Electronic Resources

Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Electronic Resources & Collections Librarian

Category: Faculty       
Department: Libraries
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: May 21, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: October 1, 2021

  • Coordinate the acquisition and management of electronic resources, including e-journals, databases, and online primary source collections
  • Coordinate the evaluation, selection, and deselection of print and online book collections
  • Oversee and monitor the university libraries acquisition and e-resources budget allocation and expenditure
  • Collaborate with vendors and colleagues to maintain seamless access to owned and subscribed electronic resources using link resolvers and other e-resource management functions
  • Negotiate license terms with vendors and publishers, ensuring contract compliance and maintaining ongoing electronic resource agreements
  • Gather and analyze collections metrics to support recommendations and decision-making
  • Provide individualized instruction at the reference desk and via chat, e-mail, etc.
  • Serve as library liaison to selected academic departments
  • Fulfill requirements of faculty status in areas of contributions to librarianship, scholarly activities, and service.

RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor, tenure track, 12 month position, $6300/month. Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/.


  • ALA-accredited master's degree
  • Additional graduate degree
  • Experience with library collection development
  • Experience with complex budgets
  • Familiarity with the back-end operations of an integrated library management system (i.e., Acquisitions, Cataloging/Metadata, E-Resources/Link Resolution)
  • Strong public service orientation
  • Strong communication/interpersonal skills

  • Experience negotiating contracts and technical support issues with vendors
  • Experience with database and link resolver support
  • Experience using the Alma library services platform
  • Experience providing reference service
  • Experience with data-driven collection analysis

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of application.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: WIU Libraries employees 10 faculty and 20 civil service staff in the Leslie F. Malpass Library and 3 branch libraries, 2 in Macomb and 1 on the WIU-Quad Cities campus. The Libraries collection includes over 1,000,000 catalogued volumes, access to over 22,500 full-text journals, 300,000 maps and substantial government documents, microforms, and non-book materials. The annual materials budget is $1.1 million.

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

Western is a comprehensive university offering 62 undergraduate and 41 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. The University's 442 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus with distinctive undergraduate degrees and numerous graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago.

WIU-Quad Cities: The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000).

WIU's Macomb campus is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures, while the Women's Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy. WIU's student organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBTQ*A) community provides resources, support and programming. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on August 2, 2021.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Hunter Dunlap at IH-Dunlap@wiu.edu.

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at hr-recruitment@wiu.edu.

To apply, visit https://wiu.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=131365&CNTRNO=5&TSTMP=0