Friday, November 6, 2009

Assistant Head, Electronic Resource Management

Northeastern University seeks energetic, creative, and self-motivated individuals to join its newly re-energized, service-oriented, and forward-looking Library team.\


Reporting to the Head of the Resource Management Department in the Library’s Scholarly Resources Division, the Assistant Head is responsible for acquisition of all materials with special emphasis on electronic resources purchasing, licensing, access, and maintenance. The librarian in this position will bring to bear a broad and deep understanding of the complexities of acquisitions, electronic resource management and related technical services best practices; will be expected to provide leadership, innovation, and enthusiasm in charge of the work of the E-Resource Management unit; and will have responsibility for hiring, training, motivating, and evaluating staff, and for managing the priorities and day-to-day activities of the unit. The successful candidate will interact regularly with a range of the Library’s materials vendors (including publishers) to solve problems, while working closely with other units of the Department and the Division, as well as with other library departments, to support collection development, test new software, develop new systems, and move forward the Library’s ambitious digital program.

• ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science required; additional advanced degree desirable.
• At least 3 years demonstrated successful experience in increasingly responsible positions managing or supervising acquisitions, serials, license negotiation, electronic resource management in academic or research libraries required.
• Demonstrated knowledge of established and emerging national and international standards relating to acquisitions, serials, electronic resource management, and resource licensing and copyright.
• Some experience with cooperative programs, consortial initiatives, and operational workflow analyses desirable.
• Knowledge of trends and issues in academic libraries, scholarly communications, higher education, publishing, preservation, and emerging technologies.
• Excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal, communication, supervisory, project management and organizational skills.
• Ability to work internally and externally with a wide variety of individuals at all levels, a strong service orientation, and a demonstrated commitment to staff development and diversity in the workplace.

About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The University’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit

About the University Libraries at Northeastern University
Snell Library is at the hub of campus intellectual life. The Library holds 986,000 volumes, 119,000 e-books, 31,000 electronic journals, and welcomes over one million visitors a year. The Library provides award-winning research and instructional services, a pioneering multi-media content creation space, a very popular Meet the Author series, and is home to internationally-recognized special collections that document social justice efforts in the Greater Boston area. The Library has an ambitious vision to expand its digital initiatives, building on its institutional repository and digitization of special collections. Snell Library continues to break new ground in scholarly communications, interdisciplinary research, and the emerging field of transliteracy— the ability to read, write, and interact across multiple media formats. Snell Library leads the way in redefining library service in the 21st century.

Applications received by December 1, 2009 will receive first consideration, though applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, visit:, where more details of the position’s responsibilities, the University’s outstanding benefits, and of the salary range associated with this position are also available. For more information on the position, contact Janet Morrow, Head of Resource Management,

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

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