Electronic Resources & Library Systems Librarian

The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University's The Ames Library invites applications for a 12-month faculty tenure-line position as Electronic Resources & Library Systems Librarian. This position serves as the functional expert on all of the library’s software, systems, and E-resources, which are essential to user access and discovery. The successful candidate will understand and maintain the inter-relationship of library systems with the campus network infrastructure and enterprise systems in order to provide the campus community with high-quality, seamless, access to library resources. This position may have supervisory responsibilities in the future. August 1, 2022 start date, unless otherwise negotiated.

IWU is a nationally ranked, fully accredited undergraduate university with 1650 students that provides the highest quality liberal arts education. The Ames Library offers a learning environment that is conducive to interaction, consultation, study, and reflection, and is dedicated to serving the scholarly needs of the Illinois Wesleyan University community. Opened in 2002, the library holds a diverse and strong print and digital collection and several media studios for students and faculty. Collocated within the library are three of our partners: the Writing Center, the Center for Engaged Learning, and members of Information Technology Services. Each library faculty member at The Ames Library is responsible for liaison work with assigned departments, as well as a functional area that serves both the library and campus to achieve scholarly and artistic goals. The library faculty are highly collaborative and committed to student learning in all forms. The successful candidate contributes to faculty governance through campus committee service, and engages with the academic librarianship community through professional development, consortial or library association service, and scholarship.


Electronic Resource Management

  • Manage daily operation of electronic resources, including subscription databases, open access options, individual journals, and collections
  • Manage access within PrimoVE, ILLiad, external systems, knowledgebase, link resolver, and proxy configuration
  • Maintain information in vendor administrative modules (branding, link resolver, etc.)
  • Communicate with vendors and publishers to provide seamless access to subscription and OA content 
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and resolve problems identified within internal and external systems
  • Work closely with the University Librarian, who oversees collections and budgets

Library Systems Administration

  • Manage systems integration between electronic resources and non-library systems
  • Collaborate with ITS on library system purchases and integrations with IWU systems (SSO, EZProxy, Banner, etc.)
  • Collaborate with IWU Web Developer to integrate javascript and special code for advanced library website functions (PrimoVE search box, libchat widget, etc.)
  • Maintain EZProxy 
  • Administrator of Alma and PrimoVE
  • Systems Liaison to CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois)

 Library Liaison Responsibilities

  • Instruction, collection development, and research consultations for faculty, staff, and students in academic programs and departments

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree
  • Familiarity with and/or knowledge of managing library systems and e-resources
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively with others in a rapidly changing environment
  • Enthusiasm, collegiality and excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic library work experience (pre- or concurrent with degree work accepted)
  • ExLibris Alma certification is preferred, or experience with other library systems 
  • Familiarity with usage data collection and analysis using the COUNTER 5 standard
  • Familiarity with implementing proxy software, e.g., EZProxy and/or OpenAthens
  • Familiarity with an array of publishing and access models, e.g., open access, traditional publishing, streaming media, document delivery, interlibrary loan, DDA, etc.
  • Familiarity with information literacy and instruction

Any relevant equivalence in education, experience, or training that provides the necessary skills, abilities, and knowledge will be considered. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Illinois Wesleyan University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO Employer.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at www.iwu.edu/human-resources/SexualMisconductPolicy.html.  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at https://www.iwu.edu/non-discrimination.html. For the latest IWU COVID policies and protocols see: https://www.iwu.edu/updates/coronavirus/.

To apply, please submit the following: 

  • A cover letter addressing qualifications
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A clear statement about how you as an academic librarian can, or have, addressed issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of historical marginalization in your work with students, faculty and staff and/or in your own academic preparation. Maximum, one single-spaced page.
  • Contact information for three professional references

Rank and Salary:

Salary range for this position is $53,000 to $58,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level. An overview of IWU’s benefits can be found here: https://www.iwu.edu/human-resources/current-employees.html 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until February 1, 2022. Applications and questions can be directed to: Katy Ritter (kritter@iwu.edu).