Alternative Access Specialist

Fairfax, VA
$40,000-$42,000, commensurate with education and experience
Apr 30, 2022
Jul 21, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Alternative Access SpecialistThe George Mason University, University Libraries, invites qualified candidates for an Alternative Access Specialist. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Responsibilities:As a member of the Resource Licensing & Delivery department, the Alternative Access Specialist is responsible for connecting Mason faculty and students to research and information needed to support teaching, learning, and research in the current and emerging scholarly communications landscape. The incumbent utilizes expert searching skills to locate Open Access and pay provider options, as well as resource sharing partners, to deliver needed research sources to Mason users as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. This position enables the Libraries to implement a new model for providing access to critical and necessary resources at a lower cost while supporting the University's mission. This position also supports all resource sharing activities of the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Office, as needed, to enable the unit's continuity of operations.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree or significant equivalent library experience;Experience providing ILL or resource sharing services;Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with current library systems (such as OCLC WorldShare ILL, ILLiad, Alma) and research resources (such as EBSCO, JSTOR, ProQuest);Effective interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) for providing customer service in a diverse, academic environment;Strong customer service skills;Aptitude for accurate and detail-oriented work;Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment;Physical ability to bend and reach overhead, to grasp and move library materials, to move and unpack packages and bins (up to 40 pounds), and to push loaded book trucks.Preferred Qualifications:Academic library experience (2-3 years);Experience using library resources to conduct advanced academic research;Experience scanning documents for interlibrary loan, using Bookeye scanner and BSCAN-ILL software;Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of copyright and fair use as they relate to interlibrary loan and document delivery.The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and three other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia's leading academic research libraries, Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it transforms in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library-innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. To receive full consideration, applicants must apply by May 25, 2022. Review of applications will begin on May 26, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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