Electronic Resources Librarian, Acquisitions & Discovery

Join the NC State University Libraries and help us create adventurous, innovative services and library spaces that delight students, faculty, and researchers. The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers access to advanced technologies that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information. Capturing NC State’s spirit of innovation in education and research, the Hunt Library is recognized as one of the world’s most creative and inspirational learning and collaborative spaces and a model for “the library of the future.” The D. H. Hill Jr. Library, serving the main campus, combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces for making, digital media creation, data analysis and visualization, and collaboration. Three branch libraries focus on design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine.

The NC State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian in the Acquisitions & Discovery department. Acquisitions & Discovery’s 6 librarians and 15 staff are responsible for managing the Libraries’ approximately $12 million collections budget, acquiring materials in all formats, negotiating license agreements and contracts, and describing and maintaining access points to facilitate discovery of the Libraries’ resources. Acquisitions & Discovery librarians have been actively involved in the development of an e-resource management system, E-Matrix, and they contribute to the Libraries’ internationally recognized innovations in content management and discovery. 


The Electronic Resources Librarian negotiates licensing for and acquires library materials in all formats, with an emphasis on e-book and streaming video content. They assist in the management of e-resources from a variety of acquisition models, including evidence-based, demand-driven, approval plans, and package purchases. The position develops and documents workflows, processes, and best practices to support e-resource lifecycles within an electronic resource management system (ERMS) environment, and manages discovery and administrative metadata for e-resources, including creating, loading, updating, maintaining, and withdrawing records for e-resources. The incumbent maintains close working relationships with content providers, vendors, and consortial partners in support of e-resource acquisitions and access. They are responsible for triaging and troubleshooting monographic e-resource access problems.

As part of the department’s management team, they will participate in establishing and defining projects, priorities, and goals, and will manage e-resource projects including developing workflows and training staff. They contribute to departmental projects and teams; and they collaborate and work with colleagues across the Libraries to support acquisition, licensing, discovery, and use of e-resources. The position deeply considers how their approach to their daily work reflects and advances the Libraries’ Strategic Plan, creating an environment and community that is welcoming for both patrons and colleagues alike. They participate in library planning and serve on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. Librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. This position reports to the Associate Head of Acquisitions & Discovery, Monographs.

This position is based in North Carolina. This position is eligible for flexible hours with a hybrid work environment based on departmental and operational needs. This position will require some onsite work.

NC State University promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world. NC State’s land grant mission of teaching, research and service is dedicated to the service of North Carolina and its people.  Applicants are encouraged to review the institution’s mission, vision, and strategic plan, and consider how their background, interests, and experience would enable them to support the university.

Required Qualifications

Applicants are encouraged to think broadly about and communicate how their skills and experiences transfer to the qualifications below in ways that may not be obvious, including how non-library-specific skills and experiences speak to the position qualifications and needs. We strongly encourage individuals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to apply for this position. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences, backgrounds, and interests to apply for this position, including those new to the profession.

  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree
  • Knowledge of trends and practices in electronic resource management
  • Understanding of current and emerging models, practices, and tools as they relate to library acquisitions, licensing, and metadata management
  • Familiarity with library management systems supporting acquisitions and discovery functions, such as integrated library systems (ILS), knowledge bases, electronic resource management systems (ERMS), issue tracking systems, or discovery interfaces
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to foster an environment of belonging and well-being
  • Ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably
  • Ability to work independently, creatively, and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred Qualifications

It is not required that candidates meet any of the preferred qualifications to be considered for this position. The following skills represent some of the areas in which this position could potentially grow and focus, based on the incumbent’s background and interests.

  • Familiarity with trends and practices in descriptive and administrative metadata for library resources
  • Relevant library acquisitions and licensing experience 
  • Experience with or interest in tools and scripting languages to support data extraction, migration, manipulation, analysis, and reporting
  • Project management experience 
  • The NC State University Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the ACRL Librarian of the Year Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; the National Medal for Museum and Library Service; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal’s Librarian of the YearParaprofessional of the Year, and 14 Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of more than 250 FTE, the Libraries has over 3.4 million titles in its collection and has a total annual budget of $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network.The Libraries’ Strategic Plan describes our mission and goals, which are aligned with those of the university. They include welcoming and engaging the whole university community through our services, spaces, and programs; empowering students for a lifetime of success and impact; supporting research, scholarship, innovation, and collaboration; fostering entrepreneurial thinking and problem-solving; and expanding our engagement with individuals and communities across North Carolina. The Libraries collections also reflect these commitments, from focused collecting efforts across disciplines to locating, capturing, and preserving the voices of our global communities through archival research and practice. The Libraries has acted to increase representation in the profession through the NC State University Libraries Fellows program; participation in ARL’s strategic priorities and leadership development programs; and membership in the ACRL Diversity Alliance. The Libraries’ Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee sponsors many programs and helps to cultivate an atmosphere where all students, faculty, and staff are welcomed, valued, and respected.North Carolina State University was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to its current position as a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine, NC State students, faculty, and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government, and nonprofit partners to solve them. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 35,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 120 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 60 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents.North Carolina’s Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. In 2022, Forbes ranked NC State University as the number-one best employer in North Carolina, after including Raleigh in its top-ten best cities for jobs in 2019. And in 2021-22, the Raleigh and Durham metro area was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the second-best place to live among 150 United States cities.

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Minimum salary: $68,000 annually. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include: 24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at https://benefits.hr.ncsu.edu. In addition, the Libraries offers generous support for ongoing professional development and training.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The Libraries anticipates conducting virtual first-round interviews with full interviews happening in person. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable. Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at https://jobs.ncsu.edu. Search in the keyword box by position number 00103754. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process, please contact Libraries Administration at (919) 515-7188.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

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Nomination Committee

  • Maria Collins – Nomination Committee Chair, Department Head, Acquisitions and Discovery
  • Emily Cox – Collections & Research Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, & Digital Media
  • Dawn Pearce – Technology Support Specialist
  • Adam Phillips – University Library Technician
  • Cas Saroza – Libraries Fellow
  • Lynn Whittenberger – Associate Head, Acquisitions and Discovery (Monographs)
  • Tarida Anantachai – Director, Inclusion & Talent Management