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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 Wayne State University Library System (WSULS) seeks an innovative, service-oriented Publishing Librarian (I/II/III) 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. The university mission embodies 150 years of educational excellence and access: its students, staff, and faculty are driven to transcend historical and divisive inequities in our society. Our mission of access and proud culture of diversity demands a Publishing Librarian who embraces an environment of inclusion that extends beyond simple tolerance by leveraging the power of peoples’ individual identities and diverse perspectives to produce scholarly content in multiple forms.

The successful candidate joins an accomplished team of library professionals in a long-standing library publishing program, which is a founding member of the Library Publishing Coalition. Within WSULS’ Discovery Services Unit (DSU), the digital publishing team works to support four active journals, and has focused on and supports the adoption and growth of the University’s institutional repository and digital collections. Alongside other WSULS units, the publishing team is working on open educational resources, digital pedagogy outreach and training materials, digital humanities projects, and digital collections platforms, as well as open-access backlist eBooks and journal archives from the university press. 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 DSU under the supervision of the Assistant Dean. Located in WSULS’s developing organizational unit called the Publishing House, which is a pedagogically focused publishing center in the Libraries, the successful candidate will work in collaboration with students, faculty, librarians, and the broader community to conceive, enact, advance, and sustain digital library-centered publishing and scholarship. This position has broad latitude to collaborate with partners in and outside the university to pursue advancements in areas including but not limited to publishing workflows and competencies, digital publishing platforms, publishing pedagogy, digital humanities, and digital collections.

Early opportunities will include contributing to the implementation phases of the Vega publishing system, the establishment of the Publishing House, and collaboration with the Michigan Digital Publishing group–a coalition of publishing thought-leaders at state universities in the Michigan Research Corridor.

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.

* Contribute to the production activities of the publishing team


* Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school.

* Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting.

* Curiosity and a commitment to learn where knowledge gaps exist.

* Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently to manage projects and initiatives and to set priorities.

* Understanding of scholarly communication issues.

* Competency in identifying, analyzing, and solving problems.

* Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience instantiating and working with the evolving ecosystem of digital tools, such as Omeka, and their dependencies.

* Experience with UNIX/Linux/OSX operating systems and the LAMP environment.

* Demonstrated experience or competency in one or more areas of professional practice in scholarly publishing and repository management.

* Experience teaching.

* Knowledge of one or more common web programming or scripting languages (e.g. Ruby, Python, PHP, Javascript).

* Knowledge of developing technologies, standards, and best practices in digital scholarship, data services, and open publishing.

* Demonstrated experience with digital research approaches and techniques, such as text encoding or analysis, web development, digital storytelling, multimodal publishing, digital exhibits, or database design.


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.


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