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Library Fellow for Scholarly Publishing and Licensing
2012-2014

The Library Fellows Program was created to provide exceptional, early-career library professionals the opportunity to contribute to program areas of distinction and strategic priority in a dynamic academic research library. Fellows will work with and learn from colleagues who are recognized leaders in developing programs which serve the expanding needs of this world-class institution as well as contributing to the wider academic community. Library Fellows will have the opportunity to expand their skills and experience in ways that position them to excel and lead in the research library profession. Applications are invited for this two-year position, with a start date planned for summer or early fall of 2012.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Program Manager, Office of Scholarly Publishing and Licensing (OSPL), this position will work with staff within the Libraries as well as the wider MIT community. Activities include:

• Contribution to the work of the OSPL in the areas of copyright advocacy, intellectual property, open access, and rights retention;
• Participation in building a repository collection of open access papers under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy;
• Examination and reporting on the effectiveness and impact of the Policy in the context of faculty publishing practices and publisher policies;
• Contribution to implementing the next generation technical infrastructure for managing open access workflows.

Specific position/project responsibilities will be more fully developed early in the appointment, based on the strengths and opportunities presented by the appointee.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or an advanced degree in a relevant subject/field received within the past two years. In addition we are seeking candidates with: a demonstrated understanding of and interest in the mission of academic libraries; an articulated special interest in and foundation for gaining expertise in one or more of the program areas; evidence of self-directed learning and adaptability; demonstrated commitment to professional growth and contribution; an entrepreneurial and risk-taking aptitude; facility in the use of technologies, and experience and interest in emerging library technologies; excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to work successfully with a diverse population; strong communication skills including the ability to write and document clearly; demonstrated ability to be flexible and tolerate ambiguity; the potential for success working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; and, leadership potential as confirmed by references. Applicants must be eligible, without requiring MIT sponsorship, to work immediately in the U.S. for a two-year period.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: $51,000 minimum annual salary. MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health, dental and vision plans, a retirement plan, and tuition assistance. Fellows will be provided a modest relocation allowance. An annual allowance will be provided for professional development with additional funds available for skill development as appropriate.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Apply online at: http://hrweb.mit.edu/staffing/. Please include cover letter (speaking to interest in a career in academic libraries as well as specific skills, interest in program area as defined), résumé, and contact information for three references. References may include library faculty, supervisors, mentors, etc. – individuals who can speak to potential for success as Library Fellow. Review of applications for this and another position (Fellow for Digital Curation and Preservation) will begin May 21st and continue until the position is filled. MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and minority candidates.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a world-class education and research institution committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges. It is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.

Located on 168 acres that extend more than a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River Basin, MIT is independent, coeducational, and privately endowed. Its five schools and one college encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and degree-granting programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries.

Through a culture that encourages innovation and collaboration, the MIT Libraries are redefining the role of the 21st century library – making collections more accessible than ever before, and shaping the future of scholarly research. Library staff, at all levels, contribute to this spirit of innovation and to the mission of promoting learning, discovery and the advancement of knowledge at MIT and beyond. “Reinventing the Research Library: The MIT Libraries in the 21st Century” is a short video that looks at how the Libraries are expanding beyond their traditional role to shape 21st century research library --creating innovative services, reaching out to students and faculty, and leading efforts to increase global access to MIT’s scholarly work.

The MIT Libraries support the Institute's programs of research and study with holdings of more than 2.9 million print volumes and 3.1 million special format items, and terabytes of MIT-owned digital content. In addition, rare special collections, Institute records, historical documents, and papers of noted faculty are held in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. Library resources and services are accessible to students and researchers through the Libraries’ website (http://libraries.mit.edu/), and library spaces are widely available for both collaborative work and quiet study. Traditional library resources are supplemented by innovative services for bioinformatics, GIS, metadata, social science data, and research data management services, as well as multimedia facilities and services for video production, conferencing, webcasting and distance education. The Libraries utilize the Ex Libris Aleph system for its Integrated Library System, the Archivists’ Toolkit for archival collection management, and DSpace for its digital repository. Other MIT repositories include: Dome, a second DSpace instance, providing access to a sizable image collection and other digital collections owned by the MIT Libraries; the MIT Geodata Repository for a diverse collection of GIS Data; and MIT’s DataVerse for licensed social science datasets. MIT Libraries maintain memberships and affiliations in arXiv, Association of Research Libraries, the BorrowDirect group, the Boston Library Consortium, DDI Alliance, DuraSpace, HathiTrust, CLIR/Digital Library Federation, the Coalition of Networked Information, the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, EDUCAUSE, Digital Preservation Network, North East Research Libraries, OCLC Research Library Partnership, ORCID, and Portico.



April 2012


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