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Electronic Resources Librarian
Irwin Library, Butler University

Butler University Libraries invite applications for an Electronic Resources Librarian, a 12-month, non-tenured (continuing appointment) position with the rank of assistant professor, and reports to the Associate Dean for Collections and Digital Services. This position provides leadership for the acquisition, support and analysis of electronic resources at Butler University Libraries. Electronic Resources usage assessment is a strategic priority for Butler Libraries, and this position is responsible for managing and prioritizing expenditures on subscriptions and purchases of electronic content.  The librarian in this position communicates to and supports library faculty in their selection and use of electronic resources, and provides guidance and support to other university users as necessary. This position also manages all required e-resource information and management systems, and has additional responsibilities for the management of print serial subscriptions.  As a library faculty member, the Electronic Resources Librarian has liaison responsibilities to provide library instruction, collection development, and research support for a selected college or department(s).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
•    Primary responsibility for electronic resource management: reviewing licenses, arranging trials,  establishing and maintaining access, and renewing subscriptions;
•    Working with liaison librarians in support of electronic collection development by providing them with information on usage, products, vendors, and options;
•    Collaborating with Fulfillment staff to ensure a smooth workflow for the acquisition, renewal, and payment of electronic resources;
•    Working with the Associate Dean to track and monitor expenditures;
•    Maintaining all appropriate information related to electronic resources via bibliographic or knowledgebase metadata, as well as via OpenURL linking;
•    Assisting with user education and outreach on general usage as well as limits of license-termed acceptable usage;
•    Obtaining and analyzing usage statistics to support purchase and renewal decisions
•    Managing print and bundled serial subscriptions through renewal process, and maintaining appropriate metadata to facilitate appropriate discovery;
•    Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with vendors and consortial partners
•    Serving as a liaison to an academic department and being responsible for course-based information literacy instruction, collection development, and promoting faculty awareness of new delivery modes and issues in scholarly communication.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•    Commitment to current awareness of trends and issues regarding electronic resources
•    Understand licensing issues regarding access to electronic resources
•    Understand issues regarding metadata in support of providing seamless access to electronic resources
•    Ability to troubleshoot and resolve user access issues
•    Use communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively in a collaborative work environment
•    Use marketing and outreach skills to increase awareness and proper use of electronic resources
•    Ability to work with statistics to analyze and assess electronic resource subscriptions
•    Integrate use of relevant current technologies and tools into workflows and demonstrate their value to others
•    Awareness of information literacy and library instruction issues, and a commitment to improve instructional skills
•    Understand goals and objectives of the Library's collections policy and manage resources accordingly.
•    Familiarity with copyright, fair use, and other intellectual property issues that pertain to electronic resource management
•    Work collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups, including students, faculty, and staff

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Masters of Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution and ability to meet minimum qualifications for the rank of Assistant Professor as stated in 20.30.30.B.2.a of the Butler University Faculty Handbook.

Applicants for the position should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references to:
Josh Petrusa, Associate Dean for Collections & Digital Services, at

Screening of applications will begin February 2, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for the successful applicant will be no earlier than June 1, 2015.


Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff.  In addition hiring and other employment-related decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance and other employment-related criteria. It is the policy of the University to provide equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.