Job Board

The LPC maintains a list of jobs that incorporate library publishing roles. To be included in this list, the position must be located administratively in a library, or report directly to a library-based supervisor. The primary function(s) of the position must directly engage in the creation, dissemination, and/or curation of scholarly, creative, and/or educational works. Administrative positions that do not directly engage in these functions may be included if they include supervisory responsibility primarily for employees who are performing these functions.

About the Job

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for a collaborative and partnership-oriented Publishing Librarian to join a team of librarians who work to advance research, open access and scholarly communication across the University of Minnesota.

We welcome both experienced librarians and those who are new to the field, with the opportunity for on-the-job training and mentorship. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse educational and work experience, and we invite you to envision the way your unique background and perspective brings value to our organization.

Committed to advancing knowledge, fostering collaboration, and supporting open access initiatives, UMN Libraries is dedicated to publishing high-quality scholarly works from the University community and beyond. The Publishing Librarian plays a vital role in shaping the future of scholarly communication through open access publishing, working closely with faculty authors, national scholarly societies, and colleagues within the University of Minnesota Libraries.

The Publishing Librarian is part of the Open Research & Publishing department within the Research Services Area. The Open Research & Publishing (ORP) Department includes Research Data Services, Research Information Management, Computational Research, Publishing Services, and houses the Data Curation Network. All members of the ORP Department work closely with staff across the Libraries to support advanced research services and advance commitments to the Libraries’ “Towards Open Access” statement.

The Publishing Librarian will champion open access publishing across a diverse range of scholarly outputs, including open access journals, open monographs, open textbooks, and open access digital projects. They will collaborate with authors at the University of Minnesota to facilitate the creation and publication of their research outputs in accessible and impactful ways. Additionally, they will partner with national scholarly societies to promote open access practices and support the publication of their journals.

The individual will also contribute to the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, while working toward continuous appointment.

The successful candidate will:

  • Determine growth and direction of publishing program in alignment with Libraries’ commitment to open access
  • Engage with, and keep-up-to-date on, national and global open access publishing communities to inform practice at UMN Libraries
  • Seek opportunities to expand the diversity and variety of publications and authors/editors
  • Provide workflow assistance and editorial service to authors and editors launching publications.
  • Build and maintain new and existing publications according to design and accessibility specifications. Configure workflow tools, user permissions, and implement metadata schema.
  • Provide consultations to campus students, researchers, and faculty on publishing best practices and options.
  • Collaborate with liaison librarians and library staff to highlight services and support campus authors/editors

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent) or advanced degree in a related discipline by the time of appointment/position start.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and scholarly publishing practices.
  • Ability to take initiative, develop and carry out projects, and manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and actively engage with researchers, faculty, and students.
  • Understanding of open access trends in academic and research publishing.
  • Basic HTML, CSS, and XML knowledge.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in an academic research library.
  • Experience in the publishing industry or publication development process (e.g., editorial services, layout, typesetting, etc.).
  • Familiarity with the operations of scholarly societies.
  • Familiarity with publishing tools including, but not limited to: Open Journal Systems, Manifold, bepress Digital Commons, WordPress, Omeka, Drupal.
  • Knowledge of digital file formats, metadata, file uploading and management, data migration, and preservation.
  • Demonstrated involvement in professional activities.
  • The University of Minnesota is located in the center of the vibrant Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Twin Cities are known for their cultural amenities, such as the Guthrie Theater and Walker Art Center, and for their extensive park and recreational systems.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous appointment track academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank with the potential for appointment at the Associate Librarian rank. Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The hiring salary for this position starts at $60,000. The University offers excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance for this position.

TO APPLY: To apply and for more information see the full job description. You must address all required qualifications in either your cover letter or CV/Resume to be considered for the position. Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references. Please identify your cover letter with UL469. Note: candidates will be notified before contacting references. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is closed.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Questions about the position can be addressed to Emma Molls, Director of Open Research & Publishing