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.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing Librarian supports day-to-day coordination and completion of scholarly publishing projects, including Open Educational Resource (OER) projects from the OU Libraries Alternative Textbook Grant and open access journals currently using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. The Scholarly Publishing Librarian participates in the planning, development, and implementation of existing and future publishing initiatives. This position interacts with other members of the Open Initiatives team, other OU Libraries personnel, OU faculty and graduate student editors and authors, as well as other representatives of other academic institutions and troubleshoots and streamlines scholarly publishing workflows, responds to platform and/or publishing questions, supports the operations and growth of OU Libraries publishing services, and develops new and innovative ways in which the Libraries can deliver publishing services to support and anticipate emerging modes of scholarly communication. Furthermore, the Scholarly Publishing Librarian exercises independent professional judgement in working with authors, editors, and other stakeholders in the development of publications and publishing operations. This position trains and provides instruction on digital publishing skills and technologies as needed.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is dedicated to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable educational and work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Position Responsibilities

Scholarly Publishing Coordination

  • Provide expertise in scholarly publishing, including open access journal publishing and open educational resources publishing
  • Consult with authors, editors, and other relevant partners on the scope, objectives, and activities related to open access publishing projects; connect partners to appropriate solutions and translate ideas developed in collaboration with partners into actionable workflows and infrastructure
  • Manage and maintain short- and long-term projects for scholarly publishing initiatives
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for stakeholders using OU Libraries scholarly publishing services, including journal editors, OER authors, and other content creators
  • Develop and deliver openly licensed instruction/training to stakeholders as needed
  • Research best practices and develop documentation on OU Libraries publishing service policies and procedures; evaluate feasibility of emerging platforms, formats and workflows to inform evolving scholarly publishing services
  • Create project plans to increase the reach and awareness of OU Libraries published works
  • Work with Libraries’ personnel to ensure published content is discoverable and accessible
  • Ensure the technical feasibility of digital content
  • Convert and prepare materials for online publication, including creation of metadata; formatting of text documents; proofreading for obvious structural, grammatical, or stylistic errors; and running scripts to convert from PDF, InDesign, or Microsoft Word format (among others)
  • Stay current on activities related to copyright law and licensing issues, open access publication, open educational resources, and emerging areas in digital and scholarly publishing
  • Collect metrics of OU Libraries published works using tools such as Google Analytics, DSpace and OJS statistics, and other tools as appropriate; develop methods for assessing and reporting impact, effectiveness, and relevance of published works and services
  • Ensure visibility of OU Libraries scholarly publishing initiatives by maintaining and developing associated content on the Libraries’ website and guides; represent initiatives on social media

Professional, University and Administrative Service

  • Contribute to and participate in library and university committees and task forces related to primary job assignment and the university community as appropriate or assigned
  • Serve and participate at the local, state, regional, national, and international level in professional associations relating to primary job assignment and related areas
  • Monitor trends and maintain up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas contributing to primary job assignment by participating in appropriate professional development and continuing education activities in the library, on campus, and within the profession
  • Support a diverse, inclusive, and equitable educational and work environment.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in library or information science from a ALA-accredited program OR equivalent experience AND

  • At least one year of professional experience in an academic setting with responsibility for areas such as educational activities, partnership development and maintenance, project management, policy and procedure development/documentation, data analysis, and public- facing promotional activities.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds in a respectful, equitable and inclusive way.
  • Demonstrated skills in effective written and oral communication, including public professional presentations.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently to manage projects/initiatives and to set priorities in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Familiarity with best practices associated with editing, modification, and creation of OER; copyright, open licensing, fair use, and author rights; scholarly communication issues and the associated evolving landscape.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in digital scholarly publishing
  • Experience in open access journal publishing
  • Familiarity with project management tools and concepts
  • Experience with web-based publishing, presentation tools, and various media types
  • Comfort with quantitative data and analysis
  • Experience working with the evolving ecosystem of publishing tools and vendors for open access journal production, including PKP’s Open Journal Systems
  • Experience with publishing tools and vendors for open educational resources, such as Pressbooks, Bookdown, Markdown, or other publishing platforms
  • Knowledge of developing technologies, standards, and best practices in digital scholarship and open publishing, including ethical frameworks

About University Libraries

As the intellectual crossroads of the university, the University of Oklahoma Libraries provides access to resources that fulfill the academic, research, artistic, scholarly, intellectual, and leadership mission of the university. The Libraries serve the university community by demonstrating our core values of diversity and inclusion, integrity, engagement, collaboration, learning, innovation, and agility. We seek to create excellence in the library experience, to support campus research and data stewardship, to build on the excellence of our special collections, and to promote scholarly communication. We invest in our organization by recruiting individuals committed to superior user experience and by actively strengthening and expanding our skills and capabilities.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is the largest academic research library in the state of Oklahoma containing more than 5.4 million volumes (including 1.8 million eBooks), 3.6 million microform materials, over 300 databases, and 170,000 serials. Outstanding special collections include the History of Science Collections, with 100,000 volumes; the Western History Collections, with over 12,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 2 million photographs, 80,000 volumes, 2,700 sound recordings, 5,000 cartographic resources, and 580 works of art; the Harry W. Bass Business History Collections, with over 23,000 volumes; the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, with over 12,000 volumes; and the Chinese Literature Translation Archive, which houses nearly 10,000 volumes and thousands of documents relating to translators of modern Chinese literature in the West.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries’ team consists of 17 library faculty, 56 professional staff, 37 classified staff, 27 graduate assistants and 185 student assistants. Facilities include the Bizzell Memorial Library located in the heart of campus, Monnet Hall, hosting the Western History Collections, and three branch libraries: Architecture Library, Youngblood Energy Library, and Fine Arts Library. Affiliated OU libraries, not within the administrative oversight of University Libraries, include: the Donald E. Pray Law Library on the Norman campus, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library on the Oklahoma City campus, and the Schusterman Library on the Tulsa campus.

University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Greater Western Libraries Alliance, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Newberry Library Consortium, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Public Library of America, HathiTrust, Western Storage Trust, Open Textbook Network.

About the University

The University of Oklahoma serves the educational, cultural, economic, and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. The university is home to over 31,000 students, more than 3,500 faculty and 8,000 staff across all three campuses, and is supported by a $2 billion budget and an endowment of $1.52 billion. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

The central campus and administrative offices of the University of Oklahoma are located in Norman, a city of more than 120,000 residents. Norman is often cited in “best places to live” rankings and is a culturally rich and vibrant community with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living. See for more information about Norman. The state capital, Oklahoma City, is located 20 miles to the north. With over 1.35 million residents and a unique central plains heritage, the Oklahoma City metro is home to a diverse and lively array of arts, culture, dining, sports, and entertainment. For more information about Oklahoma City, see


All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts. To apply for this position, go to and search for job number 200634

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. Inquiries regarding non- discrimination policies may be directed to: Bobby J. Mason, University Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, (405) 325-3546,, or visit the OU Institutional Equity Office.