Library Collections Analyst

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Library

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

This position conducts ongoing assessment and review of library resources. They gather, analyze, and prepare library collection data to inform library administrative decision-making related to licensed, owned, and open access electronic and print content in the Albertsons Library’s collections. This position applies advanced technical knowledge to access and harvest metadata stored in multiple vendor and library systems, interprets and synthesizes findings into executive summaries, full reports, and visualizations, to be used by Library Administration, the Head of Acquisitions and Collections, and other library groups in making collection development and budgetary decisions. 

Department Overview:

Albertsons Library is the vibrant, nurturing hub of Boise State. This is an inclusive space where people and diverse ideas flourish through research and creative activities. The Library provides high quality, relevant services to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Resources are available in person, over the phone and/or online. This includes databases, journals, books, interlibrary loan, electronics, a makerlab, and our Special Collections and Archives. We also offer rooms for studying, a family study room for students with children, and spaces for exhibits and events.

Essential Functions:

Conduct ongoing assessment and review of library resources in electronic format. 

In partnership with Acquisitions & Collections managers, develop and maintain an assessment schedule to ensure systematic and rigorous evaluation of licensed, owned, and open access electronic resources in the collections of Albertsons Library. 

Develop and present proposals to the Head of Acquisitions and Collections on assessment criteria and reporting structures for the various categories of electronic resources. Document and implement criteria and structures.

Carry out or lead projects and daily workflow to collect, compile, organize, and analyze metadata on electronic resources in the library’s collections, from a variety of industry, bibliographic, and financial sources. 

Produce executive summaries and detailed reports, and prepare presentations for Library Administration, the Head of Acquisitions and Collections, and other stakeholders on value and return on investment of these resources to support Collection Development initiatives. Analyze collections data to improve understanding of usage, evaluate return on investment, and support decision making around selection and renewals.

Examples of sources for obtaining data, types of metadata collected or compiled, and methods of applying data.

  • Research pricing models, inflation trends, and journal impact factors in industry sources.
    • Library Materials Price Index
    • EBSCO Annual Serials Price Projects Report
    • Vendor back-end systems: YBP GOBI3, EBSCOnet
    • Copyright Clearance Center
    • Journal Citation Reports. 
  • Project anticipated costs for ejournals, ebooks, full-text and A&I databases, and streaming videos.
    • Voyager Acquisitions financial data
    • 360 Services Cost Detail records and reports
    • Publisher prices lists.
  • Apply information on scope of coverage, perpetual access entitlements, license restrictions, alternative access options.
    • Negotiated library materials license agreements
    • Voyager Acquisitions and Cataloging holdings records
    • 360 Services Electronic Resource Manager
    • ILLIAD Interlibrary Loan management system
  • Obtain peer institution holdings information
    • OCLC Connexion client
    • Worldcat Discovery
  • Integrate overlap analyses, comparing coverage and access to eresource content in aggregated databases, vendor proprietary ejournal packages, and database collections using 360 Services Electronic Resource Manager.
  • Consolidate electronic resource usage data collected by colleagues in Acquisitions and Collections
    • Locally collected usage data on databases, ebooks, streaming media
    • Collected COUNTER compliant usage data
  • Calculate cost per use, and other factors to suggest conclusions for administrative consideration.

Maintain data files as supporting documentation for reporting.

Serve as an Acquisitions and Collections unit lead in coordinating collection assessment and analysis.

Make decisions related to project management-developing comprehensive project plans, setting timelines for assessment projects, ensuring follow-through on projects, and developing reporting mechanisms.

In coordination of library assessment efforts, work on complex issues where analysis of resource data requires in-depth evaluation of variable factors.

Exercise judgment in selecting method, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results consistent with broadly defined policies and practices.

Conduct ongoing assessment and review of library resources in print/physical format. 

  • Integrate the usage of print and physical resources into the analysis of electronic resources.
  • Provide data to inform liaison collection development and deselection projects.

Serve on the Library Assessment committee

  • Represent Acquisitions and Collections in the planning of library assessment efforts.
  • Coordinate the use of collection data in assessment.
  • Review how well the collections serve the needs of diverse campus communities and constituencies.

Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the interoperability of library management systems. Experience using a variety of library management systems to perform library collection management and assessment functions. Examples: An Integrated Library System such as ExLibris Voyager, the OCLC Bibliographic Utility, ProQuest /ExLibris 360 Services Electronic Resource Management System, and Atlas Systems’ ILLIAD Interlibrary Loan resource sharing system.
  • Experience managing access to electronic library resources, such as databases, ejournals and ebooks. Knowledge of the variations and characteristics of these resources, and methods to enhance discovery and provide access to resources.
  • Knowledge of MS Office and Google software. Experience working independently to create spreadsheets, run database queries and write reports, and experience working in a networked Windows environment.
  • Knowledge of industry standards for electronic resource usage statistics and local practices for collection of statistics.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and emerging systems, tools, and industry trends used to manage bibliographic and other data for resource management, access, and assessment.
Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years relevant experience or equivalent professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency with MS Office and Windows software.
Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communications skills.
Demonstrated understanding of assessment techniques/methodologies and principles.
Ability to read, understand, analyze, interpret and manipulate data in a variety of formats.
Salary and Benefits:

Annual salary $50,502.40 ($24.28 hourly). Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Cover letter, resume and three professional references.



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