Bridgewater State University — Electronic Resources & Collections Services Librarian

Electronic Resources & Collections Services Librarian

Rank: Assistant Librarian
Tenure Information: Tenure Track

Department Summary:
From Bridgewater State University’s inception in 1840 by Horace Mann as one of the first normal schools in America to the current day, BSU has worked to ensure that our students receive an accessible, affordable, and exceptional education. BSU aspires to be the leader in our mission class for closing equity gaps for Black/Cape Verdean, Latinx, Native American, Asian, and other students of color. BSU’s institutional values, the work of the President’s Special Task Force on Racial Justice, and leadership of the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium underscore the campus’ commitment to racial equity and other forms of social justice.

The Clement C. Maxwell Library is open an average of 94 hours each week during the academic year. It is a busy, dynamic place with classrooms, academic and administrative offices throughout the building. The library serves all BSU students, faculty, staff, researchers from across the country and world, as well as the residents of the surrounding communities.

Library Services is dedicated to meeting the needs of its communities, to updating its service models as pedagogies and librarianship evolve, to renewing the knowledge and skills of librarians and staff as practices change, to deploying new technologies to improve interactions with library users and to enhance user experiences. Successful candidates will be staff members who can work with their colleagues to help meet the mission of the department in serving and supporting our racially and ethnically diverse campus community.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties:
The Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University seeks an innovative, service-oriented Electronic Resources & Collections Services Librarian. The successful candidate will be a member of Library Services and will work closely with faculty and staff throughout the Library and University. The Electronic Resources & Collection Services Librarian reports directly to the Dean of the Library. The incumbent will serve as a library liaison to selected departments or programs. Participation in professional organizations, service in library and university governance, and appropriate professional development activities are expected and required for tenure.

The Electronic Resources & Collections Services Librarian 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.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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.
  • Commitment to customer service excellence/support to enhance an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to adapt quickly in a dynamic, evolving library and campus environment.
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities, and manage responsibilities independently.
  • 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.
  • Experience with Springshare’s LibApps or other content management tools.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Ability to adapt quickly in a dynamic, evolving library and campus environment.
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities, and manage responsibilities independently.

Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement. All employees – faculty, professional, classified, temporary hourly staff – must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire. Medical or Religious Exemptions An employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing through the university’s Wellness Center.

Posting Number: F00389P
Open Date: 06/13/2022
Close Date: 9/12/2022
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position: *a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.

To apply, visit https://jobs.bridgew.edu/postings/22885

Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.

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