Electronic Resources Librarian

Lorman, Mississippi
Commensurate with experience.
May 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited school.

Purpose of Job

The principal purpose of the job is to provide a high quality, user-focused electronic resources technical support service to all users according to their needs. To ensure the full exploitation of the Library’s electronic resources by effective management of their delivery and maximization of on-site and remote access.

Scope of Responsibilities

Coordinates all activities related to the library’s automated system and access to all electronic resources. Works closely with staff to manage library software training for library employees. Represents Alcorn State University Libraries with selected system software vendor for applications and software upgrades and at user group meetings. Coordinates automation activities in each of the library’s service areas: Technical Services and Public Services. Works closely with the Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) staff to solve technical problems and recommend solutions to library management. Serves as a liaison to the University Web Page Committee. Provides professional reference services at the Reference Desk and Instructional Media Center. This position reports to the Dean of University Libraries.

Essential Job Functions

• Manages all electronic resources processes (CD ROM, web access, electronic journal access, library OPAC, and e-books) that provide services in the library.
• Acts as communication conduit to CITS, recording and following through on all problems reported.
• Manages staff users in library automation system, sets up user parameters within the software, maintain documentation on all library parameters, institutes security policies and procedures.
• Works with library electronic resources vendors to make selected databases available to users and maintains records of use.
• Manages all general training on the library information system and serves as backup for all library departmental training functions.

• Coordinate software upgrades from ILS vendor, tests software and trains staff on changes in software procedures.
• Provides statistical reports on a monthly, semi-annual and annual basis.
• Trains and oversees the Library Computer Lab in order to facilitate the work for both patrons and staff.
• Operates microcomputers and printers within WAN-LAN network environment with Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP.
• Systems Administrator responsible for library automation system software, 3M Self-Check machines, bar code readers, receipt printers, subnet servers, and third-party software.
• Works with FTP and Telnet software, web software (Dream Weaver).
• Works within web environment to facilitate connection with vendors and electronic databases.
• Teach general or discipline-specific instructional sessions.
• Teach regular instruction in the form of orientation that is provided to all first year students through UL101-University Life in addition to GC102-Survival Skills.
• Teach scheduled classes that require more in-depth instruction to selected research and method courses within the academic schools.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

• Relates and applies expert knowledge of contemporary library theory, practices, methods, trends.
• Communicates effectively to patrons and co-workers both orally and written.
• Knowledge of computer hardware and peripherals preferred.
• Ability to work in a team-based office structure required.
• Prepares written and oral reports including conclusions and recommendations.
• Operate microfiche/film reader printers, copy machines, VCR.
• Use MS Word, MS Outlook, Internet/World Wide Web, daily
• Experience with Windows 95-2000, MS Office software in course of daily work activity.
• Accurate keyboarding skills are required.
• Microsoft Office 97: Word, Excel, Access required.
• Knowledge of computer hardware and peripherals required.

• Knowledge of the contemporary principles and practices of library instruction, reference services, and professional standards.
• Knowledge of emerging trends and best practices in academic librarianship, instructional design, and outcomes-based assessment practices.
• Evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing program of scholarship at a level that would merit tenure and promotion.