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.

General Summary:

This position leads development of the University of Chicago’s growing scholarly communication services and policies; and contributes in meaningful ways to our recently launched (2018) Center for Digital Scholarship.

Open access, copyright, research data management and dissemination, institutional repository services, data preservation, and curation, are critical aspects of scholarly communication, from access to archiving. We encourage candidates with a strong, access-centered vision of scholarly communications-related services, such as scholarly publishing and guidance on research data management, to apply for our Scholarly Communication Librarian (SCL) position. This position leads development of the University of Chicago’s growing scholarly communication services and policies; and contributes in meaningful ways to our recently launched (2018) Center for Digital Scholarship, which includes the Dissertation Office. The SCL collaborates with others to develop training, workshops and other programming around data management, author rights, copyright, and open scholarship.

The SCL will help provide leadership and support for two main services: the institutional repository, Knowledge@UChicago, which was recently migrated to the TIND IR platform in the 2018-2019 academic year and features a new research data repository; and Open Journal Systems, which we implemented in Spring 2019 for faculty and graduate students interested in launching open access journals. While the SCL should have a good understanding of these products, and be able to carry out routine tasks such as batch uploading or metadata reconciliation, they will also be assisted with front and back end technical support by the Digital Library Development Center; work with subject specialty librarians on collections development and data acquisition; and receive mentoring and guidance from supervisors in order to best assess users’ unique needs around this technology and research outputs. The SCL will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the Library’s internal Data Services Group to create services and policies related to research data management. This position reports to the Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and is a part of the IT & Digital Scholarship Department.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable services and policies that support open access, preservation, and broad dissemination of University research and data
  • Create a vision for how the library implements institutional repository services that includes maintenance of and outreach about Knowledge@UChicago and OJS to and beyond UChicago community
  • Consult with faculty, graduate students, and university staff on best practices or strategies to better manage, describe, preserve, and make available scholarly work
  • Leverage partnerships with other computing or IT-related units on campus to research, recommend, or test new technologies
  • Participate in local, regional, and national initiatives or meetings related to standards, best practices, and research lifecycle management activities and services
  • Provide general and specialized reference support virtually or at public service desks
  • Support or train librarians on scholarly communication services or concepts where appropriate



  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • At least 2 years of experience in a post-secondary library addressing scholarly communication topics or providing services around related topics
  • Experience using technology to support service innovation and/or productivity enhancements
  • Commitment to ongoing multimodal professional engagement, local, regional, national, across campus and in the Library
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, and to collaborate and work effectively in a team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated or documented ability to value and encourage diversity, build trust, and empower staff growth
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to be innovative, flexible, adaptable and comfortable with change
  • Evidence of self-motivation, initiative and intellectual curiosity, a strong user service philosophy, and the commitment to continuous improvement and innovation


  • Record of interactions with faculty that demonstrate a deep understanding of the scholarly process
  • Significant experience managing multiple projects concurrently in various stages of completion
  • Between 1-3 years of experience of facilitating instruction or workshops with undergraduate or graduate students

Application Instructions

The Search Committee will evaluate candidates’ record and academic accomplishments in providing scholarly communication services, developing and maintaining strong working relationships in and out of the library; knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly communication, copyright and use, and data management; and knowledge of policy and technical challenges related to the management, curation, and archiving of digital data. The Committee will also evaluate candidate’s understanding of the processes, resources, and technologies involved in scholarly publishing; ability to plan and implement programming and policies; knowledge of metadata concepts and standards; oral and written communication skills and ability to produce effective promotional and training materials; and ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in an evolving environment.

To Apply: Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference contact information online through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruiting website: Review of applications will begin after Januray 19, 2020. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Salary and Benefits: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off.

Questions: Contact Kara Hastings, HR Generalist, or Stacie Williams, Director, Center for Digital Scholarship,