JOB: Head Of Electronic Resources & Serials, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara

Position Purpose

Santa Clara University Library is seeking a dynamic, motivated, user focused, and collaborative individual to serve as the Head of Electronic Resources & Serials. The Head of Electronic Resources
& Serials supervises two full-time staff members, provides leadership in the procurement, assessment, and management of print and electronic continuing resources, including individual and package subscriptions, ebooks demand driven acquisitions, and streaming services, and oversee the processing of all invoices paid out of the acquisitions budget. The successful candidate will review all subscriptions and licenses, renew subscriptions as needed, set up trials, conduct regular assessments of all subscriptions, and work with publishers/vendors and major consortia such as SCELC (

The Head of Electronic Resources & Serials will develop and maintain expert knowledge on issues related to electronic resources and electronic resource management (ERM) and work with staff to ensure all invoices are paid on a timely and accurate basis. Additionally, the Head of Electronic Resources & Serials will work closely and collaboratively with subject librarians and the Head of Instruction & Assessment on the ongoing acquisition, purchase, renewal and assessment of electronic resources and serials.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Scholarly Communication, the Head of Electronic Resources & Serials plays a key role in connecting our community to our vast array of electronic resources. This position serves on the Library Management Council, an advisory

administrative body made up of the University Librarian, Associate University Librarians, and unit heads.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Administration and Leadership (90%) Management
1. Supervises and manages workflow of electronic resources and serials, including
research, acquisition/subscription, implementation, and assessment
2. Designs cost efficient, effective workflows and documents workflows in procedures
3. Coordinates the acquisition of and subscriptions to electronic resources, reviews and renews licenses, maintains records for consortia (i.e. SCELC) and direct vendor contacts
4. Maintains timely, accurate data about electronic resources in a variety of systems such as the Electronic Resource Management System (ERMS), link resolver, A-Z database list, and discovery tool
5. Leads the efforts to analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve access problems related to the library’s licensed electronic resources
6. Partners with vendors/publishers, Learning and Engagements personnel, and other Cataloging/Electronic Resources & Serials staff to solve technical issues that affect user services and to identify strategies for enhancing electronic resource accessibility and findability
7. Monitors vendor services, performs vendor evaluations and facilitates negotiations of vendor services as needed
8. Applies usage statistics and other assessment data to assist in identifying needs and evaluating current and potential licenses to support renewals, alternative access options, and/or withdrawal
9. Works with the University’s General Counsel to review and negotiate license agreements
10. Establishes trials and pilots for prospective purchases and subscriptions
11. Supervises two staff working in electronic resources and serials

Communication and Collaboration
1. Participates in library management team decision-making processes
2. Promotes and ensures a customer-service focus among library staff
3. Establishes and maintains effective communication channels with library staff, including the law library
4. Establishes and maintains professional relationships and communications with vendors, publishers and consortia
5. Researches and assesses products, offers and services and communicates that information to subject librarians
6. Actively communicates licensing and electronic resource best practices with librarians and staff to promote mutual understanding of licensed electronic resources, including interlibrary loan, course reserves, public performance rights, perpetual access, and archival rights
7. Regularly communicates with library managers and staff regarding library issues, initiatives, and activities
8. Keeps the Associate University Librarians and University Librarian informed of current and potential issues, activities, and operational changes
9. Builds a strong network of peers at comparable institutions
10. Represents and advocates to relevant campus, consortia or multi-institutional groups
11. Participates in campus committees and initiatives as appropriate

1. Provides input and recommendations to the AUL for Collections & Scholarly Communication and subject librarians responsible for managing the electronic materials and serials budget (approximately $3.5 million)
2. Oversees and approves all invoices paid out of the acquisitions budget

1. Examines and evaluates current and potential purchases/subscriptions
2. Develops assessment strategies and conducts ongoing assessment using a variety of methods including usage, overlap, and value
3. Shares assessment data with subject librarians
4. Gathers and analyzes both quantitative and qualitative data to inform management decisions on electronic resources and serials and continuously improve library services

Scholarship and Service (10%)
1. Serves on committees and task forces at the department, Library, and University level
2. Participates in local, state, and national/international professional and scholarly societies and organizations
3. Conducts research and/or publishes results; presents research results at conferences or through publication

Other duties as assigned.


1. Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.
2. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.
3. Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services.
4. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives.
5. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.
6. Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status and progress on goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions.
7. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.
8. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.

Provides Work Direction


• Directly supervises 2 staff
• Indirectly supervises student workers


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.


1. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited (or equivalent) library science or information science program
2. Minimum of two years of professional experience
3. One to two years of supervisory experience
4. Experience working in acquisitions, serials, or e-resources in an academic or large public library
5. Ability to perform workflow analyses and document procedures
6. Familiarity with reviewing and negotiating license agreements pertaining to electronic resources and the academic environment
7. Experience serving as a point of contact for maintenance and troubleshooting of electronic resources
8. Experience implementing or using an electronic resources management system, link resolver, and/or knowledge base
9. Experience working with publishers and/or vendors of electronic resources
10. Evidence of maintaining current awareness of trends and standards in electronic resources and serials
11. Commitment to maintain awareness of trends and ongoing developments in areas related to the entire cycle of electronic resources and serials
12. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member in a complex library environment
13. Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
14. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
15. Record of activities and achievement for appointment at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian

B. Preferred Qualifications

1. Ability to thrive amidst organizational change including the capacity to respond effectively to change (including changing technologies, needs, and priorities)
2. Experience with Innovative’s ERM
3. Experience with cataloging, acquisitions, interlibrary loan or other service areas within the library
4. Experience with assessment of electronic resources (usage reports, overlap reports, cost per use, etc)
5. Experience with instruction and training staff on technical topics
6. Commitment to using new technology to advance work goals and to enhance service
7. Ability to build successful partnerships at the local, regional, and national level
8. Demonstrated commitment to and support for diversity and inclusion

Full job description is available here.

JOB: Collections/Systems Librarian And Subject Specialist (Temporary), Saint Mary’S College Of California, Moraga


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary’s currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


Reporting to the Dean for Library and Academic Resources, this temporary position assists in collection development and systems management. As assigned, this individual will be a subject liaison responsible for collection development, general and subject specialized reference, and information literacy instruction working with students and faculty.
Plans and leads Collection Development Team meetings in collaboration with the Dean, Library and Academic Resources. In consultation, establishes, monitors and assesses annual collection development goals. Communicates collection development issues and needs to other teams and to Library Management. Represents the library’s collection and supporting services to campus groups and constituencies as appropriate. Prepares and analyzes collection statistics and trends and communicates these through regularly published reports. Assesses the quality of the Library Collection and its capacity to support the research and learning needs of the College’s students, faculty and staff.
1. Collections/Technology:
• Works with Interim Dean to assist in collection management responsibilities
• Maintains library specific software and supports library staff in its use
• Troubleshoots all library systems and electronic resources
Open URL linking
Acquisitions ordering and tracking systems Serials Management Systems
Discovery Layer interface

Assists in preparation of data and analysis of Library services for use in reports – working in collaboration with the Collection Management Team in the collection and analysis of usage statistics

2. Library Liaison:
Subject Specialist (Art/Art History, Performing Arts, and World
• Serves as a member of the liaison team to provide subject-specific instruction, collection development, and research services to meet the needs of students, staff, and faculty in assigned academic and co-curricular departments
• Promotes Library resources and services to assigned academic and co-curricular departments
• Serves as collection development coordinator for assigned liaison areas
• Provides instruction and research consultations for students, staff, and faculty in liaison departments. Provides course-integrated information literacy instruction
• Develops print and online research guides for assigned academic and co-curricular departments
3. Reference Service:
• Serves as a member of the Reference/Research Services Team
• Provides research advice and assistance in all modes of delivery to SMC students, faculty, and staff, as well as non-College users
• Fulfills day, night, and weekend desk hours as scheduled
• Actively participates in Reference Team meetings
4. Other Duties as Assigned.

Experience and Qualifications

REQUIRED: ALA-accredited MLS
PREFERRED: second subject Master’s
1. Minimum 7 years professional Librarian experience required. Position will be appointed at the Associate Librarian rank. (SMC library and do not have tenured status.)
2. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively coordinating efforts of others across departmental lines and successful experience working in a team environment.
3. Substantial knowledge of publishing marketplace and trends, including awareness ofNISO standards and emerging standards and recommended practices.
4. Demonstrated successful experience as a subject selector and experience and knowledge of collection development processes required.
5. Successful track record of administering and allocating complex, multi-disciplinary budgets.
6. Demonstrated understanding of and experience with collection development budget allocation models and best practices.
7. Proven success at supervising and managing diverse staff with time-dependent, highly detailed and technical responsibilities.
8. Significant experience coordinating professional staff effectively without direct supervisory responsibility.
9. Technical experience using national bibliographic utilities required.
10. Experience working with library consortia and vendors for the purchase of electronic resources, including license agreement negotiation.
11. Substantial experience with major integrated library systems required, preference given to candidates with experience with Innovative Sierra.
12. Desired experience supervising technical staff who manage, develop and troubleshoot highly technical systems including hardware and software, such as integrated systems incorporating acquisitions and serials control modules.
13. Prefer experience with acquisitions processes including vendor selection, establishment of funds tracking; periodicals and electronic resources tools including Open URL, ERM’s, Serials List management.
14. Desired experience providing reference and instruction to a variety of users.
15. Excellent organization, written and communication skills are essential.
1. Proven abilities in problem-solving and troubleshooting complex integrated library systems including systems that work across multiple vendors such as integrated library systems, vendor purchasing systems, invoicing systems, and Discovery layer products.
2. Subject expertise in areas in which the college teaches undergraduate or graduate courses prefen-ed.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions: Please apply online at
Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College

  1. A resume
  2. The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  3. In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.

Saint Mary’s is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.
Full job description is available here.


Event: 2nd Session – Paranormal & Occult Library Tour @ Adocentyn Research Library


Our first session filled, so we’ve added a 2nd tour of the Adocentyn Library. Join your fellow Baynet members for a unique library tour in the East Bay! Saturday, October 13th 3-5pm.

RSVP Here:

The Adocentyn is a Paranormal and Occult library/Archive & research center houses one of the largest collections of Witchcraft, Paranormal, Paganism, Occult, Cryptozoology, UFO and Spiritualist books in the country. A small reading room is available for public use, and they have thousands of rare books and unique reference titles to choose from.

The Library draws upon the sizable private libraries of several board members and it hopes to one day become the premier Paranormal research center in the Western US. The Collection started small, with a collection of about 13,000 books but had exceeded its shelf space and is looking to relocate to a larger facility.

The tour will be led by Curator, Donald Hudson ‘Don’ Frew , who has been representing Wicca in interfaith work since 1985 and has served on the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Area Interfaith Council, on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, in the Assembly of the World’s Religious & Spiritual Leaders at of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and on the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative. He is the founder & Director of the Lost & Endangered Religions Project.

Frew has broached regular cooperation with law enforcement agencies and skeptic’s organizations, confronting the “Satanic Hysteria” of the 1990s. Since 1985 Frew has worked with San Francisco police Inspector Sandi Gallant as a consultant on the occult, growing over the years to collaborate with law enforcement agencies around the country. Frew served as an occult expert/consultant on the McMartin Preschool Trial, the Leonard Lake serial killings, and the Matamoros murders, among others.

Volunteers Needed: Resume & Job Agility Workshop, BayNet & SLA

BayNet & SLA will be hosting a resume and career agility workshop on Friday, September 21st and we need volunteers! We are looking for current managers/directors from various library fields (Public, Special, Academic, Law, etc.) that would be interested in the participating in the following ways:

  1. Resume review & feedback for attendees
  2. Speaking about what you look for in candidates for your field
  3. Panel discussion on interviewing tips
  4. Promote the “why” that makes your area of librarianship unique

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Brian Edwards at

The program is tentatively scheduled for 1-5pm at Castro Valley Library – conveniently located in the East Bay next to BART!


JOB: Supervising Librarian II , Alameda County Library

Salary Range: $43.99 – $53.45/hour, $91,499.20 – $111,176.00/annually

Closing Date: July 30th 5:00pm PST

To apply, click here


The Alameda County Library provides library services from ten branch libraries in the cities of Albany, Dublin, Fremont, Newark and Union City and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. Outreach services are provided through the Bookmobile, the Literacy Program, the Senior Outreach Program, and the County Jails.

The County Library was established in 1910 and is governed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The Alameda County Library Advisory Commission advises County Librarian, Cynthia Chadwick, and the Board of Supervisors on library services.

The County Library is funded primarily by local property taxes, with additional revenue from State grants and contracts with cities for additional open hours and services. The Board of Supervisors allocates a portion of a utility users and business license tax which is collected only in the unincorporated areas of the County to the Library for service to the unincorporated areas. The Alameda County Library Foundation and active Friends of the Library or Library League groups in each community support library programs and services. To learn more about the Alameda County Library, please visit their website at:


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a successful track record in the following:

  • Implementing change management and building key relationships.
  • Outstanding background coordinating library programming and events.
  • A keen understanding of social media and new technology that may affect the library system.
  • Superior command of oral and written communication.
  • Being action-oriented and making good, data-driven decisions.
  • Successfully motivating and interacting with direct reports.
  • In depth knowledge of Library collections and collection management