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Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian

Job Identifier: F10-2-17

Position available: August 1, 2011


The Lupton Library seeks an energetic, intellectually curious, and
user-centered professional to fill our Electronic Resources and Serials
Librarian position in the Materials Processing Department at the
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC). The librarian in this
position serves as an integral member of a team of faculty librarians
and staff specialists committed to managing ongoing, seamless access to
electronic and serialized resources in all formats efficiently and
effectively. This is an ideal opportunity for a professional interested
in working in a small academic library focused on providing proactive
services in a dynamic, transparent, and flexible environment.


Position Responsibilities 

Reporting to the Head of Materials Processing, the Electronic Resources
and Serials Librarian ensures optimal and accurate access to
subscription resources in all formats, including databases, electronic
journals and books, print journals and other continuations. The
Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian leads the development of new
methods of subscription and resource acquisition and strives to increase
available resources for the UTC community. 


Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Manage subscription resources through the establishment of product
trials, license review, access management, record maintenance,
subscription renewal, and ongoing vendor relations; 

Activate and manage new and existing e-resources within the
knowledgebase of the Library's access management system;

Oversee receipt of remaining print journals and other continuations;

Serve as chair of the Library Electronic Resource Committee;

Assist in management of proxy access to ensure accurate access to

Develop proactive methods to preempt e-resource access problems before
they are reported;

Resolve problems relating to e-resources access in a timely manner;

Monitor trends in e-resource management, analyze tools and workflows,
explore new models and recommend changes to existing tools and workflows
as appropriate;

Gather, analyze, and report use statistics and monitor pricing patterns
of e-resources to support decision-making;

Provide information, training, and support to inform colleagues at the
Lupton Library and the campus of new features and interface changes
related to e-resource discovery;

Work closely with Digital Integration Librarian to optimize content

Work with the Library Information Technology Department on issues
related to e-resource access;

Manage student workers and delegate workflows effectively;

Assist and advise department head and dean in the iterative
reorganization of the department and the library.


Other librarian responsibilities include:


Provide reference services for 2 to 3 hours per week and one Saturday
per semester;

Serve as Library liaison to assigned academic departments and develop
collections in the corresponding subject areas;

Serve on Library committees and participate in other Library-wide

Serve on University committees and participate in other University-wide

Participate in professional, scholarly, and creative endeavors.


Department Description

The Materials Processing Department provides UTC students, faculty,
staff, and affiliates with access to a range of resources in a variety
of formats, from discovery to fulfillment. The department consists of 4
full-time librarians, 3 full-time staff specialists, and student
assistants working in a collaborative environment committed to


Library Description

The Lupton Library is centrally located at the heart of the UTC campus.
The Library staff is comprised of 16 librarians and 14 staff members,
has an annual budget of just over 2.4 million dollars, and collection
holdings of more than 500,000 volumes, over 2,000 active journal
subscriptions, 140 databases, and over 22,000 accessible online
journals. The Lupton Library offers 100 public computers, 10 group study
rooms, and two well-equipped library instruction classrooms, among other


Lupton Library faculty and staff support and enhance the campus
community's mission of teaching, research, and service by providing a
comprehensive range of public, collections, and technological services,
including proactive outreach, instruction, and reference. Lupton Library
constitutes the largest information center on campus. The Library's
technological infrastructure consists of a combination of vendor-based,
open source, and locally developed resources. Key components include:
VTLS Virtua's ILS, OCLC's Web-scale Management System (WMS), Gold Rush's
open-url linking software, ILLiad, Rapid ILL, electronic reserves,
LibGuides, LibraryH3lp, a Joomla-based web presence, and a number of
in-house programs that manage and enhance library collection and


Current and recently completed projects include an ongoing review of the
circulating collection of books, implementation of OCLC's WMS,
implementation of a new zombie-themed library orientation game, expanded
workshop offerings, implementation of digital signage and 10 new Macs on
the public floor, an experimental library news channel, and an upcoming
website redesign. The library is in the building phase of a new $48
million dollar, 180,000 square foot library to be completed in early


University and City Description

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, UTC is a growing metropolitan
university of just over 10,000 students offering 44 undergraduate degree
programs, 22 graduate degree programs, and doctorates in three fields.
In 2008 UTC earned the Community Engagement designation from the
Carnegie Foundation in the areas of Curricular Engagement and
Outreach/Partnerships. The campus is in year three of its five year
Strategic Plan.


UTC's 100 acre campus is located in walking distance from downtown
Chattanooga in the center of a very scenic metropolitan area of close to
500,000 people. Chattanooga is a mid-sized city that has been featured
in U.S. News and World Report, National Geographic Traveler Magazine,
Parade, Southern Living, and other magazines and web sites as one of
America's most livable cities. Chattanooga has gained an international
reputation for its downtown, riverfront development, public and private
partnerships, excellent quality of life, outdoor advantages, and
reasonable cost of living.


Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program;

Detailed understanding of current models, practices, and tools used by
academic libraries for the acquisition and management of e-resources;

Demonstrated aptitude and experience with relevant information
technology, such as integrated library systems, open-url resolver,
Microsoft Office, Web 2.0 and social software (blogs, wikis, RSS), and
instant messaging;

Demonstrated problem solving, organizational and analytical skills, and
an aptitude for detail- oriented work;

Demonstrated ability to plan, initiate, and implement effective
programs, projects, and services;

Demonstrated strong commitment to customer service excellence;

Proven communication and interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability
to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with
colleagues, faculty, students, and staff;

Demonstrated ability to be flexible in a dynamic work environment;

Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a
complex changing environment and complete tasks according to an
established timeframe;

Demonstrated ability to view issues from an institutional and
library-wide perspective and to manage organizational change;

Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a faculty

Commitment to engage in continuing professional development.


A second advanced degree;

Prior experience managing e-resources in a library setting;

Prior academic library experience;

Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly communication;

Knowledge of web technologies and metadata standards related to
effective e-resource access and discovery;

Knowledge of serials cataloging.



Minimum is $42,500.00, commensurate with experience



This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position with faculty status
and academic rank. Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or
Associate professor. Professional achievement, service, and
research/scholarship activity are required for tenure and promotion.



Benefits include: 24 days vacation and 12 days sick leave per year, 11
paid holidays, 80% of health/life insurance paid by the state, choice of
retirement programs, relocation reimbursement, professional development
funding, tax program savings, and more.


Application Procedures

Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of interest, 2) a
current CV, and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail
addresses of three references including the professional relationship of
each reference. Please include a reference to Job Identifier F10-2-17 in
your letter of interest or email message.


Review of applications begins on July 5, 2011 and will continue until
position is filled.


Email complete application packets to [log in to unmask] 


Finalists will be asked to make a presentation during the on-campus


For information about the UTC and the Lupton Library please visit and 


For information about Chattanooga, please visit


Official transcripts for required degrees must be received prior to any
offer of employment. Proper documentation of identity and employability
are required at the time of employment. A criminal background report
will be completed on the chosen candidate. The University of Tennessee
is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX,
Section 504, and ADA Institution.



Caitlin Shanley

Assistant Professor

Instructional Design and Technology Librarian

Lupton Library

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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