I think I may finally have settled on a way to explain my job, at least to geeky folk.
Have you ever gone looking for a particular movie to watch or download? Is it on Netflix? How about Hulu? Or is it one of the ones Amazon Prime just added? OK, can I rent it or buy it? iTunes? Amazon? Vudu? Online video is a complicated mess of relationships and things which are all over the place or nowhere at all for no apparent reason.
Scholarly publishing is like that, only much, much more elaborate. My job as an academic librarian is to help students and faculty get oriented and to find what they need to solve their problems.