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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.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library’s mission.

The Digital Publishing Coordinator is primarily responsible for the project management, performance, and completion of digital publishing projects, including overseeing the publication of journal issues, books, and digital projects.  They will be responsible for preparing and producing scholarly content for publication online and in print. The Coordinator will need to be a good team player with demonstrated time- and project-management skills and be able to solve many common problems independently, and is committed to improving efficiency and responsiveness both within and outside the department. This position reports to the Director of Publishing Services.


  • Work with a wide variety of vendors and publishing partners to manage complex and varied publication workflows and schedules to ensure timely completion of multiple projects.

  • Review manuscripts for completeness and potential issues prior to production.

  • Create and maintain internal project documentation and records.

  • Create and maintain project metadata in existing systems.

  • Coordinate tasks with other team members, delegating simpler tasks to student employees when appropriate.

  • Prepare and validate materials for online publication in digital formats such as EPUB, XML, and PDF, in addition to print formats.

  • Work with members of the Publishing Technology team to ingest, release, and troubleshoot digital publications.

  • Proofread for obvious structural, grammatical, or stylistic errors.

  • Plan and participate in educational workshops and other outreach activities, including occasional conference presentations.

  • Contribute to library-wide initiatives as a member of relevant task forces and committees.

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience managing projects, prioritizing among multiple projects, and meeting deadlines.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate in a professionally diverse environment.

  • Ability to work independently and make timely decisions.

  • Strong computer literacy skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

  • Ability to organize workflow; both write and follow documentation.

  • Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills.

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign.

  • Previous experience with digital publishing production or editorial processes.

  • Experience working with XML, HTML, or another markup language.

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. This position receives 12 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options are available.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • The person in this position occasionally moves through the building to attend meetings/events and ascend/descend short flights of stairs to different floors of the building.

  • During COVID-19, the Michigan Publishing team is primarily working remotely, but a return to predominantly in-person working is expected once public health guidelines permit. While access to a personal Internet connection is desirable, U-M Library provides support and resources for remote work needs.