Utah State University

Assistant Librarian (Electronic Resources Librarian)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(11/5/2020 1:53 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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University Libraries
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Advertised Salary
Salary is a minimum of $48,000 plus excellent benefits. USU offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.


This position manages the Libraries' collection of electronic resources and works collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the Library, University, and consortia as needed. The Libraries provide a combination of owned, subscribed, on­-demand, and Open Access materials through local and consortial arrangements. The Electronic Resources Librarian plays a key role in day-to-day operations by maintaining various points of access to these materials, including through local systems and vendor interfaces. This position provides leadership for navigating the complex, ever­-changing role of electronic resources and communicating those changes to the institution. A paraprofessional dedicated to electronic resources and collegial and collaborative cross-functional committees support the work of this position.


Reporting to the Head of Collection Management & Resource Sharing the position is a 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment, including responsibilities for scholarly output and service to the university and the profession.

The estimated start date for the position is March 1, 2021.


The Library is dedicated to promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.


  • Coordinates the acquisition and management of electronic resources.
  • Collaborates with the Collection Management team and academic department liaisons to assess and coordinate renewals and selection of new resources.
  • Provides top-level support for e­resource troubleshooting and ensures ongoing usability and accessibility.
  • Promotes the Libraries' resources and provides trainings to Library employees.
  • Manages administrative metadata in local and third­party systems and knowledgebases (Innovative ERM, Encore Duet, Serials Solutions, etc.).
  • Negotiates and tracks licenses.
  • Assists in budget projections.
  • Works scheduled hours at the Research Help Desk.
  • Participates in professional development and scholarship opportunities relevant to the needs of the position.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA­-accredited MLS degree before hire date.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and report data.
  • Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including listening, writing, and speaking.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and perform complicated tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing assignments and needs.
  • Commitment to meeting the university's requirements for tenure, including excellence in librarianship and effective scholarly output and service to the university and profession.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, especially as applied to access to electronic resources.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated technical-support skills.
  • Familiarity with current issues in electronic resources.
  • Experience training or teaching.
  • Familiarity with technical standards and formats relevant to electronic resources such as SUSHI, OpenURL, and COUNTER, link resolvers, proxy authentication, and discovery platforms.
  • Experience working with integrated library systems, such as Innovative Interface's library system Sierra.
  • Familiarity with or experience administering an electronic resources management system (ERMS).

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1) Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2) Cover Letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Salary is a minimum of $48,000 plus excellent benefits. USU offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

Utah State University is a multi-campus, land-grant institution. Utah State University's campus in Logan is located 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, within easy driving distance of many national parks. The surrounding Wasatch Mountains place USU in one of the finest outdoor recreational environments in the nation, along with cultural opportunities in nearby cities such as Ogden and Salt Lake, including the Sundance Film Festival.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.



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