Electronic Resources and Licensing Librarian, UC San Diego

Electronic Resources and Licensing Librarian

Job #JPF03819

Apply link: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF03819

Position Overview

Position title: Electronic Resources and Licensing Librarian

Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $61,920-$149,167.
The posted UC academic salary scales (https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/2022-23-academic-salary-scales.html) set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position (https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/july-2023-acad-salary-scales/t26-b.pdf).

Application Window

Open date: October 23, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Dec 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

Electronic Resources and Licensing Librarian
Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing

The University of California, San Diego Library seeks creative, collaborative, and service-oriented applicants for the position of Electronic Resources and Licensing Librarian for our Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing (CARS) Program.

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Program Director for CARS, the Electronic Resources and Licensing Librarian (ERLL) plays an essential role in acquiring digital content for UC San Diego constituents. The ERLL is responsible for negotiating access to electronic resources and serves as the primary contact for electronic resource vendors and content providers. The ERLL reviews and negotiates licenses for UCSD electronic resources and manages the acquisition, activation, and troubleshooting of all purchased and subscribed electronic resources for the Library. Collaborates and works closely with the electronic resources and Acquisitions Division team members. Coordinates the gathering and analyzing of electronic resource usage and other related assessment data. The Electronic Resources and Licensing Librarian is part of the Collection Strategists Group and the Collection Council and works closely with collection strategists and selectors on licensing electronic resources. As a member of the CARS Leadership Team, contributes to the goals and strategic objectives of the program.

Licensing and Acquisitions

  • Develops licensing strategies and keeps current on emerging trends in licensing electronic resources
  • Researches, evaluates and reviews licenses, contracts, and leads the negotiation of licensing terms
  • Manages licensing, acquisition, and troubleshooting of online databases, electronic book and electronic journal packages, streaming services, and other electronic resources
  • Serves as the primary contact and negotiates with content providers, vendors, and publishers on license terms and pricing
  • Works collaboratively with internal stakeholders including collection strategists to continually develop and enhance the Library’s collection development policy for electronic resources
  • Tracks licensing terms and maintains license records
  • Serves as licensing functional expert at UC San Diego Library and answers questions from colleagues both within the Library and across campus on complex licensing issues
  • Serves as campus contact for Public Performance Rights inquiries

Electronic Resource Management

  • Oversees the life cycle of electronic resources including acquisition, licensing, activation, and troubleshooting access issues
  • Oversees the collection and analysis of data on acquisition, holdings, and usage of electronic resources to inform collection policy
  • Develops workflows, documentation and best practices for electronic resource management
  • Responsible for troubleshooting complex electronic resource access issues
  • Serve as campus contact for breach reports
  • Collaborates with the California Digital Library Acquisitions Unit to manage shared, UC systemwide electronic resources
  • Keeps current on emerging trends in electronic resources lifecycle management

Informational Webinars

Applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar to learn more about the position, the campus, and the University Library. If interested, please register using the links provided:

Information Session @ Monday, November 13, 2023 at 2-3PM PST:
Information Session @ Friday, November 17, 2023 9-10AM PST:

The attendee list will be hidden to ensure confidentiality. Attendance is not required to apply or be considered for this position. Live captioning will be provided via Zoom Live Transcript. Inquiries and nominations may be directed to Laura Schwartz, Director of Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing (l7schwartz@ucsd.edu).

About The Library – Great Research Starts Here

The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the top 25 public academic research libraries in the nation, plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, patient care, and public service mission. The goal of the library is to serve the University’s vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. It accomplishes this through support of student and faculty success, support of research and learning through information resources, by serving as a place of community and inspiration, and by extending the impact of UC San Diego research through investments and innovation in scholarly communication and research data. In service of these priorities UC San Diego Library has 180 staff and an annual budget of approximately $32 million. UC San Diego Library serves the entire UC San Diego community and is committed to building a Library that reflects and supports our community’s values. The incumbent should be committed to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse culture.

The Content Acquisition and Resource Sharing (CARS) Program supports the University’s mission of research, teaching, and public service by purchasing, licensing, borrowing and otherwise acquiring materials and resources in all formats and languages. The program has approximately 22 FTE staff who track and manage the collection budget, provide collection development support through financial and statistical analysis and reporting, obtain and lend materials through resource sharing workflows, build the Library’s permanent collections utilizing a variety of leading-edge acquisitions and licensing processes, and provide and manage access to digital and open access resources.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego offers flexible work options such as flextime or compressed workweeks, and worksite flexibility. This position will start with a hybrid schedule with a combination of onsite and remote work. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community, the Library’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, and LAUC-SD Diversity and Inclusion Committee. We also encourage the opportunity to build a network of peers that share your similar passions and interests through the UCSD Staff Associations network.

About the University

With 42,800 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as well as one of the top schools for medical research. UC San Diego is also in the top 10 of all universities in the nation in receiving federal R&D research grants.

Department: https://library.ucsd.edu/about/library-jobs/index.html


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree. Other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services may be substituted
  • 2-3 years’ experience working as an Electronic Resource Librarian, Licensing Librarian or in related fields
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the electronic resources’ lifecycle (acquiring, providing access, administering, troubleshooting, evaluating)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current practices in electronic resource management in a library
  • Demonstrated commitment to change management and continuous learning
  • Evidence of contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving, and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated experience effectively communicating with internal and external constituents both verbally and in writing

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience overseeing electronic resources in an academic or research library setting
  • Demonstrated experience working with library systems such as an ILS, ERM, and/or link resolvers
  • Demonstrated experience with Open URL linking technologies and/or authentication mechanisms
  • Demonstrated experience managing streaming media licenses and are aware of public performance rights
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of open access models and transformative agreements

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF03819

Help contact: ecampillo@ucsd.edu

Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University controlled properties.

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Job Location

La Jolla, CA