching goals of student success, and excellence in teaching, learning, and research.

The Electronic Resources & Collections Services Librarian reports directly to the Dean of the Library and supervises a staff of three Library Assistants. The incumbent will serve as a library liaison in selected disciplines. Participation in professional organizations, service in library and university governance, and appropriate professional development activities are expected and required for tenure.

Essential Duties

  • The Head of Electronic Resources & Collections Services will:
  • Provide leadership for Electronic Resources & Collections Services, which includes managing the selection, acquisition, cataloging/preservation, and assessment of resources in all formats.
  • Collaborate with the Dean of the Library to manage the annual materials budget and information resources expenditures.
  • Work with publishers and vendors to negotiate and maintain electronic resource licenses and contracts, manage database subscriptions, purchase orders, and electronic licensing agreements; resolve related problems as needed.
  • Supervise three Library Assistants and mentor student workers.
  • Work with library colleagues to set acquisitions and e-resources policies, workflows, and procedures.
  • Collaborate with other librarians to provide expert advice to the library and campus on library and information resources.
  • Evaluate and recommend new titles, demonstrations or trial subscriptions for librarian and faculty evaluation.
  • Provide training on e-resources for librarians and staff; create LibGuides and research aids in other formats for assigned liaison areas.
  • Collaborate with the Emerging Technologies and Systems Librarian to update knowledgebases, proxies, reference linking systems, and discovery interfaces as necessary (EBSCO, EZProxy, etc.).
  • Collaborate with the Library Administrative Services Coordinator to ensure that vendor invoices are paid in a timely manner.
  • Collect statistics on resource usage in all formats. Collaborate with librarians and library administration to conduct ongoing assessment of collections.
  • Serve as a liaison to one or more departments/programs.
  • Actively engage in professional development activities as required for promotion and tenure.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited program.
  • Minimum two years of relevant experience pertaining to acquisitions and collection development.
  • Knowledge of current issues in the e-resources lifecycle, including acquiring, licensing, and managing access to electronic resources.
  • Awareness of current developments and trends in electronic resources, collection development and acquisitions with the proven ability to apply such knowledge to local practices.
  • Understanding of library metadata standards (MARC21, Dublin Core, RDA, etc.).
  • Demonstrated proficiency with automated library systems, usage tools, and vendor management tools.
  • Experience with electronic resources, digital rights management tools and standards.
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, and team building skills.
  • Commitment to diversity and social justice.
  • Evidence of ability to successfully engage in professional activities and disciplinary scholarship to satisfy promotion and tenure requirements for the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) collective bargaining agreement.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Second master’s degree. (Required for promotion beyond associate librarian rank.)
  • Knowledge of the publishing industry and copyright issues.
  • Experience with library management systems, electronic resources management tools such as CORAL, and COUNTER data standards.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Supervisory experience in an academic library environment.
  • Ability to adapt quickly in a dynamic, evolving library and campus environment.
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities, and manage responsibilities independently.

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