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Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian

Hilton M. Briggs Library

South Dakota State University


South Dakota State University seeks a service-oriented, forward-thinking individual for the position of Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian. The successful candidate will be responsible for acquiring, licensing, and providing access to serials and electronic library resources; supervising staff; and overseeing link maintenance and resolution of access problems for electronic resources. This librarian will lead initiatives to expand the range, accessibility, and use of electronic resources and encourage open access. This librarian will also work collaboratively with the collections committee, subject librarians, and web team as well as external vendors, publishers, and consortia. This 12-month librarian position reports to the Head of Technical Services, participates in professional activity, provides reference assistance, and serves on library and university committees. 


SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.



o   Provide leadership for scholarly communication;

o   Manage and negotiate license agreements and contract renewals;

o   Ensure consistent access to electronic resources;

o   Manage serials and bindery operations including the supervision and training of staff;

o   Maintain links to electronic resources and resolve problems;

o   Compile data and conduct analysis and evaluations; and

o   Provide reference service.



o   Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program completed prior to beginning employment;

o   Knowledge of the electronic publishing environment and of scholarly communication issues;

o   Knowledge of current trends and developments in managing serials and electronic resources;

o   Knowledge of cataloging, classification, and discovery tools;

o   Strong analytical and organizational skills;

o   Excellent oral and written communication and the ability to interact effectively with students, faculty, and staff; and

o   Ability to work collegially and in a leadership role with library colleagues in a complex and changing environment.




o   An earned subject Master's degree in addition to the MLS;

o   Recent professional or high-level paraprofessional experience in an academic library, especially in acquisitions, serials, electronic resources management, and/or license preparation;

o   Experience working with initiatives related to scholarly communication, copyright, and open access;  

o   Experience working with electronic resource tools such as link resolvers, knowledge bases, and electronic resource management systems;

o   Experience reading, managing, and negotiating license agreements;

o   Experience with electronic books, streaming videos, and other media;

o   Experience compiling statistical data and conducting assessment of electronic resources and their use;

o   Experience troubleshooting electronic resource access problems;

o   Evidence of leadership and management skills;

o   Supervisory experience;

o   Experience providing reference service; and

o   Ability to embrace change and think creatively.



Commensurate with qualifications.



SDSU is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students and offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees. Hilton M. Briggs Library serves all SDSU academic disciplines and holds approximately 668,000 bound volumes, 1 million microforms, and over 500,000 government publications in addition to 31,000 electronic subscriptions. The library staff consists of 30 full time employees and eight to fifteen student employees.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 24,000 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance.  



Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by April 2, 2018.



SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 


Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.  


South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.  


For questions on the position, contact Jason Curtis at (605) 688-5567 or


South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128.






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