West Virginia University seeks a creative Scholarly Communications Librarian to energize our scholarly communication program. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to help establish a new institutional repository from the ground up, as well. The Scholarly Communications Librarian will work closely with faculty, researchers, students, staff, and librarians to develop, promote, and advocate for change in scholarly communication endeavors on campus and supported by the Library. This librarian will join eight subject librarians in the Downtown Library Research Services team but will work with all departments of the library and successfully manage collaborative efforts to fulfill its role. In addition, the librarian will work with the West Virginia University Press and the Library’s Digital Publishing Institute (DPI) to develop and promote a suite of publishing options and services that meet the needs of faculty and graduate students to maximize the impact, reach, and dissemination of their scholarly work.
Develop a comprehensive scholarly communication program for WVU, including planning for assessment of the program
Create policies and submission guidelines for open access in WVU Institutional repository; attend to the growth and evolution of the IR in collaboration with others
In collaboration with colleagues develop and present sessions on topics relevant to scholarly communication, including alternative publishing models, open access, data management and intellectual property rights
Be aware of and able to advise faculty, researchers and students of intellectual property rights and options such as creative commons licenses
Plan for assessment of WVU scholarly work and its impact
Serve as an advocate for open access and open educational resources to all WVU campuses
Collaborate with the WVU Digital Publishing Institute with regards to open access publishing.
Provide support, create communication tools, and serve as resource for subject librarians in their work with faculty and students
Actively engage with groups such as SPARC, LPC, and DLF to promote and bring awareness to the scholarly publications of WVU
Stay current with developments in copyright, open access, scholarly publishing, open educational resource initiatives, etc.
ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science
Two years (or more) of professional library experience in an academic library environment including scholarly communication work
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with faculty, researchers, students and librarians.
Ability to think creatively, make decisions quickly, and work productively in a rapidly changing environment
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to set goals
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including creating and delivering presentations.
Knowledge of the research process and the library’s role in supporting it
Proven ability to document workflows and procedures
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to effectively articulate complex concepts, such as copyright, fair use, author’s rights, and open access as they relate to the academic endeavor
Demonstrated evidence of leadership, entrepreneurship and initiative
Experience with project management techniques
Experience using institutional repository applications, such as Digital Commons
Knowledge of scripting languages and/or XML
Experience preparing and delivering copyright education and instructions
Basic understanding of data curation and data management services
Application materials must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin November 8, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
WVU Libraries value diversity and provide a supportive and inclusive environment for librarians, fostering innovation and professional development. Librarians are encouraged to engage with faculty and students to create sustained and meaningful partnerships. Librarians hold non-tenure, faculty-equivalent positions. All librarians are members of the Library Faculty Assembly and participate in the professional life of the organization.
As an integral part of a land-grant institution, West Virginia University Libraries serve the university community, with an enrollment of 31,514 students, and state residents. The library system is composed of the Downtown Campus Library, Evansdale Library, Health Science Library, West Virginia and Regional History Center, and libraries at Potomac State College and WVU Institute of Technology Beckley. Collections include more than 3.5 million books, 431,000 eBooks, and 96,000 online journals. WVU Libraries belong to the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), the Open Textbook Network (OTN), the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the Digital Library Federation (DLF).
Located in the scenic rolling hills of Morgantown, W.Va., West Virginia University is a land-grant institution and the state’s flagship university. It is ranked as a Research University (Highest Research Activity) in the 2016 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is also among the top 100 public universities in U.S. News and World Reports Best Colleges. It is a vibrant campus of 15 colleges and schools offering 193 bachelors, masters, doctoral, and professional degree programs.
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and Veterans.
October 17, 2017
Scholarly Communications Librarian
West Virginia University