September 11, 2023

Open Scholarship Librarian

  • University of Maine
  • Orono, ME

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, the Open Scholarship Librarian provides leadership in identifying, developing, and coordinating services and programs to support campus awareness of and participation in the evolving scholarly landscape. Particular emphasis is on open access, author rights, copyright, fair use, and digital rights and access. The position will be responsible for maintaining awareness of national and international publishing trends, intellectual property rights, and copyright that affect access to scholarly information, including researchers’ output. The position will provide vision and planning for the library’s institutional repository and will promote its digital publishing use for faculty, staff, and students, including seeking out and maintaining partnerships across campus. Typical hiring range for this position is $51,183 to $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Complete Job Description

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System’s flagship institution. UMaine is the state’s public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree. Experience in an academic library in a role related to scholarly communications and experience with an institutional repository. Experience with copyright, open access, and other publishing issues.
  • Demonstrated planning and leadership skills with the ability to take initiative, set goals and priorities, and work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse population.
  • Ability to establish priorities, maintain good working relationships with colleagues, work independently, and collaborate and work effectively in a team-oriented environment and as a member of a diverse community.
  • Successful management and strong supervisory experience; proven ability to hire, train, evaluate, and motivate staff.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent public service skills.

Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position” on the linked original post page. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: October 23, 2023
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: November 26, 2023
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: December 11, 2023
Tentative start date: March 18, 2024

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

August 31, 2023

Copyright Services Coordinator

  • Ohio State University
  • Columbus, OH

Copyright Services supports Ohio State faculty, staff, and students by providing guidance and education on the application of copyright law to facilitate teaching, research, and scholarship. Reporting to the Head of Copyright Services, the Copyright Services Coordinator develops instruction, guidance, communications, and advocacy resources on copyright issues for Ohio State and University Libraries, including the development and promotion of educational guidelines and programs around author’s rights, permissions, and fair use as they pertain to the scholarly research life cycle.

The Copyright Services Coordinator executes policy and practice affecting the use and dissemination of library-created, -digitized, -published, -stewarded, -owned, or -licensed content. The Copyright Services Coordinator develops, modifies, and implements copyright procedures and processes for rights investigation and risk assessment for units of University Libraries. Copyright Services is a key partner with Special Collections and Area Studies, Acquisitions and Discovery, Research Services, and others.

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 Content and Access. All other duties as assigned.

Salary: The posting range for this position is $53,800 to $70,000 annually.

Job listing: Please submit cover letter and resume with the online application at by September 12, 2023.

Questions can be directed to Maria Scheid, Head, Copyright Services, at

July 5, 2023

OER, Graphic Design, and Digital Publishing Specialist

  • Virginia Tech
  • Blacksburg, VA

Job Description:  

The OER, Graphic Design, and Digital Publishing Specialist supports the work of the Open Education Initiative which is committed to collaborative work resulting in adoption, adaptation, creation and public sharing of peer-reviewed faculty-authored course materials that are publicly released under open licenses. The specialist works with the Assistant Director of Open Education, Virginia Tech authors, and other team members to ideate, design, develop, adapt, and publish open educational resources and related ancillary learning resources in a variety of formats. With a focus on cohesive design, usability (including accessibility and user experience), and open-licensing of to-be-published resources, the specialist evaluates existing manuscripts, explores applications of alternative technologies, designs original graphical elements to convey complex data and concepts, consults with authors, identifies, uses, and creates openly-licensed elements, implements accessibility strategies, and typesets undergraduate and graduate-level text/mathematical/and figure-intensive manuscripts in Pressbooks or other publishing software. The specialist also contributes to regular project management conversations, informal program and process evaluations, suggestions for improvements, and collaborates with the team in goal setting and implementation.

This position will work with technologies such as Spreadsheets, Pressbooks, H5P, Tableau, TablePress, Adobe Acrobat DC, MSWord, GoogleOffice Suite, Microsoft Teams, PDF remediation software, LaTeX, mathematics conversion software, in-house project management tools, and other software to support projects and develop publishable manuscripts.

Required Qualifications:  
– Proficiency and demonstrated experience using software tools and platforms to create college-level open textbooks or other open educational resources
– Ability to identify potential copyright and open licensing issues in digital and print content
– Experience in designing and producing visually-cohesive data and/or concept-rich college-level learning resources including but not limited to long-form textbooks
– Demonstrated success in establishing and building collaborative working relationships with people from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives
– Strong interpersonal and communication skills
– Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and within a collaborative team environment
– Demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to effectively troubleshoot technical issues in digital publishing
– Excellent time management and ability to successfully handle multiple priorities
– Demonstrated ability to handle multiple complex projects simultaneously, to set priorities, and to meet deadlines
Preferred Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in a STEM or other notation-rich discipline
– Experience in library publishing
– Exceptional proficiency in Pressbooks and in coaching others to use Pressbooks and features within (CSS, TablePress, image sizing etc.)
– Exceptional proficiency with spreadsheets
– Experience developing or improving project tracking, communication, and team productivity tools
– Extensive experience with designing technical and information-rich figures for learning resources
– Experience typesetting mathematics with LaTeX and/or MathML
– Extensive expertise in finding, creating, sharing, and attributing Creative Commons’ licensed works
– Effective management of student peer-review meetings and processes
– Experience processing honoraria and other payments
– Experience planning and supporting in-person and online events, symposia, and workshops
– Human subjects (CITES) research certified
Employment Conditions:
-Applicants are requested to supply a portfolio or series of links demonstrating past projects and to describe their contributions.
-The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
-Remote work is an option for the right employee.
How to apply for this job: Applications must be submitted online at
Quick Link:
Employee Category:  Full-time Staff- Payband 3-$42,000-$44,000 dependent on qualifications and experience
Department: Library
Work Location: Blacksburg, VA

Review Date:  7/24/23

Questions?  Please contact: Rebecca A. Osborne

June 23, 2023

Publishing Librarian I/II

  • Wayne State University
  • Detroit, MI

Essential Functions (Job Duties)

The Wayne State University Library System (WSULS) seeks an innovative, service-oriented Publishing Librarian to advance the University’s mission to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities. Wayne State’s unique characteristics, as both an R1 research and an access institution in the heart of Detroit, offer the interested candidate the opportunity to advance equitable publishing practice in a rigorous academic environment, leveraging the power of peoples’ individual identities and diverse perspectives to produce scholarly content in multiple forms. As academic staff in the AAUP-AFT bargaining unit, the Publishing Librarian joins a collegial body of mutual support, and the opportunity to participate in shared governance with the university.

The successful candidate joins a long-standing library publishing program, which is a founding member of the Library Publishing Coalition. Within WSULS’ Discovery Services Unit, the digital publishing team supports active journals, open textbooks, and the University’s institutional repository. Alongside other WSULS units, the publishing team is working or has worked on open educational resources, digital pedagogy outreach and training materials, and digital humanities projects, as well as open-access backlist eBooks and journal archives from the university press. Candidates for this position may contribute to many of these publishing projects, or others that they may create. As we expand library publishing, WSULS seeks to further its leadership in digital-publishing workflows, infrastructures, and pedagogy and welcomes a librarian whose commitment to uncommon thinking in these areas will push forward our diversity of thought, embodied practice, and publication outreach. For more information on our current work, see

Position Description:

The Publishing Librarian works within the Discovery Services Unit under the supervision of the Assistant Dean. The Library Publishing team is focused on sustainable open publishing, with a pedagogical focus on new practitioners and a commitment to supporting our campus in its engagement with the scholarly communication ecosystem. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with scholars from a variety of backgrounds, including faculty, librarians, students, and the broader community to conceive, enact, advance, and sustain digital, open, library-centered publishing and scholarship. This position has broad latitude to collaborate with partners within and outside the university to pursue advancements in areas including but not limited to new conceptions and outputs of library publishing, publishing workflows and competencies, digital publishing platforms, publishing pedagogy, and digital humanities. Publishing librarians often team with liaison librarian colleagues to support scholarly communication and copyright initiatives in the university. This position also supports Wayne State University library’s institutional repository (currently Bepress’s Digital Commons) in collaboration with the Library Publishing team, including ETD management, journal publishing, and outreach to students and faculty for projects appropriate to the IR.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Collaborate with partners inside and outside the library to conceive and support open scholarship, repository services, and other publishing-related initiatives.
  • Translate ideas developed in collaboration with partners into actionable workflows and infrastructure in the library, with an emphasis on open digital models.
  • Provide project management for ongoing Initiatives in the support and advancement of scholarly publishing services.
  • Provide consultation and support to librarians and the university community on issues related to scholarly publishing, copyright, and scholarly communications
  • Undertake reasonable efforts to remain knowledgeable about current developments in library publishing and related areas in librarianship
  • Contribute to the production activities of the publishing team.


  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently to manage projects and initiatives, to set priorities, and to adapt to changing workflows and tools.
  • Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA- accredited library school.
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in an institutional setting.
  • Curiosity and a commitment to learn where knowledge gaps exist, including new tools and technologies.
  • Understanding of scholarly communication issues.
  • Competency in identifying, analyzing, and solving problems.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience or competency in one or more areas of professional practice in scholarly publishing and/or repository management.
  • Knowledge of publishing trends, issues, and strategies, and/or current digital publishing technologies, standards, and best practices.
  • Experience instantiating and/or working with the evolving ecosystem of digital tools, scholarly publishing platforms, and/or design software.
  • Experience teaching and/or providing digital publishing or repository outreach in an academic setting
  • Experience with metadata, or with a markup language like XML or HTML.
  • Experience with issues relating to copyright, fair use, or rights management.


This is a full-time, regular, 12-month, benefits-eligible appointment as Academic Staff, represented by the AAUP-AFT on an Employment Security Status track. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, employee/dependent life and long-term disability insurance, retirement savings plans, tuition assistance, and generous paid time off. The minimum starting salary for this position at Librarian I is $59,000 and the maximum salary for this position at Librarian II is $63,800. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Joshua Neds-Fox, at

April 12, 2023

Research Data Curation Coordinator

  • University of Houston
  • Houston, TX

The University of Houston seeks a Research Data Curation Coordinator to lead data services across the research lifecycle. Reporting to the Head of Research Services within the University Libraries, the Research Data Curation Coordinator will establish partnerships in the Libraries and on campus to address existing and emerging research data needs of faculty and students and collaborate with researchers to develop data skills through workshops, classroom instruction, and direct interaction with ongoing research projects and infrastructural initiatives. This position supervises one full-time librarian with the possibility of additional personnel based on demonstrated need.  

In these pursuits, the incumbent will build relationships with campus partners engaging in research administration, including the Division of Research, University Information Technology, and the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute. This position also provides opportunities to collaborate with library colleagues to promote research data best practices for accessibility, archiving, assessment, attribution, and discoverability. There is potential growth for the position in areas of data analysis, data visualization, and other areas of digital scholarship. 

The Research Data Curation Coordinator is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians, and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning. 



  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited program, or an advanced degree with demonstrated experience in data management and/or data curation  
  • Experience applying research data lifecycle and open scholarship principles and competencies to research projects  
  • Demonstrated ability to work strategically and collaboratively with stakeholders to build data services, programs, and initiatives 
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills


  • Knowledge of research data management best practices  
  • Experience with data preparation and organization methodologies and tools, such as Python, R, SPSS, and/or ArcGIS 
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and formats used in research 
  • Experience with data repository systems and tools 
  • Embrace open scholarship values 
  • Supervisory, leadership, or project management experience

Salary:  $67,000 to $70,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.  

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at Visit UH Libraries Employment page for more information:   

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Learning, and Talent at 713-743-9761 or  

April 11, 2023

Head of Digital Scholarship & Communication Services

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Highland Heights, KY

The Head of Digital Scholarship and Communication Services is a position that leads the W. Frank Steely Library’s efforts in planning, implementing, and managing an active, comprehensive research services program that meets the educational needs of the campus. This is a unique opportunity to shape the library’s growing role leading digital scholarship services, including support for digital tools and collections, maker technology, and open educational resources. The individual will provide leadership for associated library technology and software and make recommendations for establishing new services related to digital scholarship.

Reporting to the Dean of the Library, the Department Head will lead a team of faculty librarians and staff who hold functional roles. The successful candidate is a dynamic, student-focused educator with demonstrated leadership skills, who continually transforms and assesses research services by using quantitative and qualitative data to inform planning while actively monitoring the campus curriculum. With enthusiasm, the Department Head will build an understanding of the library’s role in advancing the institution’s focus on undergraduate research. This position serves on the Library’s leadership team and will contribute to the development and implementation of the Library’s vision and goals.

The W. Frank Steely Library provides a wide range of library services to support the University’s commitment to its Success by Design strategic framework, which promotes student success by embracing inclusiveness, equity, global awareness, and academic needs of students and faculty in each academic college. Library faculty and staff have enhanced traditional services to better address 21st century information needs and are collaborative partners across campus. The library’s seventeen faculty members and eighteen staff members are leading NKU’s campus-wide Quality Enhancement Plan on Information Literacy and the implementation of an open educational resources platform for academic libraries throughout the state of Kentucky, and manage NKU’s makerspace for prototyping and fabrication.

NKU is a public comprehensive university located in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area. The university delivers innovative, learner-centered education and engages in impactful scholarly and creative activities, all of which empower students for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives while contributing to the social and economic vitality of the region. NKU has almost 14,000 students, over 2,000 faculty and staff. It offers 79 undergraduate degree programs, master’s degrees in 21 disciplines, graduate certificates in 15 areas, two doctoral programs, a law degree, and in a partnership with the University of Kentucky and St. Elizabeth Hospital opened a medical school in the fall of 2019.

Primary Responsibilities

Leadership in Digital Scholarship & Communications
· Supervises a team of librarians and staff responsible for implementing research services and outreach, including workload distribution, goal setting, performance evaluation, teaching observations, and professional development.
· Provides leadership for the development, maintenance, and support of digital scholarship services for both undergraduate and graduate programs, including face-to-face and virtual modes of delivery.
· Envisions, investigates, and launches new services aligned with the research and scholarship lifecycle, supporting areas including scholarly communications, data management, and geospatial information.
· Oversees the Stego Studio makerspace and program, a student-focused state of the art facility supporting prototyping, design, and creation across the disciplines.
· Supports the growing open educational resources (OER) program to enhance textbook affordability and social justice.
· Provides direction and supports growth of the digital repository (
· Oversees library-led support for citation management services.
· Oversees training and professional development for librarians and staff on aspects of digital scholarship and communications, including best practices.
Liaison Responsibilities & Leadership in Organizational Culture
· In collaboration with other library department heads, serves as a Research Help Coordinator responsible for co-managing a suite of services, including walk-up help, chat service (local and consortial), and consultations.
· Serves on/collaborates with campus committees, related campus departments/units, and Library committees and task forces.
· Liaises with campus departments and centers, and external partners to create programming and services to support the educational mission of the university.
· Leads the effort for Library to be recognized across campus as an active contributor to undergraduate and graduate research initiatives.
· Communicates with clarity and transparency to internal and external stakeholders.
· Actively promotes an environment of continual improvement by engaging in ongoing learning, information sharing, and professional development.
· Contributes to research tutoring and consultations.
· Other duties as assigned.
· Participates in Library and campus-wide committees and NKU faculty governance.


Minimum Qualifications
    • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library or information science program or an ALA approved foreign equivalent.
    • Demonstrated experience in digital scholarship, scholarly communications, open educational resources, maker technology, or another relevant functional area.
    • Supervisory experience and/or evidence of the ability to be an effective team leader who fosters an inclusive, efficient, and collegial workplace.
Preferred Qualifications
· Experience planning for, launching, and assessing new research or digital scholarship services.
· Experience managing and growing a digital repository or related technology.
· Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in research support, digital scholarship, and scholarly communications.
· Ability to lead and manage complex teams.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries or higher education.
· Ability to work well both independently and in a collaborative environment and to contribute to professional service.
· Exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills plus a demonstrated commitment to professional development/achievement.
· Ability to create an exciting, future-oriented library.

Applications submitted by April 20, 2023 will receive full consideration. Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on April 20, 2023.