Duke University, Duke University Libraries

Position ID:Duke-DUL-ERALL [#24272]
Position Title: Electronic Resources Acquisitions & Licensing Librarian
Position Type:Open Rank
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Library / Acquisitions, Electronic Resources
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/02/03, finished 2023/05/24, listed until 2023/03/13)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Electronic Resources Acquisitions & Licensing Librarian supports the acquisition, licensing, and renewal of electronic resources and print serials for Duke University Libraries (DUL) in a complex, multi-consortia environment, with an emphasis on electronic resources licensing support. In addition, they collaborate with departmental colleagues to communicate and build relationships with publisher and vendor representatives, evaluate e-resources, and maintain acquisitions and license records in library systems. The Electronic Resources Acquisitions & Licensing Librarian works closely with DUL’s acquisitions staff on questions of ordering, order follow-up, utilization of the licensing database), usage statistics, accessibility of new resources and other related matters.

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·       Collaborates with the Head, Electronic Resources & Serials Acquisitions (ERSA) and the Serials & Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian in all aspects of electronic resources and print serials acquisitions, including vendor negotiations, licensing, assessment, and renewals/cancellations. Supports ERSA staff with electronic resources and print serials acquisitions processes, including but not limited to, creating and updating orders, processing invoices, and processing renewals. Represents DUL and collaborates with both external organizations (such as NERL and TRLN), and other Duke libraries, including the professional school libraries and the Duke Kunshan University Library on issues related to e-resource acquisitions and licensing.

·       Participates in the DUL Licensing Team to review and negotiate license agreements for electronic resources and services, ensuring that they align with DUL licensing principles such as compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and current accessibility standards. Creates and maintains License records in the FOLIO ERM. Manages organization of physical and digital licensing files. Serves as a licensing expert, answering licensing questions from colleagues across the Libraries. Collaborates with library colleagues on issues related to electronic resource licensing. Recommends to the Associate University Librarian for Collections Services and/or the University Librarian whether or not a proposed license is acceptable and whether there are any issues to consider.

·    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.

·       Assists colleagues with regular project work, such as acquisitions workflow development and electronic resource usage analysis.

·       Stays informed of trends in acquisitions and electronic resources licensing, and recommends changes to existing tools and workflows as appropriate.

·       Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.

·       Other duties as assigned.


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 creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent combination of education and experience




Working Conditions

·       Normal office environment

·       Occasionally works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible

·       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. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience; the anticipated range is $55,000-$67,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 14 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. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.                    

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. Priority given to applicants who apply by February 27, 2023.

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

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

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