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Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian Victoria

University of Victoria Libraries

University of Victoria Libraries Victoria Canada

2 months ago

Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian VICTORIA , BCDescription

Regular, 1.0FTE

Appointment at Librarian II or III depending on experience

Start Date ASAP

Reporting to the Head, Collection Management Services, the Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian (AERL), provides fiscal oversight and leadership in the acquisition of research materials in all formats including the management, organization, integration, and discovery of electronic resources. The AERL works collaboratively with colleagues across UVic Libraries, including Subject Liaisons, to recommend strategies which support enhanced access to resources via library discovery tools while optimizing user experience and expectations. This position works closely with the Collections Analysis team to evaluate and assess electronic resources, which support the teaching and research priorities at the University of Victoria. In addition, the AERL will recommend best practices for the organization, integration, and... discovery of Electronic Resources via content and curation tools. The position works in collaboration with the Associate University Librarian, Collections and Open Scholarship to manage budget allocations, forecasting, and to help advance UVic's commitment to open access resources.

Summary of Responsibilities
• Coordinates University of Victoria Libraries' Acquisitions and Electronic Resources best practices and strategy
• Leads an Acquisitions and Electronic Resources team. Hires, trains, and supervises staff to support acquisition and electronic resource management
• Develops and manages workflow to monitor and resolve access issues for the Libraries' electronic resources
• Supports and develops data-driven analysis of the libraries' collections, acquisition practices, and resource allocation
• Monitors acquisitions budget and expenditures
• Prepares annual reports and participates in budget forecasting with transparency
• Shares in contract and license negotiations/service agreements; liaising with publishers and vendors
• Ensures accuracy of Libraries' electronic resources and holdings in discovery interfaces
• Responsible for implementation, maintenance, and accuracy of electronic resource management system (ERMS)
• Promotes the use of electronic resources within the library and identifies training opportunities for library faculty and staff
• Monitors emerging trends within the library electronic resource and acquisitions ecosystem
• Provides guidance on new and evolving scholarly publishing models providing sustainable business models that strive towards open access
• Chairs and facilitates meetings, working groups, and leads training sessions
• Creates and maintains documentation of related workflows and policies

• A Master of Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent degree
• 3-5 years experience working with electronic resources and discovery platforms
• Knowledge and/or experience with electronic resource tools, standards, and initiatives, such as Open URL, SUSHI, and COUNTER for purpose of assessment and analysis of library resources and services
• Possess conceptual and practical knowledge of protocols and standards such as internet protocols (IP), file transfer protocol (FTP), Open Archives Initiative (OAI – PMH), EZProxy, electronic data interchange (EDI), link resolver, and electronic resource management systems (ERMS)
• Working knowledge or experience with non-MARC metadata standards and schema
• Experience resolving online access issues
• Demonstrated project management experience
• Experience delivering instruction and training
• Well-developed analytical, organizational, and communication skills (oral, written, and interpersonal).
• Evidence of interest in professional and scholarly activities and commitment to maintaining knowledge of current issues and trends related to licensing electronic resources
• Ability to establish priorities, implement efficient workflows, achieve goals, create documentation, set clear performance expectations, and direct work
• Demonstrates the capability to effectively supervise, train and motivate staff
• Experience in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

University of Victoria

Situated at the University of Victoria on the historic lands of the lək̓wəŋən peoples, and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose relationships with the land continue to this day. The University of Victoria ranks in the top tier of Canada's research-intensive universities. As an internationally recognized teaching and research institution, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places, and the planet. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada's most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation.

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Participates in Libraries and University committees, councils, task forces, and teams as appropriate. Keeps up-to-date with developments in digital scholarship in the profession and related fields, and on broader issues that affect the practice of librarianship. Participates in professional organizations as appropriate. Undertakes research and engages in scholarship as appropriate.

Standards of Performance & Additional Information

Faculty, Librarians, and Archivists at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association. Standards of performance are assessed as set out in the Evaluation Policy for Librarians. Please note that reference checks will be done, and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate's record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Application Process

Please submit a letter of application; a CV; and, the names of three references by Friday, April 14, 2023 to Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries at Interviews are anticipated to be held in May.

Closes: 14 April, 2023

University of Victoria Libraries
Victoria BC

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