Utah State University

Library Manager (Electronic Resources Subscription Manager)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(11/2/2023 11:36 AM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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University Libraries
Spec Collections Digital&Cataloging
Advertised Salary
Minimum $50,000; Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University (USU) Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative, and service-minded professional to manage the subscriptions process for journals and databases. The Subscriptions Manager is responsible for providing leadership for databases and journals acquisitions and maintenance. Reporting to the program chair for Collections and Resource Sharing in the Collections Strategies section, this position will work collaboratively with Library colleagues; University offices overseeing procurement, contracts, and payments; and faculty and student stakeholders. The Subscriptions Manager will supervise two full-time staff supporting the work of serials management and database licensing/invoicing coordination. The successful applicant will work in a dynamic, collaborative environment with support for professional growth and development. This is a full-time, benefit-eligible position.


  • Managing subscription resources through the establishment of product trials, access management, record maintenance, subscription renewal, and ongoing vendor relations
  • Fosters and maintains connections with vendors and publishers in order to stay informed about emerging products that cater to patrons’ information requirements
  • Advocates with vendors for the enhancement or creation of products that align more effectively with patrons needs
  • Work with patrons and library colleagues to facilitate access to essential resources for patron research
  • Maintain and oversee an electronic resources management (ERM) system
  • Managing and negotiating license agreements and contract renewals with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Analyzing and reporting on electronic resource data and usage statistics, such as counter 5 reports, turn-aways, as well as viewing historical trends and anticipating future trends.
  • Developing and maintaining policies, procedures, and other types of documentation
  • Assist team with troubleshooting and access issues for electronic resources
  • Supervising and mentoring staff


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Six years of relevant experience; or vocational/technical training/associate degree plus four years of related experience; or a bachelor's degree in a related field plus two years of related experience.
  • Supervisory experience or evidence of leadership and management skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree (preferred, but not required)
  • Experience reading, managing, and negotiating information license agreements
  • Experience with or working knowledge of relevant standards, initiatives, tools, and services, such as COUNTER, SUSHI, OpenURL resolvers, and proxy servers such as EZProxy and SSO
  • Strong understanding of subscribed scholarly electronic resources, including online journals, databases, and e-books
  • Experience with integrated library systems (e.g., Sierra, Alma, Folio, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with subscribed academic library resources, particularly serials and databases
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including listening, speaking, and writing
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills with meticulous attention to detail

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV/Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $50,000; Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

USU Libraries understands that successful candidates possess a variety of experiences and abilities, some of which lend themselves to demonstrating these qualifications better than others. We encourage candidates to think broadly about how their experiences, knowledge, skills, and abilities can apply to the qualifications. We remain committed to professional development and training to continue to build and evolve skills for the future.

Salary is a minimum of $50,000, depending on experience, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% (starting at $7,100) annual retirement contribution. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical and dental, as well as vacation and sick leave. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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

*updated 09/2023


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