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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.

Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system faculty appointment. Responsibilities:
The Scholarly Communications and Publishing Librarian and Head, Scholarly Communications and Publishing is responsible for developing Library programs, policy, and outreach in the areas of scholarly communication, open access, and publishing.  Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Research, the Head works closely with other unit heads and staff in the Library’s Office of Research to shape policy, programs, and services in a rapidly evolving research landscape that includes a digital scholarship center and user-facing services focused on enabling emerging forms of scholarship, scholarly communications and publishing, research analytics, and research data curation and services.  The five-year administrative appointment as Head of the unit is renewable after successful administrative review of program leadership.
The Head leads the development of the Library’s scholarly communications and publishing programs, policies, and services and  manages a team of several professionals (three permanent and one visiting) in the University Library that are responsible for scholarly communications programs as well as repositories and digital publishing systems and services. In this role, s/he partners with faculty and staff in the Library and across campus to develop an exciting range of scholarly communications and publishing services geared to the emerging needs of scholars in the digital age.  A land grant institution that has recently adopted a campus open access policy, the University of Illinois is emerging as a nexus for digital humanities and publishing, through initiatives such as the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), the HathiTrust Research Center, the School of Information Sciences and its Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS). In addition to her/his primary responsibilities, the Head assumes a role in the Library-led Publishing Without Walls multi-year grant program supported by the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation, focused on developing scholar-driven digital scholarly publishing options (
The ideal candidate will be a leader in the area of scholarly communications and publishing, with substantive evidence that s/he is engaged actively in research on issues that advance the Library’s programs and the thinking of the Library and Information Science profession in academic scholarly publishing, scholarly communications, and the role of libraries.
This position collaborates regularly with faculty and staff in the Library and across campus, with units that are involved in scholarly communications, copyright, and publishing.  The Scholarly Communications and Publishing program provides user-facing services through the Library’s Scholarly Commons, and the Head participates in the Scholarly Commons Leads group that shapes the programs and activities that comprise the Scholarly Commons services.
Specific areas of responsibility include:
Leads the development, marketing, administration and support of journal and monograph publishing services, and collaborative projects with other campus units and organizations to develop enhanced digital books and community-based tools;
Advocates in the Library and at the campus level for sustainable publishing models, including open access, creating resources and providing education and training in scholarly communications and publishing themes;
Collaborates with campus and area/region scholarly presses, including the University of Illinois Press and those in the Big Ten Academic Alliance;
Participates in the development of grant proposals; prepares regular and on-demand reports on scholarly communications and publishing activities, including but not limited to strategic plans, annual goals, annual reports, financial reports, and budget proposals and requests;
Represents the Library in state/regional/national/ international professional conversations related to scholarly communications and publishing;
Manages, mentors, and evaluates personnel.
 Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more detailed information, please visit .  The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranks the University of Illinois as 30th in the World (2016); 13th World rank in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences (2016); 29th World rank in Life and Agriculture Sciences (2016); 28th World rank in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (2016). The University has 7,645 academic staff, including 1,972 tenure/tenure track faculty, and 1,087 visiting or specialized faculty faculty, and 10,245 graduate and professional students (among its 44,000 total studentsIn 2015, $598,181,000 was spent on research and development
 Qualifications:Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent by start of employment, or other advanced degree; experience building scholarly communications and publishing programs working with academic institutions; demonstrated knowledge of the scholarly publishing landscape; and a commitment to Open Access. High degree of computer literacy; strong leadership qualities; energetic, flexible, creative, proactive approach to service; public speaking experience; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment and within a complex and fluid organizational environment; evidence of excellent communication and analytical skills; evidence of ability to perform research, to publish, and to provide service consonant with university standards for tenure.
 Preferred:  Advanced degree in relevant field; knowledge of library information technologies and practices; software development experience in a web-based environment; teaching experience; evidence of research, publication, and service consonant with university standards for appointment as an Associate Professor.
 Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. For more information, see .
 Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.
 Campus and Community:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at
The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: or .
 To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
 Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before December 9, 2016.
 The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (