Electronic Resources Coordinator

Website Concordia University

Position Title: Electronic Resources Coordinator

Bargaining Unit: CUFA

Status: Limited Term Appointment

Date posted: September 18, 2023

Application deadline: October 10, 2023, 9:00am (EST)

Position Description

The Electronic Resources Coordinator is a member of the Library’s professional team, reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Collection Services. The incumbent coordinates library-wide collection development and management of electronic resources, including acquisition, access, assessment, and record maintenance.

The Electronic Resources Coordinator represents the Library in finalizing consortial agreements for electronic resources, and in negotiations with vendors and publishers on pricing and other licensing issues.

This is a one-year full-time limited term appointment as Electronic Resources Coordinator.

Librarians are members of the Concordia University Faculty Association (CUFA).


  • Coordinates trials, purchases, and renewals for electronic resources; contacts vendors and resolves issues of licensing, pricing, and access.
  • Coordinates consortial purchases, renewals and trials of electronic resources, representing the Library as required at the Partenariat des bibliothèques universitaires du Québec (PBUQ), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), and other consortia.
  • Reviews license agreements and compliance issues; maintains license files.
  • Works with other Collection Services librarians, staff and Systems to ensure timely acquisition and access to electronic resources, and the maintenance of up-to-date records for electronic resources in library systems.
  • Develops methods for the selection and evaluation of electronic products; analyzes electronic products and their usage statistics; maintains familiarity with major electronic resources acquired by the library.
  • Trains and coordinates the work of support staff, as required.
  • Participates on committees, working groups and project teams to contribute to the development of   Library and University strategic initiatives and projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A graduate degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association, or approved equivalent education and training acceptable for membership in the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Québec.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of professional experience in technical services operations, preferably in an academic or research library environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with licensing, acquisition and management of electronic resources, preferably in an academic or research library environment.
  • Experience with electronic resource management in an integrated library system or library services platform. Experience with OCLC WorldShare Management Services an asset.
  • Knowledge of academic electronic publishing, and relevant systems and technology.
  • Familiarity with current and emerging technologies and issues in access to electronic resources, including link resolvers, proxy servers and open access resources.

General Competencies

  • Strong motivation, aptitude and interest to establish student and faculty success as the centre of their professional practice.
  • Ability to plan and organize effectively and handle multiple priorities and tasks as well as projects.
  • Excellent communication skills. Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, share expertise, work in teams and negotiate solutions with diverse groups.
  • Curiosity, drive and flexibility so as to discover and try new things, in support of Library and University strategic directions.
  • Understanding of and commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Oral and written fluency in English is essential. Oral fluency in French and basic written French is essential.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for an initial limited term appointment is $64,345.00 per annum. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must supply the following in one (1) single PDF attachment:

  • a letter of interest;
  • curriculum vitae, which must include a statement of your citizenship;
  • the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.

Electronic applications should be submitted by 9:00 a.m. (EST) on October 10, 2023 to Sandra Biron, Senior Library Personnel Assistant: employment.library@concordia.ca. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews are planned for the week of October 30, 2023.

Immigration status

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Employment Equity

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio‐cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.

As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • conducting research with underrepresented and/or underserved communities
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive Measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: Anna.Barrafato@concordia.ca or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 3511.

Information about the Library

Concordia University Library provides collections and services fundamental to academic success, creation, the advancement of knowledge, and lifelong learning. With a team of 120 librarians, professionals, and support staff who put student and faculty success at the centre of their practice, the Library collaborates to achieve the goals outlined in our strategic plan and in the University’s strategic framework and directions.

Information about Concordia

Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact.

Concordia’s two campuses are located in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of local and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.

Researchers at Concordia are leading investigations into some of the world’s most critical issues, such as health, Indigenous futures, sustainability and cities — more important today than ever. Our priority is to mobilize cross-sections of experts to translate novel scholarship into real-world applications.

With 118 research chairs, 24 research centres and institutes, and research income of more than $56 million annually, Concordia is fast advancing on its strategic direction to Double Our Research. Our nine far-looking directions demonstrate the university’s commitment to being agile and innovative and ensuring student success. Our 6,600 faculty and staff and 50,800 students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, technology and pedagogical support, and compelling program offerings in our four faculties, library, School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education. These modern venues, such as the Applied Science Hub and modular Learning Square, allow us to foster multidisciplinary collaboration.

“Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university.” — Concordia President Graham Carr.

Information about Montreal

Montreal, our home, is exceptional. It is a truly unique city — safe, clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. With a population of 1.7 million, it is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.

The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.

Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals. It was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.

The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming and film.

To apply for this job email your details to employment.library@concordia.ca.