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Senior Electronic and Open Content Librarian

Apply now Posting #: 4490
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, Copley Library

Position Title & Department:

 Senior Electronic and Open Content Librarian
Posting #


Department Description:

The Collections, Access, and Discovery Department consists of 15 employees. Copley Library serves 8,231 undergraduate and graduate students. The library’s memberships include the SCELC Consortium, the Coalition of Network Information, HathiTrust, SPARC, and the San Diego Library Circuit. The library is an active member of the University of San Diego community. Copley Library sponsors an annual Digital Initiative Symposium. San Diego, nicknamed “America’s Finest City,” is a delightful place to live, and the university’s 16th Century Spanish Renaissance architecture is stunning.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The University of San Diego’s Copley Library is a progressive, forward-thinking organization and seeks an energetic, dynamic, and enthusiastic individual for a 12-month tenure-track Senior Electronic and Open Content Librarian. Reporting to the Dean of the University Library and working under the direction of the Associate Dean, Head of Collections, Access, and Discovery, the Senior Electronic and Open Content Librarian leads innovation in the library’s licensed and open resources. This librarian is responsible for the acquisition and management of electronic continuing resources, including databases and journals, through subscriptions, open content, and transformative agreements for Copley Library. The librarian plays a key role in the institution’s work to promote open and equitable access to scholarly information.  The librarian serves as liaison to one academic department. The Senior Electronic and Open Content Librarian trains and supervises two staff positions and works with the Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian, the Digital Initiatives Librarian, SCELC staff, and library faculty to transform the collection towards open.

The Senior Electronic and Open Access Resources Librarian manages the bibliographic access related to e-resources. The librarian works with all liaison librarians in identifying, negotiating terms, and ordering journals and databases for USD Faculty. The librarian gathers and disseminates statistical and other value-related data regarding licensed e-resources, openly accessible content, and annual statistical surveys for library faculty and administration. The Senior Electronic and Open Content Librarian works with the Head of Collections, Access, and Discovery and the library’s Budget and Operations Manager on matters related to acquisitions and budget management of electronic resources. The librarian will stay abreast of emerging trends and best practices in the field, including developments in e-books, datasets, journals, and openness. This librarian will collaborate on other services and new initiatives with the Copley Library faculty, as well as serve on library and university committees.

The Senior Electronic and Open Content Librarian has faculty status and builds a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the library’s requirements for reappointment, tenure, and promotion, including participating in open access and e-resources related professional organizations.

Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA accredited MLS or MLIS is required
  • Three years or more of related experience in an academic library
  • Ability to work fully onsite, with one remote day per week, at the University of San Diego campus
  • Experience working with vendors to gather pricing, product details, and set up trials
  • Ability to identify new open content options of interest to the library
  • Ability to manage bibliographic access to e-resources
  • Conducts regular reviews of content usage
  • Contributes to reshaping the library’s collection model
  • Experience facilitating technical changes and trouble-shooting patron access issues that may affect user access to e-resources
  • Experience with procuring, licensing, and managing e-resources, including open access content
  • Experience with the processes of ordering, receiving, and payment to vendors
  • Experience with relevant library software, including holdings management and proxy authentication
  • Experience with budgetary tracking principles
  • Ability to analyze data and prepare statistical reports in multiple formats
  • Ability to prepare e-resources workflow documentation and procedures
  • Ability to work in a team environment or individually; able to lead as well as execute collaborative projects
  • Knowledge of copyright related to e-resources and open content
  • Record of active membership in professional associations and scholarship (presentations and publications) to meet reappointment, tenure, and promotion criteria

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience working with faculty
  • Liaison librarian experience
  • Experience with Innovative Sierra, Ex Libris (Alma), EBSCO, OCLC EZProxy, and SUSHI
  • Familiarity with cataloging and classification standards and tools
  • Experience with consortia
  • Awareness of accessibility issues
  • Experience multi-tasking and managing projects
  • Capable of adapting to change
Posting Salary:

The range provided in this job posting is the full range of the position grade and not necessarily reflective of actual compensation that may be offered or earned, nor a promise of any specific pay for any specific employee, which is always dependent on actual experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Commensurate with experience. Salary range: $79,169 to $107,349; excellent benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package.

Benefits included:
● Medical insurance
● Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance
● Retirement plan 403(b) (immediately vested)
● 24 paid vacation days as well as holidays
● Tuition Remission available to you, your spouse, or a dependent
● Rent assistance for the first year $500 per month
● Faculty home buying program
● Moving expenses covered up to $5,000
● Access to Faculty Research Grant funds
● One day per week devoted to research
● One day per week work remotely
● Conference/travel money
● New faculty orientation stipend
● Access to wellness resources, including on-campus fitness centers

Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

For more information on faculty benefits, please see link: https://www.sandiego.edu/provost/administration/recruitment-and-relocation.php

Special Application Instructions:

Deadline: Formal review of application will begin March 17, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate can begin work immediately or by July 1, 2023.

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload the following documents (please do not send any additional materials):

    1. Letter of application
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of four professional references (colleagues, liaison faculty, and previous supervisors)

Questions regarding the position can be directed to:

Dr. Theresa S. Byrd, Dean of the University Library, (619) 260-2370, tsbyrd@sandiego.edu

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu and reference job posting #4490.

Additional Details:

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.  Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Princeton Review ranked the University of San Diego #6 most beautiful college campus in the nation. Student enrollment 9,041 undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students. The university is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community. Candidates from underrepresented and underserved groups are encouraged to apply.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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