Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian


The Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian plays a key role in achieving the WRLC’s vision and mission by advancing user discovery, enabling access to and fulfillment of the consortium’s shared collections and supporting the creation of coordinated collections. This position identifies and collaborates in implementing strategies and technologies that enhance discovery, access and fulfillment using a variety of platforms, most notably WRLC’s shared Alma and Primo VE environment. This position works in partnership with library and WRLC staff to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of discovery, fulfillment and resource sharing workflows, including for the WRLC’s Shared Collections Facility, a high-density storage facility. The Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian reports to the Director of Library and User Services.  


  1. Discovery and Access: Investigates and supports strategies and technologies to enhance resource discovery, access and fulfillment using the WRLC’s Alma and Primo VE environment. Collaborates with the 17 partner libraries to continuously improve discovery, fulfillment and resource sharing using the Primo VE platform, ILLiad, Odyssey 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. Identifies, extracts, compiles, analyzes and presents bibliographic and numerical data to support the efficient acquisition, sharing and management of physical collections both within WRLC and for a variety shared print initiatives, including Scholars Trust, the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance and the Partnership for Shared Book Collections.
  2. Shared 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. Identify, in conjunction with the CCC, opportunities for shared resources that are cost-effective and that will benefit the WRLC community. Actively engage with and build relationships with content vendors, publishers and consortia for joint purchases. Negotiate contracts on behalf of the CCC. Coordinate the implementation of jointly licensed resources, monitor activity (where required), and communicate with providers on problem resolution. Manage the budget for joint purchases. Coordinate budget commitments among the partners. Gather and analyze statistics on use of jointly purchased resources. Coordinate with appropriate library staff on managing the processing, discovery and use of acquired resources. 
  3. Shared Collections Facility: Works closely with the Director of Library and User Services and the Shared Collections Supervisor to assess, analyze and implement workflows to ensure efficient and accurate accessioning of materials into the WRLC’s high density Shared Collections Facility. Recommends changes to workflows and management of the shared collections based on best practices and standards relating to high density storage facility operations and services. Serves as an integral part of the decision-making process regarding the administration and future directions for the SCF.
  4. 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 experience selecting and managing library resources. 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, FRBR, RDA) and applications such as ILLiad.

Applications received by Friday, August 16 will receive first consideration.

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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.

Applicants must send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references to Visit for positions available and employment information. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background screening.