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Job Opportunities: Scholarly Communications Librarian

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The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications for the position of Scholarly Communications Librarian.  This is a tenure stream position reporting to the Director of Scholarly Resource Development (SRD).  The Scholarly Communications librarian plays a significant leadership role in implementing, managing, and promoting the University’s institutional repository.  This position advocates for new scholarly communication models and partners with campus colleagues to build robust mechanisms for capturing and providing access to the university’s intellectual assets.  This position provides outreach and consultations on depositing content, publishing options, author rights, copyright, and Open Access.  This position will work closely with the Research Data and Metadata librarian, the Scholarly Communications Working Group, subject librarians, and the SRD department to create a sustainable scholarly communications program.  The program includes education, training, and the development of tools, guides, web resources, and services.  The successful candidate participates in departmental initiatives and may assume subject specialist duties in an area of the candidate’s expertise.


The position includes significant responsibilities for research, creative work, and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.


Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:


  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent advanced degree

  • 2 years experience working with scholarly communications issues

  • Demonstrated knowledge of institutional repository trends and best practices

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scholarly publishing landscape, including legal issues, Open Access, and author rights

  • Demonstrated knowledge of copyright issues in an academic library

  • Evidence of leadership, initiative, and creativity

  • Experience planning and delivering  workshops, presentations, or classes

  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with faculty and other stakeholders

  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

  • Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional achievement

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience at an academic library or research institution

  • Demonstrated expertise with copyright

  • Demonstrated ability to assess services or collections

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete projects

  • Experience working with institutional repository platforms

Appointment and Salary

The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty member. Depending upon professional experience and demonstrated accomplishments in scholarly activity, creative work, and service, appointment may be made at the senior instructor or assistant professor level. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation; 10 paid holidays; liberal sick leave; excellent University group health care plans; group life insurance; a variety of retirement/annuity plans; and support for scholarly/professional activities. Tenured faculty members are eligible for sabbatical leave.


Application Process
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by October 25, 2013 in order to receive full consideration. Application must be made online at https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/72357, and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU. The full position description can be viewed at http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/about/jobScholarlyCommLibrarian.htm.


The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin.  The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce.  We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.   Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.  In addition, the University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

Position Summary
The Scholarly Communications Librarian is a tenure stream position reporting to the Director of the Scholarly Resource Development Department (SRD).  SRD includes Acquisitions, Collection Development, ILL Borrowing, and Scholarly Communications. This position is responsible for acquiring and developing content for the University’s institutional repository and serves as a key member of the Libraries’ cross departmental Scholarly Communications Working Group.  In collaboration with the Research Data and Metadata librarian, this position jointly oversees the implementation, management, and promotion of the University’s institutional repository.  This position collaborates with the university community and other constituencies to advance scholarly communication efforts and to build a sustainable program of outreach, consultation, and guidance on author rights and scholarly publishing issues. This position may assume subject specialist duties in an area of the candidate’s expertise.  This position includes significant responsibilities for research, creative work, and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.



  1. Collaborate with key stakeholders on the implementation, management, and promotion of the campus institutional repository.

  2. Participate in the development of guidelines, policies, and best practices for the institutional repository, Open Access fund, and ETD deposit program.

  3. Advocate for the deposit of scholarly content to the repository and provide consultations to faculty and campus units in this endeavor.

  4. Develop and maintain tools, resources, and education programs to increase awareness of scholarly communication issues, such as publishing options, agency specific requirements, author rights, and copyright/fair use concerns.

  5. Participate in campus and national initiatives on Open Access, faculty profiles, and scholarly publishing.

  6. Collaborate with subject librarians to build liaisons with campus constituents related to scholarly communications; assess scholarly communication efforts and needs on campus.

  7. Monitor legislative requirements, practices, and standards pertaining to scholarly communications by government agencies, academic libraries, and interest groups and disseminate information broadly.

  8. Participate in the Libraries transition to OA publishing models; i.e., SCOAP3, arXiv, etc.

  9. Serve as a key resource for queries on copyright compliance and fair use pertaining to library collections; maintain the University’s copyright page.

  10. Participate in departmental responsibilities, special projects and other duties as assigned; may engage in subject specialist duties as appropriate.