George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to lead efforts in management of digital publishing platforms and tools for Mason Publishing and the George Mason University Press. Reporting to the director of Mason Publishing/GMU Press, the digital publishing lead will interact with faculty, students, and library staff in supporting digital publishing platforms, software, and other publishing tools.
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.
The Mason Publishing Group (http://publishing.gmu.edu/) unites the University Libraries’ digital publishing activities with the George Mason University Press to form a set of publishing services for the university.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Focus on use of platforms to publish digital content, including e-journal and e-book hosting platforms such as OJS, PressBooks, and others, by providing project management and user support;
- Manage the daily operations of the university’s institutional repository—Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS);
- Work closely with our metadata services group to insure consistent metadata across all digital platforms;
- Provide support and training for Fenwick Library’s Research Commons, which includes a Digital Scholarship Center and Scholarly Productions Lab;
- Provide support for digital publishing projects and platforms;
- Consult with students, faculty and researchers who want to publish e-content; and
- Maintain and enhance Mason Publishing’s web presence.
- Graduate degree in relevant discipline, such as ALA-accredited masters in library or information science, masters in publishing, and/or other advanced or terminal degree;
- Demonstrated success managing and/or developing digital publications and collections within an academic library, publisher, or knowledge institution;
- Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills and ability to simultaneously lead multiple projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines, leveraging demonstrated creative and innovative problem-solving skills;
- Ability to document relevant policies, procedures, and local standards; and
- Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds.
- Two to four years of professional experience in digital publishing initiatives, digital collections, or digital repositories;
- Experience working with digital publishing or institutional repository platform/software (e.g., Fedora, DSpace, Eprints, Digital Commons, OJS, PressBooks);
- Knowledge of current metadata standards and understanding of metadata principles and practices, such as ONIX, MARC, or other;
- Facility with the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly In-Design (CS5 or later) a plus; and
- Familiarity with a range of web-based technologies and expertise in at least one of the following: XML, CSS3, EPUB, or HTML5.
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 TIAA-CREF; 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 library.gmu.edu for more information.
Applications for this position (FA463z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (firstname.lastname@example.org), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.