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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Data Analyst for Resource Access - Philadelphia, PA

Position:         Data Analyst for Resource Access

Position #:      201268

Req #:              Drexel University Libraries #6741     

Reports to:     John Wiggins


Job Overview:           

To ensure access to the authoritative data and information resources the University requires for learning, scholarship, and research, Drexel University Libraries has responsibility for making cost effective expenditure decisions to purchase or license materials.  We seek a collaborative and user-focused professional to analyze usage and modes of access to resources. This new position deepens our commitment to effective evidence-based decision-making. 


The Data Analyst for Resource Access is a creative and analytic thinker who will monitor and analyze the continued growth and increasing impact of the Libraries' collections and services. Under the supervision of Director of Library Services & Quality Improvement, the Data Analyst for Resource Access gathers and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data; applies service quality techniques and assessment practices. This position is a key part of a matrixed team including directors, selectors, managers, acquisitions interlibrary loan, and access staff and also provides general support for other collections-related staff and projects.


Essential Functions:

The Data Analyst for Resource Access leads the coordination for evidence-based content acquisition, management, and assessment regardless of content format, acquisitions/access model, or delivery platform. The Analyst provides evidence to promote and sustain content acquisitions, access, archiving, and preservation and will design methodologies that promote best practices in making informed data and information resource decisions. Duties include:

·         Examine current acquisitions options for efficiency and effectiveness to inform strategic collection decision-making by analyzing collection-related data and effectively communicating results and recommendations;

·         Assess resource effectiveness (e.g., cost per use) to provide assessment metrics of individual resources and coordinate analysis work through a matrixed organization with directors, selectors, acquisitions, administration, and access staff;

·         Leverage Drexel's entrepreneurial culture and opportunities in concert with the Libraries' strategic leadership to examine and explore models for long-term plans and funding strategies for collections management in balance with appropriate deployment of interlibrary loan services;


·         Analyze print/tangible collections for use, retention, replacement with electronic formats, and collection assignments within library sites and/or storage collection and assist with acquisitions work by managing a relatively small (~3% of current budget) print/tangible resources program;

·         Leverage access to electronic book collections through acquisitions and discovery metadata management technology and service options in partnership with Managers of Discovery Systems and Metadata Services and Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Librarian;

·         Develop quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing effectiveness of the Libraries' resource access programs across all formats regarding how well they meet the current and anticipated needs of the Drexel community;

·         Develop models to assess the value of current and potential collaborative arrangements with other institutions and consortia and suggest strategies for the future;

·         Support Libraries' matrixed organizational environment through proactive communication, creative problem-solving, and innovative efficient service delivery and works collaboratively with others throughout the Libraries to support varied resource access-related projects and activities;

·         Maintain awareness of and contribute to profession regarding standards and best practices and participate in library-wide activities or projects through service on library and university committees and working groups;

·         Participate in Service Quality improvement projects; identify, track, and report on metrics that describe success of program.




·         Master's degree from an accredited Library & Information Science program or equivalent degree or experience;

·         2 years of relevant work experience;

·         Knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development, publishing, and acquisitions principles and processes;

·         Strong data analysis skills; proven skills to gather, assess, interpret, and present quantitative and qualitative data for varied audiences;

·         High proficiency level with Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other software applications to manage / present data;

·         Demonstrated interest bringing innovation to the workplace;

·         Sound judgment and the ability to handle responsibilities with both discretion and independence;

·         Demonstrated ability to manage multiple high profile and complex projects simultaneously;

·         Experience working in a collaborative environment, including working with people with diverse backgrounds;

·         Demonstrated success in working effectively both independently and within teams;

·         Demonstrated skill with oral and written communications;

·         Evidence of flexibility and initiative when working within a fast-paced, changing environment.



·         Experience working in libraries or for library consortia, vendors or publishers;

·         Experience with matrixed organizational environments;

·         Knowledge of scholarly communications issues, tools, and resources;

·         Evidence of active engagement in the profession;

·         Experience or coursework in statistics and visualization.


Supplemental Posting Information:

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.  Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.


Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.





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