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Employment Opportunity: Electronic Resources Librarian

Job ID 30044

Position Number:        00058853
Title:                            Electronic Resources Librarian
Jobcode:                      5822
Division:                      ACTS
Department:                Consortial Resources
Reports to:                  Associate University Librarian for Access, Collections, & Technical Services, position 00042460
Last Revision:             5/14/2019

Summary Description:  This position is responsible for managing e-resources on behalf of the libraries of the UM System, including negotiation and ongoing administration of licenses, contracts, budgets, and pricing.

Description of Duties

  • Develop, budget, and purchase system-wide electronic resources as directed using the MERLIN Fund Pool for the four UM campus libraries and for each individual campus in the UM System.
  • Negotiate contract terms, licenses, and pricing for electronic resources purchased.  Work with University General Counsel on legal review of license agreements and with Accounting as needed for the purchase.
  • Serve as liaison to related projects, committees, task forces, and the MERLIN Collections Development and Reference Services Committee (MCDRSC).
  • Provide budget plans, research, analysis, and data as requested by UM System libraries.
  • Maintain MERLIN ER websites/wikis to disseminate information to the system libraries.
  • Maintain MERLIN committee mailing lists.
  • Provide support on e-resources for libraries, working with vendors, librarians, and UM/MU internal offices to resolve problems on issues such as abuse, access, and availability of resources.
  • Maintain awareness of the industry in all matters relating to the position including licensing, electronic resources, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with fiscal management

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with vendor negotiations and electronic products licensing
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and success promoting teamwork, with the ability to foster collaborative relationships and provide creative and dynamic leadership
  • Experience in library technical services
  • Experience in working with library consortia

Compensation:  Salary and librarian rank will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply:  Apply online at with Job ID 30044.  A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV must be uploaded through the brief online application.  Preference for applications received by July 1, 2019.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University Libraries are an open, active, and accessible learning environment, a hub for global information, and a secure repository for scholarship. We value freedom of access, diversity and inclusion, service to our community and state, and responsible stewardship. We seek candidates who share these values, who are active leaders engaged in the pursuit and discovery of knowledge and the advancement of education, and whose work will reflect a strong commitment to advance the teaching, research, and services programs of an engaged public University.

About Mizzou

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.2 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It’s a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri’s largest public research university. Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).  The MU Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 18 colleges and schools.  Many departments also work closely with the University Extension program to bring the benefits of research to Missouri citizens.  The University of Missouri has a statewide network of 10 research parks and business incubators, each designed to help faculty, entrepreneurs and businesses collaborate to move innovative research to the marketplace, and the Mizzou Advantage program encourages innovative interdisciplinary collaboration.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries.  The fall 2015 student body includes Mizzou’s largest number of high-achieving students who scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, the state’s biggest international student enrollment and a record number of students from minority groups. MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $237 million annually on scientific research.  The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities.  Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 27 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and 62 percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri’s public universities.

Located in central Missouri with easy access to St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia, MO is consistently ranked one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life.

For more information on the University of Missouri and the Columbia area, please visit the following:

Benefit Eligibility:  This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

This position holds non-tenure track faculty status (NTT) and will be hired at the appropriate rank of Librarian or Archivist.  For information regarding title and rank, please review the MU Libraries’ Librarian and Archivist Governance Document found at:

MU Diversity Commitment: The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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