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.

Position Description

This is an excellent opportunity for a digital publishing professional who brings a passion for vibrant publishing methodologies and emerging platforms. The successful Research Fellow will demonstrate ingenuity and independent self-direction, coupled with experimental determination. Additionally, the Research Fellow exhibits excellent communication, project management skills, and the ability to multi-task in a creative and innovative environment.

Under general direction of the Exhibits and Campus Art Curator, the Digital Publishing Project Fellow will help investigate, develop, and pilot digital publishing approaches for library assets with a primary focus on faculty exhibit catalogs. The fellow will contribute to new directions in the open dissemination of digital materials resulting from the Creative Works program exhibition scholarship, research, and educational activities.

Housed in the Academic Services department, the Creative Works program rethinks access to scholarship by transforming the immersive on-site exhibits generated by faculty and students and re-imagines them into a digital exhibit catalog format. The Digital Publishing project goal is to raise the visibility and enhance access to Cal Poly scholarship by transposing the immersive on-site exhibits generated by faculty and students into a digital representation, such as an exhibit catalog. The digital publishing of exhibit catalogs presents a responsive publishing alternative and initiates additional access points to freely make available the research of faculty and students to wider and diverse online audiences. By creating a non-traditional pathway for publishing scholarly research, this pilot project enables the library to play an active role in strengthening Cal Poly’s scholarly communication system and to ensure that Learn by Doing research is widely disseminated and preserved.

Research Fellow positions are generally funded through grants, contracts or other non-state funding sources. This position is temporary and of limited duration,contingent on funding and satisfactory performance. Research Fellows are not represented by collective bargaining.

Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills


  • ALA-accredited MLS, or comparable experience with relevant advanced degree. Official certified transcripts of highest degree will be required of finalist(s).
  • Up to two years, or equivalent, of work experience in a library, archive, museum, or in publishing.
  • Familiar with a variety of digital publishing concepts, practices, and procedures including universal design and accessibility compliance, potential open data resources, metadata, and other core informational components.
  • Knowledge of copyright and open access issues pertinent to digital publishing.
  • Understanding of digital media trends and initiatives as they apply in an academic environment.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the ways new technologies are transforming academic libraries, and willingness to pursue innovative approaches to challenges and opportunities.
  • Familiarity with digital repository/publishing platforms.
  • Familiarity with digital image publishing and curation platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate across a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster effective working relationships within a diverse and fast-paced academic environment.
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate and work effectively with a broad set of colleagues and library users.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and successfully complete projects.
  • Proofreading skills and familiarity with the editing and production of publications.

Preferred Qualifications / Skills


  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop and InDesign) and HTML.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of copyright, author’s rights/agreements, open access, archiving rights, and knowledge of the associated legal and policy issues.
  • Ability to research, develop and communicate a strong vision of the library’s role in contemporary and emerging scholarly communications and alternative publishing models.