E-Resource Librarian

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Nov 08, 2023
Full time

Job Description


E-Resource Librarian

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
E-Resource Librarian

Job Profile Title
Librarian B

Job Description Summary
About the Penn Libraries

The Penn Libraries provides a network of information resources and knowledge services that are vital to teaching, research, and learning at the University of Pennsylvania. This network includes 19 physical libraries, recognized for their collections, and a digital library known for innovation and richness of content. Through dynamic programming and exhibitions, and through the acquisition and preservation of literary and artistic artifacts, the Penn Libraries documents a wealth of social and historical periods, bringing scholarship to life at the University and in the various communities it serves.

Job Description Summary

Part of the Acquisitions, Access and Licensing (AAL) Department at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the eResource Librarian contributes to the responsible and efficient expenditure of the Libraries' budget for collections and directly supports the research, teaching and learning mission of the Libraries by participating in electronic resource lifecycle management and workflows, including acquisition, licensing, discovery, access, maintenance, and evaluation. The incumbent ensures access to and support for robust, distinctive and innovative collecting, efficient and careful acquisition of online resources, and effective engagement with colleagues across the Libraries and externally with consortia and vendors. Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills and bring a strong analytical and creative approach to interactions with data, people, and workflows.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities

Participate in the eresource workflows of licensing, purchase, inventory entitlement, renewal and analysis.

Create, audit, and analyze data to support and inform collection development and budgetary decisions.

Use knowledge of e-resource licensing and access models to create and maintain accurate metadata across access systems, including entitlements and holdings coverage that feed the Libraries discovery systems.

Support user access and discovery to e-resources; analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve issues with a variety of remote access and authentication products (EZProxy and Lean Library).

In collaboration with other AAL librarians, secure favorable contract terms for eresources. Organize, articulate, expose, track license information in internal systems. Support Libraries' initiatives in areas of privacy, access or related.

Stays abreast of emerging trends and best practices related to e-resources.

Plays an active role in e-resource related projects and initiatives as assigned


Required Qualifications
  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Relevant professional library experience: 1- 2 years to be considered for B level, 2-3 years for C level.
  • Familiarity with eresource workflows, preferably within the context of an academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills across varied contexts.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, and planning skills.

Preferred Qualifications;
  • To be considered for the C Level, candidate will demonstrate competency in more than one of the preferred qualifications listed below.
  • Experience with various modules of an integrated library system, especially as they relate to e-resources management and acquisitions.
  • Experience with Alma, especially Acquisitions and Analytics and related configurations.
  • Demonstrated ability to investigate and work collaboratively to address emergent discovery and access problems and ongoing needs, resolve access issues, communicate status to appropriate user communities, and analyze problem trends and exceptions to provide problem resolution.
  • Experience providing access to or discovery of electronic resources, especially in an academic or research library.
  • Experience participating in license negotiation and workflows.
  • Experience with analyzing metadata sets across multiple knowledgebases and external sources and participating in procedures for obtaining, reviewing, editing and batch loading MARC records into the library catalog

Application Requirement
  • A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $78,110.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay

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