The NCSU Libraries has a well-earned reputation for creating adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The D. H. Hill Library combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons and Technology Sandbox. The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, is an iconic building, a place where people gather to explore new ways to research, learn, experiment, and collaborate. Designed as a working incubator for educational technology, with dynamic video walls, computing and visualization spaces, gaming and media labs, and group collaboration rooms, the Hunt Library provides focused services for the Colleges of Engineering and Textiles, while serving as a second “main library” for the NC State community. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for the following position.

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of GOKb Editor. This position provides a unique opportunity to participate in a high-profile collaborative project to develop a freely-available, community-managed data repository of key publication information about electronic resources. In partnership with Kuali OLE member libraries and Jisc, the GOKb editor will be responsible for GOKb’s data quality and workflows, and be point person for community contacts about GOKb, including outreach and training. Based at the NCSU Libraries, the GOKb editor will be located in the Acquisitions and Discovery department, and will be one of a cohort of four electronic resources librarians.


The GOKb Editor:

  • Oversees collection, ingest, and normalization of GOKb data and serves as ultimate authority in decisions related to GOKb data and data quality
  • Designs workflows, distributes and coordinates work assignments, and communicates priorities to GOKb data contributors
  • Recommends and communicates data management practices and policies to the GOKb data contributors
  • Represents the GOKb data community to project managers of GOKb, Kuali OLE, and Knowledgebase Plus (Jisc)
  • Develops and offers training on use of GOKb and related tools
  • Promotes GOKb to diverse audiences through contributions to professional meetings and publications
  • Some travel required
  • Reports to the Associate Head, Acquisitions & Discovery

Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science
  • Two to three years’ experience with serials and electronic resources management data and tools
  • Knowledge of trends and practices in electronic resources metadata
  • Experience with relationship management and communication across diverse groups, including librarians, publishers, and vendors
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work creatively and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with workflow analysis
  • Data analysis experience

The Libraries, the University, and the Area

The NCSU Libraries and its staff have won numerous awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and six Movers and Shakers awards. The library system currently consists of the D. H. Hill Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of 260+ FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.5 million volumes in its collection, acquires more than 66,000 print and electronic serials, and has a total annual budget of over $27 million, with approximately $10 million allocated to collections. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents.

The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources exceeding 17 million volumes and collections budgets totaling more than $30 million.

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities in science and technology, with strong programs in the humanities and social sciences, NC State offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students and offers doctoral degrees in 61 fields of study. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents. NC State is a national leader in networking technologies and a charter member of the North Carolina Networking Initiative (NCNI), an Internet2 initiative with the most advanced operational networking system infrastructure in the nation.

North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. One of the nation's premier concentrations of academic, corporate, and public research, the area combines moderate year-round temperatures, rolling hills, championship college athletics, and a rich diversity of cultural events. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Businessweek rated Raleigh as “the best American city” in 2011, and recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-one place for business and careers and as the number-two spot for young professionals.

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at

Application process and schedule

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable.

Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at Search in the keyword box by position number  00103599. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.