Job Details

  • Job Details: Full Time Limited Contract with Option to Extend
  • Contact: Elyssa Gould,
  • Apply By: Position open until filled. Applications received by January 8, 2024 are assured of receiving full consideration.

Job Description

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), a Research 1 institution and the flagship institution for the state, is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join the Acquisitions & Continuing Resources team. The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. UT is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

General Function

Reporting to the Head, Acquisitions & Continuing Resources, the Electronic Resources Librarian works as a member of a collaborative team where innovative thinking and creative problem solving are highly valued. This position leads the Resource Management unit within ACR which is responsible for managing the lifecycle of the Libraries’ electronic resources, including the renewing, licensing, preserving, activating, and troubleshooting of electronic resources. They will supervise, train, mentor, and evaluate 5 FTE. This position will troubleshoot and resolve access issues; manage the workflows, best practices, and renewal of electronic and subscription resources; explore new trends and developments related to electronic resources; and helps to ensure the successful maintenance of electronic resources for research and learning. This position requires a thorough understanding of and experience in all aspects of licensing, acquiring, evaluating, and supporting ongoing access to electronic resources.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Leads the Resource Management unit (currently 5 FTE) in managing the lifecycle of the Libraries’ electronic resources in the library management system (Alma), discovery system (Primo VE), and other relevant library systems.
  • Provides direction and expertise related to negotiating and renewing electronic resources
  • Coordinates the resolution of license-related access issues, working with the Resource Management team, stakeholders within the Libraries, and vendor staff to resolve the issues identified
  • Guides the Libraries in developing and maintaining awareness of new strategies, emerging technologies, standards, and technical issues relating to electronic resource management
  • Participates with license agreement interpretation and licensing workflows
  • Serves as a member of the interdepartmental collections assessment team by providing qualitative and quantitative data about electronic resources
  • Works collaboratively and effectively with various stakeholders within the Libraries, such as Digital Initiatives and Discovery and Technology Solutions, as well as the campus community in support of the Libraries’ strategic vision and overall mission
  • Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Service:
    • Engages in scholarly activity through publications and presentations
    • Participates in professional activities associated with job functions and research interests
    • Serves on library, university, and professional committees
    • Serves the library profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other information professionals


Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent degree in relevant discipline by time of appointment
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment
  • Experience working with electronic resources management
  • Familiarity with technologies used in acquisitions, assessment, and electronic resource management
  • Evidence of leadership ability and skills
  • Ability to read, negotiate, and manage license agreements
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills to establish and maintain close, productive working relationships with colleagues
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively independently and as a team member
  • Ability to engage in research, publication, and service consonant with the University’s and Libraries’ guidelines for promotion and tenure


Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience working with electronic resources management in an academic or research library setting
  • Knowledge of trends and issues with electronic resources and a commitment to keep current with changes
  • Knowledge of copyright, intellectual property, and fair use as they pertain to licensing electronic resources
  • Experience with ExLibris products, knowledge bases, link resolvers, discovery services, and/or proxy servers
  • Knowledge of electronic resources bibliographic and descriptive standards
  • Experience with Excel, Access, PowerBI, or other data analysis and visualization tools
  • Experience working with and maintaining positive relationships with vendors
  • Demonstrated record of publication and professional contribution


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier public research university. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity.  As a land-grant university and as Volunteers, serving our state and nation are key to our mission. UT enrolls approximately 33,805 students at its Knoxville campus. For more information about the people who comprise the UTK community, view resources on our Data Central website. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit and include: seeking knowledge; leading with innovation and integrity; advancing diversity and inclusion; engaging locally and globally; and embracing responsible stewardship of resources.

The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus—through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Library in the heart of campus houses the majority of the UT Libraries’ collections and many unique services. Two branch libraries offer specialized collections and services: the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library and the George F. DeVine Music Library.

The UT Libraries is a national leader in digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository, TRACE; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, HathiTrust, the Library Publishing Coalition, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other University of Tennessee System libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment. More information about how we put our principles of civility and community into action is available at

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at

Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a salary of $63,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development.

UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.

Application Procedures
A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring. In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit, via Interfolio at, a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references. Questions may be directed to Susan Pritchard, Libraries HR & Administration Manager, Review of applications will begin Monday, January 8, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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