The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of the Open Publishing Production Assistant in the Research Informatics and Publishing department. This position will report to the Open Publishing Program Specialist and be a key member of the Open Publishing Program.
This position will be responsible for production of the Bibliography sites and leading the accessibility initiative within Open Publishing. Production work is done using a variety of open source platforms and software (Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Drupal, primarily) in order to publish open access scholarly journals, monographs, bibliographies, and other digital publications.
Tasks include submitting content and content migration into OJS and Drupal, minor layout proofreading and editing, DOI registration, designing and documenting workflows, monitoring and ensuring the quality of data input, tracking project progress, some basic web design work and customization using HTML/CSS, and training student assistants on PDF and web accessibility and journal publishing workflows.
The Research Informatics and Publishing Department is a new, collaborative and innovative unit within the Penn State University Libraries. This department enhances the technology-driven teaching and research capacity of the Penn State community. The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online.
Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred skills and abilities will include:
- Bachelor’s degree in Information Science, Communications, or Art/Humanities or other appropriate field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of the scholarly publishing process.
- Understanding of html/xml/css, and relational databases.
- Familiarity with open source software programs such as OJS and Drupal.
- Creativity and flexibility in using technology to solve problems. Experience with workflow development.
Required competencies will include:
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe CS (especially Acrobat Pro).
- Knowledge of document and web accessibility best practices.
- Ability to work both on projects independently and in small results-oriented teams, and to meet deadlines.
- Proven record of strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
- Written and verbal communication skills consistent with an academic professional.
The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity