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CUNY Library Specialist - Serials in New York, New York

Job Title: Library Specialist - Serials

Job ID: 22709

Location: Baruch College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Baruch invites application for the Library Specialist position. Under the direction of the Head of Collection Management, the Library Specialist manages print and electronic serials collections, including databases, such as resource activations, holdings maintenance, usage and cost analysis and troubleshooting. The Newman Library subscribes to over 117,000 serial titles and over 200 databases. Collection Management is responsible for the acquisition, licensing, cataloging and processing of Library resources in all formats, including a discovery service and Aleph/ALMA. In the summer of 2020, the Library plans to move to ALMA, which will have far-ranging implications in terms of resource management.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide access to the Library‚Äôs e-resources, setting up new resources, and ensuring continuing access.

  • Verify holdings and access to subscribed content for print and electronic resources.

  • Troubleshoot access issues.

  • Create and maintain documentation regarding e-resource content, workflows, vendor technical information, etc.

  • Communicate effectively with vendors, Library and IT staff as needed to maintain access and troubleshoot problems.

  • Serve as the custodian of serials use data.

  • Maintain, update, and troubleshoot EZproxy.

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in Collection Management to ensure accurate metadata and holdings information and timely access to resources


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required; MLS degree or Master's in a related field may be substituted for a portion of the experience requirement.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • Experience with Library catalogs, e-resource management tools and software, and databases (in particular Aleph, ALMA, Primo, SFX, 360Core, and OCLC Collection Manager)

  • An understanding of the e-resource lifecycle.

  • Ability to interpret service documentation and to master new software and hardware, including statistical software and web applications.

  • Ability to communicate clearly on the phone, in person, and via email with a variety of stakeholders.

  • Ability to set priorities and to work efficiently under pressure with accuracy.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

  • Experience with OpenURL technology and proxy servers

  • Experience with e-resource management in a consortial environment.

  • Strong Excel skills.

  • Supervisory experience.


Administers one or more aspects of Library operations and coordinates Library services.

  • Assists faculty, students, and librarians in order to evaluate needs and locate appropriate materials on a timely basis

  • Participates in acquiring materials in all formats and media

  • Reviews Library usage patterns and makes recommendations regarding services; plans and conducts training and outreach activities

  • Assists in developing and monitoring Library policies and user service standards

  • May oversee a Library unit such as Circulation, Access/User Services, Reserve, Stack Maintenance, and/or Acquisitions

  • Supervises and/or trains staff, students, and others assigned to the Library

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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September 22, 2021


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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