Library Specialist – Electronic Resources

May 19, 2023
Olathe, KS
Job Type


Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

SALARY: $54,857.00 - $69,668.00 Annually

The City of Olathe , Kansas, seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Electronic Resources Librarian for the Olathe Public Library . This position, reporting to a Library System Officer and a member of the Collection Services team, is an outstanding opportunity to lead a forward- focused library that embraces the community it serves.

The successful candidate will have a history of providing outstanding customer service. They will demonstrate enthusiasm for OPL's customer experience philosophy and supporting pillars to Greet, Give and Guide. The candidate should possess a spirit of curiosity, infectious enthusiasm and bring a sense of discovery to work each day.

For more details, review the full job details and requirements below.

  • Employs professional judgment in assessing the library collection and user needs to identify, evaluate, selectandmanageelectronicresources,suchasdatabases,ebooksandstreamingservicesinaccordance with the Olathe Public Library Collection DevelopmentPolicy.
  • ServesastheOPLleadontheDatabaseAdvisoryTeam,ajointcommitteewiththeJohnsonCounty Library to purchase electronic resourcescollaboratively.
  • Coordinates the content creation and maintenance for the library website and intranet. Implements time- sensitive updates to website information. Participates in the design of library web pages and the redesign of the library website when it is due forrenewal.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and design input for the library web catalog interface. Serves as the OPL representative to the catalog vendor. Assists with troubleshooting customerissues.
  • Recommend and make user experience improvements to web and related technologies for the library.
    • Communicatesnewresources,updatesandissuestostaffsotheyareequippedtoanswercustomer questions.
    • Coordinates staff training on electronic resources, including databases, ebooks and other web-based services.
    • Developsandpresentsstatisticalreportsontheuseofelectronicresourcesandthewebenvironment.
    • Troubleshoots electronic resources and assists customers and staff withaccess issues.
    • Keeps informed of new developments in information technology and can identify those that are worthy of consideration and potentialimplementation.
    • WorkscollaborativelywiththeCollectionDevelopmentTeam,includingteamcommitteesorworkgroups.
    • Participatesonorganizationalcommittees,specialproject orworkgroups;mayleadspecialprojects.
    • Contributes to the revision of the Olathe Public Library's collection developmentpolicy.
    • Participates in library staff meetings and community and professional activities related to their area of responsibility.
    • Accountable for tracking and managing a significant budget and meeting spending deadlines set by CollectionManager.
    • Participates in determining annual budget allocations for specific collectionarea.
    • With the Collection Development Manager, evaluates reconsideration requests to determine appropriate action.
    • Knowsandexplainslibraryservicestocustomersandassistslibrarycustomersinthelocationanduseof librarymaterials,equipment,andservicetechnology.Providesreader'sadvisoryservicesforcustomers.
    • Accepts responsibility as person in charge of thebuilding.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • NON-ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Attending workshops and training sessions as needed to fulfill jobduties and provides backup and support to other librarystaff.


  • Knowledge of electronic resource pricing models andlicensing.
  • Current knowledge of user-centered design principles, best practices and their application to web technologies inlibraries.
  • Fundamentalconceptsandpracticesofcollectiondevelopmentandmaintenance.
  • Principles of intellectual freedom and openaccess.
  • Popular titles and authors, trends in library service, including virtual service, the limitations, and specialized rules regarding e-books in libraries, the subjects and authors trending in the publishing industry as required in area ofexpertise.
  • Remains current on advancements and changes in the field of library science, related specifically to job duties.
  • General budgeting practices.


  • Research using websites anddatabases.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of applications, particularlyExcel.
  • Knowledgeofwebdesignandweb-relatedprogramminglanguagesispreferred.
  • Affinityfordigitaldevicessuchascomputers,laptops,tablets,smartphonesandeBookreaders usedby customers to access library services. Ability to learn such technologiesquickly.


  • Useeffectiveverbal,writtenanddiscreetcommunicationwithmanagement,coworkers,andthepublic.
  • Prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, work accurately, and maintainconfidentiality.
  • Demonstrateexcellentorganizationandplanning skillsandperformmultipletasksconcurrently.
  • Complete all work accurately and with attention todetail.
  • Successfully resolve matters ofconflict.
  • Lead and work within a team environment.

Experience and Education Guidelines: Any combinationofexperienceandeducationthatwould likely providethe requiredknowledge,skills andabilitiesis acceptable.A typicalway to obtainthe knowledge,skills andabilities wouldbe:


  • Master'sdegreeinLibrarySciencefromanAmericanLibraryAssociationaccreditedschool.
  • Minimum of three years library experience, preferably public library experience.


  • Experience with the Sirsi library informationsystem.
  • Experience with iOS and Android operating systems, including Kindle andFire OS.
  • Three years related experience in managing electronicresources.
  • Experience in collectiondevelopment.
  • Can inspire and motivate entire divisions of the organization, ability to communicate a compelling andinspired vision as well as a sense ofpurpose.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with thepublic.
  • Expertise with user experience.

Supervised by: Collection Services Manager.

Supervises: N/A.

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