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Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian

Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA
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Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Juniata College seeks an experienced, flexible, and innovative academic librarian to join our Information Technology and Library Services (ITLS) team as the lead librarian on Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications. As part of the library team, this position will contribute to shaping the library’s strategic directions, strengthening library-wide planning and evaluation, and promoting efficient and collaborative workflows across departments, systems, and projects with a focus on meeting the challenges of the 21st century academic library at an evolving and recognized liberal arts college.

The Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian is responsible for developing and delivering robust and broad access to digital information, providing students, faculty, and staff with a professionally-managed environment in which to locate, publish, curate, and preserve materials including scholarship, research data, teaching resources, and archival records. This position is expected to strategically leverage consortia relationships and also coordinates the library’s open access initiatives, provides support for scholarly research and communications, and collaborates with other librarians to assist faculty and students with outreach, education, training, and collaborative projects. The Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian serves as library liaison to selected academic departments and teaches information literacy at the undergraduate level.

  • Lead, in collaboration with the campus community, the development, assessment, and administration of electronic resources that further the mission of the college.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with library consortia that enable resources that strategically benefit Juniata and the Library.
  • Manage the life cycle of electronic resources including maintaining relationships with consortia and vendors, setting up trials, submitting invoices for payment, listing resources on the library website, setting up, and troubleshooting access.
  • Maintain user access to databases, online collections, and other electronic resources.
  • Assist with annual fiscal year budget development and leads budget development for the library’s digital collections.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate innovative, sustainable, and inclusive scholarly communication services, systems, and policies that support open access, preservation, and broad dissemination of college research and scholarly work.
  • Provide research assistance to students and instruction informed by ACRL guidelines for information literacy, create and maintain research guides, tutorials, and other instructional materials, and maintain regular communication with faculty and administrators in assigned departments as a library liaison.
  • Provide copyright and other scholarly communication expertise for library initiatives.
  • Partner with the lTLS team to develop and oversee assessment strategies and conduct ongoing assessment related to electronic resources and scholarly communication.
  • Develop and deliver training related to electronic resources and scholarly communication projects and initiatives.
  • Play an active role in the administration of the integrated library systems and other technologies that support electronic resources and scholarly communication.
  • Write and maintain documentation of policies and procedures related to electronic resources maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Engage in pertinent ongoing service, research, scholarship, and/or creative activity as related to functions of job, mission of the library and of Juniata College.
  • Provide library tours and orientation for groups as needed. Represent the library at college events.
  • Participates in professional development activities as appropriate to meet personal and departmental goals and objectives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Juniata College believes in and embraces the liberal arts and as such, we encourage and seek mutual benefit through diversity of thought and approach which enriches our academic community, as well as the lives of our students and colleagues. Juniata College is committed to creating a welcoming community supported by relationships based on collaboration and mutual respect. We endeavor to create an inclusive learning environment where members with different perspectives and backgrounds can learn, contribute, and thrive. Please join us… AA/EOE

Position Qualifications:

  • Master of Library Science or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • At least 5 years of experience in an academic library related to management of electronic resources, including databases, e-books, e-journals, and bibliographic utilities; supporting scholarly communication efforts; and providing innovative library instruction.
  • Record of collaboration with faculty and students that demonstrate a deep understanding of information literacy and the scholarly communication process.
  • Demonstrated interest or documented experience supporting faculty who teach in the Sciences and Business disciplines.
  • Experience working with consortia and vendors in the piloting, selection, and ongoing use of electronic resources.
  • Demonstrated strengths in the identification and use of library related technologies, such as integrated library systems, database management, content management systems (Springshare products), institutional repositories, common operating systems, and multimedia training tools.
  • Ability to leverage assessment for continuous improvement.
  • Ability to take initiative, work both independently and collaboratively, handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Interest in working in a dynamic environment and a willingness to be flexible and experiment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with library colleagues and the campus community.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving, time management, and communication skills.
  • Evidence of a strong and inclusive user service philosophy.
  • Knowledge of strategies to improve open access, increase adoption of open educational resources, and educate others on copyright and intellectual property protocols.
  • Friendly demeanor with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact in an empathetic and positive manner.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply knowledge to improve procedures and processes.
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet scheduling expectations.
  • Ability to use absolute discretion when dealing with sensitive, confidential materials; familiarity with FERPA a plus.

Supervision Required/Given:

The Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian reports directly to the
Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership, management, and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and engaging team members through the process of organizational improvement and change.
  • Professional engagement in scholarly communication at the local, regional, national, and international level
  • Project management experience
  • Familiarity with rights management issues in digital environments
  • Familiarity with repository platforms
  • Experience mentoring students/interns

Physical Demands:

Must be able to lift up to 50lbs

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Must agree to and pass a background check.

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:



Working at Juniata College 

Juniata College's mission is to provide an engaging personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

Founded in 1876, Juniata is a national liberal arts college located in the scenic Allegheny Mountain region of central Pennsylvania and is the intellectual home for 1,600 students and nearly 14,000 alumni. The College ranks highly in the percentage of graduates that eventually earn doctoral degrees. Juniata integrates international, intercultural and global dimensions into its curriculum and experiential learning opportunities and was awarded the 2012 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Juniata is known for the personal attention it gives to students and flexible areas of study (its Program of Emphasis resembles a major but is more flexible, encouraging students to design a program of study and justify their choices. About a third of Juniata students self-design their entire POE.) Each student is assigned two faculty advisers, and the average student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Juniata is a very strong community where student involvement is paramount. There are no fraternities or sororities. The student clubs and organizations (over 90 currently) have a positive impact on the Juniata community and on the larger community of Huntingdon and the surrounding area.

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy not because of legal obligations but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. AA/EEO

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