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Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian

Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Serials/Electronic resources librarian is responsible for all library continuation material in both print and electronic formats and for the binding of print material.  Reporting to the Associate Director for Technical Services, the librarian performs the following duties:

  • Manages the serials unit of the library, establishing and documenting all necessary policies and procedures; hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates 1 support staff member responsible for serials check-in, serials claiming, serials check-in record maintenance, data entry related to electronic resources, binding, and sorting library mail;
  • Manages all required work activities for the library’s electronic resources including setting up access to individual journals and e-books, databases, and e-resource packages; maintaining license details; gathering and reporting on usage statistics; keeping track of login information; and identifying and resolving access issues;
  • Takes lead role in outreach and promotion as it relates to the library’s electronic resources, working with other librarians to develop a wide array of activities that will increase awareness and usage among Law School faculty, students, and staff;
  • Plans, coordinates and participates in training workshops, specialized legal research sessions and specific classroom settings to assist with incorporating relevant electronic resources when applicable and appropriate, and will work directly with individual faculty members, students and staff members when personalized consultation is requested and/or deemed necessary;
  • Participates in a variety of library-wide planning activities and committees; participates in collection development activities; serves as serials liaison with other library and law school departments, library patrons, other libraries and organizations;
  • Manages access to LexisNexis and Westlaw, including setting up accounts for faculty, students, and staff; troubleshooting access issues.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in library or information science;
  • Library experience, preferably in a technical services department, at either the professional or paraprofessional level or substantial student internship experience as part of a library school program;
  • Strong service orientation; initiative and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative, collegial environment; excellent organizational skills; exceptional communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated ability to think independently, consult appropriately, and solve problems;
  • Self-motivated, superior attention to detail, strong analytical ability, creative, and agile.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of legal materials and experience in an academic law library environment;
  • Familiarity with serial or continuation material in both print and electronic format;
  • Demonstrated supervisory ability;
  • Experience with Innovative Interfaces, Inc. systems, especially the serials module;
  • Experience with Serials Solutions or equivalent service; 
  • Demonstrated ability with current information technologies, publishing formats, databases, and basic legal research sources and techniques;
  • Demonstrated ability teaching within a formal classroom setting or presenting in another type of learning environment;
  • Familiarity with MARC formats and bibliographic data; working knowledge of standard metadata formats.


Salary and Benefits:

Competitive. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer.


The position is available July 1, 2016, and we will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


To apply: Please send cover letter, resume and names of three references to:


Paul M. George

Associate Dean and Director of Biddle Law Library

Biddle Law Library

University of Pennsylvania Law School

3501 Sansom Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Tel. 215-898-7488

Fax 215-898-6619