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Cornell University Library: Electronic Resources Librarian

Cornell University Library

Position: Electronic Resources Librarian

Deadline: Applications requested by July 15, 2007.

Cornell University Library (CUL) seeks a service-minded Electronic Resources Librarian to participate in the management and further development of the Library’s large and growing online collections. The Cornell University Library, with an annual materials budget exceeding $18,000,000, continues to build its extensive online collections. Reporting to the Head, E-Resources & Serials Management Unit, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues throughout CUL, representatives of publishers and vendors and faculty, staff and students who need to access the online collections for their research and study.

The Electronic Resources Librarian, one of two in the Unit, has responsibilities for acquisitions, licensing, implementation, assessment and ongoing maintenance of the online collections. The successful candidate will also have assignments with the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections and serve as a technical services liaison to groups engaged in building and providing quality access to our collections.

Primary Responsibilities:

Initiates new electronic resources acquisitions. Participates fully in their initial and ongoing licensing, access implementation and record maintenance.

Represents Cornell in negotiations with vendors and publishers.

Works as part of a team to provide ongoing access to the online collections, including troubleshooting problems arising from subscription, licensing or access-related technical issues including link resolution and federated searching.

Collaborates with other Unit and Library staff to insure the efficient processing and maintenance of ongoing subscriptions. Collaborates in workflow analysis, operational changes and documentation of procedures and policies.

Manages projects involving electronic resources. These may include initiatives to enhance or develop new services and manage the many necessary details for maintaining and assessing the online collections.

Serves as a liaison to assigned collection development teams and works closely with the Associate University Librarian on the funding of electronic resources supported by central funds.

Serves as a resource to others in the Unit and Library for statistics regarding the use of electronic resources to assist in projects or analysis of the online collections.

Develops and maintains expert knowledge of issues related to electronic resources and contributes to the professional dialogue about topics of importance the Cornell and broader library community.

Required: MLS or graduate degree with relevant library or technical experience. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to collaborate with staff throughout the library system. Interest in or understanding of current practices and developments in electronic resources acquisitions, licensing and/or record management. Strong technical skills. Potential for meeting the criteria for retention and promotion.

Preferred: Previous experience with electronic resources, cataloging/metadata or serials. Previous work with teams and managing projects. Familiarity with electronic resources standards such as OpenURL and ONIX, and electronic resource related initiatives such as SUSHI, COUNTER, License Expression, etc. Experience with reporting tools such as MS Access or SQL.

Background: Cornell University is an Ivy League comprehensive research university located in Ithaca in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The town and university offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The university comprises 14 schools with 2600 faculty members and 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The Cornell University Library is a vigorous professional organization of 468 staff with a strong track record in innovation and service quality. It consists of 20 libraries, including a nearby high-density storage facility with a capacity of 6.8 million volumes. It contains nearly 8 million printed volumes, 62,000 current serials, 378,000 networked electronic resources, and rich materials in other formats. Ranking 9th among 113 North American academic library members of the Association of Research Libraries, the Library was a recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

Application Procedure: Applications requested by July 15, 2007. To apply for this position go to, search under the job category of Librarians, and select posting number 07078. Follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

For further information, contact Susan Markowitz, Director of Library Human Resources, 201 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5301.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

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