Employment at the UConn Library

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

For information on employment opportunities at the UConn Library please contact Ellen Silbermann or  Khara Leon.


Professional Employment Opportunities

Job ID: 2020041
Title:   Research Services Coordinator
Rank:  University Library Assistant I (UCP 5)
Area:   Archives & Special Collections

The UConn Library seeks a public service oriented professional to provide research assistance for a vibrant and diverse academic community.  The successful candidate will connect users to the materials and resources of the UConn Library’s archives and special collections and provide coordination and supervision for the John P. McDonald Reading Room located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Along with all UConn Library personnel, the Research Services Coordinator is responsible for making a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University. 

Under the direction of the Head of Archives & Special Collections, the Research Services Coordinator facilitates research services at the UConn Library’s John P. McDonald Reading Room. This position assists users with in-person and virtual reference and general information requests; supervises the reading room; locates and retrieves rare books, archives, and manuscript materials for researcher use; provides excellent customer service; and ensures University, UConn Library, and user standards and ethics are maintained. This position works closely with Archives and Special Collections staff to identify and implement policies, procedures, and workflows which create a better experience for patrons, and manages and sets priorities for a team of student workers. The Research Services Coordinator is responsible for collecting, aggregating, and reporting statistics relating to Archives & Special Collections operations and events; and conducting special projects to support the goals, priorities, and mission of the Archives & Special Collections Unit and the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University. The Research Services Coordinator is a responsible for being a positive contributor to the UConn Library’s culture, founded on the values of kindness and trust, curiosity and inquiry, equity and inclusion, and having fun.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as the initial point of contact for research and information requests, assisting users through in-person visits, telephone, email, and other virtual reference services.
  2. Supervises a team of student workers, including hiring, training, and setting and managing priorities.
  3. Oversees reference services in the reading room, providing excellent customer service and locating and retrieving materials for researcher use.
  4. Works with Archives and Special Collections staff to identify and implement policies, procedures, and workflows which create a better user experience for patrons.
  5. Performs work related to collections maintenance, including shelving, sorting, shelf reading, and retrieval of material; assists Archives & Special Collections staff in carrying out collection projects as necessary.
  6. Identifies, collects, and reports statistics relating to Archives & Special Collections operations, programs, and events.
  7. Conducts special projects to support the goals, priorities, and mission of Archives & Special Collections and the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University.

Shared Expectations for Student Supervisors

  1. Hires, schedules, trains, and supervises student employees.
  2. Determines work assignments and provides feedback to each student employee.
  3. Approves student timecards and resolves time reporting and/or student payroll issues in a timely manner.
  4. Ensures student payroll expenditures remain within approved budget.
  5. Maintains current student employee personnel records.
  6. Adheres to the policies and procedures as outlined in the UConn Library Student Employee Handbook and the UConn Student Employment Guide.

Shared Expectations for All Staff

  1. Participates in planning and actively contributes to Area and Unit priorities, initiatives, and/or operations through collaboration and cooperation.
  2. Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Maintains currency and open communication in ongoing trends and developments related to position responsibilities.
  4. Works effectively in current office applications, software, and communication tools as set by the UConn Library and University of Connecticut.
  5. Exhibits appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse working environment, inclusive of social, economic, cultural, ideological, gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
  6. Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and one year of related experience in an academic or high-volume library or comparable setting.
  2. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to maintaining quality customer service.
  3. Demonstrated collaboration and problem solving skills with the ability to work independently.
  4. Experience working with archival management programs, digital repository software, and/or an enterprise level integrated library system.
  5. Demonstrated general computer skills, including a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse community.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience working with rare or fragile collections and materials.
  2. Experience working with an active research community of researchers, including faculty, staff and students in a higher education setting.
  3. Demonstrated familiarity with archival processes, procedures, and resources.
  4. Working knowledge of a second, non-English language.

Appointment Terms
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top public research universities.

UConn’s faculty and staff are a critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. 

This is a full-time position based in Storrs. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience. 

To Apply
Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions. (reference search #2020041) and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to Ellen Silbermann at ellen.silbermann@uconn.edu. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by August 31, 2019. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2020041)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on August 31, 2019.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


Job ID: 2019617
Title:   Electronic Resources Librarian
Rank:  University Librarian I or II (UCP 5 or 7)
Area:   Collections & Discovery

The Electronic Resources Librarian coordinates the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources. Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions & Discovery, the Electronic Resources Librarian works collaboratively to develop and communicate best practices and procedures for the acquisition and management of the UConn Library’s electronic resources.  This position will require innovation, creativity and a willingness to problem solve. Along with all UConn Library personnel, the Electronic Resources Librarian will make a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University.

The Electronic Resources Librarian engages in continuous learning and is professionally engaged at the state, regional, or national levels.  As an active member of the Collections & Discovery area’s Acquisitions & Discovery unit, the Electronic Resources Librarian contributes to the advancement of the UConn Library through collaboration with colleagues and engagement with Library-wide initiatives, including serving on Library and University committees. The incumbent will be a positive contributor to the Library, founded on the UConn Library values of kindness and trust, curiosity and inquiry, equity and inclusion, and having fun.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees all workflows related to managing the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources, including licensing, acquisitions, access, administration, support, and evaluation.
  2. Works with vendors to develop and maintain effective business relationships.
  3. Participates in the review of contracts and negotiation of favorable pricing and licensing terms for electronic resources, including e-journal titles and packages.
  4. Maintains an understanding of State of Connecticut and University of Connecticut procurement requirements (e.g., ethics affidavits) and ensures compliance.
  5. Coordinates license agreement processing and invoice payments. Tracks electronic resource expenditures and monitors budget.
  6. Notifies vendors of renewal and cancellation decisions and ensures timely communications with appropriate user communities on new or cancelled resources.
  7. Establishes access to new electronic resources, monitors platform changes, and works collaboratively to investigate, resolve and communicate access issues.
  8. Updates and maintains remote access and authentication products, such as EZproxy.
  9. Tracks and manages complex changes in the UConn Library’s e-resources collections.
  10. Informs the strategic allocation of funds by leveraging assessment tools to evaluate current resources and identify areas of user need, including overseeing the collection and analysis of electronic resources.

Minimum Qualifications for Appointment at University Librarian I (UCP 5):

  1. Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program (or international equivalent).
  2. Work experience in a library and/or library consortia setting.
  3. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, interact collaboratively, and build and maintain successful partnerships.
  4. Familiarity with current electronic management systems and workflows, technologies, and integrated library systems.
  5. Knowledge of current licensing and renewal issues for academic or research libraries.
  6. Ability to analyze and evaluate data in order to produce reports and recommendations for decision-making purposes.
  7. Demonstrated leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Appointment at University Librarian II (UCP 7):

  1. Minimum of three years’ experience in an academic library or comparable setting.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of current licensing and renewal issues for academic or research libraries and a user-centered approach to e-resource collection development and acquisitions.
  3. Demonstrated experience managing a project or budget for a department, project, team, or committee.
  4. Evidence of sustained participation in library-related professional development activities at a local level or higher.

Preferred Qualifications for Both Appointments:

  1. Recent experience working and negotiating with commercial and academic vendors including pricing, licensing, and contract negotiations for all e-resource types.
  2. Experience with Ex Libris Alma and/or electronic resource management systems.
  3. Familiarity with current e-resource standards and protocols (e.g., KBART, COUNTER, and SERU).
  4. Demonstrated awareness of current national trends and developments in shared and consortia collection development and management.
  5. Experience coordinating projects with demonstrated project management skills.

Appointment Terms
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top public research universities.

UConn’s faculty and staff are a critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. 

This is a full-time position based in Storrs, Connecticut. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary and rank are dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience.

To Apply
Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions, (Reference search #2019617) and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to ellen.silbermann@uconn.edu. To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by September 1, 2019. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019617)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 1, 2019.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .



Temporary Employment Opportunities

Job ID: HR20-10
Title: Access Services Assistant
Rank: Temporary University Specialist
Area: Academic Engagement

Under the supervision of the Head of Access Services, the Access Services Assistant is responsible for staffing the main Access Services Information Desk (iDesk) at the Homer Babbidge Library on UConn’s Storrs campus. This position is responsible for iDesk coverage and proving exceptional customer and public service to the patrons of the UConn Library. Along with all UConn Library personnel, the Access Services Assistant will make a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University. This position has a schedule of Sunday – Thursday, 11:00am – 7:00pm.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Staffs the main Access Services iDesk, providing direct public services to a variety of University and non-University affiliated patrons. Ensures consistent delivery of the highest level of customer service. Maintains a current knowledge of Library and University policies and procedures affecting public service operations.
  2. Leads all aspects of student staffing and employment for the iDesk. Interviews, hires, schedules, trains, and supervises student employees, determining work assignments and providing evaluative feedback. Approves student timecards and resolves time reporting and/or student payroll issues in a timely manner. Manages student employment budget within approved allocation. Adheres to the policies and procedures as outlined in the UConn Library Student Employee Handbook and UConn Student Employment Guide.
  3. Assists patrons in locating/renewing materials in the Homer Babbidge Library and in other UConn Library locations. Assists users in interpreting item and patron record information and in requesting items. Investigates questions regarding fines and fees, consulting with the Head of Access Services as needed.
  4. Conducts inventories and assessments in support of Access Services and the Library. Maintains active observation of how current service practices and procedures impact Library patrons. Provides recommendations to improve the overall patron experience at the iDesk.
  5. Searches Library collections for missing and reported returned items. Reconciles the statuses of found items in the library management system as appropriate for database cleanup and accuracy purposes. Consults the Head of Access Services regarding any new or difficult issues for the appropriate resolution.
  6. Completes special projects as assigned by the Head of Access Services.

Shared Expectations for All Staff

  1. Participates in planning and actively contributes to Area and Unit priorities, initiatives, and operations through collaboration and cooperation.
  2. Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Maintains currency and open communication in ongoing trends and developments related to position responsibilities.
  4. Works effectively in current office applications, software, and communication tools as set by the UConn Library and University of Connecticut.
  5. Exhibits appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse working environment, inclusive of social, economic, cultural, ideological, gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
  6. Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills; and the ability to effectively work with all members of the University community.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to providing exceptional customer service.
  4. Ability to make a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University.
  5. Ability to organize information and to process details efficiently and accurately.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Working knowledge and previous experience with library management systems.
  2. Previous experience supervising students in an academic or related setting.
  3. Previous work experience in access services within an academic research library.
  4. Ability to interpret bibliographic citations and records.

APPOINTMENT TERMS
This is a six-month temporary position based in Storrs with a work schedule of Sunday – Thursday, 11:00am – 7:00pm. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

TO APPLY
To apply, you must email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Ellen Silbermann at ellen.silbermann@uconn.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.



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