Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian


Thursday, June 30, 2022


Oswego, New York

Sponsor Organization

State University of New York at Oswego


Description of Department: Penfield Library is a dynamic, innovative, and learning-centered environment serving students, faculty and staff at SUNY Oswego. The Library supports campus curriculum, teaching, and research, with a liaison program that provides information literacy instruction, specialized reference, and collection development in all curricular areas. The Library is an active participant in shared SUNY libraries-wide initiatives. The Library is in a time of change, magnified by the recent pandemic: assessing services, adjusting workflows and roles with a newer library services platform, reexamining our organizational structure, exploring new ways of engaging with faculty and new campus partnerships, and planning for future building renovations. Penfield library is committed to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We are actively working to build an inclusive environment by setting goals that directly reflect equity and inclusivity, and supporting the goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

The Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian.

Posting Date: March 1, 2022

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Click here for more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) faculty or click here for a benefits summary.

Date of Appointment: As soon as possible


The Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian will:

  • Contribute to the Library's mission of delivering a seamless experience to users for discovering library resources and services.
  • Assume a leadership role in providing access to electronic resources, including administrative tasks such as interface changes and technical issues; maintenance and generation of usage reports to support collection development decisions; and assisting with database trials.
  • Collaborate with partners -- librarians, Campus Technology Services, and the Office of Communications and Marketing -- to deliver, maintain, and continuously improve Library online resources and services, in alignment with Library and institution-wide strategic goals.
  • Manage and administer the library's discovery tool, integrated knowledge base, and OpenURL link resolver.
  • Provide direction and expertise related to establishing and maintaining access to electronic resources including coordinating work with database providers, vendors, and publishers to enable access, resolve problems, manage technical changes, and respond to end-user issues with electronic resources in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate on leading the review and evaluation of electronic resources.
  • Work in collaboration with library staff, faculty, and students to develop, implement and assess policies, practices and technologies designed to enhance library resources and services discovery and sharing.
  • Act as lead administrator for Alma, responsible for troubleshooting issues, testing new features, and new configurations of the system. Chair Penfield's Alma/Primo Committee consisting of librarians from Access Services, Resource Sharing, and Technical Services units. Develop and maintain policies, procedures, and other types of documentation pertaining to library systems and electronic resources as needed.
  • Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, providing instruction and participating in collection development in those areas.
  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and virtual reference (may include some evening shifts).
  • May supervise students or staff.
  • Engage in educational opportunities about, and work to increase awareness and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, this position will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in librarianship, scholarship, and service; commitment to undergraduate and graduate education; and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.



  • Master's degree in Library / Information Science from an ALA-accredited program by time of appointment.
  • Experience with discovery systems (esp. Ex Libris Alma / Primo), link resolvers, and proxy server configurations.
  • Experience managing electronic resource lifecycle activities.
  • Experience managing and configuring back-end functionality in an integrated library system (ex. Ex Libris Alma / Primo)
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to understand, evaluate, and implement new technologies and software.


  • Experience working with and maintaining positive relationships with vendor
  • Experience with reference service, collection development, instruction, and other common liaison activities.
  • Experience working with counter5 and SUSHI reporting
  • Basic HTML and CSS knowledge.
  • Familiarity with user research/usability methods and web analytics analysis
  • Experience with integrating APIs.
  • Experience working in an academic library setting.

At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)

Additional Information:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:
Katherine Jones, Search Chair at katherine.jones@oswego.edu

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Application Instructions:

To Apply Submit:

  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications
  2. A separate statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your professional experience or personal life or community engagement 
  3. Resume
  4. Copy of unofficial transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
  5. Contact information for three professional references, including at least one reference from a current or previous manager/supervisor
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