Electronic Resources Librarian, UTC Library

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 5, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

UTC Library

Electronic Resources Librarian

The UTC Library seeks a motivated, creative, team-oriented, and user-focused librarian to fill our tenure-track Electronic Resources Librarian position at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC).

Library Description

In January 2015, UTC opened a new, five-story 180,000 square foot library. The library staff comprises 26 faculty librarians and 18.5 staff members, operates on an annual budget of just over 4 million dollars, and possesses collection holdings of more than 500,000 volumes, over 2,500 active journal subscriptions, 150 databases, and more than 28,000 accessible online journals. The library provides an information commons with 175+ public computers, 38 group study rooms, a media studio, three library instruction classrooms, a writing center, a cafe, and a 24-hour study space. The library delivers a comprehensive range of public services, including outreach, instruction, and research assistance, and is well equipped to support the research and scholarship needs of the UTC community. Faculty and staff of the UTC Library are committed to meeting our mission and upholding our core values through our work and the services we provide to our community.

Collection Services

The Collection Services Department is composed of t hree units: Access Services, Acquisitions and Content Management, and Special Collections. The department is led by the Head of Collection Services with each unit managed by a director; Director of Access Services, Director of Acquisitions and Content Management, and Director of Special Collections . Over the past several years, Collection Services has led large-scale projects such as migrating from a WorldShare Management Services (WMS) Library Services Platform (LSP) to Alma and developing a new textbook affordability initiative.

Acquisitions and Content Management

The Acquisitions and Content Management unit is a patron-focused and service-oriented team of three librarians, two staff members, and a group of dedicated student assistants working together to provide users with access to resources in all formats to aid in their learning, research, and/or publishing endeavors. With an annual materials budget of ~ $1.7 million dollars, the unit is responsible for operations related to acquisitions and cataloging, electronic resources, document delivery and interlibrary loan, stacks maintenance, and course reserves. Acquisitions and Content Management manages more than 90 0,000 titles using Alma, a next generation library system and makes them discoverable through Primo VE.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Department Head of Collections Services and under the supervision of the Director of Acquisitions and Content Management, the Electronic Resources Librarian manages and leads in acquisition and management of electronic resources, including negotiation and vendor relations, licensing, access and metadata, administration, statistics and reporting, troubleshooting and support, and renewal or cancellation. The Electronic Resources Librarian ensures the optimal and accurate access and usability of subscription resources in all formats, including databases, electronic journals, electronic books, streaming AV materials, print journals, and other continuations. The Electronic Resources Librarian leads in the development of new methods of subscription and resource acquisition and strives to increase available resources for the UTC community.

The ideal candidate will have a strong service orientation, enjoy collaborative work, and think strategically about collection development and management particularly as it pertains to electronic resources.

Specific position responsibilities include the following:
  • Manages the life cycle of electronic resources including setting up trials, acquisition/renewal, licensing, access and discovery, administration, and support by:
    • Analyzing tools and workflows, exploring new e-resource models, and recommending changes to existing tools and workflows as appropriate;
    • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date documentation related to e-resources and discovery web content, workflows, policies, and procedures;
    • Managing projects successfully and balance competing priorities;
    • And serving as the Chair of the Library Electronic Resources Committee and a member of the Library Ex Libris Committee focusing on electronic resources and supporting discovery.
  • Works collaboratively with UTC Library colleagues and vendors to optimize reliable access to library materials and collections in the library discovery ecosystem, which includes library management platform, knowledge bases, access and discovery tools, authentication services and user interfaces by:
    • Resolving e-resource issues in a timely manner and develop methods that are proactive to preempt access problems;
    • Providing excellent customer service and address user feedback on discovery and UX experiences; communicating with users in a timely fashion;
    • Assisting Library IT in management of EZproxy and other authentication configurations to ensure access to resources for licensed users;
    • Providing information, training, and support to inform colleagues of new features and interface changes related to e-resource access and discovery;
    • And working with library colleagues to optimize content exposure and awareness on campus.
  • Monitors trends and best practices related to electronic resource management, access, discovery, and usage analysis by:
    • Gathering, analyzing, and reporting usage statistics and holdings and monitor pricing patterns of e-resources to support collection development and management decision making;
    • Creating reports for communicating usage trends and impact to internal and external stakeholders;
    • And maintaining awareness and knowledge of current and emerging trends and practices in librarianship, especially with respect to electronic resource management, authentication, licensing, acquisition trends, emerging data types and sources, and discovery and access systems.
Library and University responsibilities include the following:
  • Provides reference or customer service at a Library service desk at least one hour per week;
  • Serves proactively on library-wide task forces, committees, and councils as appointed;
  • Participates in library outreach activities.
  • Participates in university governance, planning, and service;
  • Conducts scholarship and participate in professional service consistent with a tenure-track appointment;
  • Engages in continuing professional development by attending and participating in professional conferences, training opportunities, and events related to position responsibilities.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA -Accredited institution or an ALA-recognized/affiliated international institution completed by August 1, 2022;
  • Experience organizing or managing projects, balancing priorities, and setting and meeting deadlines;
  • Effective oral and written communication.
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications are not required, and the Library is committed to helping our future colleague develop the following preferred skills:
  • At least one (1) year of professional or paraprofessional experience in an academic library managing electronic resource lifecycles;
  • Experience with Alma/PrimoVE;
  • Experience with relevant standards such as openURL, COUNTER, KBART, MARC, SUSHI, etc;
  • Experience gathering, manipulating, and interpreting data;
  • Demonstrated experience using problem-solving and troubleshooting skills to correct and respond to e-resource access and data issues in a timely manner;
  • Ability to be self-motivated and initiative driven, while working collaboratively within a team of faculty, staff, and student assistants;
  • Strong customer service orientation;
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in a higher education setting.

The minimum annual salary is $ 50,000, commensurate with experience.


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position with faculty status at the rank of Assistant Professor.


Benefits include: 24 days of vacation and 12 days sick leave per year, 11 paid holidays, 80% of health/life insurance paid by the state, choice of retirement programs paid by the state and equivalent to ≈10% of an individual’s annual salary, partial relocation reimbursement, professional development funding, tax program savings, and more.

Application Process

The review of applications begins on August 8, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit applications electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site at https://www.utc.edu/human-resources/employment/faculty-jobs.php

Interested applicants must prepare and submit the materials articulated below:
  • a letter of application speaking to your interest in the position and specific qualifications.
  • a current curriculum vitae.
  • a statement of librarianship philosophy.
  • the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references including the professional relationship of reference and applicant.
Additional Information

For information about UTC, the UTC Library, and Chattanooga, please visit www.utc.edu, www.utc.edu/library , www.chattanoogafun.org , or www.chattanooga.gov .

Qualifications :

The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), ADEA (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED). Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the OEI office.

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