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Assistant Director of Continuing and Electronic Resources

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Dean of Libraries
Department: Library
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Library

Job Description

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech seek a collaborative, resourceful, and dynamic professional to serve as the Assistant Director of Continuing and Electronic Resources. Continuing and Electronic Resources reports to the Director of the Jean Russell Quible Department Collections and Technical Services. The assistant director provides leadership for the procurement, assessment, and management of continuing resources in both print and electronic formats, including individual and package journal subscriptions, databases, streaming services, and the management of data-driven acquisition models. The incumbent also oversees print and electronic monographic acquisitions across a variety of platforms. The incumbent provides guidance and support in the management of the electronic resources lifecycle (trials, acquisitions, license review, knowledge base management, troubleshooting, authentication and cancellations). The assistant director exercises vision, sets goals, and guides the work of full time and part-time staff. The incumbent works closely with all members of a departmental collection management team to develop a unified strategy, best practices, and workflows for managing fee-based and open access scholarly resources that incorporate key stakeholders. The acquisition of physical collections and electronic resources is achieved across three units, acquisitions, serials, and interlibrary loan, who work in close collaboration to provide seamless access. The assistant director also oversees the library management system implementation and web-scale discovery services. 

Virginia Tech University Libraries serve a vibrant, diverse community.  We passionately strive to embody the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and to live the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).  We are deeply committed to mentoring, serving our community, and establishing safe spaces where our staff from current and historically underrepresented groups can thrive.


  • Manages the life cycle of continuing electronic resources (trials, acquisition, license review, knowledge base management, authentication protocols, renewals, and cancellations).
  • Sets goals, assesses the performance of the unit, provides training, coaching, and improvement plans.
  • Initiates improvements to the design and delivery of electronic resources and integrates new features to provide optimal access.
  • Collects and analyzes electronic resources holdings and usage statistics for annual reporting and collection management decisions.
  • Leads the development and implementation of local workflows and documentation to support the acquisition and management of electronic resources and print serials.
  • Works collaboratively with department staff to provide training and support in the management of all areas of the electronic resources lifecycle.
  • Monitors trends and best practices related to scholarly publishing, electronic resource access, discoverability, data harvesting, usage analysis, and preservation to enhance library services.
  • Works collaboratively with the Metadata Services Team to ensure the accuracy of MARC records, the discovery index, knowledge bases, and link resolver holdings.
  • Works collaboratively with stakeholders to effectively integrate electronic resource tools and services into the larger discovery and delivery ecosystem.
  • Reviews and negotiates license agreements to reach favorable terms, including complex negotiations for data sets, APIs, transformative agreements, and other emerging library resources.
  • Provides support for inquiries related to interpretation of license terms.
  • Establishes and maintains excellent publisher and vendor relationships.

Required Qualifications

- ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or equivalent
- Experience in a leadership or high-level supervisory position in a library acquisitions or electronic resources management unit
- Experience with electronic resources licensing and acquisitions processes
- Ability to work creatively and effectively both individually and collaboratively
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a commitment to diversity and staff development

Preferred Qualifications

- Foundational understanding of discovery services and platforms and their relationship to acquisitions, resource sharing, and/or electronic resources management
- Experience managing interlibrary loan services
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to and effectively implement changes in the work environment
- Evidence of ability to work independently and meeting deadlines
- Experience reviewing and negotiating license agreements, purchasing terms, and/or vendor services for electronic resources
- Strong customer/patron focus and a commitment to service and outreach in an academic community
- Experience with Koha ILS, CORAL ERM, OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service

Appointment Type

A/P Faculty Lecturer, regular full-time appointment

Salary Information

$72,000 minimum dependent on education and experience

Review Date

February 2, 2022

Additional Information

The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate's experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information.

The members of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech strive individually and collectively to create, sustain, and share inclusive ways of knowing in conscientious community with each other and all the people we serve in every space we shape. In keeping with our Aspirational Identity and the Virginia Tech Principles of Community, the University Libraries commits to build and maintain enduring climates of mutual care, respect, and responsibility.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Cathy Pillow at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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