The Electronic Resources Librarian will support and contribute to learning and discovery by actively participating in the management of the life cycle of Vanderbilt University's licensed scholarly electronic resources, ensuring continued access through and between all library-supported user gateways.
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University is comprised of nine libraries, as well as service departments in collections services, scholarly communications, IT infrastructure, and digital scholarship. We seek to create a welcoming environment and serve as a partner in research and scholarship. The libraries are dynamic places for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to reflect and discover. We also strive to be a workplace in which staff at every level continuously grow in knowledge and skills, staying abreast of advances and trends in librarianship to power relevant, vibrant research libraries. The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are fundamental to the university's goal of advancing scholarship and learning. We collect, preserve, and make accessible a wide variety of resources, we partner with faculty and students to shape research, and we encourage the development of informed scholars and engaged citizens. Within Collections Services, the Acquisitions and E-Resources unit is responsible for purchasing, licensing, processing, and providing access to library materials in all formats.
Professional librarians holding full-time appointments at Vanderbilt University receive one of four academic ranks, assigned, after careful review, to reflect and express the professional status and accomplishments of the individual (Librarian I, II, III, or IV). The assignment of rank to the individual rather than to the position is modeled on faculty ranks and affirms the principle that librarianship is a vital profession within the academic community. The Rank & Promotion system at Vanderbilt's Libraries include professional development opportunities and support.
Duties and Responsibilities
Job responsibilities listed herein are intended to be a thorough representation of the duties, responsibilities, expectations, and qualifications for this specific role at the time of hire but should not be considered all-encompassing as actual responsibilities may evolve to include additional duties as assigned based on organizational and operational needs.
Proactively and accurately manage technical and administrative changes related to electronic resource access.
Resolve problems arising from the use of electronic resources and respond to end-user reported issues with licensed electronic resources in a timely manner.
Coordinate work with other library departments, database providers, vendors, and publishers to ensure understanding of licensed electronic resources (i.e., library packages, orders, and other entitlements), in order to take appropriate actions to effectively manage these resources.
Demonstrate leadership by identifying and staying abreast of emerging education and linking technologies, related e-resource and bibliographic standards, interoperability, and other technical issues relating to the acquisition, licensing, access, and usage of electronic resources.
Participate in the training of other staff to assist in e-resource management.
Participate in the recommendation and implementation of new approaches to electronic resource management, including presentation to users, facilitating the seamless delivery of information supporting research and learning at all levels.
Assist in the coordination and review process for licenses and the day-to-day licensing workflow in order to ensure seamless and favorable access to electronic resources.
Serve on library-wide committees and working groups to promote electronic resource management best practices and tools.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
Master's degree in Library or Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or international equivalent, is necessary.
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues and practices related to e-resource access, licensing, acquisitions, use, and management is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative setting, document and solve problems in a timely manner, and prioritize appropriately is necessary.
Demonstrated proficiency with existing education technologies used to provide access to and between e-resources, as well as office productivity software and the ability to adapt to new technologies as they evolve is preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of electronic resource industry standards, best practices, and protocols, including but not limited to ER Licensing, KBART, SUSHI, COUNTER, ERMI, Project Transfer, and OpenURL is preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to contract and license interpretation and review is preferred.
Evidence of excellent communication and interpersonal skills is necessary.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.