Scholarly Communications Librarian – University of Iowa Libraries – Iowa City, Iowa


Position Vacancy


Expert Librarian (PLB3-5A)

Position Description: The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an enthusiastic and forward-thinking professional to guide the library’s scholarly communication efforts. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communications, the Scholarly Communications Librarian provides leadership and instruction regarding author rights, copyright, open access publishing, and compliance with public access requirements for federally funded research. This position will be responsible for maintaining awareness of national and international publishing trends, intellectual property rights, copyright and information technologies that affect access to scholarly information. The Scholarly Communications Librarian is expected to work closely with University Librarians, University of Iowa’s Office of General Counsel, faculty and staff.

Specific Duties and responsibilities include:

·         Lead the Libraries’ efforts to develop and promote copyright education programs and copyright best practices among faculty, researchers and students;

·         Serve as the University of Iowa Libraries chief resource for copyright and permissions issues;

·         Provide advice on e-reserves and open educational resources;

·         Consult with faculty, staff, and graduate students about such issues as authors’ rights, and fair use;

·         Monitor national and international trends in open access and scholarly publishing;

·         Provide consultation services for faculty and graduate students about publishing choices, understanding publishing agreements, and rights retention;

·         Collaborate with liaisons/selectors involved with collection management and scholarly communication activities in the social sciences, humanities, sciences, and health sciences fields to develop educational materials to increase awareness among University of Iowa faculty, researchers, and students about scholarly communication issues in the digital environment and promote Iowa Research Online;

·         Coordinate with the Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio to advise faculty about traditional and alternative publishing models;

·         Manage the Libraries’ and Provost’s Office Open Access Fund;

·         Lead the Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing Team;

·         Maintain the Libraries’ scholarly communication and copyright guides;

·         Engage with national initiatives that shape scholarly communication, such as SPARC or HaithiTrust;

·         Develop and manage activities to support Open Access and Fair Use Week.

Required Qualifications:

·         ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent;

·         A minimum of five years professional academic library experience or relevant work experience with evidence of increased responsibilities;

·         Evidence of previous scholarly activities including creative works, publications, or presentations;

·         Demonstrated ability to lead and initiate campus or library projects;

·         Strong organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to work with cross-functional teams;

·         Effective oral and written communication skills and problem-solving ability;

·         Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;

·         Commitment to professional growth and the ability to engage in an appropriate level of professional activity and service.

Desired Qualifications:

·         Two or more years’ experience providing guidance on scholarly communication, copyright, intellectual property and fair use issues in research and/or university environments;

·         Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree;

·         Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills;

·         Familiarity with learning and course management systems (i.e., Blackboard, Canvas, or Skillsoft).

Universal Competencies:

·         Collaboration and Embracing Diversity

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

·         Positive Impact/Achieving Results

Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.

·         Service Excellence/Customer Focus

Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Expert Librarian level with a salary range of $47,000 to $76,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Start date is negotiable. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University’s locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books.

Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, CRL, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,000 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving 30,500 students, more than 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University’s faculty and staff and 10% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 8% of the students are from foreign countries.

The University of Iowa is home to the Writers’ Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. It is also home to the International Writing Program where, since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have participated. The University has recently instituted a program in creative writing in Spanish. In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as a world City of Literature.

Iowa City is a community of some 71,000 people (more than 150,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 35.4% of the students are minority, with 19.8% identifying as Black, 8.4% as Hispanic, 6.7% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% as Native American during the 2014/15 school year.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Applications must be received by Friday, September 4, 2015.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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