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Electronic Resources and Collections Librarian, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library, Maywood, IL

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library Electronic Resources librarian is collaborative, proactive, and service-oriented and applies innovative approaches to electronic resources and collections operations. This position is responsible for providing leadership for strategic development and management of the life cycle of new and existing electronic resources, discovery tools, and cataloging for all library resources in all formats. The librarian proactively solicits input from faculty students, and staff, adeptly promotes HSL collections and resources, and skillfully responds to Health Sciences campus resource needs. Reporting to the Director, this accomplished professional will join a small and dynamic team of talented librarians and capably manage change in an evolving technological environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage a robust collection of electronic books, article databases, journals and other resources in support of stakeholder needs and University strategic mission
  • Lead cataloging and discovery services operations by setting well-articulated goals in concert with the Library mission. Communicate goals and policy to faculty, staff, and students
  • Maintain timely and accurate metadata about the library's resources in a variety of systems, such as the Integrated Library System (ILS), the Electronic Resource Management System (ERMS), link resolver, A-Z lists, and discovery tool
  • Manage internal software including EZProxy, Serials Solutions, and Primo/Alma
  • Design and manage collections budget to ensure judicious and timely expenditure of funds
  • Apply usage statistics and other assessment data to identify needs, evaluate current and potential licenses and to support renewals, alternative access options, and withdrawal
  • Provide detailed collection policies that define the scope and level of collections and effectively communicate them to stakeholders
  • Establish and document workflows, processes, and best practices for electronic resources acquisition, licensing, implementation, assessment, and budget
  • Develop and maintain productive and positive relationships with vendors, colleagues, faculty, students and staff

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in library science or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree
  • 3 - 5 years of professional library experience with progressive responsibilities in technical service in an academic, research, or health sciences library
  • Proven experience researching, implementing, and assessing electronic tools and resources
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Experience in setting up, providing access to, and troubleshooting issues with electronic resources through database and web page maintenance, cataloging, proxy server, and OpenURL linking
  • Demonstrated expertise with  copy cataloging of print, electronic, and other formatted materials
  • Familiarity with local ILS, OCLC Connexion, and working knowledge of MARC editors
  • Demonstrated knowledge of classification standards (MeSH and LCSH), authority records, and current cataloging rules and standards (e.g., AACR2, RDA, MARC, DACS);
  • Working knowledge of common and emerging metadata standards such as: MARCXML, Dublin Core, MODS, XML, XSLT

Preferred Qualifications

  • Flexibility, initiative, and a sense of humor
  • Proven project management skills
  • Familiarity with biomedical research and experience searching biomedical and other health-related information resources and citation management systems
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in order to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency with at least one programming or scripting language, such as R, Python, Ruby or JavaScript
  • Strong commitment to working in a diverse and collegial atmosphere that offers ample opportunities for innovation and professional growth

Application Instructions
All applications must be submitted online: and include a letter of application and a curriculum vitae.   Relocation assistance will not be provided.  The position will remain open until filled.

About Loyola University Chicago - Health Sciences Division
Loyola University Chicago is a nationally recognized urban university founded in 1870 in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.  The Health Sciences Library is located in Maywood, IL and supports nursing, medical, graduate biomedical, bioethics, and public health education and the Loyola University Medical Center. Loyola is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer/educator and is committed to a drug-free and smoke-free workplace.

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