Assistant Librarian for Electronic Resources

Northern Arizona University
Cline Library
Closing date
Aug 11, 2021

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Job Title: Assistant Librarian for Electronic Resources
Location: Cline Library
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605466
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information

This is a 12-month continuing status eligible (equivalent to tenure track) academic professional position at the Assistant Librarian rank. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and candidates who have had experience working with students from underserved populations are encouraged to apply. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. To ensure early consideration, submit your application by July 9, 2021.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description
Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library seeks a skilled, service-oriented, and forward-thinking Assistant Librarian for Electronic Resources.

In collaboration with library colleagues and others, the successful candidate will shape the future of Cline Library’s electronic resources operations, which play a critical role in supporting student success and research excellence at NAU.

The librarian will acquire, license, manage, and support Cline Library’s electronic resources; assess the value and impact of electronic collections; and work collaboratively with library staff, vendors, and campus IT staff to ensure convenient, seamless, and uninterrupted access to electronic resources. The librarian will also represent NAU in consortial projects with other Arizona universities.

This position reports to the Head of Content, Discovery, and Delivery Services.


Leadership and Management
    Lead staff and student employees whose work supports the library’s electronic resources (e-journals, e-books, streaming media). Manage individual performance and development. Foster an environment that promotes accountability, high performance, staff engagement, and a shared sense of purpose as well as a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

    Develop, oversee, and document sustainable workflows and staffing models related to the lifecycle of electronic resources.

    Serve on CDDS leadership team, including contributing to the shaping of departmental staffing and operations. Collaborate and communicate effectively with leadership team colleagues to provide responsive services in support of library and university goals.

Electronic Resources Management

    Acquire, license, and activate electronic resources, working in collaboration with a variety of university departments and personnel. Review and approve e-resource invoices and track expenditures to ensure costs stay within budget. Supervise staff responsible for invoice management in Ex Libris Alma.

    With university purchasing personnel, negotiate license agreements and contract renewals to optimize the use of library collection funds.

    With university disability resources personnel and library e-resource vendors, ensure that licensed products meet accessibility standards.

    Lead and/or participate in inter-university and/or consortial projects related to electronic collections, including collaborative purchase of electronic resources, cooperative collection development, and shared collections.

    Manage and support electronic resources throughout their life cycle, with a focus on access. Investigate, troubleshoot, and correct holdings, access, and technical issues, collaborating with library and campus IT staff and vendors as needed. Provide timely, high-quality support to library staff and users.

    Collaborate with collection management and cataloging staff to maintain accurate descriptive metadata, holdings, and vendor information in Alma.

Oversee assessment of the electronic resources to ensure collections and expenditures are aligned with university goals, academic programs, user needs, and budget limitations. With unit staff, collect, analyze, report, and share data regarding cost and usage of electronic resources to inform library decision-making.

Develop and maintain positive relationships and clear, open communication with library staff, users, vendors, and other stakeholders.

Monitor trends in electronic resources, scholarly publishing, open access, library services platforms, and other areas related to position responsibilities. Maintain frequent communications with vendors, repositories, professional organizations, and colleagues and make recommendations that improve the library’s ability to offer high-priority content at the most reasonable cost.

Identify and pursue professional development and service opportunities that reflect a commitment to learning, innovation, and excellence in higher education and libraries. Share and integrate professional development and service activities in ways that reflect institutional goals and benefit users, colleagues, the profession, and the community (local, national, or international).

Minimum Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited graduate degree from a library and information science program or an advanced degree in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) systems used to provide access to electronic resources--e.g., library management systems, discovery platforms, link resolvers, proxy servers, etc. Experience with Ex Libris Alma and/or Ex Libris Primo.
  • Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) e-resource licensing practices, including reading, interpreting, managing, and negotiating license agreements.
  • Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) library budget processes.
  • Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) e-resource evaluation, including collecting, analyzing, and communicating usage statistics or other data for decision- making.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to communicate specialized, technical information to a variety of audiences.
  • Management or supervisory experience, including knowledge of human resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service to a diverse clientele (internal and external).
  • Ability to set priorities, exercise flexibility in meeting objectives, and manage multiple projects and assignments.
  • Ability to learn and apply new technologies to solve problems and/or improve efficiency.
  • Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) project management and change management strategies.
  • Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) e-resource scholarly communication and open access issues and opportunities.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$56,000 - $62,000


This is an Academic Professional (APF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. More information is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on June 23, 2021.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605466, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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