Collections & Scholarly Communication Analyst

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Collections & Scholarly Communication Analyst

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Collections & Scholarly Communication Analyst

Job Profile Title
Librarian B

Job Description Summary
The Collections & Scholarly Communication analyst gathers, integrates, analyzes, and reports on data to support collections and scholarly communication planning, assessment, and decision making and provides consultation, training, and documentation to support other library staff as they analyze data on collections

Job Description

Reporting to the Assistant University Librarian for Collections Strategy, the Collections & Scholarly Communications Analyst gathers and integrates collections and scholarly communications data from diverse sources and about all formats, optimizing the quality and use of the data collected and using creativity to overcome roadblocks. The analyst champions a culture of data-driven assessment performing complex analyses and presenting the data to Library selectors and administrators to support decision-making. In addition to managing projects related to analysis of collection and scholarly communications data, the analyst will develop and maintain tools for baseline and ad hoc analyses and is adept at problem solving, data visualizations and representations, report-writing, and the development of data communications.


  • Acquire, analyze, and report on quantitative and qualitative data about collections and scholarly communication such as expenditures, usage, growth, resource sharing activities, and publishing and access to Penn scholarship.
  • Analyze and assess the value and impact of transformative agreements on collections.
  • Develop and improve processes for acquiring quantitative and qualitative data on collections from diverse sources including library systems and staff, third party tools such as Unsub, observations, surveys, web analytics, interviews and focus groups.
  • Facilitate collaborations with our peers through analysis of aggregated consortial data, sharing analysis of our collections with peers as appropriate, and participation on collaborative projects that require collections analysis expertise
  • Analyze our shared collections, shared print retention commitments, the location of our print collections, and materials for digitization.
  • Provide consultation, training, and documentation to support other library staff as they gather, process, analyze, manage, and report data related to library collections.
  • Engage in formal and informal professional development activities to enhance awareness of scholarly trends and learn new skills.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required qualifications:
  • An accredited Master's degree in library science or the equivalent in education and training
  • One to three years of relevant professional experience in an academic research library
  • Experience developing and managing data from multiple sources and conducting data analysis
  • Advanced skills using Excel or other software to manipulate, summarize, and present data
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare concise, logical reports and present recommendations and solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collegially with professional colleagues and scholars at all levels
  • Attention to detail with capacity for carrying out tasks in an accurate manner and ability to check own work for accuracy.

Preferred Qualifications
  • An additional graduate degree or coursework in a related field, including computer science or graphic design
  • Experience in project planning
  • Experience using Alma and familiarity with usage data and standards such as COUNTER
  • Familiarity with patterns of publishing and management of licensed digital resources in an academic library setting

*** REQUIRED*** Please submit a resume and cover letter as one attachment when applying.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/23/2020
Application Due: 2/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time