York University Libraries is seeking a two-year contractually-limited appointment (CLA) for a Scholarly Communications and Metrics Literacy Librarian to support library and institutional priorities around increasing research participation, maximizing the impact and diversity of York’s scholarly outputs, and supporting the research visibility needs of scholars at York University. The successful candidate will be directly responsible for co-developing, advancing, and supporting a range of services around scholarly communications, research impact, and metrics literacy. Working in coordination with colleagues in the departments of Open Scholarship and Digital Scholarship Infrastructure, the candidate will support programs designed to monitor York’s publications and attribution record in bibliometric data sources; coordinate disambiguation and publication profiling efforts at the university; provide guidance on the responsible use of metrics; and support individual researcher needs around research impact reporting. The candidate will also support research data management programs at York, in partnership with data librarians and scholarly communications librarians.
Projects and responsibilities
• Collaboratively develop and support curricular and co-curricular programming in the areas of scholarly communications, research data management (RDM), metrics literacy and research visibility while serving as a library contact for support in these areas.
• Provide consultation services and support colleagues on the use of research metrics, including guidance around citation analysis, disciplinary considerations for research impact assessment, the use of various databases to extract bibliometric and altmetric data, and the use of researcher identification and profiling tools.
• Support research data management programs and policies by leveraging RDM tools and workflows; collaborate with data librarians on providing holistic support for RDM services with a focus on data management planning and data deposit.
• Support a range of scholarly communications activities and programs in priority areas determined by the Libraries’ strategic priorities, informed in part by the Open Access and Open Data Steering Committee.
• Support library projects designed to track and enhance the visibility of York University research related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
• Support university-wide researcher profiling initiatives, including York’s ORCID integration campaign and the electronic CV initiative.
• Liaise with bibliometric and profiling database vendors to address technical issues with software or platforms and coordinate necessary technical support for researchers.
• Undertake reference/teaching/cluster support and disciplinary responsibilities, which will be assigned considering institutional priorities or the incumbent’s disciplinary knowledge and research interests.
• Candidates must have a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA-accredited program or its recognized equivalent.
• leadership capacity and evidence of building effective working relationships with a variety of colleagues and stakeholders;
• aptitude for adapting to new responsibilities and environments, independent learning and engagement with technology and software, including self-sufficient technical troubleshooting; and
• ability to provide research and consultation services to researchers with varying levels of technical expertise or equivalent experience.
• advancing new programmatic areas and outreach programs and engaging stakeholders in these developments;
• implementing projects using project management techniques;
• managing multiple projects with competing deadlines; and
• teaching, presenting, or training.
• bibliometric indicators (such as publication counts, citation counts, h-indexes, and journal metrics) and methods for the quantification of research impact;
• research metric data sources, such as Dimensions, Altmetric, SciVal, Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar;
• issues related to the responsible use of impact metrics and bibliometric data in research evaluation;
• researcher identification and profiling systems such as ORCID and Scopus Author ID;
• the scholarly publishing landscape and the scholarly communications lifecycle, including issues around open access and copyright; and
• research data management and the research data lifecycle.
• Evidence or promise of research contributions in the form of publications or other scholarly output, professional development, or active involvement in professional or scholarly organizations.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
• Superior written and spoken communication in English.
About the position
This is a two-year contractually-limited appointment at the Adjunct Librarian level starting 1 May 2023. York offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and an exceptional benefits package. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.