Job posting: East Carolina University, Electronic Resources Access and Discovery Librarian

East Carolina UniversityElectronic Resources Access and Discovery Librarian
J.Y. Joyner Library & William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library
East Carolina University
Known for its leadership in distance learning and its mission to serve, East Carolina University (ECU) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and user-focused individual to fill the newly-created position of Electronic Resources Access and Discovery Librarian. The individual in this position will serve as an integral member of a team of librarians and staff at ECU’s Joyner and Laupus Libraries committed to effectively managing the Libraries’ growing e-resource collections (including e-journals, e-books, multimedia, and databases). The position will be located in Joyner Library.
The position will provide expertise in the coordination of electronic resources by ensuring that e-resource access is activated and that the Libraries’ interfaces for e-resource access and discovery are optimized to meet the needs of ECU users. Reporting to Joyner Library’s Head of Electronic and Continuing Resources Acquisitions, the position will:
– Plan and coordinate the workflow for a wide range of content within the knowledge base of the Libraries’ access management system;
– Work collaboratively to coordinate responses to reports of e-resource access problems and ensure that these problems are resolved in a timely manner;
– Update, customize, and integrate interfaces for e-resource access and discovery, including vendor platforms and the Libraries’ One Search discovery tool, e-journal/e-book portal, and link resolver;
– Proactively develop projects and plans to preempt e-resource access problems before they occur;
– Participate in the collection and analysis of e-resource use data;
– Monitor trends in e-resource access and discoverability and recommend changes to existing tools and workflows as appropriate;
– Serve on relevant committees within the Libraries;
– Keep colleagues at the Joyner and Laupus Libraries informed of changes in interfaces for e-resource access and discovery; and
– Assist cataloging department personnel to ensure that e-resources are accessible through the Libraries’ online catalog.
Some client-centered public service desk duties may be assigned.
Finalists will be asked to make a presentation during the on-campus interview.
Required Qualifications:
– ALA-accredited master’s degree or international equivalent in library or information science;
– Detailed understanding (through experience or coursework) of current models, practices, and tools used by academic libraries for the acquisition, access, and discoverability of e-resources;
– Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to complete complex projects and tasks according to an established timeframe;
– Demonstrated ability to thrive in a dynamic environment;
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
– Excellent problem-solving, organizational, and analytical skills and an aptitude for detail-oriented work;
– Commitment to outstanding patron service
Preferred Qualifications:
– Experience carrying out electronic resource management responsibilities in a library setting;
– Experience administering the products of Serials Solutions or another access management system;
– Knowledge of web technologies and metadata standards related to effective e-resource access and discovery;
– Academic library experience;
– Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly communication, including Open Access publishing
ECU Libraries: ECU’s Joyner and Laupus Libraries support the campus community’s mission of teaching, research, and service. Joyner Library (including its component Music Library) constitutes the largest information center on the ECU campus. Joyner Library’s primary focus is on meeting the needs of users affiliated with the colleges of ECU’s Division of Academic Affairs. Laupus Library provides health sciences information, resources, and services for Eastern North Carolina with a primary focus on meeting the needs of users affiliated with the colleges and schools of the ECU Division of Health Sciences.
Together, the libraries hold membership in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and provide online access to approximately 90,000 unique e-journals, 285,000 unique e-books, and 500 databases. The libraries have a combined operating budget of approximately $15 million, a combined materials budget of $6 million, and together employ a staff of 175, including 55 faculty positions.
The Library’s virtual infrastructure consists of a combination of vendor-based, open source, and locally developed resources. Key components include: Serials Solutions e-resource access and management products (including the Summon unified discovery tool), SirsiDynix Symphony ILS, and an institutional repository powered by DSpace. Visit the libraries online at for additional information.
ECU recognizes that diversity and respect for human differences within the academy is a key source of intellectual vitality and innovative spirit, and encourages genuine respect for individual backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences, perspectives and opinions. ECU invites candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the university’s multicultural environment. We seek candidates who reflect the rich mix of backgrounds, life experiences, cultures, perspectives and world views found within our university and community.
Located in Greenville, North Carolina, ECU enrolls nearly 27,800 students. It is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and offers 104 bachelor’s degree programs, 73 master’s degree programs and 38 certificate programs. In addition, it offers 18 doctoral programs (Ph.D., Ed.D.).
The campus is located approximately 80 miles east of Raleigh, and 80 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. Additional information about ECU is available at
ECU is a leader in the state in distance learning initiatives and holds Doctoral/Research Universities status as defined by The Carnegie Foundation.
Rank, Salary and Benefits: The initial appointment is a one-year fixed term faculty contract; subsequent renewal may be fixed term or tenure track depending on the successful completion of the initial first year contract. Minimum salary of $42,000, with a comprehensive fringe benefits package.
Application Process: Screening of applications will begin October 6th, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable. All applicants must apply online through ECU’s employment website at Additional materials (letter of application; resume; copies of transcripts; and names and addresses, postal and email, of three current references) can be attached to the application electronically or the materials may be sent by mail to:
Search Committee
Electronic Resources Access and Discovery Librarian
Ms. Mary Sweatte, Library Personnel Administrator
2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Official transcripts for required degrees must be received prior to any offer of employment. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment. A criminal background report will be completed on the chosen candidate. East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University that accommodates individuals with disabilities. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).
ECU is dedicated to sustaining a diverse workforce and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.


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