Licensed Content Development Coordinator, UC Office of the President, Oakland, CA

Licensed Content Development Coordinator (4116)
University of California Office of the President
Requisition Number: 20190456
Appointment Type: Staff – Career
Personnel Program: PSS-Uncovered
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Academic Affairs: Academic Planning, Programs, and Coordination – California Digital Library
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.

Position Summary:

The California Digital Library has two outstanding opportunities for dynamic, highly-motivated professionals to join our systemwide licensed collections team. This is a transformative time at CDL and the University of California, with an opportunity to truly have an impact in a dynamic and rapidly-changing environment. Come join us and make a difference!

At the California Digital Library (CDL), we believe passionately that the library, in all its forms, is critically important to the vital work of students, scholars and the public. As a University of California systemwide library, CDL provides services to and on behalf of the UC system as a partner and collaborator to the UC campus libraries. As a globally-connected digital library, CDL occupies a unique position between the local UC campuses and the global digital library infrastructure. The user base for CDL services and programs includes UC faculty, students and library staff; the patrons of the consortia in which the UC Libraries participate; and the many people worldwide who benefit from UC’s open access offerings.

As a member of the Licensed Content Group within the CDL’s Collection Development and Management Program, the Licensed Content Development Coordinator communicates with UC campus librarians and collection development officers to identify their information needs, negotiates with content vendors, drafts UC systemwide subscription/purchase proposals, supports senior-level discussions, provides outreach events and workshops related to CDL collection development activities, and informs UC librarians on CDL-licensed resources totaling nearly $50M annually. The position reports to, and receives direction from, the Assistant Director for Systemwide Licensing.

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Coordinate, organize, and participate in discussions with key advisory groups. Work with UC campus librarians to determine areas of UC systemwide interest, establish priorities for digital content acquisition, and resolve problems.

Collaborate internally and externally, deliver information about completed agreements to the UC community via CDL newsletters and other means, and answer questions. Prepare reports for UC campuses, summarize negotiation outcomes, and update relevant websites.

Promote understanding of UC license agreements, pricing and cost share models, licensed resources, and CDL activities effectively through a variety of programs.

Establish and maintain positive and effective relationships with campus library staff and collection development officers. Recruit Tier 2 champions, i.e., campus librarians who manage multi-campus renewals licensed by campuses, as needed.

Provide support at committees such as the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) on Shared Collections and Shared Content Leadership Group (SCLG) by updating committee members on negotiation status, taking notes, drafting proposals, and managing voting processes.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Minimum three years of experience working with electronic resources in academic libraries, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Strong negotiation skills. Minimum three years of experience negotiating complex subscription/purchase agreements for a variety of digital content, e.g. e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.

Demonstrated experience with content sourcing and licensing; familiarity with the pros and cons of various licensing models.

Demonstrated experience in engaging with library staff and/or users in higher education institutions. Experience of running events and workshops.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to build consensus.

Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize work, and meet deadlines.

Knowledge of current developments in the areas of digital content, including OA publishing.

Strong written communications skills to draft clear, accurate and concise reports. Strong oral communication skills to effectively convey and explain information.

Ability to work collaboratively and independently. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and flexibility.

Advanced level of proficiency with MS Excel and MS Word.

Ability to travel occasionally, engage professionally, and attend meetings and conferences as appropriate.

Advanced degree in library and information science, or a related discipline.

Experience working with electronic resources in a collection development capacity and familiarity with academic library acquisitions operations.

Experience negotiating open access (OA) offsetting deals.

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About us

The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the corporate headquarters to the ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Labs and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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