February 11, 2019

General Software Developers

  • Public Knowledge Project
  • Remote

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) at Simon Fraser University ( is seeking full-time and part-time Software Developers to join our team in providing the leading open source platform for running academic journals, books, and conferences. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, PKP Software Developers are responsible for designing, developing, and implementing clear and secure software solutions for a variety of PHP-based applications. Duties also include conducting system analysis and recommending changes or enhancements, actively participating in an international developer community, conferring with users to better understand system requirements and usability issues, investigating problem areas, and general troubleshooting.

Tired of commuting to the office everyday from 9 to 5? As a member of the PKP team, you are able to work anywhere in the world during the hours that work best for you (apart from some regularly scheduled team meetings). You will have opportunities to travel, participate in conferences and workshops, and interact with a growing international community of users in the academic, software development, and publishing worlds. This is a fixed-term contract with a probationary period and good potential for continuing work. Salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.

Qualifications include:

  • Experience with current web development technology, especially PHP and Javascript.
  • Experience with SQL (esp. MySQL and PostgreSQL), Apache, and Linux server administration.

Additional consideration given for:

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, PKP software (e.g. Open Journal Systems) or a similar open source project is valuable but not necessary.
  • Enthusiasm for open source projects and understanding of the benefits of openness in general (open access, open standards, open data, open access to information, etc.)
  • Experience with current user interface and user experience best practices, using AJAX, JQuery, CSS, and/or similar tools.

Interested applicants should send the following:

  • a cover letter containing a summary of their experience, and at least two references;
  • a copy of their resume; and
  • code samples, ideally in PHP, ideally open-source (e.g. via a Github repository).

Please submit your application to Kevin Stranack, Managing Director, PKP ( Posting will remain open until filled.


The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative led by scholars, librarians, and software developers from around the world. We have been developing free, open source software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals, books, and conferences since 2001. Our current software suite is comprised of four modules: Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), Open Conference Systems (OCS), and Open Harvester Systems (OHS). More than 10,000 journals use OJS, our flagship software. This popularity, together with demand for our publishing services, has increased the need for continued development and customization. In addition to open source software, PKP is committed to open access research, education and advocacy. Together, with like minded individuals and institutions, we make knowledge public.

Visit our website (, GitHub (, and Community Forum ( to learn more.

January 24, 2019

SWORD Server Developer

  • Public Knowledge Project
  • Remote

The Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University ( is seeking a Software Developer to join our team in providing the leading open source platform for running academic journals, books, and conferences. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, PKP Software Developers are responsible for designing, developing, and implementing clear and secure software solutions for a variety of PHP-based applications.

We are looking for a developer who can help us support SWORD, an AtomPub profile, by implementing a server-side implementation in PHP. This implementation will be integrated into Open Journal Systems (OJS), our flagship software, in order to permit OJS to receive submissions via the SWORD protocol.

This is a fixed-term contract with a probationary period and good potential for continuing work. Compensation is based on qualifications and experience.

Qualifications include:

  • Experience with current web development technology, especially PHP and Javascript.
  • Experience with SQL (esp. MySQL and PostgreSQL), Apache, and Linux server administration.

Additional consideration given for:

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, PKP software (e.g. Open Journal Systems) or a similar open source project is valuable but not necessary.
  • Enthusiasm for open source projects and understanding of the benefits of openness in general (open access, open standards, open data, open access to information, etc.).
  • Experience with current user interface and user experience best practices, using AJAX, JQuery, CSS, and/or similar tools.

Interested applicants should send the following:

  • a cover letter containing a summary of their experience, and at least two references;
  • a copy of their resume; and
  • code samples, ideally in PHP, ideally open-source (e.g. via a Github repository).

Please submit your application to Kevin Stranack, Managing Director, PKP ( Posting will remain open until filled.

Background information:

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a research and development initiative based at Simon Fraser University with many development partners and supporters around the world. PKP has been developing free, open source software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals, books, and conferences for 15 years. The PKP software suite is comprised of four modules: Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems, and Open Harvester Systems; as well as a variety of supporting software projects. Visit PKP and have a look at the software and code.

January 15, 2019

Production Assistant for Repository Services

  • The Ohio State University
  • Columbus, OH

About Us:

University Libraries’ Publishing and Repository Services (PRS) engages with partners across the university to increase the amount, value, and impact of OSU-produced digital content including, but not limited to, conference proceedings, journals, monographs, student scholarship, working papers, technical reports, and faculty articles. PRS offers support by organizing, providing access, distributing, and preserving digital scholarship through the Knowledge Bank repository program and the Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Program.


The Production Assistant reports to the Publishing Services Lead and performs production work for Publishing and Repository Services on multiple simultaneous projects. Production work includes: submitting content, creating metadata, DOI registration, designing and documenting workflows, monitoring and ensuring the quality of data input, tracking projects in project database, and scheduling and supervising the production work of student assistants. The Production Assistant works collaboratively with the Head of the Department and other departmental staff. The position requires attention to detail, sound judgment and decision making, and knowledge of related and applicable software programs (e.g. DSpace).

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Information Science, Communications, or Art/Humanities or other appropriate field or an equivalent combination of education and experience; excellent organizational skills and ability to work with detail. Ability to assist with projects under minimal supervision and to meet deadlines; excellent oral 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; supervisory experience.

Please apply online at from January 12, 2019 through January 27, 2019.

January 2, 2019

Assistant Managing Editor

  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati, OH

General Description:

This three-year term appointment coordinates author management from project transmittal to print and production for the University of Cincinnati Press and all aspects of production and manufacturing of print and digital books for university press imprints including Cincinnati Library Publishing Services.

Relationship and Authority:

This position reports to the Director of University Press.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for timely project management of editorial, proofreading, and indexing activities for assigned print, digital and online books and projects from manuscript transmittal to final printer and eBook files.
  • Create and maintain project production schedules.
  • Establish contact with author at project assignment and maintain contact through production cycle to ensure timely publication of projects.
  • Schedule and coordinate book production dates with author’s freelancers and manufacturing suppliers.
  • Responsible for overall quality of editing, proofreading, production and printing of individual list of books and journals.
  • Evaluate manuscripts for completeness; prepare analysis of copyediting and design needs in collaboration with authors.
  • Prepare front matter.
  • Register projects for ISBN’s DOI’s and LOC.
  • Recommend and contract freelancers for press projects. Maintain sufficient freelancer pool.  Provide feedback to freelancers and director.
  • Coordinate handoffs between freelancers and authors. Provide production guidance for authors upon review of copyedited and typeset manuscripts. Review and proof author changes to copyedited manuscript, page proofs, check final eBook files and advance copies.
  • Obtain print quotes and place print orders. Manage reprints.
  • Obtain digital files and distribute as needed. Help develop workflows and freelancer pool for commercial and open access production.
  • Work responsibly and within allocated book and project budget.
  • Approve invoices and monitor production costs.
  • Provide regular updates of budget expenditures.
  • Update P&L’s with actual costs.
  • Forecast FY production costs based on forthcoming lists.
  • Proofread cover, sales and marketing copy and materials.
  • Oversee work of production interns, graduate assistants, freelancers and work study students.
  • Position may include some travel to industry and academic meetings.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with one (1) year experience; -OR- Associate’s degree with three (3) years’ experience; -OR- five (5) years’ experience. Degree must be in English, Journalism, or a related field. Experience must be in publications and include production and editing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in publishing, humanities or social sciences.
  • One (1) year of editorial experience in book or journal publishing, include proofreading, editing, coordination of multiple + projects (long form monographs, trade books and scholarly journals) simultaneously, expense tracking and ability to stay within budget allocations and timelines.
  • Effective written and oral communication, and analytical and organizational skills including, Chicago, MLA and APA styles.
  • Strong working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and project management software.

Additional Details:

  • Based on the nature of this position, the university is unable to provide sponsorship for work visas.
  • This is a three year term appointment without guarantee of renewal.
  • Please include a resume and cover letter in your application.
  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2019.

About the UC Press

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Press publishes peer-reviewed, scholarly and theory-to-practice transdisciplinary books in social justice, community engagement and collective impact written by leading-edge scholars and thought-leaders from across the globe. Additionally, the Press publishes books that highlight the greater regional Cincinnati area.

The Press aims to erase the boundaries between individual academic disciplines, exploring social justice topics from various field across social sciences, STM and humanities. Some of the Press digital projects will include enhanced formats and new modes of publishing.

The Press reports to the Dean of the University of Cincinnati Library and maintains a small staff. Our publishing vision creates encourages the use of rich media and interactive data with the goal of establishing an intellectual common for social justice scholars, students, educated lay and industry practitioners and general readers.

About the University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is a premier public urban research university, ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight.” Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses. #HottestCollegeInAmerica

About the UC Libraries

The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources. The Libraries strive to be a creative and dynamic organization that is recognized as a model provider of access to premier library collections and quality service.

In May 2014, the Libraries launched its Strategic Plan, with the vision to become the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university—positioning itself as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus. UC Libraries’ commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion is incorporated and embraced by the 11 tenets embedded in our Strategic Plan.

Interested candidates please go to

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.

December 17, 2018

Scholarly Communications Librarian

  • Florida State University Libraries
  • Tallahassee, FL

The Florida State University Libraries invites applications from enthusiastic, collaborative, and service-oriented candidates for the position of Scholarly Communications Librarian. Reporting to the Director of the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship, the Scholarly Communications Librarian leads the planning, coordination, implementation, and assessment of programs and services that focus on providing open and sustainable access to FSU research outputs. This position provides strategic direction for FSU’s open access research repository, the implementation of FSU’s Faculty Senate Open Access Policy, and the ongoing development of FSU Libraries’ digital publishing services. In addition, the Scholarly Communications Librarian conducts outreach and education efforts and liaises with subject librarians, working groups, and campus partners in order to increase the visibility and impact of campus scholarship and to promote an institutional culture that values and rewards openness. The ideal candidate will provide expertise on open access, open education, copyright, fair use, author rights, and ongoing developments in scholarly communication. This position will be an integral part of FSU Libraries’ digital scholarship program, joining a highly collaborative team of accomplished professionals who provide consultations, technical expertise, project development, and infrastructure for open and innovative research projects.


  • Coordinate the growth and development of DigiNole, FSU’s institutional repository, in collaboration with the Repository Specialist and Repository Developer
  • Oversee the implementation of FSU’s Faculty Senate Open Access Policy
  • Manage the Libraries’ open access publishing fund and explore other mechanisms for funding open access
  • Lead the Libraries’ open and affordable textbook initiative, including management of a successful OER mini-grant program
  • Manage journal hosting partnerships and explore solutions for monograph publishing
  • Serve as a library resource on copyright, fair use, and grants compliance, especially as they relate to academic publishing
  • Develop trainings and guides on copyright and scholarly communication for library and campus constituencies
  • Maintain and build collaborative partnerships with research and administrative units on campus
  • Monitor advancements in scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, and related legislative and funding initiatives, and communicate their implications to campus stakeholders
  • Explore related research topics, including: publishing platforms, bibliometrics and altmetrics, open peer review, current research information systems, data management and curation, etc.
  • The nature and scope of the responsibilities for this position are expected to change as the Library organization and scholarly communications services evolve.


  • ALA-­accredited master’s degree, JD, or advanced degree in a relevant discipline
  • One year of relevant experience in an academic or research library setting
  • A strong public-service orientation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of institutional repositories
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current issues, trends, best practices, and new and emerging technologies in scholarly communications
  • Knowledge of copyright law as it relates to fair use and library exemptions, new modes of scholarly communication, open access, and authors’ rights
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff in a team environment
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility to carry out project-based work, both independently and collaboratively


  • Two years of experience in a role related to scholarly communications, including copyright and fair use, academic publishing, and data management
  • Experience communicating and conducting outreach about scholarly communication issues to a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience designing and delivering effective instruction and training activities
  • Demonstrated success leading teams
  • Demonstrated success managing and completing projects
  • Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional service
  • Familiarity with relevant repository and publishing platforms (Islandora, OJS)

Other Information

The Florida State University Libraries provide collections and services to enhance the learning, teaching, research, and service activities of the University. The Libraries’ collections include over 4 million titles and offer access to more than 1,064 databases and 120,000 electronic journals, supplemented by a robust interlibrary loan program, including the statewide UBorrow system which includes over 15 million books from all 40 state university and college libraries. The Library Express Delivery Service delivers books and articles to faculty and graduate students on a daily basis. With almost 2 million visitors each year, Strozier Library, FSU’s largest library, is open 134 hours each week, providing around-the-clock research assistance and other services like free academic tutoring and a rich array of academic support throughout the day and late into the night.

As a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the FSU Libraries rank among the largest research libraries in North America. The Libraries also belong to the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Florida Virtual Campus/Florida Academic Library Service Cooperative, and are the designated Florida service hub for the Digital Public Library of America.

Florida State University is located in beautiful Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city, a growing, diverse community with a population of more than 357,000. The University’s location affords students and faculty opportunities for interaction with state and federal agencies for internships, research, and part-time employment, as well as a myriad of social, cultural, and recreational activities. The main campus is located on 476 acres in Tallahassee with other facilities throughout Florida as well as locations overseas.

Founded in 1851, FSU is a public, fully accredited, graduate-research university offering more than 300 academic and professional degrees in programs ranging from Business and Physics to Music and Creative Writing. Florida State University provides extraordinary opportunities for undergraduate students to build a strong foundation in their chosen fields; to study abroad; to engage in service activities; benefit from world-class library and technical facilities; participate in extensive intramural and recreational events; and interact with some of the finest students and faculty in the nation in a distinctive, welcoming environment.  The University instills the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and achievement.


SU Libraries is a member of SPARC, the Library Publishing Coalition, the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, and the Open Textbook Network. The Office of Digital Research and Scholarship (DRS) was formed in 2015 and has since grown to include five full-time professional staff. For more information about the DRS team, including a portfolio of past and current projects and initiatives, see

Anticipated Salary Range

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications. Excellent benefits. Professional development funding is provided, mentoring, and the opportunity to work on cross-functional teams and faculty committees.

Pay Plan

This is a Faculty position.

How to Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at (search for Job ID 44545). If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details even if attaching a Vita.

Faculty Information

This is a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian.

December 10, 2018

Copyright and Scholarly Communications Manager

  • Ball State
  • Muncie, IN

Position Description

The minimum salary for this position is $70,000.

The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Manager is a vital member of the Digital Scholarship and Special Collections unit of University Libraries, providing leadership to develop and advance initiatives and programs in areas related to scholarly communications, open access publishing, copyright compliance, and fair use.  The person hired for this position will manage the University Libraries Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office and contribute to the operation of the University Libraries’ Office of Digital Research and Publishing, launched as an area within the University Libraries in 2018, by leading the development of programs and collaborative services related to open access scholarly publishing, copyright compliance and fair use, and research data management.  The Office of Digital Research and Publishing advances the creation, dissemination, and preservation of high-quality online scholarship created at Ball State University through collaborative opportunities, workshops and instruction, consultative services, and technology solutions.

The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Manager will play a crucial role in both building new programs and sustaining existing, successful initiatives.  This work will include advancing an open access journal publishing program through the Open Journal Systems platform, developing a program to mint Digital Object Identifiers for University scholarly content, guiding the continued growth of the Cardinal Scholar Institutional Repository, and continuing the successful delivery of consultative services to faculty and students regarding copyright and fair use best practices in research and teaching.  Through managing these programs, the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Manager will advance meaningful, inclusive, and innovative scholarship and pedagogy at Ball State University.

For a full job description and to submit an application, please visit this link on the Ball State University employment opportunities site: Please note that applications can only be accepted via this link/site.

December 3, 2018

Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing

  • Vanderbilt University
  • Nashville, TN

Position Description

The Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing is part of the Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications Office and reports to its Director. The Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing collaborates with library staff, the digital imaging lab, and other campus publishing partners to maintain, promote, and expand the Libraries’ publishing services as related to digital editions, scholarly journals, digital exhibits, digital humanities projects, and electronic theses and dissertations. Moreover, the position envisions digital media and publishing as opportunities to enhance digital literacy on campus, in both teaching and research, through support for the adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the use of DOIs and ORCiDs. The Librarian strengthens relationships with campus centers at Vanderbilt, including the Center for Digital Humanities, Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning, and the Wond’ry, in addition to liaising with the Special Collections Library, Digital Imaging Lab, and other intra-library partners

About the Work Unit:

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University is comprised of nine libraries, including Special Collections & University Archives. We seek to create a welcoming environment and provide services for research and scholarship, the libraries are dynamic places for faculty & staff, students and alumni to reflect and discover.

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are fundamental to the university’s goal of advancing scholarship and learning. We collect, preserve and make accessible a wide variety of resources, we partner with faculty and students to shape research, and we encourage the development of informed scholars and engaged citizens

Duties and Responsibilities:

Promote and support the creation of digital media

  • Promotes and supports the adoption of tools such as Omeka and Scalar, as well as the Adobe creative suite of products.
  • Supports digital exhibits for Special Collections and University Archives, the Fine Arts Gallery, digital humanities projects, and other campus projects and partners.
  • Liaises with Digital Imaging Lab to support the visualization of unique Vanderbilt collections.

Advances digital publishing programs on campus

  • Assists Director for Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications to develop awareness of the digital publishing opportunities across campus;
  • Provides guidance about producing and publishing digital editions in TEI and other textual formats;
  • Liaises with existing publishing partners and supports their use of Open Journal Systems (OJS) while exploring new publishing tools and partners;
  • Supports the use of DOIs and ORCID in collaboration with metadata services team Identifiers on campus;
  • Represents Vanderbilt Libraries to the Library Publishing Coalition;
  • Refines and expands existing workflows, policies, and practices surrounding the publication of electronic theses and dissertations;
  • Works with Centers, Institutes, the Graduate School, and other campus partners to foster the creation, dissemination, and preservation of multimodal, digitally-born scholarly outputs.

Promotes the adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources

  • Partners with faculty, librarians, student organizations, and digital learning and teaching administrators to promote open pedogeological practices and the resources that underpin them;
  • Liaises with existing groups on campus to locate and evaluate existing OER and explore the creation of new forms of OER;
  • Develops and leads trainings for librarians and the broader campus community on OER and associated open scholarship and publishing components.

Research and Development

  • Investigates new and emerging technologies in digital editions and publishing;
  • Presents and publishes on topics related to library support for open access publishing, adoption and creation of open educational resources, and/or developing digital exhibits and digitally visualizing special collections.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate:

  • A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or an advanced degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build meaningful partnerships across a broad cross section of campus is necessary.
  • Experience working with digital exhibits, visualizing digital projects, or publishing open access journals or open educational resources is necessary.
  • Strong user-focus and ability to thrive in a team-based environment is necessary.
  • Functional knowledge of open source content management platforms such as Omeka or publishing platforms such as OJS or PubPub is preferred.
  • Practical experience with XML and related technologies for publishing digital editions (BaseX,eXist, JATS, RelaxNG, Schematron, TEI, XPath, XQuery, and XSLT) is strongly preferred.
  • Conversant with linked data principles and platforms, including the IIIF standards, JSON-LD, Wikidata, and the W3C Hydra Core for Hypermedia-Driven Web APIs is preferred.

About Vanderbilt Benefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s benefits at VU Benefits Overview.

About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”


Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


November 19, 2018

Director for Scholarly Communications

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Greensboro, NC

Position Description

The University Libraries seek an experienced, innovative, and collaborative librarian to serve as Director for Scholarly Communications. The UNC Greensboro Libraries are committed to advancing the capabilities of university researchers through improved forms of scholarly communication, particularly in the emerging digital publishing environment. The ideal candidate is a librarian with a law degree (preferred, but not required) who would take leadership in promoting and safeguarding the role of the Library in the scholarly communication process, maximizing access to scholarship, and preserving the full rights of creators, disseminators, and users of scholarly information under current copyright law.

This position will lead outreach efforts on behalf of the University Libraries to campus faculty in support of scholarly publication innovations and reforms, act as a campus resource on copyright compliance, collaborate to further library Open Access initiatives, and facilitate other local content reproduction and dissemination functions. This 12-month tenure track position will collaborate with personnel in departments across the University Libraries, including Technical Services, Electronic Resources and Information Technology (ERIT), and Research, Outreach, and Instruction (ROI). The position will exercise broad independent judgement and authority under the general direction of the Dean of the University Libraries.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an educational and instructional program to increase UNCG community awareness of copyright, Open Access, and other scholarly communications issues.
  • Serve as a resource on licensing policies, as well as copyright compliance issues related to e-reserves, fair use, and Open Access.
  • Will work with Office of Research and Engagement, Campus Legal, and other university groups to coordinate activities and problem solve on author agreements, compliance issues, and licensing
  • Develop and maintain a broad network of partners among faculty, scholars, graduate students, and administrators and committees in campus and system wide offices to inform, support, and advance the library’s scholarly communication programs and goals.
  • Serve as a campus advocate for Open Access, speaking and writing about the issues in local and national forums and publications.
  • Consult and advise on publishing agreements, retention of right to deposit materials in the campus institutional repository, and the process of placing materials on print or electronic reserve.
  • Work closely with liaisons who are involved with collection management and scholarly communication activities in the social sciences, humanities, arts, life, physical, and health sciences fields and prepare communication tools they can use with their constituencies.
  • Lead Library participation in current and newly developed initiatives that encourage and enable faculty to manage their own copyright and improve the economics of and access to published research. E.g. establish mechanisms to assist faculty with publishing choices and agreements as authors of information and fair use of copyrighted works as users of information; assist in populating and promoting use of the campus institutional repository; explore opportunities to facilitate alternative faculty publication venues.
  • Monitor national copyright and intellectual property trends and policy issues.
  • Develop and maintain the University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications web presence.
  • Serve on relevant Libraries’ and University committees.
  • Participate in local, regional, and national groups and initiatives related to scholarly communications, copyright, and related issues.
  • Work in concert with institutional repository and open access publishing team members across multiple departments to promote tools and platforms related to scholarly publishing and digital scholarship.
  • Work to promote Open Educational Resources and lowering the cost of textbooks for students on campus.

Minimum Qualifications include:

  • A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Three years relevant experience, preferably in an academic library environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues in the academic environment.
  • Evidence of leadership, entrepreneurship, and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, and openness to new ideas.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and flexibly with a diverse staff in a rapidly changing environment, in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Aptitude for thinking creatively and developing products and services, such as publications, training materials, workshops, conferences, and other tools relevant to scholarly communications, copyright, and fair use.
  • Evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing program of professional involvement and development at a level that would merit reappointment and awarding of tenure.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Project Management Training
  • Experience in preparing and delivering copyright instruction.
  • Understanding of the changing environment for scholarly communications and alternative publishing models.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with faculty

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • A Juris Doctor degree
  • Experience with digitization projects


The salary for the position is competitive with similar positions nationally and is contingent upon the qualifications and experience.

To Apply:

Apply at URL:


November 19, 2018

Scholarly Communications Librarian

  • Villanova University
  • Villanova, PA

Position Description

Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library seeks a dynamic, engaging, and collaborative professional to lead the Library’s scholarly communication efforts in coordination with internal and external partners. Reporting to the Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, the Scholarly Communications Librarian identifies, develops, and promotes strategic scholarly communication services and programs. The incumbent engages others around scholarly communication issues through outreach, education, training, and collaborative projects. The successful candidate will also be responsible for outreach, information literacy instruction, research support, and collection development in assigned disciplines and programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leads the Library’s scholarly communication program. Works collaboratively to set directions, manage projects, and educate the Villanova community.
  • Serves as the Library’s expert on scholarly communication including, but not limited to, alternative publishing models, intellectual property rights, scholarly visibility and impact, online identity management, and equitable access to the University’s scholarly output.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff. Implements an active and engaging outreach program to ensure awareness of scholarly communication issues and trends among Villanova community. Advocates for community needs to other library staff.
  • Oversees library publication projects such as the Library’s Open Journal Systems implementation.
  • Advocates campus-wide for open access.
  • Leads exploration of best practices in documenting and strengthening access to the University’s intellectual output.
  • Surveys and assesses community needs for scholarly communication services and programs.
  • Partners with faculty on research projects and course design. Consults with faculty, students, and staff on scholarly communication issues. Creates educational resources on scholarly communication topics.
  • Serves as liaison to one or more academic departments or programs.

Qualifications include:

  • MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution, or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline.Clear understanding of academic research and scholarly communication practices.

    • Experience advising others on scholarly communication topics.
    • Demonstrated ability for developing effective and strategic partnerships with members of a diverse community.
    • Ability to effectively articulate complex concepts such as copyright, fair use, and open access.
    • Knowledge of and interest in issues, trends and technologies related to scholarly communication.
    • Experience in successfully managing collaborative projects.
    • Demonstrated ability to design and implement effective training modules/tools.


The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending on qualifications and experience.


Falvey Memorial Library is situated in the heart of campus and is central to academic life at Villanova University. Falvey, with a dedicated staff of approximately 50 FTE, is a friendly and exciting place that values work-life balance. The Library developed VuFind, an open-source ILS discovery layer, which is used by organizations world-wide, and was the university library recipient of the ACRL 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

Villanova University is located on a beautiful 260-acre suburban campus close to Philadelphia and was founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

Nominations and Applications:

To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information via the Jobs at Villanova website:

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.