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Electronic Resources Librarian

The University Library System is seeking candidates for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian, a faculty librarian position in the ULS Technical Services unit. This position reports to the Head of Technical Services.

General Responsibilities

The incumbent is responsible for managing the life cycle of electronic resources, including databases, e-books, streaming video, serials, and the like. H/She is responsible for managing serials, including ordering, receiving and maintaining serials in print and electronic formats. This position is responsible for training, supervising and evaluating 5 full time staff positions. H/She will develop and oversee assessment strategies and conduct ongoing assessment and collaborate on collection development initiatives.

Specifically, the incumbent in this position is expected to:

  • Develop and streamline procedures and workflows for making the Library’s electronic resources discoverable and accessible
  • Establish relationships with vendors, publishers, and consortia in order to proactively address ordering, access, payment and performance issues
  • Trouble shoot and work collaboratively to ensure continuous access and technical support for electronic resources. Maintain authentication protocols, specifically the proxy configuration files, for electronic resources. Update and customize interfaces for electronic resource access and discovery
  • Work with vendors and the University’s Procurement Department for review and approval of license agreements
  • Works closely with the Assessment and Quality Assurance unit, Collection Development area and other colleagues to compile and analyze usage data and all reporting regarding electronic resources
  • Identifies, evaluates and stays current with emerging trends, resources, practices and standards in electronic resource management, usage statistics, data management, access and discovery to enhance library services
  • Research and analyze products and offers, set up product trials, coordinate electronic subscription changes and renewals

Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities.  This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections. 



  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree
  • Minimum one year of supervisory experience
  • Strong customer service attitude, as well as a positive, proactive approach to problem solving
  • Working knowledge of integrated library systems
  • Ability to adapt to change; to plan, implement and assess projects


  • Three years professional experience working in an academic library
  • Working knowledge of digital tools, standards and initiatives, such as ONIX, SUSHI, Open URL, and COUNTER
  • Experience working with e-resources in a consortium or shared environment

The University of Pittsburgh Library System
The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System ( is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 4.7 million print and electronic volumes, including access to over 300,000 journals and 570 databases. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 14 libraries and employs 75 faculty librarians and 103 staff. In addition to the ULS, the University of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and law school.

The ULS stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, and user-centered focus.

The ULS has recently enacted a major organizational realignment and is currently aggressively hiring in many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, as we are repositioning our services to respond to and anticipate changes in research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University of Pittsburgh campus which saw 1.9 million visitors in FY17.  The reinvented Hillman ( will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digital making and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing academic study, and fostering energetic, collaborative exchange.

This is an exciting time to join the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of the future.

The University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh ( is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year.  It is also one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer in both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs.  In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the Northeastern United States.

The City of Pittsburgh
The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources.  Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at:

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; excellent medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

Successful candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian I or II, and will be hired on an initial 3-year renewable contract.  For further information, please see:

To apply, submit letter of application and CV with the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references via email to:  William Gentz, Director of Administrative Services (

Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by July 6, 2018.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled