Electronic Resources Librarian
ULS Technical Services
University Library System
University of Pittsburgh

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 Library Resource Acquisitions.

General Responsibilities:

The incumbent is responsible for managing the life cycle of electronic resources, including databases, e-books, streaming video, serials, and the like. The incumbent is also responsible for managing serials, including ordering, receiving and maintaining serials in electronic formats; for training, supervising and evaluating 3 full time staff positions; for developing and overseeing assessment strategies and conducting ongoing assessment; and collaborating on collection development initiatives.

Specifically, the incumbent in this position is expected to:

  • Manage the life cycle of electronic resources, including databases, e-books, streaming video, serials, and the like
  • Establish relationships with vendors, publishers, and consortia in order to proactively address ordering, access, payment and performance issues
  • Takes a lead in training and development of workflow, policies, procedures and documentation for e-resource management processes and systems managed by the unit
  • Works with colleagues to determine needs and prioritizes those projects for the unit
  • Coordinates the activities needed to support user access and discovery to e-resources, including advance trouble shooting for patrons and staff. 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 develop and oversee assessment strategies and conduct ongoing assessment and collaborate on collection development initiatives
  • 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
Working knowledge of digital tools, standards and initiatives, such as ONIX, SUSHI, Open URL, KBART and COUNTER
Prior experience with Alma and Primo (Ex Libris), Link resolvers, and EZproxy


Three years professional experience working in an academic library
Working knowledge of metadata standards and best practices
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 (https://www.library.pitt.edu/) is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 7 million print and electronic books, journals, databases, archival materials and special collections. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 12 libraries and employs 65 faculty librarians and 96 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 remains focused on many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, and is continuously positioning 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 nearly 1.7 million visitors in FY19. The reinvented Hillman (https://library.pitt.edu/hillmanreinvention) 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.

The University of Pittsburgh Library Systems offers possibilities for flexible work provided the needs of the department and the nature of the position allow for it.


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

The University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education. Pitt people defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, led the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight. Today, they’re among the leaders in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine and research on Alzheimer’s disease—among many other endeavors. Pitt students, alumni, and faculty members have won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Rhodes Scholarships and NCAA championships, among many other honors. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 63 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.

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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: https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package including one-month vacation per year; excellent benefit 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: https://pitt-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/sam989_pitt_edu/ETv3_tuGawVArqGC4eR0VN4BKil0SE2lhCtzWQA8GdroAQ?e=0IeEXS

Successful candidate will also be expected to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds in all aspects of their work and take initiative in learning about issues relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Please apply through the University of Pittsburgh’s Talent Center, requisition number #21008080. In addition to creating a Talent Center account, please upload/attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references with contact information. Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to Sharon McMasters (sam989@pitt.edu).

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 November 30, 2021.

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