Shared Collections Librarian

SUMMARY: The Shared Collections Librarian plays a key role in achieving the Washington Research Library Consortium’s (WRLC) vision and mission by providing resource management, access and fulfillment for the consortium’s shared collections and supporting the creation of coordinated collections. This position identifies and implements strategies and technologies that enhance discovery, access and fulfillment for shared print collections using a variety of platforms, most notably WRLC’s shared Alma and Primo VE environment. The Shared Collections Librarian reports to the Director of Library and User Services.



  1. Access and Resource Sharing: Investigates and supports strategies and technologies to enhance resource access and fulfillment using the WRLC’s Alma environment. Collaborates with the 17 partner libraries to continuously improve fulfillment and resource sharing using the Primo VE platform, ILLiad, automated fulfillment and other emerging resource sharing tools. Collaborates with library partners and the WRLC programmers to analyze workflows, develop requirements and participate in the design of custom applications and APIs. Analyzes and implements technical workflows to ensure efficient and accurate discovery and fulfillment of materials in the WRLC’s high density Shared Collections Facility.
  2. Coordinated Collections: Provides support to the Coordinated Collections Committee (CCC), working collaboratively with the CCC to explore, analyze, present and negotiate joint acquisition of print and electronic resources. Identifies, in conjunction with the CCC, opportunities for shared resources that are cost-effective and that will benefit the WRLC community. Actively engages with and builds relationships with content vendors, publishers and consortia for joint purchases. Negotiates contracts that meet WRLC criteria for licensing and cost-effectiveness. Coordinates the implementation of jointly licensed resources, monitors activity (where required), and communicates with providers on problem resolution. Oversees and manages the budget for joint purchases. Coordinates budget commitments among the partners. Requests data analytics to examine and report statistics on use of jointly purchased resources. Coordinates with appropriate library staff on managing the processing, discovery and use of acquired resources.
  3. Shared Print Collections : Works closely with the Director of Library and User Services to identify, extract, compile, analyze and present bibliographic and numerical data to support the efficient sharing and management of physical collections both within the WRLC and for a variety shared print initiatives, including Scholars Trust, the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance and the Partnership for Shared Book Collections. Serves as the liaison to the Preservation Advisory Committee to ensure that SCF operations meet our requirements for long-term preservation of physical materials in all formats.
  4. Digital Collections: Serves as the primary contact in managing the WRLC’s shared digital collections and digital preservation environments. Assists University partners with large ingest projects ensuring that the digital objects are indexed, discoverable, accessible, and contain adequate descriptive metadata. Expands reach of the WRLC collections by ensuring metadata is harvested into Primo VE environment, DPLA, and other aggregation services.
  5. Outreach: Serves on relevant committees and task forces as required. Cultivates collaborative relationships with colleagues in the WRLC organization, the partner universities and vendors. Provides constructive input for enhancements to services or revisions to policies and procedures. Serves as backup to other positions as necessary. Undertakes special projects and performs other duties as assigned. Seeks new knowledge and updates skills to enhance performance in all areas of responsibility.


Expected: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science, master’s degree in related field, or equivalent education and experience. Front-line user service experience. Demonstrated competency in librarianship with an awareness of current trends in an academic library environment, particularly using the Alma and Primo VE library services platform. The person in this position must be creative, independent and show initiative in developing and implementing new ideas.

Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to successfully manage multiple projects and priorities. Customer centered orientation essential.

Preferred: Experience with library automation in a consortial environment, particularly with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo VE. Experience with scripting languages (e.g., Python, PHP), metadata schema (MARC, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, FRBR, RDA) and applications such as ILLiad.

The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), established as a non-profit corporation in 1987, supports and enhances library and information services for nine universities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The WRLC enables the success of learning and scholarship by creating coordinated collections, creating a robust infrastructure for discovery and access, ensuring the long-term preservation of physical and digital information resources and sharing expertise.

The WRLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The WRLC offers a competitive benefits package.  Visit for additional benefit details.

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