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Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Topic: Scholarly Communications Librarian
Posted By: butlerlibraries
Subject: Scholarly Communications Librarian
Date Posted: 06/Sep/2017 at 2:28pm
Position Overview

Butler University Libraries invite applications for a Scholarly Communication Librarian, a 12-month, non-tenured (continuing appointment) position with the rank of assistant professor, reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections and Digital Services. The Scholarly Communication Librarian position provides leadership for scholarly communication and digital scholarship initiatives at Butler University Libraries. Scholarly communication is a strategic priority for Butler Libraries and this position is responsible for managing and developing the library’s institutional repository (Digital Commons via bepress), digital publishing initiatives, and digital humanities projects. The librarian in this position leads education and outreach to faculty and provides guidance to library colleagues and others on issues relevant to the evolving scholarly publishing landscape, including author rights, open access (OA) publishing, and other publishing trends as related to metrics, tenure, and promotion. The position also serves as the Libraries’ primary resource on copyright compliance, fair use, and other intellectual property issues that pertain to library collections and services. As a library faculty member, the Scholarly Communications Librarian has liaison responsibilities to provide library instruction, collection development, and research support for a selected college or department(s).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Assuming primary responsibility of the Digital Commons institutional repository of scholarly and creative works and publications by members of the Butler community; coordinating, overseeing, and assessing the processes (e.g., faculty outreach, copyright compliance) related to the repository’s maintenance and development

Supporting and promoting library publishing initiatives, including open access journals and open educational resources (OER)

Providing leadership for planning and implementing digitization projects in coordination with University Archives and Special Collections in alignment with the Libraries’ mission and strategic goals

Promoting engagement with faculty and students around digital scholarship research and preservation initiatives hosted and supported by the library

Collaborating with liaison librarians and members of the Center for Academic Technology to provide tools and educational opportunities to promote knowledge and awareness of copyright requirements and best practices in topics related to scholarly communication

Providing leadership in the adoption of best practices in scholarly communication relevant to Butler’s academic mission

Serving as a liaison to an academic department, responsible for course-based information literacy instruction, collection development, and faculty support

Supervising and directing the work of one full time staff member (Library Associate / Scholarly Communication)

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Understand the environment and ethics of information and information-seeking processes to structure library services for users and scholars

Understand and apply requirements, best practices, and guidelines for scholarly communication relevant to Butler Libraries’ digital initiatives and processes

Communicate scholarly communication issues in a balanced way that can be adjusted to a wide range of audiences across the disciplines

Use communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively in a collaborative work environment

Use marketing and outreach skills to discover and recruit institutional scholarly input, research data, and other content for inclusion in the institutional repository

Apply project management skills to plan, implement, and assess digital scholarship and publishing projects

Ability to learn new platforms as well as learning code, or digging into existing code to solve problems on publishing or repository systems

Integrate use of relevant current technologies (e.g. Omeka, or other emerging platforms) and tools into everyday practice and demonstrate their value to others

Work collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups, including students, faculty, and staff

Participate in grant and other external funding opportunities in support of the Libraries’ mission and strategic goals

Manage and direct the work of full time staff and sometimes student workers

Minimum Qualifications:
Master's of Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution and ability to meet minimum qualifications for the rank of Assistant Professor as stated in 20.30.30.B.2.a of the Butler University Faculty Handbook.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s of Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, as well as a Juris Doctor degree, or second Master’s degree in a humanities-related field; ability to meet minimum qualifications for the rank of Associate Professor as stated in 20.30.30.B.2.b of the Butler University Faculty Handbook.

Working Conditions:
Office and desk work in Irwin library, some service desk back-up needed periodically.

Reports To:
Associate Dean for Collections & Digital Services

Library Associate / Scholarly Communication (indirect supervision of student workers – shares supervision and quality control for work)

To Apply:
Applicants for the position should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Josh Petrusa, Associate Dean for Collections & Digital Services, at

Screening of applications will begin October 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for the successful applicant will be no earlier than January 1, 2018.

Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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