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Job Vacancy: Digital Acquistions Librarian, Harvard University Amira Aaron 04 Aug 2005 19:15 UTC

This is a recently posted job description for the open position of Digital
Acquistions Librarian at Harvard University.  Instructions for applying are

Position Title:  Digital Acquisitions Librarian
Office for Information Systems, Harvard University Library

Responsibilities:  Under the direction of the Program Manager, E-Resource
Management and Licensing, responsible for a broad range of activities
related to the acquisition, licensing and implementation of networked
electronic resources at the Harvard libraries. Works closely with the
E-resource Program Manager and with librarians and staff throughout the
Harvard libraries to coordinate the evaluation, selection and
implementation of electronic resources at Harvard.  Arranges trials of
prospective acquisitions with vendors; enters and maintains information
about prospective resources and trials in the Harvard ERM (e-resource
management) database, and works closely with Harvard librarians sponsoring
new resource acquisitions and with other staff as necessary to facilitate
the evaluation and implementation process and to develop and manage
workflows. Researches library holdings for prospective shared acquisitions
and prepares background materials for evaluation purposes. Oversees the
implementation of new electronic resources in the Harvard Libraries
e-Research portal (MetaLib). Manages resource implementation schedules and
ensures that resources are moved into production in a timely manner.
Participates in license review and interprets and encodes license
information in Harvards e-resource management system.  Oversees contract
execution and administration to ensure that acquisitions and licensing
paperwork is appropriately processed and filed. Responsible for maintaining
accurate information about Harvards electronic journals, journal packages,
and other complex acquisitions, including holdings, title changes, and
renewals;  manages de-selection and withdrawals. Has primary responsibility
for maintaining the librarys SFX link resolution database. Maintains usage
statistics and other related information in the Harvard e-resource
management system, and designs queries and reports. Troubleshoots
acquisitions-related online resource problems and participates in ongoing
e-resource management and problem triage. Develops and maintains the
Digital Acquisitions web pages. Serves on Harvard-wide library committees
and task forces dealing with electronic resources. Trains and supervises
clerical and student staff in a variety of tasks to support digital
acquisitions activities. Participates in the ongoing design and development
of systems and procedures for managing Harvard's electronic resources,
including the evaluation and possible implementation of a third-party
e-resource management system. Writes and maintains relevant documentation.
Other duties and projects as assigned.


MLS and 1-3 years experience working in a library setting, preferably in
acquisitions or serials. Extremely well-organized individual with excellent
attention to detail. Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong
technical skills including: proficiency in HTML authoring and design,
Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, and Access or comparable database
program), and standard internet utilities such as telnet and ftp.
Familiarity with unix and mysql query language and advanced knowledge of
Excel a plus. Demonstrated interest in the management of networked
information resources in libraries. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and
highly collaborative environment.

Additional Information: The Harvard University Library is one of the great
research libraries of the world and is committed to maintaining its
excellence in the digital era. In recent years, we face the new challenges
associated with integrating digital resources with traditional format
materials and collections. OIS provides support for system developments and
special systems projects, in addition to ongoing services and support for
library systems used throughout the Harvard libraries. For more
information, see the OIS web site:

To apply: Apply online at
<>, requisition number #23920.

EEO Statement: The Harvard University Library is committed to its policy of
equal opportunity and affirmative action. Employment and advancement are
based upon merit and availability without regard to race, color, creed,
sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or status as a
disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.