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.
- 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