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Readers' Advisory Librarian

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Date: Apr 17, 2018

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27713

Company: EBSCO Industries Inc

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.


Readers’ Advisory Librarian
The Readers’ Advisory Librarian is responsible for creating content that supports trends in readers’ advisory. Our audiences are adult, teen, and younger readers, the parents of young readers, and the public librarians and school media specialists that support these readers. Job responsibilities may include creating editorial content for the following: NextReads newsletters, NoveList databases and associated channels, Book Squad newsletters, and recommendations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan, create or coordinate, process, and deliver customized content for librarians and readers who use NoveList products via multiple channels.
  • Communicate with customers in order to deepen their engagement with NoveList products.
  • Monitor trade journals, blogs, and other relevant media in order to:
    • Identify trends in popular fiction and nonfiction
    • Identify potential books for recommendations work or NextReads content
    • Collaborate with editorial team to plan and create content based on key trends for editorial content or Book Squad emails.
  • If working with contributors, coordinate and supervise their work and, as appropriate, recruit new contributors. As defined by the needs of interest groups, defined trends, and/or the editorial calendar, work with contributors to develop informative, useful, and engaging content relevant to NoveList’s audience.
  • If working with contributors, edit submitted content (including recommendations) for accuracy and to meet defined standards of style, tone, and grammar.
  • Plan, create, monitor, and update lists created for readers based on established procedures.
  • Select titles to be used on the NoveList interface carousels per defined standards. Write recommendations for selected titles.
  • Select fiction and nonfiction books for NextReads newsletters based on data gathered and an understanding of how, why, and what people read for pleasure.
  • Write annotations or other content for fiction and nonfiction books, utilizing readers’ advisory practices.
  • Develop author, title, and series readalikes based on independent research, existing features in NoveList, information from reviews, and an understanding of readers’ advisory principles.
  • Create theme-based content in response to popular culture, seasonal events, and reader trends in order to present interesting groups of related books.
  • Copyedit and ensure the accuracy of created content.
  • Work on and collaborate with cross-departmental teams or on special projects as assigned.
  • Perform QA and QC as needed for the NoveList products.

Role-Based Competencies:

  • Accountability and Persistence:  Holds self and other accountable for measurable high-quality, timely and cost effective results.  Expects personal and team performance to be the best.  D


    • Masters in Library Science or graduate degree with 3+ years of library or related experience.
    • Professional knowledge of readers’ advisory theory and practice.
    • Demonstrated writing and editing skills.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated familiarity with popular fiction and nonfiction genres.
    • Demonstrated familiarity with collection development practices.
    • Demonstrated understanding of appeal factors in readers’ advisory as well as knowledge of genres and the ability to make connections between books.
    • Knowledge of the needs of public and or/school libraries.
    • Ability to produce a substantial volume of engaging, high-quality, highly visible work under multiple tight deadlines.
    • Ability to work as an effective team member, demonstrating strong collaborative skills to work towards a common goal.
    • Ability to exercise independent judgment within a team environment.
    • Searching skills across a variety of resources, especially NoveList, BIR, WorldCat, and library catalogs.

EBSCO Industries, an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  EBSCO strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

EBSCO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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