University of St. Thomas
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Full-time position eligible for benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plan, vacation, and tuition waiver

University of St. Thomas

Electronic Resources Librarian

Doherty Library

The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, is seeking applicants for a full-time Electronic Resources Librarian. This is a non-tenure track faculty position. This position reports directly to the Dean of Libraries.


The Electronic Resources Librarian will be responsible for managing the electronic, paper and microform periodicals collections and to maintain access to the library's database collection. This librarian also provides reference services to our patrons, including bibliographic instruction, participates in collection development for selected academic areas, develops and maintains online user guides and tutorials, maintains the library web site and co-manages the Interlibrary Loan department. Collaborative and cooperative work ethic is required.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for innovative electronic resource management and development. Establish electronic subscriptions, register, monitor and troubleshoot subscription-related access to electronic resources (periodicals and databases).
  • Manage the integration of the Discovery platform, the link resolver and other library applications. With respect to the library's online periodical holdings, add/delete electronic periodicals and databases as needed.
  • Communicate with vendors/publishers to expedite and sustain access to electronic resources (periodicals and databases).
  • Communicate with other colleges and universities with respect to exploring the use of Open Educational Resources (OER).
  • Provide research help at the reference desk and online for the UST scholarly community; this librarian will have a pro-rated share of reference desk
  • Work collaboratively with faculty by providing library assistance to support their library and research needs.
  • Teach library instruction and information literacy classes.
  • Maintain and update the online syllabi guide.
  • Maintain accurate web content and postings on the library web page. Examples include posting library hours, library announcements, maintaining the library staff directory and other similar web page modifications.
  • In collaboration with the other reference librarians, develop library user guides and tutorials in selected subject specialties as needed.
  • Keep informed of the latest developments in online periodicals and implement improvements as
  • Act as co-supervisor (with the Technical Services Librarian) of all interlibrary loan activity. Responsible to manage the interlibrary loan system including the resolution of problems related to patrons or to the system itself;
  • keep the ILL system updated with the latest technology and protocols; plan for and implement innovations to the interlibrary loan service; assist with the daily processing of loans/borrows; process interlibrary loan activity whenever there are staff absences to insure continuous service to our academic community;
  • train and evaluate interlibrary loan
  • Participates in collection development in selected subject specialties
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Other duties and responsibilities: Provide periodical and annual database use statistics.

Supervisory responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, terminate and assess performance of any student assistants working in the Electronic Resources/periodicals department. Also responsible to supervise student assistants while at the reference desk.

Knowledge and skills required:

ALA (American Library Association) accredited MLS degree required.

No experience is required however, some experience as a reference librarian, reference desk, bibliographic instruction, and user guides is preferred.

Experience with using online systems and software programs is preferred.

Prefer experience working with a Discovery system and a serials management system for collection holdings.

Prefer experience with electronic journal subscriptions. Effective communication and organizational skills are required. Knowledge of EZ Proxy and Springshare Libguides software.

A customer service orientation is important.

Working conditions:

Flexible schedule in coordination with other reference staff. Some evening hours required. Some bending, lifting, stooping required in an office environment.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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