Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a (Term) Digital Publishing Librarian. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy, and the Operations Director, Public Knowledge Project, this full-time term position will support and partner with SFU faculty, graduate students, and other researchers across the three SFU campuses and beyond. This position is based at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Burnaby campus. This position runs from May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.
We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.
Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, Simon Fraser University has also been consistently named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in recent years, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada’s top family-friendly employers. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main WAC Bennett Library is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is at the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is at SFU Surrey.
The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, leadership in Open Access, and excellent in-person and online user services. We serve an ethnically diverse student population, most of whom live off-campus and work part-time while attending university. SFU Library collaborates broadly with other institutions through membership in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and regional consortia. For more information, see our web site at https://www.lib.sfu.ca.
SFU Library’s Digital Publishing Program supports publications by SFU students, faculty, and staff using the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP) platforms, and advises authors and editors on author rights, licensing, editorial and peer review policies, persistent identifier assignment, and other aspects of publishing.
PKP is a university-based initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality, reach, and diversity of scholarly publishing. PKP’s various website platforms, including Open Journal Systems, Open Preprint Systems, and Open Monograph Press, guide users through the editorial workflow of scholarly publishing, including submission, review, editing, publishing and indexing. Thousands of people around the world are now using the software to publish independent journals on a peer-reviewed and open access basis, greatly increasing the public and global contribution of research and scholarship.
The SFU Library commits to a continuous process of transformation to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice. The Library’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion provides more information.
This position’s duties are .5 FTE within Library Digital Publishing and .5 FTE within the Public Knowledge Project.
The Digital Publishing Librarian will work closely with other Library divisions, SFU units, and with the PKP team. Duties include:
- In collaboration with partners, develop, coordinate, promote, and assess Digital Publishing in-person and online programs and services targeted to SFU faculty, staff, and students.
- Support SFU faculty, staff, and students in their publication activity by providing in-person and group training and consulting on Library Publishing’s services.
- Provide instruction and assistance to SFU faculty, staff, and students through instructional seminars, guides, and individual consultations.
- As a member of the PKP Publishing Services team, work in cooperation with other PKP|PS team members to troubleshoot technical issues and provide ongoing technical support to PKP|PS clients; help improve PKP|PS workflows, policies, data, and systems to improve internal efficiency and client service; create, update, and maintain PKP software documentation and education materials; and provide recommendations to the Development Team on software features and improvements and assist with software testing as needed.
- Represent SFU in national and international Library Digital Publishing groups and activity.
- Liaise and work with library staff and university partners on project teams and committees.
- Ensure strong communication with library staff, university, and external partners.
- Foster collaboration between SFU Library and PKP.
- Develop professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.
- Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.
- Other duties as assigned.
A Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent, is a required qualification for this position, with at least 2 years of professional experience. Additional qualifications are:
- Ability to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice at the Library, PKP, and SFU.
- Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating programs, services, and projects.
- Experience assisting students, faculty, and staff from a variety of disciplines in a research environment.
- Experience with cross-organizational Library Digital Publishing activity and initiatives.
- Experience developing and delivering instruction for individuals and groups from varied experiential and educational backgrounds.
- Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, including oral and written communication.
- Demonstrated success in consultative coordination, and in consultative decision-making.
- Demonstrated experience supporting Open Journal Systems and / or Pressbooks.
- Demonstrated experience in writing documentation and developing educational and training materials to be used by a diverse global audience.
- Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly publishing issues and trends, including authors’ rights, licensing of scholarly content, and journal editorial policies.
- Experience working respectfully and effectively in a collegial team environment, with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
- Skills in leadership, advocacy, and community building.
- Analytical and problem-solving skills.
- General understanding of shared and distinctive research methods and technical support needs of researchers in a wide range of disciplines.
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT
This is a full-time term externally-funded Librarian position, with an anticipated start date in May 2023 and ending April 30, 2024.
Librarians and Division Heads are members of the SFU Faculty Association. Terms, conditions and benefits of employment are outlined in the Collective Agreement:
https://www.sfu.ca/faculty-relations/collectiveagreement.htmlhe successful applicant will be appointed at a Librarian salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. Current salary scales are available from:
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and strongly encourages applications from qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+.
Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/Collection_Notice.html
Information about what to expect when you apply for a librarian position at SFU is available here: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/overview/employment/what-expect-librarian-position
To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter and curriculum vitae by 4:30 PM PDT on February 24, 2023 to:
Library Management Office
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
$72,843 – $89,652 Cdn
Closes: 24 February, 2023
Burnaby , BC