Job Board

The LPC maintains a list of jobs that incorporate library publishing roles. To be included in this list, the position must be located administratively in a library, or report directly to a library-based supervisor. The primary function(s) of the position must directly engage in the creation, dissemination, and/or curation of scholarly, creative, and/or educational works. Administrative positions that do not directly engage in these functions may be included if they include supervisory responsibility primarily for employees who are performing these functions.

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.

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