Electronic Resources & Collections Assessment Librarian

The UMKC University Libraries are seeking a curious and collaborative person to join us as our Electronic Resources and Collections Assessment (ERCA) Librarian. The ERCA Librarian plays a crucial role in overseeing the evaluation, implementation, and maintenance of electronic resources at UMKC Libraries. This position involves a comprehensive approach to managing electronic resources, including assessment, setup, maintenance, user access and technology trends. Reporting to the Head of Collections and Acquisitions, the ERCA Librarian will ensure that the library’s electronic resources are effectively integrated, accessible, and aligned with the academic needs of the university. The department is situated in the main library at a mid-sized university in the heart of Kansas City’s vibrant, socially-conscious, entrepreneurial community. This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, ranked benefit-eligible faculty librarian appointment.

Primary duties and responsibilities include

  • Coordinate the setup and integration of new electronic resources into the library’s systems and platforms.
  • Oversee the day-to-day maintenance of electronic resources to ensure continuous access and up-to-date content.  This includes maintaining EBSCO profiles for EBSCOhost and EDS.
  • Manage the library’s knowledge bases (EBSCO Holdings Management and OCLC Collection Manager) to ensure accurate and comprehensive coverage of available resources.
  • Manage licenses for electronic resources, ensuring compliance and optimal access conditions.
  • Stay abreast of current trends and emerging technologies in electronic resources to enhance library services and resource accessibility.
  • Maintain relationships with public facing library workers to ensure an ongoing awareness of emerging needs and opportunities related to electronic resources.
  • Serve as the primary contact for troubleshooting access issues and technical problems with electronic resources.  Resolution to these problems includes work with patrons, library workers, and provider technical support.
  • Utilize a variety of tools to compile and maintain statistical data from a variety of sources with a focus on electronic resources to aid in collection development.
  • Serves on UMKC Libraries’ faculty governance group and a variety of University Libraries, UMKC, and UM System committees, working groups, or teams.
  • Pursues professional development and contributes to the profession via service and/or research.

Minimum Requirements

  • A master’s degree in library science/library information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA’s Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in some aspect of electronic resources management and/or license negotiation.
  • Strong understanding of current trends and technologies in electronic resources management.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders in a dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate in a team-based, service-oriented environment.
  • Evidence of experiences and expertise that support the UM System Values Commitment and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment, evidenced through service, research, leadership, innovation, and/or professional development.

Salary

Salary will be commensurate with rank and qualifications, and the anticipated hiring range for this position is $50,000-$75,000. Minimum salaries for ranks are: Librarian I $50,000, Librarian II $55,000, Librarian III $62,500, and Librarian IV $72,500. UMKC offers an excellent retirement/benefits package. (See the Promotion and Appointments Criteria (PDF) for rank specifications and UM salaries are publicly available.)

UMKC offers full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more. 

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university’s most important resource. 

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted online at UMKC Human Resources. Search for job ID 51474 to apply. Though the system provides prompts for uploading application materials separately, we request that applicants combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document:

  • A personal letter of interest of up to 2 pages addressing each minimum requirement and the values commitment (see below)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV – as many pages as needed)
  • Current contact information for 3 references

Upload this combined document when prompted to provide a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). 

You may address your cover letter to: Buddy Pennington, Search Committee Chair.

  • If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email umpshrsupport@umsystem.edu.
  • For all inquiries about the position, please contact 816-235-1531 or libraryadmin@umkc.edu.and provide the title of the position.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

Per the University of Missouri System’s Values Commitment, we value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. 

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Applications received by 11:50pm on Monday, May 27, 2024, will be given priority consideration.

Services & Resources Division

The Services and Resources Division of the UMKC University Libraries includes a broad representation of work, including the operations of UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library and Health Sciences Library, as well as oversight of our strategic collections. The division includes three service point operations (Circulation, Health Sciences Library, and Music/Media Library), two collections departments (Collections & Acquisitions and Resource Sharing), and two teaching departments (Clinical Support and Teaching & Learning). Collections & Acquisitions is a newly structured department as of 2023 that aims to strengthen the Libraries’ strategic approach to the purchasing, licensing, borrowing, and sharing of collections, in connection with the University of Missouri System libraries and other consortial partners.

Community Information

UMKC is a public, urban, research university with more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  It is part of the larger University of Missouri System. Our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with surrounding urban communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, and more economically secure quality of life

A City on the Rise:  Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds – a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of business activity, cultural arts, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!) and health science research engagement for both the Volker and Health Sciences campuses. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, and a rich history of music and performing arts. Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts all within an easy drive.

EEO is the Law

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit the Equal Employment Opportunity website or call Human Resources at (816) 235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at (816) 235-6910.

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EXHIBIT DISPLAY TABLES

Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table

FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library