Nimitz Library
U.S. Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

Minimum salary $54,272 (higher depending on experience or other qualifications)

Contingent upon the availability of funding, the Nimitz Library, United States Naval Academy, expects to fill an Electronic Access Librarian position. We are seeking an individual who possesses experience, energy, initiative, and enthusiasm.  The Electronic Access Librarian will report to the Head of the Electronic Resources Program, and his or her primary responsibilities will include the following:

  1. Responsible for the coordination of the maintenance of Nimitz Library's electronic resource collections.
  2. In coordination with the Web Systems Management Librarian and Serials Technician, ensures that e-serials systems (including SFX, Serials Solutions, and electronic journal lists) are accurate and up-to-date.  
  3. Serves as the resident authority on existing and emerging metadata schemes (e.g., Dublin Core, EAD) and computer mark-up language (e.g., XML) that are used for the description and interoperability of electronic resources in the field of academic and research librarianship.
  4. Performs original descriptive and subject cataloging of serials using standard metadata schemes.  Oversees the updating of serial records to assure inter- operability of systems.
  5. Provides training to Nimitz Library staff in the use of electronic source management tools such as vendor searching interfaces, SFX and Serials Solutions. 
  6. Maintains documentation on electronic resources, including license agreements and tracks details such as number of simultaneous users, administrative passwords, and other details associated with electronic subscriptions.
  7. Coordinates the gathering of data on electronic resource usage; assists the Head of the Electronic Resources Program in monitoring and evaluating trends.
  8. Participates in department and Library-wide committees and task forces as appropriate.

The Naval Academy is the Navy’s undergraduate college, with about 4,300 students, approximately 570 civilian and military faculty, and 18 major fields of study in three academic divisions (seven in Engineering, seven in Math & Science, and four in Humanities/Social Sciences).  The Academy has produced seven Rhodes Scholars in the past two years alone, more than any other college or university in the United States.

The Nimitz Library has a user-oriented staff of 40 FTE positions (including 18 professional librarians) and some 587,000 volumes of books and bound periodicals, plus government documents, microforms, extensive holdings in Special Collections and Archives, and a growing array of electronic resources.  For additional information about the Library, see

Located in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland and "the sailing capital of America", the Naval Academy is 30 miles from both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, in the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Area.

Minimum salary is $54,272 (First step of GS-11 pay grade) or higher depending upon experience and other qualifications.


--At least one year of professional library experience.

--In-depth knowledge of and experience with electronic serials systems such as SFX, Serials Solutions, and electronic journal lists.

--In-depth knowledge of and experience with OpenURL systems that are relevant to the management, maintenance, interoperability and data-exchange of electronic content systems (e.g. OpenURL, z39.50, SRW/SRU).

--In-depth knowledge and experience with using metadata schemas such as AACR2 for serial records, CONSER, Dublin Core, EAD (Encoded Archival Description), XML (Extended Mark-up Language), TEI (Text Encoding Initiative), etc.

--Familiarity with maintaining electronic resource collections including customizing vendor interfaces in college or university libraries (baccalaureate institutions or above), or in other research libraries.

--Familiarity with descriptive and subject cataloging of serials using standard metadata schemes.

--Familiarity with a range of academic library operations, terminology and standards, including how electronic collections are used in an academic setting.

--Ability to work in a modern IT work environment, using word processing, spreadsheet, email and presentation software. 


--Experience providing training for staff in the use of electronic source management tools.

--Ability to communicate effectively in writing with students, faculty, library staff and Naval Academy administration. 


Closing date: May 25, 2006. Questions about the position, about the Nimitz Library, or about navigating the application process should be addressed to:

Lawrence E. Clemens
Head, Electronic Resources Program
Nimitz Library -- U.S. Naval Academy

Email: [log in to unmask] or phone: (410) 293-6926

USNA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.