Assistant Professor - Collections and Electronic Resources Librarian

Updated: 3 days ago
Location: Campus, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


Bowling Green State University (BGSU) invites applications for a Collections and Electronic Resources Librarian with faculty rank of Assistant Professor. The position reports to the Chair of the Department of Library Teaching & Learning (LTL) within the University Libraries (UL) and is a full time, twelve-month, tenure-track faculty appointment. The Collections and Electronic Resources Librarian will play a key role in managing the library's print and digital collections, while also actively contributing innovative ideas, making strategic decisions, and ensuring enhanced accessibility and discoverability of resources.
Bowling Green State University Libraries is a founding and active member of OhioLINK , a consortium of 117 libraries at 88 institutions plus the State Library of Ohio. The University Libraries (UL) comprises general collections (housed within the William T. Jerome Library) in social sciences, humanities, sciences and government documents; and is home to outstanding archival and special collections: the Browne Popular Culture Library , the Center for Archival Collections , the Curriculum Resource Center , and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives . Additionally, the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository, which serves BGSU and the University of Toledo, is managed by the University Libraries.
Bowling Green State University Libraries are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. In support of an open and welcoming environment, we believe that it is critical for every member of the library community to share the responsibility for equity and diversity. For more information on the UL diversity and inclusion efforts, visit
As a public university for the public good, Bowling Green State University is a comprehensive, high research university located in northwestern Ohio committed to driving economic and cultural vitality in the region and beyond. Through innovative teaching, research and creative activities, BGSU fosters a collaborative and inclusive learning community where inspired ideas, knowledge and achievements support the region, state and nation. Supporting student success and outcomes, more than 760 talented and passionate faculty members teach across all majors, with nearly 80% holding terminal degrees in their field. BGSU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs, 17 doctoral programs, 57 master’s programs and a significant number of certificate programs.
Guided by Forward , the BGSU strategic plan, the University’s research and creative activities have resulted in a significant increase in extramural funding over the past several years. Committed to meeting workforce needs, BGSU is investing in in-demand academic programs. The University recently established a School of Nursing , School of Physical Therapy , School of Engineering, School of the Built Environment and School of Aviation. As a national leader in innovative partnerships, BGSU provides comprehensive and connected opportunities for its learning community in and out of the classroom. The University established the first-of-its-kind Resort and Attraction Management (RAAM) program in collaboration with Cedar Fair. BGSU also has strategic partnerships in advanced manufacturing, aviation, forensic science and engineering fields.
For the fourth year in a row, The Wall Street Journal ranks BGSU as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest that students would choose again. BGSU also holds the Wall Street Journal distinction of being the No. 1 university in Ohio – public or private – for student experience.

Essential Functions

  • Drives the strategic enhancement of electronic resource discovery through visionary engagement, spearheading the assessment of user needs, and championing innovative projects focused on optimizing user experience.
  • Promotes electronic resources campus-wide to increase awareness and use through outreach; conducts informal training regarding electronic resources for library staff.
  • Participates in troubleshooting user access problems and communicates solutions to library users and staff.
  • Investigates and recommends policies, procedures, and best practices for collection and e-resources management. 
  • Analyzes library collections data in order to contribute to departmental and programmatic accreditation reports and collection assessment.
  • Collaborates with the Collection Development Librarian in evidence-based collection assessment processes to analyze, evaluate, and adjust library resources to align with the teaching, learning, and research mission of the university. 
  • Supports and facilitates the collection development activities of subject librarians,
  • Participates in materials budget planning and the acquisition of new resources in collaboration with the Administrator of Strategic Budgets & Acquisitions.
  • Participates in reference services, including periodic staffing of the reference desk and chat reference.
  • Develops and maintains a record of scholarship through presentation and publication.
  • Participates in departmental, library and university governance and service commitments, including representing the library in statewide consortia committees.
For more information on our expectations for librarian effectiveness, scholarly/creative activities, and service, and our promotion policies, please see the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA- accredited institution to be conferred by position start date.
  • 6 months experience in electronic resources or collection development in a library setting in a professional or graduate capacity.
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, current issues and trends in acquiring and managing physical and electronic resources in an academic or research library.

 Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience planning, organizing, and managing projects, both independently and within a team environment.
  • Experience with systems, including but not limited to, ALMA/Primo, III Sierra, Summon, 360 Link, EZ Proxy.
  • Evidence of involvement with diversity and equity work in community, organizational, or employment settings.
  • Evidence of scholarly activities.
  • Evidence of service at the local, state, or national levels.

Additional Information

Application Materials Required

  • Cover letter 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Names and contact information of three professional references 
Unofficial transcripts of highest degree earned are required for candidates invited for in-person interviews.
Finalist will be required to submit official transcripts.
BGSU policy requires finalist to authorize and pass a background check prior to receiving an offer of employment.
Application Deadline
The search committee will review applications until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by May 11, 2024.
Salary & Benefits  
Competitive and commensurate with candidate’s experience and credentials. Full benefits package available. 

Bowling Green State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer . We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421 or email [email protected] .

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