September 3, 2008

E-Resources Librarian, York University

Here's recent job posting from my institution. FYI, I'm not on the search committee, int he hiring department or anything so I don't have any specific info related to the job. If someone is interested in general information about York or the library system, that I could answer.

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada's most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 faculty, staff and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.

York University Libraries are seeking an innovative and enthusiastic individual for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian in the Bibliographic Services Department. This is a tenure-track position for a librarian with up to nine years post-MLS experience.


The Electronic Resources Librarian will provide leadership and expertise in the effective acquisition, management and promotion of electronic collections for the Libraries. Working closely with the Associate University Librarian for Collections, the successful candidate will monitor trends and developments in electronic resources, collaborate with subject specialist/liaison librarians to identify potential new acquisitions, work with publishers and vendors to coordinate trials, and solicit and evaluate user feedback. In collaboration with library colleagues, the incumbent will develop and implement a dynamic promotion plan for the York community that raises awareness of and increases use of electronic collections. He/she will also develop and implement qualitative assessment measures, analyze and disseminate usage data, and prepare reports to assist in timely collections decision-making. The incumbent will assist in troubleshooting, responding to user inquiries and following up on access and maintenance problem resolution. He/she will participate in library-wide committees and will represent the Libraries at regional, provincial and national consortia (e.g. OCUL), organizations and initiatives.


  • MLS (or recognized equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program
  • A high level of collection analysis, development and management expertise that includes negotiating and monitoring licensing agreements for electronic resources
  • Excellent skills in Excel, budget management and statistical tools
  • Demonstrated experience with OpenURL resolvers such as SFX
  • Knowledge of electronic resource management systems
  • Experience with current Web tools (syndication, mashups, etc.) and knowledge of discovery layers and next generation catalogues as potential channels for enhancing access to electronic resources
  • Demonstrated experience with project management
  • Excellent oral and written communication and training skills
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Ability to manage a complex workload in a timely, effective manner with minimum supervision

Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit ( The appointment, to commence May 1, 2009, is subject to budgetary approval. Salary and benefits are competitive.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Campus resources include an on-site daycare centre, a women's centre, a race and ethnic relations centre, a sexual harassment centre, initiatives in support of sexual and gender diversity, and a wellness centre. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Preference will be given to applications received by December 19, 2008. Applications, including a covering letter relating qualifications to requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees, should be sent to:

Chair, Electronic Resources Librarian Appointment Committee
York University, Scott Library, Room 310
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Fax: (416) 736-5451

Applications should be sent by post or fax with original copy following. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail.

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