Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Electronic Resources/Technical Services Coordinator

Position Title: Electronic Resources/Technical Services Coordinator & Research/Instruction Librarian
Department: Staley Library
Supervisor: Library Director

Position Summary:
Share reference service and collection development responsibilities with the other librarians, and participate in a very active research instruction program. Manage the library's electronic resources and supervise technical services department. With the Library Director, the librarians collaborate in long-and short-range planning and overall management of all Staley Library services. Faculty rank (not tenure track).

Position Responsibilities:

  • Electronic Resources Management
    • Recommend, negotiate, and manage contracts and licenses for library databases and other electronic resources.
    • Coordinate the CARLI database selections each spring and fall.
    • Implement, configure, and maintain electronic resources, including, but not limited to, databases, link resolvers, federated search engines, and online serials.
    • Monitor usage and gather statistics for electronic resources.
    • Generate reports that contain both current and historical information for usage, costs, and content coverage, of electronic resources.
    • Collaborate with library faculty as to initial and ongoing configurations for electronic resources.
    • Maintain current awareness of emerging information and library technologies, keeping in mind their possible application to Staley Library services.
  • Technical Services Management:
    • Assure the library's ongoing performance of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, serials, and library technology) appropriate to Millikin University's evolving vision, mission, and directions, as well as consistent with the library's own service objectives.
    • Supervise the work of the Cataloging Associate and the Periodicals Associate. Assign work to the Acquisitions Associate/Office Manager (who reports to the University Librarian).
    • Provide assistance with complex cataloging, collection inventory projects, and collection weeding.
    • Liaison with relevant state and regional groups such as CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois).
  • Instruction and Research:
    • Each year teach a minimum of five sessions to each of at least eight 20-student sections in the first-year core curriculum, split between two semesters.
    • Collaborate with individual Millikin University faculty to provide advanced library research instruction for students in their majors and for other upper division curricula.
    • Provide one on one library research assistance to library users as needed, during scheduled times throughout the day and week, including a weekly evening shift and some weekend rotations (approx. three times/semester).
  • Library collection development and academic department liaison:
    • Work closely with several designated academic departments as the personalized contact and promoter for all library services for those departments (instruction, reference, and collection development, both physical and virtual, including for the Reference collection).
    • Create, implement and evaluate reference and instruction materials, programs and services, both physical and virtual including via the web, for the designated disciplines.
    • Share in developing and maintaining the reference collection, both physical and virtual. 
    • Share in developing and maintaining the content, overall cohesiveness and timeliness of the Staley Library web site.
  • Professional:
    • Maintain current awareness of emerging information and library technologies, keeping in mind their possible application to Staley Library services.
    • Through continuous collaboration with the Library Director and other library faculty (the other librarians), plan for and monitor all library services.
    • As a Millikin faculty member, participate in faculty governance including attending faculty meetings as well as service to select councils and committees.
    • As a member of the library profession, keep up with librarianship literature, participate in regional and/or national library associations by attending conferences and workshops, and become involved in other professional activities as appropriate.
    • Professional writing and presentations beyond own responsibilities are encouraged and noted, but not required.
    • Actively support Library colleagues, Library service goals, and University mission.


  • Masters Degree in Library Science (MLS or comparable) from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Relevant work experience in an academic library, especially in the provision of reference and library instruction using both traditional and electronic approaches.
  • Relevant work experience with electronic resources and technical services.   
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, a sense of adventure, and willingness to learn and to pitch in are musts. 
  • Effective interpersonal, collegial, verbal (including presentation and teaching) and written skills important; service commitment essential; ability to work well both independently and as part of a team; comfort with details and change.
Date of position description: November 26 , 2007.
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL