Job Posting: Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian, Sawyer Library, Suffolk University

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Jul 22, 2022, 5:24:35 PMJul 22
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The Mildred F. Sawyer Library at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts invites applications for 

Electronic Resources and Discovery Librarian



Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, Technical Services, the Electronic Resources and Discovery Librarian (ERDL) provides leadership in the acquisition, evaluation, management, and promotion of a wide range of scholarly electronic resources including databases, e-journals and e-reference sources. Responsibilities include: integrating the electronic resources, where appropriate, with the link resolver and discovery layer software; resolving access problems for electronic content; and training other staff members in resolving problems as appropriate. The ERDL administers, manages, and trains staff for the LibGuides content management tool and related Springshare software for the libraries.  Additionally, the ERDL leads the Sawyer Library’s effective use of emerging technologies by: 1) evaluating the suitability of emerging technologies for supporting Sawyer Library services; 2) develops and maintain widgets, apps and other products that extend the reach of library resources and services across technology platforms; 3) supports technology-based library outreach to the Suffolk University community; 4) assesses the effectiveness of technology-based library services; develops library staff awareness of new and emerging technologies.



  • Primary administrator and support contact for the Sierra Integrated Library System for all Suffolk libraries.
  • Responsible for the management of the Library’s electronic resource management system (Coral) and the EBSCO Discovery Service discovery tool.
  • Responsible for maintaining the A-Z Database list hosted on the Springshare platform and managing remote access to resources through OCLC’s EZProxy.
  • Provides leadership for the strategic development and management of electronic resources. Coordinates all activities associated with the management of the Library's electronic resources including acquisitions, licensing, access, and evaluation of electronic resources.
  • Maintains access throughout the life cycle of an electronic resource subscription or purchase and to research databases through the library website. Takes the lead in resolving complex access problems with electronic content.
  • Communicates regularly with external service providers, including publishers, vendors, consortia, content providers, and technology suppliers. Collaborates internally with library staff in other departments and bibliographers to provide optimal access to the Library's electronic resources collection for the University community, including research on how the Sawyer Library might optimize those resources for discoverability through discovery services and search engines.
  • Works closely with the Acquisitions Librarian to handle e-resource acquisitions
  • Assesses use of the library’s electronic resources through the collection and analysis of vendor-supplied and library-generated annual usage statistics.
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director for Technical Services, assists the Director in gathering data and other information related to electronic resources and other aspects of the position.


  • Provides innovative leadership for technology solutions in the Sawyer Library by managing the library website, identifying, implementing, and evaluating current and emerging technologies for the effective delivery of library services. Maintains and creates content for the library website for desktop and mobile platforms; ensuring the library website is in compliance with style, accessibility and security policies and standards.
  • Communicates the library’s web needs with the offices of Web Services and the Office of Marketing & Communication.
  • Administers, manages, and trains staff for the LibGuides content management tool and related Springshare software for the libraries.
  • Collect, maintain, and report on user statistics.


  • Keeps abreast of emerging technologies and their potential application within the library.
  • Offers training to students and library staff for library technology.
  • In conjunction with the IT desktop specialist, makes recommendations for technology purchases within the library.
  • Makes recommendations for software purchases to meet the library’s specific needs, including those regarding assessment, instructional technology, and room booking.
  • Committee Participation - Serves on library committees and represents the library on university-wide committees relating to technology, as appropriate.


  •  Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science program, or equivalent.
  • 5 years or more of post MLS experience
  • Thorough understanding of continuing and integrating resources, including awareness of issues concerning vendors, packages, aggregators, platforms, licensing, pricing models, and financial and statistical management needs.
  • Experience working with electronic resources and serials in an academic library.
  • Ability to communicate and work well with colleagues on what is increasingly an inter-departmental initiative, understanding variant perspectives on shared work.
  • Understanding of database issues, and the interoperability needs to support Sierra and related as well as future products and services.
  • Ability to develop projects, including training, quality control, and follow-up.
  • Working knowledge of technical environments, especially those related to proxy servers and link resolvers, as well as familiarity with emerging electronic resources standards such as ONIX, SUSHI, COUNTER, and SERU.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software
  • Understanding of cataloging standards and MARC 21 format
  • Cover letter and 3 professional references required

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.


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