Librarian, Electronic Resources

Western Michigan University Libraries in Michigan

Deadline February 13, 2017
Date Posted January 4, 2017
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Electronic Resources Librarian

Western Michigan University is seeking an innovative and service-oriented Electronic Resources Librarian.  This librarian must possess the knowledge and expertise necessary to manage electronic collections and deliver services and resources appropriate to WMU’s Carnegie classification as a “research university with high research activity.” Playing a key role in the mission of WMU, this individual must employ collaborative approaches in the management and delivery of electronic resources.  Please view position information at:

Selected Responsibilities:

  • In consultation, coordinate and supervise electronic resources life cycle management including acquisition, access, administration, evaluation and renewal/deselection.
  • Maintain accurate electronic resource records, including license and access terms, within the libraries management system.
  • Develop, generate, and analyze reports for evaluation, management, budget, planning, and accreditation purposes.
  • Coordinate the integration and interoperability of electronic resources and holdings data in a variety of systems.
  • Foster a collaborative team-based approach to problem solving. Resolve access-related problems with users, staff, and vendors as appropriate.
  • Assess and evaluate potential purchases, communicating directly with vendors as necessary about implementation, licensing restrictions, and compatibility with existing systems and platform interfaces.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent international degree
  • One year of academic library or related experience
  • Demonstrated post-MLS library experience working with technologies specifically involving electronic resources and/or related technical services.
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Alma/Primo certifications or ability to become certified in Alma/Primo within 12 months of hire
  • Proficiency with major office software such as Microsoft Office or Libre Office
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Flexible working style and the ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to take a user-centered approach in providing access to electronic resources.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with Ex Libris Alma and Primo platforms
  • Experience with EZproxy
  • Experience managing and troubleshooting technologies related to electronic resources
  • 3+ years’ experience in an academic library
  • Meet the criteria of the NASIG Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians
  • Evidence of professional growth potential through publication, professional activities, or other contributions to the field
  • Proficiency with writing or constructing SQL queries


This position is full-time twelve-month fiscal year tenure-track appointment. Faculty rank, status, privileges, and responsibilities are dependent on qualifications and experience.


Cover letter, vita, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) references must be sent online to:    Application should be received by February 13, 2017.  Review will continue until the position is filled.

With more than 4.9 million total items, nearly 2.6 million total titles, and almost 500 databases, Western Michigan University Libraries is the fourth largest university library system in Michigan and among the top 100 in the country with active instructional and collection development programs.  The WMU Libraries are housed at four locations:  Dwight B. Waldo Library (Main), the Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center, the Gary and Rita Swain Education Library, and the Harper C. Maybee Music and Dance Library.  The Electronic Resources Librarian will be a member of the Technical Services unit in Waldo Library, which includes four faculty librarians and 14 staff members.  As a faculty member, this individual will participate actively on committees and teams in the leadership of the WMU Libraries and the University. 

Kalamazoo is located midway between Chicago and Detroit and 40 minutes from Lake Michigan. With a population of more than 325,000, the Kalamazoo area is the sixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan with many of the amenities found in larger cities such as museums, support for the arts, restaurants, and microbreweries with the added pleasures of farm-to-table dining and an abundant farmers’ market.  The city is family friendly with entertainment and recreational activities for all ages.  The Kalamazoo Promise, a program offering free tuition for Kalamazoo Public School graduates attending public and private colleges in Michigan, is an added bonus for families.  Kalamazoo is home to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Western Michigan University (WMU) seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of learning and growing in wisdom.  WMU is strongly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence by including and integrating individuals who represent different groups as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin, religion and veteran status.

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and
all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

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