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Head of Electronic Resources Acquisitions, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

The Indiana University Libraries seek an enthusiastic, innovative, and collaborative Head of Electronic Resources Acquisitions.  Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions in the Technical Services Department, the Head of Electronic Resources Acquisitions will provide leadership and expertise in managing all aspects of the library electronic resources life-cycle, and will play a pivotal role in the Libraries' efforts to meet current and emerging information needs as well as new models of electronic resources procurement, management, and licensing.  The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues across the Libraries, the Bloomington campus, and the Indiana University system of campuses in support of the Libraries' licensed electronic resources program.  The successful candidate will also serve as the primary liaison with publishers, content providers, and consortia in support of electronic resources acquisitions, management, and licensing for Indiana University Libraries.


  • Lead and manage electronic resources acquisitions at Indiana University Libraries including trials, procurement, licensing, price negotiation and cost model development, and ongoing subscription and access management
  • Manage the daily activities of the electronic resources acquisitions operation and supervise, direct, and support three full-time employees
  • Lead and innovate in the development of workflows and policies for managing the electronic resources life-cycle
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with appropriate personnel in library units (e.g. Collections, Library Technologies, Research & Learning Services), campus units (e.g. Office of General Counsel, Offices of Vice President and Vice Provost for Research, University Information Technology Services), and the regional campuses
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external entities including content providers, publishers, and library consortia
  • Serve and contribute to applicable management teams and represent the Libraries at the local, state, and national level


  • ALA-accredited Master's degree or advanced degree in relevant field appropriate to the licensing and management of electronic resources
  • Two years of experience in management and supervision of employees
  • Two years of electronic resources life-cycle management in an academic setting, including acquisitions, licensing, and access management
  • Experience reviewing and negotiating license agreements in an academic setting; knowledge of the legal framework in which academic libraries operate
  • Experience evaluating and negotiating electronic resource pricing; knowledge of electronic resource pricing models and concepts
  • Ability to exercise initiative, flexibility, and creativity in troubleshooting procurement and access problems with electronic resources; ability to take a user-centered approach in management of electronic resources
  • Knowledge and understanding of current and emerging trends, practices, and tools in electronic resources life-cycle management [e.g. OpenURL, KBART, ERM, SERU, COUNTER, SUSHI]
  • Demonstrated analytical, writing, interpersonal, and organizations skills; ability to represent the library effectively and positively
  • Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative work environment and maintain positive professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including library colleagues, faculty, content providers
  • Demonstrated understanding of the values of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization (
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure or tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (


  • Experience in a SirsiDynix Symphony environment
  • Experience using Ex Libris 360 Management Services
  • Experience in project management, such as the implementation of/transition to a new system [e.g. ILS, resource management tool]
  • Experience as a leader, including coaching, motivating, and mentoring
  • Knowledge and understanding of current and emerging trends in academic libraries [e.g. Scholarly Publishing, Open Access, Digital Humanities]
  • Familiarity with academic library fund and budget management, including allocations, encumbrances, expenditures

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan.  This tenure-track academic appointment includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves.  For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:



Applications received by Friday, August 30, 2019, will be given full consideration.   The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 - Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855-2576 - Email:

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