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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.

The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Manager is a vital member of the Digital Scholarship and Special Collections unit of University Libraries and provides innovative leadership in the development and advancement of initiatives and programs related to scholarly communications, open access publishing, copyright compliance, and fair use. This position is a key member of the newly-formed University Libraries Office of Digital Research and Publishing and will facilitate collaborative opportunities, workshops and instructions, consultative services and technology solutions that promote the creation, dissemination, and preservation of high-quality online scholarship at Ball State University.

The Ball State University Libraries includes Bracken Library, in the center of campus, and two branches – the Architecture Library and the Science-Health Science Library. The Libraries, which welcomes approximately 1.5 million visitors annually, contains over 1.1 million titles and has created a dynamic, globalized setting for learning and research with access to nearly 300 electronic databases and additional electronic subscriptions to expand point-and-click access to scholarly resources. The Libraries is strongly committed to inclusivity, innovation and collaboration and offers dynamic professional engagement and growth opportunities to our 48 professionals and 68 staff employees.

Position Function

Manages Ball State University Libraries’ copyright and scholarly communications programs, consultative services, platforms, and personnel; manages and promotes technology platforms and services to foster increased open access publishing on campus; provides campus community with instruction, training, and consultative services and resources related to copyright and fair use in scholarship and teaching and encourages compliance with U.S. Copyright Law and adoption of best practices.


Minimum qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS/MIS degree or ABA-accredited J.D., or equivalent combination of relevant academic preparation and experience.
  • Two or more years of related professional experience; demonstrated knowledge of current issues and best practices in copyright law in an academic context; knowledge of scholarly communications issues, practices, and trends in librarianship; knowledge of open access publishing tools and platforms.
  • Working knowledge of basic Microsoft Office applications; effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work collaboratively and collegially; organizational, supervisory, and leadership skills; ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Additional advanced degrees
  • Academic library experience securing copyright clearance; experience with implementation of scholarly communication and/or digital scholarship programming; experience with project planning in a library or information management setting; supervisory experience.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Manage the University Libraries Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office and contribute to the operation of the University Libraries’ Office of Digital Research and Publishing by leading the development of programs and collaborative services related to open access scholarly publishing, copyright compliance and fair use, and research data management.
  • Manage the effective and strategic use of platforms and technology tools, including repository platforms and journal publishing systems, to promote an inclusive program of open access publishing on the Ball State University campus and to preserve and provide access to student, faculty, and staff scholarship.
  • Provide leadership for copyright activities of the University Libraries, serving as a campus resource regarding fair use and other copyright compliance issues; provide consultative services to faculty, students, and staff regarding the interpretation of copyright law and fair use best practices in scholarly publishing and classroom teaching, including online and distance learning classroom spaces.
  • In collaboration with the Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian, develop and provide inclusive educational programming for faculty, staff, and students to increase awareness and literacy in areas including innovative and evolving scholarly communications models, the economics of scholarly publishing, open access publishing opportunities, open educational resources, and Creative Commons licensing.
  • Develop and maintain a broad network of partners among librarians, faculty, scholars, graduate students, administrators, campus offices, and committees to engage campus collaborators around scholarly communication and intellectual property issues; represent the University Libraries as appropriate in the development of university policy and practices pertaining to copyright and scholarly communications, fostering dialogue and collaboration with units including the Office of General Counsel, Sponsored Projects Administration, and Office of Strategic Learning.
  • Serve as one of several liaisons to the Digital Scholarship Lab; advise Lab-affiliated researchers on copyright in the context of digital scholarship and data stewardship and data management planning.
  • Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision, including but not limited to interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of personnel.
  • Actively participate in and positively contribute to the activities of the Libraries, university, and profession through such opportunities as related professional organizations, presentations, committee service, publication, etc.; keep abreast of professional literature and scholarly developments in areas of specialization and pursue opportunities for relevant professional development.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.