Job Posting: Scholarly Communication Librarian

This is for a position in the University of Florida Libraries, which is where I work and it’s a great place to be. I highly encourage anyone who might be interested to apply – UF is incredible for so many reasons, including the amazing library collections, awesome faculty, being in the great city of Gainesville, Gator sports, and so much more!

POSITION: Scholarly Communications Librarian
RANK: Associate University Librarian
REPORTS TO: Director of Academic and Scholarly Outreach
SALARY: Minimum Salary $52,000; Actual salary will reflect selected
professional’s experience and credentials
DEADLINE DATE: July 15, 2010 – review of applications begins May 15, 2010
The Scholarly Communications Librarian will lead the UF Libraries’ outreach efforts to build a scholarly communications program in support of scholarly publication reform and Open Access (OA) activities at UF. This role includes educating the university community about OA resources and services at UF, scholarly publication modes and reform, and intellectual property issues and their impact on scholarly inquiry and instruction. In this endeavor, the incumbent will coordinate efforts to recruit, collect, showcase, and preserve the scholarly output of the University of Florida.
Develop and implement an educational program to increase awareness among UF faculty, researchers, and students about scholarly communication issues in the digital environment as they impact academia and research libraries (e.g., copyright compliance, fair use, rights to their own scholarship, deposit responsibilities, privacy rights). Participate in the development of university policy on scholarly communication issues, such as: copyright, the public domain, open access, user privacy, and other scholarly communication issues. Plan, implement, and manage the University Open Access Policy, once adopted.
Manage, advertise, and promote the availability and capacity of the UF Institutional Repository (IR) to the university community, faculty, researchers, and students, and ensure compliance with relevant law and policy. Establish mechanisms to assist faculty with publishing choices, publishing agreements, and management of intellectual property (to include administration of UF OA publishing fund pilot project). Serve as the Libraries’ primary resource on copyright compliance, fair use, and other copyright issue and as a liaison to the UF Office of the General Counsel and Office of Government Relations on these matters. Work in close consultation and cooperation with the UF Office of the General Counsel, information technology offices, academic departments, and university administrators on issues and programs related to scholarly communication. Monitor national scholarly communication trends and policy issues, inform and educate the UF community of their significance, and participate in campus efforts to ensure that scholars, students, and libraries in the digital environment retain full benefits of the current and evolving intellectual property system. Develop the Libraries’ scholarly communication website. Work with UF Libraries’ units, teams, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders, including the University Library committee, on scholarly communication issues to ensure integrated services, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration to prepare communication tools for use with various constituencies. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described above. Perform scholarly research and provide service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with the Libraries’ tenure and promotion criteria (see:
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library/information science (MLS) or other relevant graduate degree Five years of professional experience relevant to scholarly communications, copyright, intellectual property and fair use. Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly publishing, new models for scholarly communication, and the associated technical, legal, and information policy issues. Demonstrated knowledge of copyright and other intellectual property issues in the academic environment, particularly as they involve the creation, dissemination, and use of digital information resources. Ability to think creatively and develop products and services, such as web-based information and publications, training materials, workshops, conferences, and other tools relevant to scholarly communications, copyright, and fair use. Planning and leadership skills, with the ability to function independently, take initiative, and set goals and priorities in a dynamic changing environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of IR’s and the ability to communicate benefits and issues. Ability to represent the interests of the university. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations working with diverse audiences, constituencies, and colleagues including faculty, students, administrators, consortia partners, and national organizations.
J.D. Ten years of relevant experience with emphasis on scholarly communication matters in libraries, academia, scientific or scholarly publishing, or in other settings. Demonstrated success in leading a scholarly communications program with broad impact in a research university environment. Ability to communicate a strong vision of how discipline-based scholarship is changing in response to new technologies and what role libraries can play in meeting the evolving needs of scholars. Experience in preparing and delivering scholarly communications, copyright, and fair use instruction for different audiences, individually and in groups/forums, on campus. This is in the Required section Extensive knowledge of the overall operations and information needs in a large academic research university library. Experience with institutional repositories in a comparable environment. Thorough understanding of trends away from print toward digital content and the ability to communicate the changes, requirements, and benefits to faculty, students, and researchers across campus. Understanding of variations in publication and communication patterns in various scholarly disciplines.
Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; a written statement regarding how discipline-based scholarship is changing in response to new technologies and what role libraries can play in meeting the evolving needs of scholars (500 to 750 words); your current resume and a list of three references.  Include address, telephone and email information for references.  Apply by July 15, 2010 (applications will be reviewed beginning May 15, 2010). Send all required application materials to Kristy Mills, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: