Electronic Resources Librarian
Acquisitions, Metadata and Enterprise Systems (AMES)
(Librarian I or II)
The MIT Libraries seek a collaborative and service-oriented professional to
participate in acquiring, describing and providing access to commercially
produced electronic resources for a vibrant user community at the leading edge
of research and education. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of
a team who contribute to the institution's mission of promoting learning,
discovery and the advancement of knowledge at MIT and beyond.
Reporting to the Electronic Resources Metadata Librarian and working as a
member of the ten-person E-Resources Team, the E-Resources Librarian provides
support for the bibliographic control and metadata related to e-resources of
all types, with a focus on e-books and databases. S/he will share
responsibility for acquiring, establishing and maintaining access to the
Libraries' e-resources, as well as participate in the increasingly complex
management tasks that insure access to the Libraries' collection of
e-resources. Included in the responsibilities of the E-Resources Librarian:
• Participating in ordering and invoice processing for resources, coordinating
with licensing support staff as appropriate.
• Managing relationships with vendors, publishers, and interface providers
including problem solving, vendor selection, assessment, monitoring service
and fees, evaluation of performance, and communication.
• Developing and maintaining liaison relationships with key library
departments: Collections Strategy and Management (CSM), Liaisons to
Departments, Labs, and Centers (LDLC), and Office of Scholarly Publishing and
• Creating original and editing existing metadata records, coordinating with
staff to ensure access and integrity in Aleph, SFX, local ERM, Metalib, and
• Creating, editing, and maintaining authority records and providing authority
• Developing, revising, and documenting streamlined workflows for efficiency
and effectiveness, in coordination with E- Resources Team members.
• Designing, running, and analyzing reports for informing collection
management and budget analysis.
• Managing operational activities related to e-books cataloging outsourcing.
• Coordinating the work of various problem-solving teams. May also supervise
and/or train staff.
The E-Resources Librarian will be expected to participate in appropriate
committees and projects within the MIT Libraries and beyond. S/he will also be
expected to be actively engaged in the profession in order to identify
emerging trends, practices, and standards that have potential for new and
improved e-resources management at MIT.
• MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent advanced degree in
library or information science.
• At least one year related pre-professional or professional experience in an
academic setting with direct work experience in: 1) acquisitions functions and
workflows, including electronic resources ordering, activation, and overall
management, AND/OR 2) cataloging and authority standards including some or all
of the following: RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, MARC formats, and
standard authorities procedures.
• Positive service attitude and strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated
ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse group of
• Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills with proven
success in independently prioritizing work and managing competing deadlines.
• Demonstrated awareness of national trends and developments in electronic
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to explain complex
concepts to staff.
• Demonstrated ability to be flexible, tolerate ambiguity, adapt to change and
successfully work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
• Initiative and a commitment to self-directed learning and development.
• Solid experience with standard computer software (e.g. Microsoft Office) and
ability to learn and master new software, systems, and technology as required.
• Cataloging/metadata experience in an academic or research library;
specifically monograph and/or e-book cataloging.
• Experience developing and managing relationships with vendors of electronic
• Experience with any or all of these systems: Ex Libris Aleph, SFX, FileMaker
Pro, Request Tracker.
• Supervisory experience.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: $53,000 is minimum entry-level salary. Actual salary and
appointment level (Librarian I or II) will depend on qualifications and
experience. MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health and
retirement plans, a dental plan, tuition assistance and a relocation
allowance. The MIT Libraries afford a flexible and collegial working
environment and foster professional growth of staff with management training
and travel funding for professional meetings.
APPLICATION PROCESS : Apply online at: http://hrweb.mit.edu/staffing/. Please
include cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin February 8, 2013 and will continue until
position is filled. MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within
its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women
and minority candidates.
Through a culture that encourages innovation and collaboration, the MIT
Libraries are redefining the role of the 21st century library - making
collections more accessible than ever before, and shaping the future of
scholarly research. Library staff, at all levels, contribute to this spirit of
innovation and to the mission of promoting learning, discovery and the
advancement of knowledge at MIT and beyond. "Reinventing the Research Library:
The MIT Libraries in the 21st Century" is a short video that looks at how the
MIT Libraries are expanding beyond their traditional role to shape the
research library of the 21st century -creating innovative services, reaching
out to students and faculty, and leading efforts to increase global access to
MIT's scholarly work.
The MIT Libraries support the Institute's programs of research and study with
holdings of more than 2.9 million print volumes and 3.1 million special format
items, and terabytes of MIT-owned digital content. In addition, rare special
collections, Institute records, historical documents, and papers of noted
faculty are held in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. Library
resources and services are accessible to students and researchers through the
Libraries' website (http://libraries.mit.edu/), and library spaces are widely
available for both collaborative work and quiet study. Traditional library
resources are supplemented by innovative services for bioinformatics, GIS,
metadata, social science data, and research data management services, as well
as multimedia facilities and services for video production, conferencing,
webcasting and distance education. The Libraries utilize the Ex Libris Aleph
system for its public Web-based catalog and as the support system for user
service and processing functions. DSpace@MIT, a digital repository developed
over the past ten years by the MIT Libraries, serves to capture, preserve and
communicate the intellectual output of MIT's faculty and research community.
Other MIT repositories include: Dome, a second DSpace instance, providing
access to a sizable image collection and other digital collections owned by
the MIT Libraries; the MIT Geodata Repository for a diverse collection of GIS
Data; and MIT's DataVerse for licensed social science datasets. MIT Libraries
maintain memberships and affiliations in arXiv, Association of Research
Libraries, the BorrowDirect group, the Boston Library Consortium, DDI
Alliance, DuraSpace, HathiTrust, CLIR/Digital Library Federation, the
Coalition of Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, North East Research Libraries,
OCLC Research Library Partnership, and National Digital Stewardship Alliance.
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