March 17, 2021

Scholarly Communication Librarian

  • Boston College
  • Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College Libraries are seeking a knowledgeable, collaborative, and creative individual to develop and further our scholarly communications initiatives. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning, the Scholarly Communications Librarian will be an active member in a cohort of academic support teams in the Libraries, which includes Digital Scholarship, Educational Initiatives and Collections. Boston College is committed to incorporating principles of openness and maintaining the integrity of the scholarly record throughout our Library services and across campus.

The successful candidate will have experience advising on issues of copyright, scholarly identity, and open access publishing. This position plays a leading role in a number of library systems and initiatives, including Boston College’s institutional repository, digital publishing platforms, ORCID adaptation, and distribution of open access funds. Strong communication skills are required, with the ability to listen, understand and provide advice on complex problems, and proficiency working with diverse groups of students and faculty is essential. This position will work extensively with library, teaching, and research staff across campus, identifying areas of need and creating programming and instructional support in areas including but not limited to electronic theses and dissertations, reuse of materials in online teaching, course reserves and digital publishing.

This position requires a graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution and a clear understanding of scholarly communications principles and practices, copyright, and the needs of academic teaching and research. Preferred qualifications include experience and demonstrated engagement with any of the activities, systems and programs named here.

We expect finalists for this position to demonstrate a commitment to sustaining a culture that is respectful, accountable, and intentionally inclusive, as is central to the mission of the BC Libraries and rooted in the Jesuit tradition of social justice.

March 11, 2021

Assistant Professor, tenure track – Digital Publishing Librarian

  • Adelphi University Libraries
  • Garden City, NY

Adelphi University Libraries is seeking a forward-thinking and enterprising information professional for the position of Digital Publishing Librarian. This newly created position will play a key role in expanding the ongoing efforts of Adelphi Libraries to provide innovative and professional scholarly support to Adelphi faculty, students and community members.

The Digital Publishing Librarian will lead the development and implementation of the library’s digital publishing initiatives, coordinating and delivering a robust program of scholarly communications and research dissemination services in support of learning, teaching and research at Adelphi.

Central to this work is engaging with faculty, students, and other stakeholders across the university to develop productive partnerships, promote greater awareness of the library’s digital publishing initiatives, and provide instruction, training and guidance on significant developments and emerging issues related to the changing scholarly publishing landscape. This position reports to the Dean of Libraries.

February 19, 2021

Open Educational Resources & Scholarly Communication Lead

  • George Mason University
  • Fairfax VA

George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to join a team of educators and service providers supporting George Mason faculty, researchers, students, and staff with needs related to Open Educational Resources (OER), Copyright, Fair Use, Open Licensing, and other scholarly communication matters. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:

Reporting to the Director, Mason Publishing Group/George Mason University Press, the Open Educational Resources & Scholarly Communication Lead will collaborate with colleagues in Mason Publishing, within the Libraries more broadly, and across the university to support the adoption and creation of open and affordable course content. The incumbent also provides guidance and compliance assistance on copyright and fair use issues related to OER, as well as copyright use in classroom teaching and technology, online courses, Mason Publishing supported journals, and university press publications. In the Scholarly Communications role, the incumbent leads the Libraries’ educational program and outreach activities to promote open access scholarly dissemination, provides expert guidance to faculty and students wishing to pursue open access venues for their research and publication projects, and consults and advises on intellectual property issues and copyright generally in the publishing process.

The Mason Publishing Group ( unites the George Mason University Libraries’ digital publishing activities with the George Mason University Press to form a set of publishing services for the university.


  • Serves as a Library and campus resource on issues related to Open Educational Resources (OER) and affordable course content, and conducts outreach and educational programming on these topics;
  • Provides assistance for Mason Publishing’s efforts in preparing and publishing Open Textbooks and other OER;
  • Serves as the university’s primary resource on fair use, open licensing, and other copyright issues, and liaises with Office of University Counsel in managing more complex intellectual property matters;
  • Fulfills the function of front-line copyright compliance officer for the university;
  • Assists faculty, staff and students to understand copyright issues regarding their research and publications;
  • Actively provides guidance and support to instructional faculty on appropriate application of fair use and educational uses of copyrighted material in face-to-face, as well as online educational contexts;
  • Administers and promotes the Libraries’ open access publishing fund, and helps to educate faculty, students, and library staff about open access publishing issues.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science (or, an equivalent certified foreign degree) OR an Advanced degree in a related field such as publishing, English, communications, journalism, or social sciences;
  • Significant demonstrated experience in several interrelated areas encompassing the responsibilities of this position, including: copyright educational compliance; scholarly publishing; scholarly communication; outreach and engagement, or editorial;
  • Strong computer skills in desktop and database applications;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills as well as effective interpersonal, collegial and communication skills (both oral and written);
  • Experience in and a record of accomplishments in publishing or scholarly communication environment;
  • Experience developing outreach materials and services, such as publications, training materials, workshops, conferences, and other tools relevant to scholarly communication;
  • Ability to set and adjust priorities and work flows in a dynamic and changing environment and accept new challenges to realize departmental and library goals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of professional-level experience in functional areas falling within the scope of this position;
  • Familiarity with trends and best practices in open education and the intersection with scholarly communications;
  • Experience in education or instructional design; knowledge of current and emerging trends in OER for higher education;
  • Fluency with XMLHTML, command line scripting, etc.; and
  • Facility with Adobe InDesign or publishing platforms and software.

Appointment and Benefits:

Twelve-month professional faculty appointment, with or without librarian rank, dependent upon academic qualifications; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAACREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; and tuition waiver for self.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

For full consideration apply by 03/08/2021

January 7, 2021

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.
The complete listing of position responsibilities, salary range, benefits, and qualifications are provided in the full job description, which is available at, job ID #49957. Review of applications will begin on January 25 and continue until the position is filled.


  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 supervising staff for metadata management and content strategy; 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 the training and 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 program 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: Serve on Library committees and groups. Represents the Libraries on campus, nationally, and internationally in appropriate professional venues, and engage in professional activities outside of the University to stay up to date on developments in digital repository services and related professional areas.


November 24, 2020

Scholarly Publishing Librarian

  • Concordia University
  • Montreal, Quebec

Concordia University Library seeks a dynamic and innovative librarian for a tenure-track position as Scholarly Publishing Librarian.

Concordia University Library provides collections and services fundamental to academic success, creation, the advancement of knowledge, and lifelong learning. With a team of 120 librarians, professionals, and support staff who put student and faculty success at the centre of their practice, the Library collaborates to achieve the goals outlined in our strategic plan and in the University’s strategic framework and directions. For more information about the services and operations of the Library, see

Concordia University is recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50 and one of the most international universities in the world. With more than 7,000 faculty and staff, and 47,000 students, Concordia enables individuals to grow, contribute and innovate. Located on two campuses in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, our faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and compelling program offerings in our four Faculties, Library, School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education. In 2019, Concordia was recognized as a top Montreal employer for the fourth year running. We made the list based on a number of criteria, including pension and benefits, training and development opportunities, and the physical and social aspects of the workplace.

Montreal, our home, is exceptional. It is a unique city — safe and clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner.

The Scholarly Publishing Librarian is a member of the Library’s professional team, reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Communications. The incumbent contributes to the Concordia University Library’s efforts to transform the scholarly communications landscape and create a more equitable and just publishing ecosystem. The incumbent provides leadership in planning and implementing publishing services that empower faculty, students, and staff with tools, information, and resources for sharing their research and scholarship. These include, but are not limited to, the university’s institutional repository and Open Educational Resources (OER) program. The incumbent proactively explores emerging publishing technologies, platforms, and practices, and collaborates across the Library and the University to develop, implement, and assess publishing initiatives. The Scholarly Publishing Librarian contributes substantively to a variety of Library and University strategic initiatives and projects, through committees, working groups, and project teams. Responsibilities also include research, publication, and service to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.

Librarians are members of the Concordia University Faculty Association (CUFA).


Leads the Library’s Open Educational Resources (OER) program, including adopting, adapting, and creating materials; managing production and publication processes and workflows; engaging in outreach and advocacy; undertaking assessment; and acting as a liaison with campus partners including faculty, librarians, advisory groups, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and the Student Success Centre, among others, as well as service providers.

In close collaboration with colleagues, supports the growth, development, and evolution of Spectrum, Concordia University’s Research Repository.

Supports university research and researchers through the creation of, deployment of, and participation in open access initiatives such as the Concordia Open Access Author Fund.

Undertakes project manager roles or contributes to special projects such as the implementation of ORCID iD at Concordia.

Works in close cooperation with campus partners (e.g., faculty, Office of Research, School of Graduate Studies, Associate Deans for Research, etc.) on projects and programs related to scholarly publishing, including Tri-Council requirements for research dissemination, as well as efforts to better measure and illuminate Concordia research outputs and impact.

Collaborates with Concordia University Press on digital publishing and dissemination activities and strategies.

Works with colleagues in the Library, the Thesis Office in the School of Graduate Studies, and with graduate students in support of the electronic thesis submission process.

Monitors developments in scholarly publishing, including those around open access, including OER; institutional repositories; technological initiatives; and funding opportunities, and communicates their implications to Library and University stakeholders.

Keeps current with changing professional and research expectations, service requirements, and developments in academic libraries, especially developments in publishing and dissemination practices, platforms, and tools.

Participates in regional, national, and international communities of practice where appropriate.

Participates on committees, working groups, and project teams to contribute to the development of Library and University strategic initiatives and projects.

Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to providing support for teaching, research, and collection development in one or more subject areas.


Professional Expertise

Graduate degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association, or approved equivalent education and training acceptable for membership in the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Québec.

Minimum of 2 (two) years relevant professional experience in an academic library, or equivalent.

Demonstrated knowledge of the publishing ecosystem and research lifecycle as well as scholarly communications models and practices.

Experience with and knowledge of scholarly publishing platforms (e.g., EPrints, Pressbooks, OJS).

A demonstrated record managing a portfolio of projects at different scales and priorities, each with multiple stakeholders.

Demonstrated communication skills including the ability to prepare and present written and oral reports; make high-level presentations; and engage with librarians, faculty, campus administrators, and members of other scholarly publishing communities.

Knowledge of broad trends and issues relating to open educational resources; institutional repositories; and open access, including national, institutional, and funding agency open access mandates.

Experience in publishing is an asset.

Familiarity with and interest in open source software are assets.

General Competencies

Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain successful partnerships and relationships with librarians, faculty, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.

Initiative and strong leadership skills, with willingness to share expertise, work in teams and negotiate solutions with diverse groups.

Curiosity, drive, and flexibility to discover and try new methods and practices, in support of Library and University strategic directions.

Interest in and capacity for conducting research. An established research portfolio is an asset.

Knowledge of collection development and management issues, concepts, and methods in academic libraries.

Oral and written fluency in English required. Oral fluency and basic written French are assets.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive benefit package.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must supply the following in one (1) single PDF attachment:

  • a letter of interest;
  • curriculum vitae, which must include a statement of your citizenship;
  • the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional

Electronic applications should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on 14 December 2020 to Sandra Biron, Library Personnel Assistant: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that the University’s facilities are currently closed in response to the Coronavirus crisis. As such, the interviews and presentations will be conducted remotely, using video- conferencing software. Candidates will be consulted on a case-by-case basis on the best process and format to use given their location and particular situation.

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their application.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and/or professional experience and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion, at: or by telephone at (514) 848-2424 ext. 4323.

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today.

Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

November 19, 2020

Assistant Director, Editorial and Production Services

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

The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) is looking for an experienced and enterprising person to lead our Editorial Production department. This new opening for an Assistant Director, Editorial and Production Services, comes at an exciting time for the Press as we approach our 50th anniversary and celebrate our renowned academic list, the success of our trade-focused imprints, and the recent launch of RavenSpace, a digital publishing platform for collaborative publishing in Indigenous studies.

A busy department, Editorial Production coordinates the production of 55-60 books annually and is adept at meeting the challenges presented by new types of publications arising from digital initiatives and new modes of publishing, including fully accessible eBooks. As head of the department, you will be overseeing the workflow and activities of an established and highly skilled group of production editors, providing knowledgeable and creative leadership during an exciting and demanding time of change and possibility in scholarly communications.

UBC Press is a collaborative workplace, hence your strong communications skills will be critical in a role that thrives on open conversation and coordination with colleagues from all departments across the Press. As a member of the senior management team, you will also be helping to refine the Press’s overall strategic direction, supporting its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and safeguarding its reputation for excellence with authors and reading audiences alike.

If you would like to learn more about joining UBC Press as it launches into its next fifty years, please click here to link to the UBC listing for a full position description.