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Head of Library Systems and eResources

Columbus State University

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Head of Library Systems and eResources

Job ID: 272824
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us

Great universities inspire the very best in us. They nurture new ideas, fresh perspectives, and creative problem-solving. They challenge students to discover their passions - and to turn those passions into thriving careers that improve our world.

Columbus State University is exactly that kind of place. With exceptional facilities, ideal class sizes, and unique field experiences, our students have room to create. Here, every faculty and staff member is part of the educational process, actively mentoring students and championing each new step in their journey.

Located just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, CSU is part of the University System of Georgia where we pride ourselves in the USG Statement of Core Values - Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values form and guide the daily work of our institution.

CSU's core values - Excellence, Creativity, Engagement, Sustainability, Inclusion, and Servant Leadership make us an institution like no other. Each year, we enroll more than 7,000 students from the Southeast, across the nation, and around the world. Many programs at Columbus State rank high for affordability and value. The university strives to provide all students with an exceptional education that's accessible, affordable, and creative to the core.

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  • Library

Job Summary

The Head of Library Systems and eResources primarily oversees electronic resource management. This includes coordinating vendor negotiations, licensing agreements, renewal notices, and cancellations. This also includes tracking of the Libraries' eResource budget and compilation and analysis of usage statistics. This position is also responsible for overseeing and assisting with the management of Library Systems such as GALILEO, the Library catalog, and other platforms such as LibGuides. It is also responsible for management of the University's institutional repository: the CSU ePress. As a member of the Library Faculty, the Head of Library Systems and eResources maintains ongoing professional development and participates in relevant service opportunities as outlined in the Library Faculty Standards of Excellence.


Significant Duties and Responsibilities include: Management of Library eResource Subscriptions and tracking of eResource Budget (30%).; Coordinates vendor negotiations, license agreements, renewal notices, and cancellations in conjunction with the Library Administrative Coordinator, CSU's General Counsel, and Shared Administrative Services.; Evaluates annual usage for eResource subscriptions and the vendors included in the Repairs and Maintenance Account for selection and deselection recommendations.; In coordination with the Dean of Libraries: Monitors the eResource budget to track costs and expenses to include evaluating yearly renewal cost changes to recommend selection and deselection of electronic resources and maintenance costs.; Management of Library Systems, e.g. GALILEO, OpenAthens, Catalog, etc. (30%).; Manages patron accounts in applicable library systems (OpenAthens, Panorama, etc.).; Works with GALILEO Systems office on systems updates and changes.; Assists in connecting and integrating eResources and platforms such as LibGuides.; Work in conjunction with other key Library personnel in the management and maintenance of the Library catalog.; Manages OpenURL and EBSCO Discovery Systems.; Management of CSU ePress (10%).; Coordinates submissions, approvals, and uploads of: Student theses and dissertations as well as faculty scholarship. Student and faculty scholarly publications and presentations. Topical publications featuring student projects (The Arden, Momentum, Abstracts: Highlights of Student Research and Creative Endeavors).; Supervision of staff and student assistants as needed (10%).; Responsible for the hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff, and student assistants.; Subject-specific liaison instruction, outreach, and collection development (10%).; Provides in-depth and specialized instruction on how to conduct research and utilize Library resources. Engages in detailed research consultations to assist students and faculty to identify ways to support scholarship and utilize Library resources.; Maintains subject specific collections to make recommendations on new acquisitions and to engage in regular weeding of outdated and underutilized resources.; Service and Professional Development as expected of a Library Faculty Member (10%).; Serves on library and university committees and engages in relevant service opportunities for the community and profession.; Serves as an integral member of the Library Faculty and senior library administration to improve collections, services, and facilities.; Participates in professional development and continuing education endeavors for professional and personal growth and to ensure competency and currency in the discipline.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications include: ALA-accredited Master of Library Science or equivalent.; Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in managing library technical services and systems programs.

Proposed Salary

The proposed annualized salary range for this position is $65,000 - $70,000 and includes full benefits.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities include: Working knowledge of integrated library systems, bibliographic utilities, and library networking practices and standards.; Working knowledge of MARC 21, Dublin Core, MARCXML, MODS and cataloging standards, such as AACR2 and RDA.; Practical experience with HTML/CSS, XSLT and other web programming standards.; Desire to expand knowledge of other technologies to further the goals and expansion of library services.; Ability to set priorities and complete tasks in a timely manner.; Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a collegial environment.; Desire and ability to maintain level of professional development on a national, regional, and local level.; Ability to work with diverse populations with a strong commitment to customer service.; Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact David Owings, Hiring Manager, via email at

USG Core Values

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at

Conditions of Employment

All selected candidates are required to submit and successfully pass a background investigation to include reference checks and verification of academic credentials (if applicable). Other additional requirements may be required based upon specific position duties:
  • A credit check completed for Positions of Trust and or approved departmental Purchase Card usage;
  • Pre-employment drug testing for positions with high-risk responsibilities.
  • Motor vehicle reports are required for positions that are required to drive a Columbus State University fleet vehicle or other vehicle designated as a fleet vehicle. A successful drug screening will be required as a condition of employment a randomly thereafter.

*Applicants for positions of trust may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. *

For Faculty Hires: Final candidates will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework in the form of original transcript(s). Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond. Additionally, all members of the USG community must adhere to the USG Statement of Core Values must also be aware of and comply with the Board of Regents policies on Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Columbus State University is proud to be an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity institution. It is the policy of our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws.

Other Information

This is a supervisory position.; This position does not have any financial responsibilities.; This position will not be required to drive.; This role is not considered a position of trust.; This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).; This position will not travel.

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Founded in 1958, Columbus State University, with an enrollment of over 8,000, is part of the University System of Georgia. CSU offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is ranked among the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. It maintains two campuses: its original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus, and its RiverPark campus, nestled in the city’s historic downtown overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Columbus, Georgia, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community, which is an asset to the university’s recruitment and retention success. With an annual economic impact exceeding $247 million, CSU is a top-10 employer in a community of 350,000 residents that is also home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. Learn more about the area and its diverse business, recreational and social amenities at

The university’s 14 men’s and women’s NCAA Division II sports teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference, which adds to CSU’s vibrant campus life experience. The university serves the greater Columbus region through its abundant art, music and theatre offerings, as well as its nationally recognized outreach programs that span topics ranging from art and science appreciation to leadership development.

Guiding the university is its current seven-year strategic plan ( and the core values that undergird it and all that Columbus State is. CSU’s commitment to fostering greater inclusion and diversity, found among its core values, includes a focus on attaining “a level of diversity among faculty and staff that more closely reflects the student population.” This commitment is woven through the university’s student and employee recruitment, retention and mentoring programs.
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