Electronic Resources Librarian Burnaby , BC


Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for an Electronic Resources Librarian. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections and Scholarly Communication, this full-time continuing position will provide leadership and expertise in the management, organization and access to SFU’s electronic collections. The incumbent will work collaboratively with Collection Management colleagues, the Discovery Librarian, as well as staff in Resource, Acquisition, Management and Metadata (RAMM), and with stakeholders throughout the Library, University and the Library’s consortia partners in this role.

This position will be attractive to a curious, motivated and adaptable individual with very good communication, organizational and collaborative skills with a user-centered focus.


We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University's three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, Simon Fraser University has also been consistently named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in recent years, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada's top family-friendly employers. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main, WAC Bennett Library is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is on the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is at SFU Surrey.

The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, leadership in Open Access, and excellent in-person and online user services. We serve an ethnically diverse student population, most of whom live off-campus and work part-time while attending university. SFU Library collaborates broadly with other institutions through membership in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and regional consortia. For more information, see our web site at https://www.lib.sfu.ca.

The SFU Library commits to a continuous process of transformation to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice. The Library’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion provides more information.


Provide leadership and expertise in the management and organization of SFU’s electronic resources. In collaboration with colleagues in Collection Management and the RAMM Division, coordinate workflows related to managing the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources.

  • Manage licensing of electronic resources, including reviewing licenses, ensuring approval and signatures from administrators and vendors, and overseeing maintenance of license files;
  • Oversee the management of electronic collections in Alma, the SFU Library’s Integrated Library System; this includes license information, A-Z list of databases, authentication (EZproxy), and managing the vendor-provided central index for electronic resources;
  • Provide oversight for ongoing collection of electronic resource statistics; provide collection analyses and provide statistical and other reports as required;
  • Provide support and direction for the Serials Specialist staff in their day-to-day responsibilities related to electronic resources, and for other staff as necessary;
  • Oversee the troubleshooting and resolution of access and content-related issues by communicating with end users, vendors, colleagues, and others;
  • Monitor and address issues resulting from publisher platform and content changes;
  • Investigate potential new electronic resources;
  • Collaborate with other Collection Management staff to assess renewals, and select new resources;
  • Enact the equity, diversity and inclusion commitments of the Library and University through all functions of the role;
  • Maintain current awareness of emerging trends and developments in the management of and marketplace for electronic resources;
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan;
  • Perform other duties and assist with special projects as assigned.



  • Master's degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent;
  • Minimum 2 years of related experience;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the electronic resources life cycle;
  • Demonstrated understanding of licensing issues for electronic resources suitable for an academic library environment;
  • Basic understanding of current e-resource standards and protocols (e.g., COUNTER, SUSHI and KBART);
  • Very good organizational, time management, and project management skills;
  • Very good analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both orally and written;
  • Ability to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice at the Library and SFU.


  • Experience working in an academic library setting;
  • Experience working with vendors and publishers and reviewing and processing licenses;
  • Experience working with Integrated Library and Discovery systems, such as Alma and Primo (Ex Libris).


This is a full time continuing Librarian position, beginning July 1 2020.

Librarians and Division Heads are members of the SFU Faculty Association. Terms, conditions and benefits of employment are outlined in the Collective Agreement: http://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/faculty-relations/home/CA.pdf

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. SFU Librarian salary scales can be viewed here: https://www.sfu.ca/faculty-relations/salary.html

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/Collection_Notice.html


To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter and curriculum vitae by 9 a.m. PDT on April 20 to:

Susie Smith
Library Management Office
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
Phone: 778-782-4658
Fax: 778-782-3023
Email: library@sfu.ca

Closes: 20 April, 2020

Simon Fraser University - Library
Burnaby , BC