Electronic Resources Librarian - University Library, Acquisitions and Collection Management - 15213


The Acquisitions and Collection Management department within the University Library at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks an Electronic Resources Librarian (Associate Academic Librarian)


This position supports the teaching and learning objectives of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater through the life cycle management of electronic resources, including purchasing, licensing, discovery, access, maintenance, and evaluation. Duties include processing new orders for electronic resources, assisting with licensing, aiding in the management of electronic content, activating online access for electronic resources, trouble-shooting technical and subscription-related access problems, and collaborating on institutional digital content.

This position reports to the Collection Manager and provides service desk staffing for the Andersen and Lenox Libraries. The position will work cooperatively throughout Library departments, the University, and the University of Wisconsin system to ensure access and discoverability of electronic resources.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • American Library Association-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science or equivalent
  • 1-3 years library experience
  • Knowledge of electronic resources management
  • Experience completing independent projects
  • Experience working collaboratively
  • Experience in public service
Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems as they relate to e-resources, acquisitions, and serials management
  • Knowledge of trends and issues in academic libraries including emerging technologies related to electronic resources
  • Knowledge of electronic resource licensing
  • Demonstrated awareness of higher education specific technologies, including content management systems and institutional repositories
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and software platforms
  • Organizational and time management skills
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully accomplish multiple projects, set priorities, communicate objectives, and create supporting documentation
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate in a team environment and maintain effective and respectful working relationships

Departmental Responsibilities: Plan, coordinate, and manage the overall life cycle of electronic resources provided by the library for the support of teaching, learning, and research.
  1. Coordinate with the Collection Manager to order, activate, customize, renew/ cancel, and troubleshoot the library’s databases, e-books, e-journals, streaming media, other web-based content
  2. Participate in the vendor and license management of electronic resources
  3. Work with Systems and Technical Services staff to ensure the quality of metadata representing electronic collections and portfolios
  4. Investigate and troubleshoot access issues involving electronic resources and link resolving
  5. Collaborate to resolve electronic resource access problems with appropriate parties
  6. Manage the day-to-day operations of electronic resources in relevant platforms
  7. Develop and implement proactive processes and workflows related to electronic resources
  8. Conduct usability and accessibility testing of electronic resources
  9. Collect and analyze usage and budgetary statistics to support retention and renewal decisions; conduct collection analysis as needed to facilitate collection decisions
  10. Manage access to institutional digital content, including repository systems
  11. Provide information to library staff and patrons about new resources, changes to existing resources, and resource outages
  12. Collaborate with Reference Librarians on support documentation and resource guides
  13. Assist with Collection Management and Acquisitions projects and priorities
Organizational Responsibilities: Plan and participate in initiatives for the success of the UW – Whitewater, and UW System Libraries
  1. Collaborate on departmental and library projects and objectives for the Andersen and Lenox Libraries
  2. Participate in local, state, and national professional organizations as appropriate
  3. Maintain awareness of current literature and practices
  4. Provide user-centered assistance for students, faculty, staff, and community members
  5. Provide public service and instructional support as needed
  6. Participate in required campus training and emergency procedures
  7. Other duties as assigned by the Library Director

UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-Whitewater is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in more than 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.


Applications received by March 11, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or chttps://www.wisys.org.

For questions regarding the position, please contact:

Paul Waelchli
Library Director


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  • Three Professional/Supervisory References
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