Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek an enthusiastic and skilled Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian to provide leadership and expertise in acquiring and integrating electronic resources into the Libraries’ collections. Based in the Acquisitions Department, the Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian reports directly to the Head of Acquisitions, supervises four staff, and works collaboratively with staff in other areas including collection development, reference, information technology, and cataloging to identify, license, and manage ongoing access to electronic resources.  The Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian is the primary liaison with vendors regarding electronic resources, responsible for negotiating licenses, ordering, and managing access to electronic resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian is responsible for the management of the life cycle processes for electronic resources and serves as the expert resource for issues related to these processes within the Department and throughout the Libraries.   The Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian is also responsible for supervising and training the four departmental staff dedicated to electronic resources. Duties include working with collection development in identifying electronic resources for consideration, establishing product trials for evaluation, managing license and contract terms related to electronic resources, and collaborating with collection development in the negotiation of resources.
The Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian works closely with Cataloging and Metadata Services on electronic resource access and management issues and also interacts with publishers, vendors and aggregators to acquire, establish and maintain access to electronic resources. Duties include updating and maintaining links to electronic resources through the SFX knowledge base and other resources as well as resolving complex problems related to orders, renewals, and access. 

The Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian acts as the liaison to the California Digital Library (CDL) in managing UCI’s acquisition of and access to UC consortium titles and works with key people at other UC campuses in managing shared electronic resources.

Serving as a resource for other library personnel on electronic resource management issues, the Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian manages assigned staff in the troubleshooting and resolution of access problems as they arise. The position prepares management reports, providing statistical and budget analysis related to electronic resources. 

The Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian also provides leadership in developing and maintaining awareness of emerging technologies, standards, and technical issues relating to the acquisition, licensing, access, and usage of electronic resources; recommends and implements new initiatives for managing and processing electronic resources; and collaborates with library staff in other departments - maintaining open communication channels, and participating on library-wide teams.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of current issues in acquiring, licensing, and managing access to electronic resources.
  • Strong ability to negotiate and maintain electronic resources’ licenses and contracts.
  • Ability to take a user-centered approach in providing access to electronic resources.
  • Ability to exercise creativity and initiative in troubleshooting problems with electronic resources access.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate across departments and divisions on issues related to electronic resources.
  • Ability to effectively supervise, train, and motivate staff.
  • Ability to make decisions independently within the framework of departmental and library policies and goals. 
  • Skill in planning and implementing projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to quality customer service.
  • Skill to analyze and resolve complex problems.
  • Ability to set priorities and exercise flexibility working with multiple assignments in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion of librarians.


  • Experience working in a consortium environment such as the UC Libraries.
  • Experience acquiring and managing electronic resources in an academic or research library.
  • Experience with Innovative Interfaces’ integrated library system – Millennium.
  • Experience with Innovative Interfaces’ Electronic Resources Management module (ERM).
  • Experience with an Electronic Resources Management System (ERMS).
  • Three or more years of supervisory experience.

The Acquisitions Department

The Acquisitions Department procures all collections materials for the UCI Libraries. The Department is responsible for expending an annual multi-million dollar materials budget. The Department is comprised of the Department Head, the Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, 14 staff, as well as several student assistants.

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence.  The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These buildings contain over 3,600 public seats for study and research and provide more than 600 public access computers.  The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 140 FTE plus approximately 30 student assistant FTE.  The library collection consists of over 3.4 million volumes and over 137,000 journals and serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection.  The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1965, UCI has more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,100 faculty.  Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.  The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.  UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment.  Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales.  Appointment will be at the Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian rank with a salary of $53,088 - $83,674 plus an annual administrative stipend. Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by March 23, 2015 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested (cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant) via UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF02748.

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired. 

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries website at www.lib.uci.edu/current-librarian-and-administrative-vacancies with links to additional websites featuring campus and community information. 

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.