University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 86738



Working Title:

Assistant Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian

Official Title:


Degree and area of specialization:

MS/MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution





Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Required Qualifications
- Minimum 3 years of progressively responsible professional experience acquiring, licensing, managing and providing access to electronic resources
- Experience working in an acquisitions module of an ILS
- Demonstrated ability to set priorities, exercise flexibility in meeting objectives, and effectively manage multiple projects and assignments
- Knowledge of current issues, standards, and technologies related to acquiring, licensing and managing scholarly electronic resources
- Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills, including evidence of ability to work collegially and collaboratively within and across organizations, as well as with vendors and publishers
- Demonstrated ability to develop, analyze, and document procedures and work-flow

Preferred Qualifications
- Broad understanding of the electronic resource environment in an academic library or library consortial setting
- 1 or more years of experience working with the Alma ILS
- Experience in related areas of electronic resource management, such as cataloging or discovery systems
- Understanding of data gathering and analysis techniques to support assessment activities and statistical analysis

Principal duties:

The Assistant Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian is 1 of 2 librarians and 1 university staff position which make up Licensed Resources in Acquisitions. Licensed Resources is one of five units within the Acquisitions Department of the Central Technical Services Division, which serves 16 libraries comprising the General Library System.

This position works closely with staff in Acquisitions, Cataloging, Collection Development, Discovery, Technology, and Web Services and plays an integral role in supporting the management of the e-resource lifecycle, participating in activities related to licensing, purchasing, ordering, payment, access provision, maintenance, discovery, renewal, cancellation, and troubleshooting of the Library's electronic resources.

Specific duties will include:
- Review and negotiate license agreements with publishers/vendors to reach favorable pricing and licensing terms
- Create/maintain administrative login credentials and act as first point of contact between electronic resource vendors and the library, including investigating and coordinating communication with vendors, and University IT and library staff on alleged violations or breaches of licensed e-resources contracts
- Establish and maintain excellent publisher/vendor relationships
- Assist in coordinating acquisition, renewal and cancellation activities with publishers/vendors and staff
- Contribute to development and documentation of procedures and effective workflows for management of electronic resources
- Assist Licensed Resources and other library staff, such as Cataloging, in managing access and maintaining accurate information about electronic resources in the Alma integrated library system and other relevant systems, such as Primo
- Foster a collaborative, inter-departmental approach to problem solving and decision making
- Work closely with other Acquisitions staff and subject librarians to support e-collection development
- Collect and analyze usage data from local, UW-System wide, and vendor/publisher sources and create reports to support purchase and renewal decisions
- Participate on committees, task forces and special projects as appropriate

The General Library System recognizes the value of diversity of people, thought, perspective and experiences and is actively committed to promoting a culture of inclusiveness. All positions will be called on to contribute to building a welcoming environment.


Additional Information:



The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applicants for the full-time academic staff position of Assistant Electronic Resources Librarian reporting to the Head of Licensed Resources in the Acquisitions Department. The title of Academic Librarian or Senior Academic Librarian will be assigned depending on the credentials of the successful candidate. Benefits include 22 vacation days, sick leave, group health insurance, life insurance, and a state retirement plan.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required



Employee Class:


Academic Staff




Full Time Salary Rate:

Minimum $48,333 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications


This is a renewable appointment.

Appointment percent:


Anticipated begin date:

JULY 05, 2016

Number of Positions:



Application must be received by: JUNE 30, 2016



Apply Online

In order to apply, applications must be submitted online at


Questions about the position can be directed to:


Anne Murphy-Lom

Phone: 608-262-2768

728 State Street   

Fax: N/A

367 Memorial Library   


Madison, WI 53706   


Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

NOTE: Please indicate in writing if you request that your identity be kept confidential. If you do not indicate your preference to remain confidential, the University may be required to disclose your identify and/or application materials. The identity of finalists and successful candidates will be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.



Taryn Resnick

Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian

University of Wisconsin-Madison

330 Memorial Library

728 State Street

Madison, WI  53706-1494

Telephone: (608) 890-2653


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