June 1, 2020

Library Publishing Directory Questionnaire

Complete this questionnaire by August 31, 2020 to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Library Publishing Directory, published by the Library Publishing Coalition. A version of the Directory will be openly available online. For questions or assistance, please e-mail

April 1, 2020

Managing Director, Public Knowledge Project and Head, SFU Library Digital Publishing

  • Simon Fraser University
  • Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for the Head of Digital Publishing and Managing Director of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy and based at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Burnaby campus, this full-time continuing position will be responsible for both managing PKP operations and supporting SFU faculty, staff, and students as Head of the Digital Publishing division within the Library.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall management of PKP’s day-to-day operations, finances, and employees. The PKP Managing Director is the chief advisor to the PKP Advisory Committee and develops and maintains productive working relationships with university, national, and international bodies and organizations. This position also co-leads the federally-funded Coalition Publica project with Érudit at the Université de Montréal. Working closely with the PKP Director, Associate Directors, and staff, the Managing Director ensures the Project remains innovative and is constantly looking for new ways to fulfill its mandate of opening access to knowledge.

Within the SFU Library, as the Head of the Digital Publishing division, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing services and strategic directions for digital publishing at the Library, overseeing staff in this small but growing Library division, and be a contributing member of the Library’s Strategic Plan Leadership Committee.

This position will appeal to an experienced leader with an ability to unify and motivate staff and stakeholders. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of working with a diverse community of partners and stakeholders to further a mission or mandate. They are passionate about the mission of PKP and the SFU Library and are energized to speak on behalf of those organizations. The position will be attractive to those with a high comfort level for risk and technological innovation, and will embody an entrepreneurial spirit as PKP continues to implement new systems and services while also developing a sound sustainability strategy. This environment will include opportunities to participate in research activities in a variety of ways in collaboration with colleagues at SFU and elsewhere.


We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlílwətaʔɬ (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 branch, W.A.C. Bennett Library, is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is on 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

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.

The SFU Library is the administrative home for PKP, a global initiative dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research primarily through the provision of open source software such as Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP). In 2020, over 10,000 journals are using OJS as their article submission review and publishing platform. PKP supports several publishing related services such as the PKP Preservation Network, the PKP Index, and an automated XML conversion service and preprint service (both in development). PKP is also involved in a number of research projects and provides online educational courses and related resources on scholarly publishing. Many PKP activities are conducted in a virtual environment with staff and users located around the world. Further information is available at


  • Provide leadership and develop strategic priorities for both PKP and the SFU Library’s Digital Publishing division.
  • Oversee operations of PKP and SFU Library’s Digital Publishing division, including budget, staff, grants, and projects.
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.
  • Lead and inspire in an environment of collegiality, respect, and teamwork.
  • Manage staff by directing and evaluating performance and providing leadership and guidance.
  • Coordinate with other SFU Library divisions, Office of the Vice-President Research, other University departments, and faculty.
  • Promote the work of PKP and the Library within the University, and represent SFU and PKP in campus, regional, national, and international forums.
  • Prepare and manage grant and funding proposals.
  • Provide assessment and review of the impact of PKP and the Digital Publishing division.
  • Develop a vision for Digital Publishing and PKP that integrates with the Library’s overall vision, and the overarching SFU vision to be Canada’s leading engaged university through innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community outreach.
  • Participate in library-wide leadership, strategic planning, and policy creation with the Dean, Associate Deans, and other Branch and Division Heads.
  • Co-lead the CFI-funded Coalition Publica project in association with the Executive Director of Érudit at the Université de Montréal.
  • Promote “open” initiatives through active participation in campus and external meetings, conferences, workshops, and other venues.
  • Maintain currency with developments in the profession and for scholarly publishing, and participate in relevant professional organizations at the regional and national level.



  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience, preferably in an academic or non-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated management skills, including team development, research project and grant management, program development, financial management, and ability to influence change and build consensus.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to adapt to changing environments and multiple deadlines, and to work well under pressure with discretion, tact, and good judgement.
  • Knowledge of trends in higher education, academic libraries, open research infrastructure, scholarly publishing, organizational development, and stakeholder management.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds, in both physical and virtual work environments. Excellent intercultural communication skills, both oral and written.
  • A collaborative and transparent leadership style and excellent people management skills.
  • Ability to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in both the Library and PKP.
  • Ability to travel frequently.


  • Demonstrated leadership/management experience, preferably in an academic or non-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships across multiple and diverse institutions, across levels within organizations from specialist to executive level.
  • Background in publishing and/or team-based software development.
  • Second graduate degree in a relevant field of specialization related to scholarly publishing or management.
  • Working knowledge of written and oral French.
  • Experience working with an advisory committee or board of directors.
  • Demonstrated commitment to engage in scholarship and service to the profession and the community.
  • Experience with PKP software (especially OJS), and/or comparable open source software, e.g. DSpace, Islandora, etc.
  • Experience with working in both onsite and virtual environments.


This is a full time continuing Library Division Head position, beginning in the first half of 2020.

Librarians and Division Heads are members of the SFU Faculty Association. Terms, conditions and benefits of employment are outlined in the Collective Agreement:

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. SFU Librarian salary scales can be viewed here: %20Salary%20Scale.pdf.

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 encourages applications from qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.

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:


To be given assured consideration, applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references by 4:00 pm Pacific Time on May 9, 2020 to:

Susie Smith
Library Management Office
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
Phone: 778-782-4658

February 29, 2020

Scholarly Publishing Librarian

  • University of Oklahoma
  • Norman, OK

The University of Oklahoma Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing Librarian supports day-to-day coordination and completion of scholarly publishing projects, including Open Educational Resource (OER) projects from the OU Libraries Alternative Textbook Grant and open access journals currently using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. The Scholarly Publishing Librarian participates in the planning, development, and implementation of existing and future publishing initiatives. This position interacts with other members of the Open Initiatives team, other OU Libraries personnel, OU faculty and graduate student editors and authors, as well as other representatives of other academic institutions and troubleshoots and streamlines scholarly publishing workflows, responds to platform and/or publishing questions, supports the operations and growth of OU Libraries publishing services, and develops new and innovative ways in which the Libraries can deliver publishing services to support and anticipate emerging modes of scholarly communication. Furthermore, the Scholarly Publishing Librarian exercises independent professional judgement in working with authors, editors, and other stakeholders in the development of publications and publishing operations. This position trains and provides instruction on digital publishing skills and technologies as needed.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is dedicated to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable educational and work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Position Responsibilities

Scholarly Publishing Coordination

  • Provide expertise in scholarly publishing, including open access journal publishing and open educational resources publishing
  • Consult with authors, editors, and other relevant partners on the scope, objectives, and activities related to open access publishing projects; connect partners to appropriate solutions and translate ideas developed in collaboration with partners into actionable workflows and infrastructure
  • Manage and maintain short- and long-term projects for scholarly publishing initiatives
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for stakeholders using OU Libraries scholarly publishing services, including journal editors, OER authors, and other content creators
  • Develop and deliver openly licensed instruction/training to stakeholders as needed
  • Research best practices and develop documentation on OU Libraries publishing service policies and procedures; evaluate feasibility of emerging platforms, formats and workflows to inform evolving scholarly publishing services
  • Create project plans to increase the reach and awareness of OU Libraries published works
  • Work with Libraries’ personnel to ensure published content is discoverable and accessible
  • Ensure the technical feasibility of digital content
  • Convert and prepare materials for online publication, including creation of metadata; formatting of text documents; proofreading for obvious structural, grammatical, or stylistic errors; and running scripts to convert from PDF, InDesign, or Microsoft Word format (among others)
  • Stay current on activities related to copyright law and licensing issues, open access publication, open educational resources, and emerging areas in digital and scholarly publishing
  • Collect metrics of OU Libraries published works using tools such as Google Analytics, DSpace and OJS statistics, and other tools as appropriate; develop methods for assessing and reporting impact, effectiveness, and relevance of published works and services
  • Ensure visibility of OU Libraries scholarly publishing initiatives by maintaining and developing associated content on the Libraries’ website and guides; represent initiatives on social media

Professional, University and Administrative Service

  • Contribute to and participate in library and university committees and task forces related to primary job assignment and the university community as appropriate or assigned
  • Serve and participate at the local, state, regional, national, and international level in professional associations relating to primary job assignment and related areas
  • Monitor trends and maintain up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas contributing to primary job assignment by participating in appropriate professional development and continuing education activities in the library, on campus, and within the profession
  • Support a diverse, inclusive, and equitable educational and work environment.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in library or information science from a ALA-accredited program OR equivalent experience AND

  • At least one year of professional experience in an academic setting with responsibility for areas such as educational activities, partnership development and maintenance, project management, policy and procedure development/documentation, data analysis, and public- facing promotional activities.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds in a respectful, equitable and inclusive way.
  • Demonstrated skills in effective written and oral communication, including public professional presentations.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently to manage projects/initiatives and to set priorities in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Familiarity with best practices associated with editing, modification, and creation of OER; copyright, open licensing, fair use, and author rights; scholarly communication issues and the associated evolving landscape.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in digital scholarly publishing
  • Experience in open access journal publishing
  • Familiarity with project management tools and concepts
  • Experience with web-based publishing, presentation tools, and various media types
  • Comfort with quantitative data and analysis
  • Experience working with the evolving ecosystem of publishing tools and vendors for open access journal production, including PKP’s Open Journal Systems
  • Experience with publishing tools and vendors for open educational resources, such as Pressbooks, Bookdown, Markdown, or other publishing platforms
  • Knowledge of developing technologies, standards, and best practices in digital scholarship and open publishing, including ethical frameworks

About University Libraries

As the intellectual crossroads of the university, the University of Oklahoma Libraries provides access to resources that fulfill the academic, research, artistic, scholarly, intellectual, and leadership mission of the university. The Libraries serve the university community by demonstrating our core values of diversity and inclusion, integrity, engagement, collaboration, learning, innovation, and agility. We seek to create excellence in the library experience, to support campus research and data stewardship, to build on the excellence of our special collections, and to promote scholarly communication. We invest in our organization by recruiting individuals committed to superior user experience and by actively strengthening and expanding our skills and capabilities.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is the largest academic research library in the state of Oklahoma containing more than 5.4 million volumes (including 1.8 million eBooks), 3.6 million microform materials, over 300 databases, and 170,000 serials. Outstanding special collections include the History of Science Collections, with 100,000 volumes; the Western History Collections, with over 12,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 2 million photographs, 80,000 volumes, 2,700 sound recordings, 5,000 cartographic resources, and 580 works of art; the Harry W. Bass Business History Collections, with over 23,000 volumes; the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, with over 12,000 volumes; and the Chinese Literature Translation Archive, which houses nearly 10,000 volumes and thousands of documents relating to translators of modern Chinese literature in the West.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries’ team consists of 17 library faculty, 56 professional staff, 37 classified staff, 27 graduate assistants and 185 student assistants. Facilities include the Bizzell Memorial Library located in the heart of campus, Monnet Hall, hosting the Western History Collections, and three branch libraries: Architecture Library, Youngblood Energy Library, and Fine Arts Library. Affiliated OU libraries, not within the administrative oversight of University Libraries, include: the Donald E. Pray Law Library on the Norman campus, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library on the Oklahoma City campus, and the Schusterman Library on the Tulsa campus.

University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Greater Western Libraries Alliance, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Newberry Library Consortium, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Public Library of America, HathiTrust, Western Storage Trust, Open Textbook Network.

About the University

The University of Oklahoma serves the educational, cultural, economic, and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. The university is home to over 31,000 students, more than 3,500 faculty and 8,000 staff across all three campuses, and is supported by a $2 billion budget and an endowment of $1.52 billion. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

The central campus and administrative offices of the University of Oklahoma are located in Norman, a city of more than 120,000 residents. Norman is often cited in “best places to live” rankings and is a culturally rich and vibrant community with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living. See for more information about Norman. The state capital, Oklahoma City, is located 20 miles to the north. With over 1.35 million residents and a unique central plains heritage, the Oklahoma City metro is home to a diverse and lively array of arts, culture, dining, sports, and entertainment. For more information about Oklahoma City, see


All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts. To apply for this position, go to and search for job number 200634

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. Inquiries regarding non- discrimination policies may be directed to: Bobby J. Mason, University Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, (405) 325-3546,, or visit the OU Institutional Equity Office.

February 6, 2020

Repository Services Manager

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • St. Louis, MO


Reporting to the Head of the Digital Library, the Repository Services Manager will develop, coordinate, deliver, monitor, assess, and advance the services, infrastructure, and operations for the University Libraries’ digital repository and management of digital assets generated by the Libraries and campus community partners. The incumbent will be responsible for creating a customer-first approach to developing technical infrastructure and requirements for the Libraries’ digital repository, delivering robust repository services, and maintaining related technical resources for supporting the University’s mission of preserving and disseminating Libraries’ digital collections and the diverse scholarly output produced by students, faculty, and research affiliates at Washington University.


  1. Manages the full spectrum of daily operations of the digital repositories at WU Libraries, including technical infrastructure, client services, and content management. The work of the incumbent will include directing metadata management and development for the repository, directing content strategies and policies for repository content, managing the ingest and curation of content, developing appropriate workflows and schema for ingesting and maintaining data and digital materials, and coordinating training, and supervising the work of Libraries staff on use and workflows of the digital repositories.
  2. Collaborates with Library colleagues to develop technical infrastructure, workflows, and programmatic strategy across the WU Libraries for digital repository platforms, including digitized Special Collections, open access publishing, open educational resources, and management of other digital assets.
  3. Develops and implements procedures, workflows, and other necessary documentation for the institutional repository, in consultation with colleagues within the WU Libraries.
  4. Consults with faculty and researchers in relevant programs throughout the WU community to promote the retention and accessibility of research output, promotes the repository to the campus community, and solicits content from university stakeholders.
  5. Professional Development and Service: Serves on Library committees and groups. Represents the Libraries on campus, nationally, and internationally in appropriate professional venues, and engages in professional activities outside of the University to stay up to date on developments in digital repository services and related professional areas.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned and as needed.

The complete listing of position responsibilities, salary information, and qualifications are provided in the full job description, which is available at (job ID# 46847). Please apply through

Applications will be accepted through March 20.

January 27, 2020

Production Assistant for Publishing Services

  • The Ohio State University
  • Columbus, OH

The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a detail-oriented and resourceful person to fill the position of Production Assistant for Publishing Services.


The Ohio State University Libraries publishes and hosts Open Access journals, archives the research and scholarship of campus partners, and promotes the open sharing of scholarly works created by Ohio State faculty, staff, and students. The Production Assistant for Publishing Services reports to the Production Services Coordinator and helps support the dissemination of research, scholarship, and creative expression in alignment with the Libraries strategic directions. The Production Assistant for Publishing Services consistently demonstrates commitment to our values and promotes an organizational culture of Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship ( as well as dedication to advance the work of Publishing and Repository Services. The Production Assistant for Publishing Services assists with established production services for Open Access publishing in the Libraries and performs production work for publishing services across multiple software platforms (e.g. DSpace, Open Journal Systems, WordPress), on multiple simultaneous projects. The Publishing and Repository Services unit includes a team of one librarian, three staff members, and .5FTE students. The position requires attention to detail, sound judgement and decision making, and knowledge of related and applicable software programs. Specific responsibilities include: perform production tasks including layout editing, data input, and DOI registration; design, implement, and document workflows for multiple concurrent production projects; monitor and ensure the quality of data input; provide publishing software technical support for editors and creators of digital content; track projects in project database; schedule and supervise the production work of student assistants; all other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

B.A./B.S. in Information Science, Communications, or Art/Humanities or other appropriate field or an equivalent combination of education and experience; familiarity with the scholarly publishing process; excellent organizational skills and ability to work with detail; ability to assist with projects under minimal supervision and to meet deadlines; excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated experience with Excel; familiarity with HTML or XML.

Desired Qualifications:

Familiarity with metadata standards; experience with workflow development; creativity and flexibility in using technology to solve problems; experience with managing metadata, text, images, and other forms of digital research content; experience with HTML, CSS, or XML; supervisory experience.

Please apply online at through February 2, 2020.

NOTE: The deadline for this position has been extended through February 16, 2020.

January 2, 2020

Scholarly Communications Librarian

  • University of Chicago
  • Chicago, IL

General Summary:

This position leads development of the University of Chicago’s growing scholarly communication services and policies; and contributes in meaningful ways to our recently launched (2018) Center for Digital Scholarship.

Open access, copyright, research data management and dissemination, institutional repository services, data preservation, and curation, are critical aspects of scholarly communication, from access to archiving. We encourage candidates with a strong, access-centered vision of scholarly communications-related services, such as scholarly publishing and guidance on research data management, to apply for our Scholarly Communication Librarian (SCL) position. This position leads development of the University of Chicago’s growing scholarly communication services and policies; and contributes in meaningful ways to our recently launched (2018) Center for Digital Scholarship, which includes the Dissertation Office. The SCL collaborates with others to develop training, workshops and other programming around data management, author rights, copyright, and open scholarship.

The SCL will help provide leadership and support for two main services: the institutional repository, Knowledge@UChicago, which was recently migrated to the TIND IR platform in the 2018-2019 academic year and features a new research data repository; and Open Journal Systems, which we implemented in Spring 2019 for faculty and graduate students interested in launching open access journals. While the SCL should have a good understanding of these products, and be able to carry out routine tasks such as batch uploading or metadata reconciliation, they will also be assisted with front and back end technical support by the Digital Library Development Center; work with subject specialty librarians on collections development and data acquisition; and receive mentoring and guidance from supervisors in order to best assess users’ unique needs around this technology and research outputs. The SCL will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the Library’s internal Data Services Group to create services and policies related to research data management. This position reports to the Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and is a part of the IT & Digital Scholarship Department.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable services and policies that support open access, preservation, and broad dissemination of University research and data
  • Create a vision for how the library implements institutional repository services that includes maintenance of and outreach about Knowledge@UChicago and OJS to and beyond UChicago community
  • Consult with faculty, graduate students, and university staff on best practices or strategies to better manage, describe, preserve, and make available scholarly work
  • Leverage partnerships with other computing or IT-related units on campus to research, recommend, or test new technologies
  • Participate in local, regional, and national initiatives or meetings related to standards, best practices, and research lifecycle management activities and services
  • Provide general and specialized reference support virtually or at public service desks
  • Support or train librarians on scholarly communication services or concepts where appropriate



  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • At least 2 years of experience in a post-secondary library addressing scholarly communication topics or providing services around related topics
  • Experience using technology to support service innovation and/or productivity enhancements
  • Commitment to ongoing multimodal professional engagement, local, regional, national, across campus and in the Library
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, and to collaborate and work effectively in a team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated or documented ability to value and encourage diversity, build trust, and empower staff growth
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to be innovative, flexible, adaptable and comfortable with change
  • Evidence of self-motivation, initiative and intellectual curiosity, a strong user service philosophy, and the commitment to continuous improvement and innovation


  • Record of interactions with faculty that demonstrate a deep understanding of the scholarly process
  • Significant experience managing multiple projects concurrently in various stages of completion
  • Between 1-3 years of experience of facilitating instruction or workshops with undergraduate or graduate students

Application Instructions

The Search Committee will evaluate candidates’ record and academic accomplishments in providing scholarly communication services, developing and maintaining strong working relationships in and out of the library; knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly communication, copyright and use, and data management; and knowledge of policy and technical challenges related to the management, curation, and archiving of digital data. The Committee will also evaluate candidate’s understanding of the processes, resources, and technologies involved in scholarly publishing; ability to plan and implement programming and policies; knowledge of metadata concepts and standards; oral and written communication skills and ability to produce effective promotional and training materials; and ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in an evolving environment.

To Apply: Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference contact information online through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruiting website: Review of applications will begin after Januray 19, 2020. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Salary and Benefits: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off.

Questions: Contact Kara Hastings, HR Generalist, or Stacie Williams, Director, Center for Digital Scholarship,

December 20, 2019

Publishing & Open Repository Specialist

  • University of Tennessee
  • Knoxville, TN

Reporting to the Scholarly Communication Librarian, the Publishing and Open Repository Specialist plays a central role in the UT Libraries’ open access and publishing activities. The specialist is responsible for leading, growing, and improving the publishing partners program. As the individual supporting library-hosted journal publishing services, a service that is growing, this individual is responsible for developing, documenting, and implementing policies, procedures, and publishing guidelines. The specialist develops training materials and provides consultations and workshops on best practices for journal editors. This position is responsible for reviewing partners’ practices to make sure they are meeting library-established publishing guidelines. This position defines and encourages adoption of interoperability standards for partners, such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), and increases the visibility of partner journals by creating metadata for indexing services. This position develops and implements assessment efforts to evaluate the journal publishing service and utilizes this data to improve and grow this service in conjunction with all library scholarly communication activities.

In addition to leading the journal-hosting service, the specialist serves as the liaison to collection managers in the institutional repository, TRACE, supporting faculty and staff who submit materials to it. In this role, the specialist provides communication and outstanding customer service to a diverse group of faculty and staff submitting materials to the repository. The specialist is responsible for staying up-to-date on best practices in scholarly journal publishing and other scholarly communication issues through development and training. This position works with the Scholarly Communication Librarian and other teams in the Libraries on projects involving open access journals, open educational resources, open access books, and other open scholarship initiatives.

Responsibilities & Duties

Journal production:

  • Leads and coordinates all aspects of journal production for journals hosted by the Libraries.
  • Completes production work related to journal publishing and hosting including submitting content, creating metadata, designing and documenting workflows, monitoring and ensuring the quality of data input, and tracking projects through the publication process.
  • Oversees the retention, publication, and management of all library-hosted journals, including select annual or recurring conference proceedings.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to support journal hosting and publishing in the libraries, e.g. develops Memoranda of Understanding between the Libraries and editorial boards of hosted journals.
  • Assess journal hosting services in order to both improve and promote the services.
  • Coordinates with editors to establish, maintain, and update journal sites. This includes working with the Libraries’ Marketing and Communication team to design journal covers and associated graphic elements.
  • Ensures editors are following established best practices through the creation and implementation of training materials, instructional workshops, and consultations.
  • Consults with editors on copyright and open licensing options.
  • Advises editors on how their journal can be indexed by major indexing services and creates metadata for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Stays current with scholarly journal publishing best practices through training and development efforts.

Repository Collection Manager Liaison:

  • Responsible for the creation of new collections in UT’s open-access repository, TRACE.
  • Acts in a liaison role with collection managers (usually faculty and staff outside the Libraries) to maintain existing collections, to establish new collections, and provide guidance through the process of depositing materials into the repository.
  • Works with teams across and outside the Libraries with the migration and preservation of files to and in the repository, especially theses and dissertations.
  • Develops training materials and provides training through workshops and consultations to collection managers on how to use the repository system including how to input appropriate metadata for materials deposited.
  • Responds to all questions regarding the use of the repository from submitters, collection managers, and the public.
  • Liaises between repository system customer support and campus users and provides critical communication for library departments working with and supporting the repository.

Project Management:

  • Coordinates activities related to design and production of a wide range of academic publishing materials between the library teams, vendors, and university community.
  • May assist in training and distributing work to other staff members, including student employees and library staff and will identify work that needs the input of these individuals and any required training or skill development needed to execute the work.
  • Organizes meetings and training materials for editors and authors.
  • Contributes to unit goals by accomplishing related duties as required.

Library and departmental activities:

  • Updates library website and documentation as needed, taking the lead on providing online information about journal publishing services.
  • Contributes to the planning and assessment of departmental and program efforts in general and leads planning and assessment efforts related to journal publishing services.
  • Participates in professional development, library committees, planning activities, and departmental and library-wide meetings and initiatives.

Rights reversion for published books:

  • Communicates with faculty, staff, and librarians to identify authors who have published books and may be eligible for reverting copyright of those books back to themselves.
  • Reviews standard author publishing agreements for copyright terms in these cases and consults with the Scholarly Communication and University Council as needed to make these determinations.
  • Assists faculty authors and librarians in openly licensing such books, creating metadata, making them open access in digital repositories, and promoting their availability.
  • Develops knowledge of current copyright agreements and standards through training and development to conduct this work.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communication, Writing, or related field
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in scholarly publishing, open repositories, or a related area, providing excellent customer service to a diverse, academic clientele.
  • Excellent customer service skills supporting a diverse clientele. Strong and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Project management skills, including the management of complex projects and coordination of efforts with many team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of academic publishing practices, such as journal or book publishing, and open access publishing in particular.
  • Knowledge of institutional, disciplinary, and/or OER repositories. Knowledge of DOIs.
  • Knowledge of copyright and open licenses, such as Creative Commons.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards as applied in academic journal publishing and/or institutional repositories.
  • Ability to create and maintain procedural and technical documentation.
  • Ability to learn publishing software and platforms.
  • Ability to develop materials to aid in teaching and training, such as slides and worksheets.
  • Ability to apply best practice standards to publishing workflows.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Library Science or Information Science degree
  • At least 1 year of experience working in an academic library.
  • Skills and experience analyzing and explaining copyright agreements to faculty, researchers, or other academic authors.
  • Skills using Pressbooks, InDesign, Open Journal Systems, bepress, or similar software programs and platforms.
  • Knowledge of best practices in academic publishing.
  • Ability to create instructional assessments and develop student learning outcomes.

Application Procedures

A background check is required prior to hiring. In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications and a current resume.  

For assistance or questions about using the UT online application system, contact University of Tennessee Human Resources:

105 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0213

Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(865) 974-8847

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

December 10, 2019

Publishing & Scholarly Communications Coordinator

  • Pacific University Libraries
  • Forest Grove, Oregon

The  Pacific University Libraries in Forest Grove, Oregon are seeking a Publishing & Scholarly Communications Coordinator to lead and manage our open access and traditional publishing services. This is a faculty position, reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, and serving as Associate Director of the Pacific University Press.


This position provides leadership and operational management for the Libraries’ publishing services within a broader context of promoting—and engaging faculty, staff, and students in—practices and initiatives that maximize the dissemination, preservation, and impact of the university’s research and scholarship. The Publishing & Scholarly Communications Coordinator is responsible for the editorial and production processes of the Libraries’ journal and monograph publishing services, working with authors, editors, freelancers and other stakeholders in the development of specific publications and the overall publishing services. As part of its promotion of open and flexible modes of publication and dissemination, this position also provides education and support to the Pacific University community regarding scholarly communication and intellectual property issues, particularly as they pertain to authors’ rights and decision-making. This is a full-time, extended-term track faculty position on an 11-month contract.

For priority consideration, please submit materials by January 13, 2020. Please see the Pacific University HR site for full information and to apply:


  • Provide expertise and leadership in the areas of publishing and open access
  • Lead the development and management of sustainable publishing services
  • As Associate Press Director, manage the publication of Pacific University Press titles, in collaboration with the Press Director
  • Provide direct editorial and production support for monographs published by the Pacific University Press and through Bee Tree Books (the Libraries’ self-publishing imprint). This includes (but is not limited to): preparing and loading content into digital publishing platforms; editing structured documents using HTML, XML, and CSS; formatting text documents; reviewing and managing copyright issues with third-party content; proofreading for obvious structural, grammatical, or stylistic errors; and conversion to additional formats.
  • Provide direct support for journals published by the University Libraries; this may include (but is not limited to) collaboration on new journal development, training for journal editors, technical support for publications, layout/design of publications, and coordination of metadata/journal deposits with CrossRef, Portico, and journal aggregators
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Collection Services and Systems & Applications to define policies and best practices for the use of the university’s institutional repository, CommonKnowledge
  • Improve and document editorial and production workflows and processes
  • Design and provide instruction, continuing education, and online resources for students, staff, and faculty related to scholarly communication topics (open access, copyright, publishing processes, publishing tools, author rights, etc.)
  • Assist faculty and students with preparing original works for publication and/or dissemination through CommonKnowledge
  • Hire and train student workers as needed to assist with publishing services
  • Collaborate on efforts to promote open educational resource (OER) adoption and publishing.


  • Maintain current knowledge on relevant subject resources and best practices for open publication, open educational resources, and digital publishing
  • Research and evaluate emerging formats and workflows for publishing to inform the Libraries’ services;
  • Participate in community service, professional associations, and professional development activities
  • Contribute to University-wide committees/activities/service
  • Pursue opportunities to integrate scholarly activity into professional activities/responsibilities
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Please feel free to contact with me with any questions about the position or Libraries!

Isaac Gilman, MLIS | Dean of University Libraries | 503-352-1401

Pacific University Libraries | Tran Library 140
Pacific University | 2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116

I am proud to work at a university that inspires students to think, care, create, and pursue justice. |

December 9, 2019

Digital Publication Coordinator

  • University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
  • Vancouver, BC

Digital Publication Coordinator
The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
Vancouver, BC

Job Summary

The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) seeks a Digital Publication Coordinator whose skills and approaches will advance our commitment to digital publishing for multiple forms of expression.

The Digital Publication Coordinator’s work will strengthen RavenSpace, a ground-breaking publishing platform for media-rich, networked, interactive books in Indigenous studies. Combining open-source database and publishing platforms, RavenSpace offers a suite of tools for linking data and analyses to digital content from around the world and for interacting in culturally sensitive ways with heritage materials. It serves as a powerful interactive and collaborative site of knowledge exchange between Indigenous scholars, communities, and a diversity of audiences.

The Digital Publication Coordinator will provide digital publication coordination to teams performing core responsibilities within the RavenSpace publishing system. The position provides support to the Principal Investigator (PI) in ensuring the overall progress of core activities; acts as a pivot between the PI, the platform developers, the book production team, the marketing staff, and external partners and vendors; and coordinates the technology-based activities related to the maintenance, research, and implementation and testing of the digital production platform system.

Because this position will participate in the documentation and assessment of existing workflows and the development of the future roadmap, strong analytical and communication skills are critical.

Work Performed

Publication, Coordination, and Communication

– Works closely with teams to clarify work objectives, encourage productive discussions between platform and book development teams, address and resolve communication issues, actively solicit various and possibly divergent points of view, and strengthen cross-team collaboration.
– Coordinates with teams to manage the overall priorities and schedule of activities for platform maintenance and research, integrating and tracking milestones and dependencies across streams of activities, and supporting the teams in the analysis of the system’s capabilities.
– Participates in and confers with the PI and the teams to ensure that the platform maintenance and development function effectively in support of the book production activities and are within scope and budget.
– Plans and coordinates production of new media assets.
– Researches, identifies, and, on approval from the PI, hires vendors, defining the scope and detail of the work and budget and assures the quality and delivery of the services or goods.
– Confirms that permissions are secured and provides support and advice on permissions and metadata.
– Consults with teams across technical ability and subject matter expertise to solicit status updates and ensures that teams are provided with project information such as documentation, meeting minutes, and updated project overviews and schedules.
– Ensures that documentation of systems and workflows are produced, updated, and subjected to quality assurance.
– Draws from team updates and conversations to evaluate implementation options, identify risks and benefits, assess complexity, etc., and presents recommendations to the PI for further discussion and follow-up action, as required.

Administration and Liaison

– Works closely with the PI to monitor budget expenditures and assist with reporting and grant applications.
– Consults with RavenSpace leadership to solicit, understand, and capture relevant information to prepare project management documentation.
– Regularly informs and presents project progress, results, insights, and recommendations to the PI and publisher
– Organizes meetings of the Publishing Advisory Board, author workshops, and user-testing sessions, and assists the marketing staff in organizing events such as launches.
– Organizes team meetings and vendor consultation meetings, and provides facilitation and coordination as needed to ensure the smooth flow of communication across cross-functional teams.
– Generates, assists with, and updates documentation of the workflows and systems.
– Acts as a liaison between RavenSpace teams and other UBC Press departments.


– Two year diploma in Journalism or Publishing or related digital production field.
– Minimum of two years’ experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
– Experience in publishing, digital projects, library and information sciences, or the equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
– Demonstrated facility with, and knowledge of, digital infrastructures and a good understanding of information technology/systems
– Successful experience and abilities in project management
– Excellent computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet programs, and software for shared files or team collaboration (e.g., GoogleDocs, Asana)
– Unusually strong written and oral communication skills
– An analytical approach to problem solving
– Proven abilities in project management
– Experience in developing collaborative and productive relationships with a wide range of cross-functional team members and stakeholders
– Ability to work with and supervise contract staff and vendors
– Excellent time management, organization, presentation, and prioritization skills
– Superior attention to detail and ability to manage small project activities such as event and meeting coordination
– Understanding of scholarly communication issues
– Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting.
– Excellent analytical abilities, particularly in using data and reports to inform recommendations for application implementation decisions and program improvements to larger product support team.
– Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.

– Familiarity with Indigenous intellectual property and cultural heritage rights
– Functional knowledge of XML and open source content management platforms such as Omeka, Scalar, and DSpace.
Demonstrated experience or competency in one or more areas of professional practice in scholarly publishing and repository management.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

December 2, 2019

Publishing Systems Developer

  • California Digital Library
  • Oakland, CA

Reporting to the Senior Product Manager, Publishing, this position will work collaboratively with senior developers as well as product and service managers to build and maintain innovative open access (and mostly open source) scholarly publishing infrastructure. Key among these platforms are eScholarship (UC’s open access publishing and institutional repository platform) and integrated submission management systems used by researchers and editors to produce and publish original academic journals and to make previously published works available to the world.

You will:

  • develop new features
  • respond to bug reports
  • manage regular maintenance
  • work collaboratively on new iterations of existing platforms
  • evaluate and implement new open source solutions
  • build connections between platforms
  • participate in both intra- and cross-team pair programming projects

You have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information management or science, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and 5 or more years of experience in information technology which includes writing programs in languages such as Python, Ruby, and Javascript in a production environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with: 1)  UNIX OS and shell scripting; 2) database design and relational databases (for example SQL, MySql, Postgress);  and 3) web-based applications.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of web protocols and server-side programming as well as with web frameworks (such as Django/Rails/Express), and UI presentation tools such as React.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of user interface design, prototyping and web applications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of unit and regression testing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact with others in a consistently positive and professional manner, exercising discretion and tact.
  • Excellent oral communications skills, which demonstrate the ability to effectively convey and explain information, liaise with vendors and tactfully deal with diverse people, situations and ideas.
  • Excellent written communications skills, which demonstrate the ability to draft clear, concise specifications, documentation and reports.
  • Strong analytical skills as demonstrated by the ability to draw conclusions in a logical, systematic way.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan assignments and monitor performance according to priorities, thereby regularly meeting established deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform competently under pressure, handling interruptions and changes without losing productivity.

Compensation and benefits:

  • Health Care, Dental, Vision
  • Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • UC Retirement System, 403(b), 457
  • Academic work environment / 40 hour work week

Our organization

The California Digital Library (CDL) is a collaborative effort of the ten campuses of the University of California. As a UC systemwide library, CDL provides services to and on behalf of the UC system in partnership with the UC campus libraries. As a globally-connected digital library, CDL occupies a unique position between the local UC campuses and the global digital library infrastructure. The primary user base for CDL services and programs includes UC faculty, students, and library staff. The CDL is a unit within the UC Office of the President, has a staff of 70+ and is located in downtown Oakland.

The CDL’s Publishing & Special Collections group develops and maintains production services that enable robust access to unique digital assets from the University of California (UC) and beyond. Through the development of advanced technologies and creative partnerships, we provide the UC scholarly community with innovative open access publication and distribution opportunities and aggregate world-class digital collections from libraries, archives, and museums throughout the State of California, serving an array of end users including researchers, scholars, students, and the general public.

CDL welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from individuals from underrepresented groups. CDL seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University of California, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

NOTE: While the HR system currently shows this position as closing Monday, December 9, CDL is submitting a request to have that extended to January 6, 2020.

November 16, 2019

Next Gen Library Publishing Project Manager

  • California Digital Library
  • Oakland, CA

California Digital Library and partner institutions – Educopia, Strategies for Open Science (Stratos), Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Longleaf Services, and LYRASIS – are embarking on a 2.5 year, grant-funded “Next Generation Library Publishing” project to improve open-source scholarly publishing infrastructure and position library publishers to offer compelling publication tools and services to the academic community. CDL is taking the lead in managing this project and is hiring a part-time project manager to perform this function. If you are self-motivated and eager to be involved in an ambitious project with the potential to change the scholarly communication landscape for the better, this is the job for you!

The project manager for this effort will: support the project by applying standard project management concepts, frameworks, and methods to ensure the timely delivery of project deliverables within a highly distributed project team comprised of six partner organizations; create and maintain a project work plan that indicates deliverables, responsibilities, timelines, and progress; meet regularly with each partner organization and help organize and attend collaborative project meetings to establish near and long-term deliverables, track progress on monthly work plan goals, and realign or reprioritize work as needed; meet regularly with project PIs to discuss progress, resourcing and timeline feasibility; and create quarterly progress reports for the larger stakeholder community.

This position is a 2.5 year contract appointment hired at 50% FTE, including a range of employee benefits. Applicants from outside the Bay Area who wish to work remotely will be considered.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.