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Job Posting - COPPUL Licensing Coordinator

Job Posting - COPPUL Licensing Coordinator

The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) is seeking a Licensing Coordinator.  This is a half-time, permanent position, and may be filled as a secondment opportunity.

Reporting to the Executive Director, COPPUL, the Licensing Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the collaborative product purchase activities of the consortium.  This will involve leading all phases of licensing activity from inception through payment. The Coordinator will work with the Executive Director, contacts at the COPPUL member libraries, and the COPPUL Collections Committee to establish, maintain, and improve on best practices in acquiring and managing electronic scholarly resources.

Consortial licensing is well-established element of COPPUL operations yet it exists in a time of tight library budgets, a low Canadian dollar, and changing user needs and practices.  Accordingly, COPPUL requires an experienced, forward-thinking Licensing Coordinator to oversee this area but also to help re-align the COPPUL licensing program for the 21st century.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the operation of COPPUL’s licensing program.
  • Manage concurrent product renewals and offers.
  • Regularly liaise with collections contacts at COPPUL member libraries.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with publishers and vendors and be able to negotiate with them to meet COPPUL’s requirements.
  • Work closely with other consortia on licensing, both within Canada and internationally, particularly Consortia Canada offers.
  • Act as a resource for current and emerging issues and trends in scholarly resource management.
  • Act as COPPUL’s primary liaison with the COPPUL Collections Committee.
  • With other COPPUL staff, work to achieve the goals of the COPPUL strategic directions.
  • Other duties as required.

Required Qualifications and Expertise

  • MLIS or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with acquisitions processes in academic libraries.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the academic publishing world
  • Demonstrated familiarity with license document negotiation is a definite asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on projects from specification to launch in a timely manner; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; and work with all levels of member library staff who possess a wide variety of expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in small teams.
  • Well organized with strong attention to detail.

Please send a letter of application, a CV, and a list of three references to Andrew Waller, COPPUL Executive Director, at execdir@coppul.ca, by Monday, February 22, 2016.