Department: 3670003040 Hale Library
Job no: 508229
Work type: Academic / Faculty – 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Pay Grade: 001
About this role
Kansas State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for a creative, collaborative, and service-minded individual to join our Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) as Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian. The individual in this position will have a primary focus of leading, educating, and providing outreach for copyright services, open access, and K-State’s Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative, and will help support the Center’s other services. This position reports to the CADS team lead in the Academic Services Department.
Following a May 22, 2018 fire in Hale Library, the university’s main library, the administration, faculty and staff, who had been looking forward to the creation of a first-floor learning commons, have instead reimagined the entire library from the ground up. Vital to the future of K-State Libraries will be strengthened scholarly communication and copyright services.
This is a full-time tenure-track academic appointment carrying full faculty status and responsibilities. The candidate must have a commitment to scholarly/creative activities and professional service necessary for pursuing tenure at Kansas State University Libraries.
- Serve as primary contact for copyright and open licensing questions; maintain the copyright web presence and libguides.
- Provide outreach, education, workshops, promotion, and consultations to the campus community regarding copyright/fair use, authors’ rights, the institutional repository, publishing, including open/alternative educational resources, open access, and other scholarly communication topics.
- Develop programs, processes, and services that facilitate the discovery, adoption, creation, and adaptation of OERs; develop methods for assessing and reporting progress in adopting OERs and the library’s role in supporting and promoting their use.
- Serve as a core team member of the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative team, coordinating the application process, reviewing and voting for grant awards, and maintaining documentation.
- Assist with New Prairie Press activities in the publication of journals, conferences, ebooks, and OER textbooks.
- Work independently and collaboratively with colleagues to meet current scholarly communication demands and discover future campus needs related to the creation and dissemination of digital scholarship.
- Initiate, build and nurture excellent relationships with a diverse community within the university, as well as external partners, in support of scholarly communication services.
- Stay abreast of emerging, innovative trends and technologies, standards, publishing models, scholarly communication developments and related legislative initiatives and evaluate their adaptation to improve the local environment.
We support diversity and inclusion
Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.
What you’ll need to exceed
- Masters degree from an ALA accredited program
- Demonstrated experience with issues related to open educational resources, copyright, or open access
- Ability to articulate complex concepts, such as copyright, fair use, and open access to students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders
- Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing collegial relationships with students, faculty, and staff
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion in supporting a diverse workforce and serving the needs of a diverse population
- One or more years of experience providing copyright and/or OER guidance
- Demonstrated experience engaging with discipline librarians in the areas of research consultation, instruction, and outreach, and with faculty and other constituents within a liaison librarian model
- Experience preparing and delivering workshops and presentations focused on OER and/or copyright-related topics
- Experience with publishing tools, repository platforms, and software, such as Pressbooks, Digital Commons, and DSpace
- Project management experience
- Grant writing experience
How to apply
Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and upload it along with your completed application:
- Letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization.
- Curriculum vitae
- Names and contact information for three professional references
Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
Background Screening Statement
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.