Duke University, Duke University Libraries

Position ID:Duke-DUL-ERM [#13501]
Position Title: Electronic Resources Management Librarian
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Electronic Materials and Devices
Appl Deadline:2019/05/30 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2019/03/28, finished 2019/08/28, listed until 2019/05/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

The Electronic Resources Management Librarian engages in the life cycle of electronic resources at Duke University Libraries (DUL) with an emphasis on oversight of electronic resource access and discovery. Working in a changing and complex multi-consortia environment, s/he participates in the acquisition, licensing, access maintenance, and renewal of electronic databases, e-journals, and e-books. This position oversees the work of 3 FTE staff and supporting student assistants. S/he works collaboratively with units across Technical Services and throughout the DUL system on activities and projects that support electronic resources, including proposing and developing changes to workflows. S/he provides and interprets usage statistics and other data in support of collection assessment. S/he is a member of the DUL Technical Services Licensing Team, and reviews and negotiates license agreements for electronic resources.


  • Oversees and provides leadership for electronic resource management at DUL with an emphasis on access and discovery; interacts with publishers, vendors and providers to ensure consistent access to library holdings across multiple platforms.
  • Serves on Continuing Resource Acquisitions management team.
  • Serves as primary departmental triager for electronic resource tickets submitted through Technical Services ticketing system.
  • In collaboration with Head, Continuing Resource Acquisitions, participates in all aspects of electronic resource acquisitions, including trials, ordering, licensing, assessment, and renewals/cancellations.
  • Participates in the DUL Licensing Team to review and negotiate license agreements for electronic resources and services.
  • Participates in the development of workflows and policies for all aspects of the electronic resources life cycle.
  • Participates in data gathering and evaluation of pricing, usage, and other metrics to support collection assessment, budget processes and annual reporting requirements.
  • Stays informed of trends in electronic resource management and recommends changes to existing tools and workflows as appropriate.
  • Serves on relevant library and consortia committees as it relates to functional expertise and/or professional development, including participating in the development and implementation of the FOLIO Library Services Platform.
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge by taking an active interest in the profession. This growth and interest may be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and/or service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity

Supervisory Responsibilities

·         Supervises the electronic resources management staff (3 FTE) and student assistant(s) of the Continuing Resource Acquisitions Department.


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.  In addition, managers and supervisors are expected to help develop a common vision by providing clear direction and priorities, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and promoting mutual understanding through effective communication.  They are also expected to take the time to effectively plan and evaluate performance, provide feedback, recognition and coaching, and develop employees to achieve their personal and organizational goals. 


Required: MLS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent combination of education and experience



·         At least two years of demonstrated, successful experience managing electronic resources access and discovery in an academic research library environment

·         Demonstrated understanding of current models, practices, and tools used by academic libraries for the licensing, acquisition, access, and discoverability of e-resources, including knowledge of industry standards related to serials and electronic resources, e.g., ISSN, OpenURL, KBART, ERM, SERU, COUNTER, SUSHI, etc.

·         Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including evidence of ability to work collegially and collaboratively within and across organizations

·         Demonstrated analytical, organizational, time and project management skills, including the ability to set priorities and effectively manage multiple projects and assignments

·         Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

·         Experience working with an Integrated Library System or a next-generation resource management system

·         Interest in professional development and engagement


·         Prior supervisory experience

·         Familiarity with fund management and budget processes

·         Experience with electronic resource license review and negotiation process and best practices

·         Awareness of the relationship between electronic resources management and other library services, such as cataloging/metadata, library discovery systems, and/or acquisition of library resources

·         Demonstrated proficiency in data gathering, including usage statistics, and analysis techniques to support assessment activities and statistical analysis 

Working Conditions

·         Must be able to lift 25 pounds.

·         Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible

·         Normal office environment

·         Occasional travel required


These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States. 


Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.


Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.


Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.


Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/ . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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Further Info:
365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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