Reports to: PALCI Director of Strategic Initiatives
This is a part-time, 12-month, remote work contract-based role, which is estimated to require approximately 15-20 hours per week, with possible renewal, depending on availability of funding.
Opportunity for Partnership/Shared Role: This role will ideally be filled through a partnership and cost sharing agreement for the capacity and service of an existing qualified staff member within a PALCI Member Library. This is a great opportunity to share expertise, leverage the work your library staff is already doing, expand support for consortium-negotiated resources, provide expanded professional opportunities, share costs, and benefit all PALCI Member libraries.
Alternatively, this role may be filled as an Independent Contractor position.
Available: July 1, 2022
Do you love to learn? Want to make an impact by serving a thoughtful, innovative, and engaged academic library consortium community?
The PALCI eResources Coordinator supports the PALCI member libraries and staff in managing and implementing the lifecycle of consortium-negotiated eResources, including eBooks, databases, journal packages, streaming videos, digital primary source materials and more. Works with the Director of Strategic Initiatives to support the Collections Advisory Council and its working groups on consortium-led initiatives through analysis of collections data and collaborative approaches to shared needs.
Provides assistance and support for implementation, discovery and access, and other commonly asked eResources support questions for PALCI-licensed materials. Supports the eResources acquisition and renewal process by populating eResources and collections data in PALCI’s ConsortiaManager portal for easy access by staff at member libraries.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in pertinent training and experience in eResources management and support, OR Master’s degree in Library Science or related, preferred
- Familiarity with multiple NASIG eResources core competencies, primarily in the “Provide Access”, “Administer”, and “Provide Support” areas of focus: https://www.nasig.org/Competencies-Eresources
- Professional experience with eResources implementation and support
Demonstrated ability to:
- Work collaboratively and independently in a small team-based environment
- Work effectively in remote / all-electronic office operations
- Adapt to change, plan, implement, and evaluate projects
- Manage electronic library resources, with working knowledge of digital tools, library management systems, discovery and access methods
- Support the development of value reports by gathering data, including COUNTER usage and other relevant data points
Values – PALCI invites applications from candidates who share PALCI values in order to earn and maintain mutual trust. PALCI strongly encourages the application of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The position is open until filled with first consideration given to applications received by May 20, 2022.
Libraries interested in sharing the time/capacity of an existing qualified staff member are encouraged to contact Jill Morris email@example.com for more information.
PALCI is an equal opportunity employer.
This position will be filled via an agreement for shared capacity of an existing staff person at a PALCI Member Library, or as an independent contractor, working on a 12-month contractual agreement. The role offers flexible hours.
PALCI maintains a 100% distributed virtual office environment. Hardware/software will be provided when required, and at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Independent contractors are expected to create their own environment conducive to productive work, including an adequate workspace with a robust Internet connection, and any office equipment required by the employee, including an office desk, chair, or other desired peripherals. PALCI’s work is conducted primarily through frequent web-based meetings using Zoom, phone, and email. PALCI staff regularly use Google, Microsoft and Adobe applications.
Other Workplace Requirements
- Must supply an adequate workspace and a robust internet connection that is highly conducive to online meetings
- Must be able to attend Zoom/virtual meetings
- Location within the PALCI region (Pennsylvania or contiguous states) preferred
Compensation & Benefits
Contract-based roles are paid monthly based on submission of monthly invoices and completion of stated deliverables.
Anticipated Hiring Range: $30-45+/hour, dependent on qualifications and experience.
Contracts may be established with either 1) A PALCI member library in order to compensate for the costs (salary/benefits) of staff capacity provided to the consortium in this role, or 2) directly with individuals as independent contractors.
The Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a reputation for outstanding leadership, innovation, and expertise. PALCI was formed in 1996 as the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., a grassroots federation of 35 academic libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Today, PALCI’s staff are employees of the nonprofit membership organization, which consists of more than 70 academic and research libraries, private and public, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York. PALCI libraries range from small liberal arts colleges to large publicly funded universities, and include both public and private research institutions and organizations, including six several Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions. Libraries in PALCI have holdings in excess of 144 million and a combined FTE of more than 500,000 students.
Mission – PALCI enables cost-effective and sustainable access to information resources and services for academic libraries in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
Vision – PALCI is the trusted and preferred partnership for academic library collaboration and innovation.
Values – PALCI operates on mutual trust. It is PALCI’s responsibility to continuously earn and renew that trust by consistently demonstrating operational excellence, transparency, innovation, and respect for diversity and privacy.