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Electronic Resources Librarian


Reed College seeks an innovative, forward-thinking, and service-oriented librarian to provide leadership in the management and evaluation of electronic resources including databases, journals, ebooks, and reference sources.  In this position, you will lead library purchasing and licensing of electronic materials and ensure that the library’s collections are discoverable and accessible by the Reed community.

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position reporting to the Director of Collection Services. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10 percent employer contribution (after one year), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse. The starting salary for this position is $61,000 to $66,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

Who You Are

  • You are passionate about providing excellent resources and services to your patrons.
  • You don't necessarily need to have experience in higher education, although it's great if you do.
  • You are knowledgeable about the e-resources life cycle, scholarly communication, vendor relationships, and effective management of library resources.
  • You look forward to the challenge of serving an intensely academic liberal arts community.
  • You prefer working in a collaborative environment to working alone.
  • You contribute an important aspect of diversity to our community.
  • You are an advocate for equity and want to contribute to equity at Reed College by developing resources and services that are useful and accessible to all members of our community.

What You’ll Do

  • Manage a large and dynamic portfolio of electronic resources and maintain an accurate knowledge base in support of research and learning.
  • Troubleshoot access and content-related issues with aggregators, vendors, and publishers.
  • Coordinate trials of new databases.
  • Compile and analyze resource usage statistics for systematic data-informed budget planning and subscription renewals.
  • Stay current with new developments in electronic resource management and document delivery technologies.
  • Work with the library’s consortial partners on shared collection and discovery systems and other collaborative initiatives.
  • Help maintain and develop library systems to improve discovery and access.
  • Collaborate closely with library staff in collection, access, and research services.
  • Support campus-wide scholarly communication initiatives.
  • Participate in the library’s reference, instruction, and outreach activities.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science and minimum of one year of professional library experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Direct experience with electronic resource management, link resolver technology, and proxy servers.
  • Experience troubleshooting electronic access and subscription-related problems.
  • Knowledge of electronic resource content models, emerging formats, acquisition methods, and licensing.
  • Experience in evaluating the effectiveness of collections, processes, and services.
  • Experience in acquiring and providing access to library collections and services in a consortial environment is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in supporting diverse populations of students and faculty is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Ex Libris Alma/Primo is strongly preferred.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • What is one recent professional accomplishment of which you are particularly proud?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you contribute to equity, inclusion, and community growth at Reed?

Review of applications will begin on Monday, March 18, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.