Electronic Resources Librarian, Colorado School of Mines

By April 2, 2021

Website Colorado School of Mines

The Arthur Lakes Library of the Colorado School of Mines invites applications for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian. We are seeking creative, collaborative, passionate, and innovative candidates to provide leadership in the area of electronic resources.  Working in a highly collaborative, small-team environment, the candidate’s leadership responsibilities will intersect with many of the Library’s key strategic initiatives.  Come join our team at the heart of a world-class STEM research institution!

The Electronic Resources Librarian oversees the lifecycle of the Library’s electronic resources, including acquisition, licensing, access, administration, maintenance, and support.  This position is part of the Collection Management Services section, working in coordination with the Head of Collection Management Services and reporting directly to the University Librarian.  As an academic faculty position, additional responsibilities include engagement in scholarship, involvement in professional development activities, and service to the institution and the library profession.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinating the management of the Library’s owned, licensed, and subscribed electronic content.  Including evaluation, licensing, purchasing, ordering, access provision, maintenance, link resolution, discovery, renewal, and troubleshooting.
  • Developing and managing electronic resources workflows and maintenance in the Library Management System (Alma).
  • Reviewing and negotiating contracts and licenses for electronic resources in coordination with internal and external constituents
  •  Loading and coordinating the maintenance of bibliographic records for electronic resources.
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting service tickets for electronic resources.  Providing support to Library staff and end-users as appropriate.
  • Collaborating closely with Library staff to identify and select electronic resources.
  • Fostering a collaborative, inter-departmental approach to problem-solving and decision making.
  • Working closely with vendors to address access issues, configure usage statistics, and stay current on new technologies, services, and publishing models.
  • Staying informed of emerging issues, standards, and technologies in the management of licensed electronic resources and the Library’s management and discovery systems.
  • Developing knowledge of the Library’s existing electronic collections.
  • Working collaboratively with the Head of Collection Management Services to develop metrics to facilitate evidence-based decision making.
  • Maintaining usage statistics and producing reports for electronic resources.
  • Documenting electronic collection analysis processes.
  • Providing recommendations to the Head of Collections Management Services on the continued relevance of the Library’s electronic collections.

The successful candidate will also participate as an active member of the library faculty, serving on Library and University committees.  As a non-tenure-track academic library faculty member with the opportunity for promotion in rank, they will engage in scholarly research that advances library and information science and interact with the professional community on a regional, state, national and/or international level, both formally and informally.

Job Qualifications


  • Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited school, or equivalent
  • Direct experience managing electronic resources in a library environment.
  • Working knowledge of library management systems and electronic resource management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies independently and to adapt quickly to changing technology environments.
  • Ability to use analytical skills to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a complex environment.
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


  • Experience with vendor relations, negotiations, and site-licensing for electronic resources.
  • Experience working with a next-generation library management system and discovery layer (e.g., Alma/Primo).
  • Familiarity with library-specific technologies and software such as Springshare, III Prospector, MARCEdit, OCLC Connexion, and ILLiad.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current standards, best practices, and emerging trends in electronic resources and technical services.
  • Thorough understanding of legal and institutional licensing requirements, including fair publisher pricing models.
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of metadata formats, standards, and schemas (such as MARC, XML, Dublin Core, RDA, LCSH, EDI) and protocols (such as OpenURL, NCIP, OAI-PMH, FRBR, SUSHI, COUNTER, Z39.50).
  • Demonstrated analytical, technical, and troubleshooting skills for complex applications.
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload the below materials. References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made. Interested applicants should apply online as soon as possible. The search committee will start reviewing applications on May 10, 2021 and applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

The application must include:

  1. A curriculum vitae,
  2. A statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion (1 pg), and
  3. A cover letter expressing interest in the position with names and contact information for at least 3 references.

Candidates should submit a one-page personal statement on their Contributions to Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (DI&A). Mines is committed to cultivating an inclusive campus culture and is actively undertaking a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/). The statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance diversity, inclusion and access at Mines.

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