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Open Knowledge and Research Impact Librarian

Open Knowledge and Research Impact Librarian

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
Randall Library at the University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks an Open Knowledge and Research Impact Librarian to serve as the campus expert on open access, research impact, scholarly publishing, copyright and fair use, author rights, and open education.

The Open Knowledge and Research Impact Librarian is part of Randall Library’s Academic & Research Engagement (ARE) division, which collaborates with faculty, staff, and students in UNCW academic units to provide information literacy instruction, assist with research, develop the library collection, provide consultative services supporting research and scholarly communication, and partner on programming, in alignment with the information and research needs of campus stakeholders. Library faculty in this division proactively engage with campus constituents to promote the use of library services, facilities, materials, and expertise.

This is an 11-month non-tenure track special faculty position reporting to the Associate Director of Academic & Research Engagement. Minimum annual salary for this position is $59,176. Final salary for the selected candidate will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and preparation for success in the position.

Applicants are encouraged to think broadly about and communicate how their skills and experiences transfer to the qualifications in ways that may not be obvious. For answers to frequently asked questions about employment at Randall Library, please see the FAQ for Prospective Employees.

Upon initial appointment, this position will:

  • Serve as the Library’s functional expert on open knowledge and research impact, including, but not limited to, alternative publishing models, author rights, scholarly visibility and impact, online identity management, and equitable access to UNCW’s scholarly output.
  • Lead the Library’s institutional repository initiatives through promotion and solicitation of content from students and faculty by ingesting content to UNCW’s institutional repository, including the creation of metadata, communication with authors, and development/administration of author profiles.
  • Serve as the Library’s Scholars@UNCW ambassador by promoting it on campus and collaborating with the Library’s Information Technology and Digital Services division and UNCW’s Institutional Research unit to enhance its value.
  • Serve as the Library’s point person on developing open journal publishing services
  • In collaboration with library and campus colleagues, develop strategy around and promote open access publishing at UNCW
  • Serve as a library and campus resource on issues and trends relevant to intellectual property, copyright, fair use, and author rights
  • Lead the Library’s initiatives around the promotion and showcasing of all forms of faculty scholarship and research on campus
  • Consult with faculty, students, and staff and serve as Randall Library’s functional expert on building and maintaining researcher profiles
  • Collaborate with liaison librarians to assist faculty with articulating research impact and managing scholarly reputation utilizing appropriate research metrics, including citation analysis, bibliometrics, altmetrics, and emerging tools.
  • Lead the Library’s open educational resources initiatives, including staying abreast of OER resources and initiatives and serving as a resource for liaison librarians and teaching faculty

Library faculty in the ARE division generally have the following responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with faculty and instructors to create, provide, and assess information literacy instruction for courses where information literacy skills are in development.
  • Provide research and scholarly consultative services to faculty, instructors, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students in areas of focus.
  • Ensure that the library’s collections adequately support curricular and research needs of students, faculty, and staff in areas of focus.
  • Engage with students, faculty, and staff, including collaborative programming such as workshops, panel discussions, fellows’ programs, and exhibits.

As a library faculty member, this position will:

  • Provide in-person and on-call research help during scheduled Library Help Desk shifts, providing individual research assistance in person, by phone, email, and/or chat.
  • Support the mission and strategic plan of Randall Library and engage and participate in library-wide meetings, committees, and decision-making.
  • Participate in university and professional activities, such as research, conference presentations, publications, service, or other evidence of scholarly activity. Randall Library is committed to supporting professional development through time, funding, and mentorship.
  • Keep current with developments in librarianship, particularly in areas related to Academic & Research Engagement.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information sciences

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with digital content management or repository systems and software applications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with copyright and other intellectual property issues in the academic environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with open educational resources and their development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging practices, standards, and trends relating to open knowledge and research impact.
  • Ability to learn, and/or experience with, the creation of asynchronous online learning objects using appropriate instructional technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and colleagues.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, written, and virtual communication skills using a variety of media and technologies.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
Academic Affairs is the central division for implementing the academic mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices, and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative work as well as service to local, regional, and global communities.

William Madison Randall Library supports the University’s mission through the provision of information resources, services and programs relevant to the needs of its students, faculty and staff. It also serves as a rich cultural resource for the surrounding community and the region. To accomplish this mission, the library provides (1) diverse collections of informational resources in multiple formats and specialized technologies to enable the creation of new knowledge; (2) efficient access to those informational resources and technologies; (3) assistance and instruction in identifying, evaluating, and interpreting information; (4) a safe and comfortable facility which stimulates intellectual curiosity and reflective thinking; and (5) programs that connect scholars and interested individuals with information and expertise to inspire lifelong learning. Randall Library is committed to the values of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. We seek to ensure that our educational, social, and work environments are equitable, inclusive, supportive, and welcoming to all students, faculty, staff, and the broader University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) community. To learn more about our specific goals and objectives, visit https://library.uncw.edu/diversity_equity_and_inclusion.

The library faculty in the Academic and Research Engagement (ARE) division of Randall Library collaborate with faculty, instructors, staff, and students in UNCW academic units to ensure that all stakeholders are engaged with the library at a level that supports their academic, research, and scholarly success. ARE librarians support the information and research needs of faculty, staff, and students through one-on-one consultations, assist in managing the library collection in areas of focus, and partner with stakeholders on programming. Librarians in this division also plan, deliver, and assess information literacy instruction in consultation with faculty and instructors and play a key role in educating faculty and instructors on the information literacy needs of their students. Library faculty in this division proactively engage with constituents to promote the use of library services, facilities, and materials. ARE librarians contribute to the library’s Scholarly Research Services by providing guidance and support to UNCW faculty and graduate students who are conducting and disseminating research, scholarship, and creative works, with an emphasis on those using emerging technologies and techniques.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

Please apply online at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/31035

Special Notes to Applicants
The candidate(s) selected for hire need a verification of their highest degree within the first 90 days of hiring. However, if teaching a for credit course the candidate(s) must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required. Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications.

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Position: Open Knowledge and Research Impact Librarian
Organization: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Location: Wilmington,  NC 
United States
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 2/13/2024
Status: This listing expires on: 4/13/2024
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Wilmington,  NC 28403
United States
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