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Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian

Notice of vacancy 9 January, 2017. Applications should be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, 17 February 2017.

The University of Washington Libraries seeks a creative and collaborative librarian to join a strong team of librarians, faculty, and staff who are committed to innovation in teaching, learning and research.

Application deadline

To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00p.m., Friday, 17 February, 2017.

The Libraries

Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

Scholarly Communication and Publishing Department

Located in the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Department has system wide responsibility for copyright, electronic theses and dissertations, open access initiatives, and outreach to Libraries staff and the University community on matters relating to scholarly publishing.

The position

The Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian is the Libraries’ coordinator and chief resource on copyright-related scholarly communication and information policy issues as they pertain to Libraries services and initiatives. Under the general direction of the Director, Scholarly Communication and Publishing, the position will play an essential role in the new department by developing programs, strengthening outreach and advisory services, and providing support for UW authors and users of copyrighted material. The Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian works collaboratively with UW Libraries and campus partners and also participates as a team
member in support of a broad range of scholarly communication support services including open access and electronic theses and dissertations.

Specific responsibilities and duties

  • Serves as the Libraries’ chief resource for copyright and permissions issues, acts as liaison with the University’s legal counsel and represents the Libraries to the University in copyright matters.
  • Advises faculty, staff, and graduate students about such copyright issues as authors’ rights, fair use, copyright compliance, and other issues regarding the rights of creators and users of original works of authorship, especially works of scholarship.
  • Advises UW faculty and staff on copyright issues related to the submission of works to the University’s institutional repository, ResearchWorks Archive.
  • Advises Libraries staff and partners on copyright issues associated with digitization projects.
  • Advises UW instructors and Libraries staff on copyright issues associated with open educational resources.
  • Leads the Libraries’ efforts to develop and promote copyright education programs and copyright best practices among faculty, researchers and students.
  • Monitors state, national, and international trends in copyright law.
  • Participates in active outreach to increase awareness among faculty, researchers, students, and staff about a broad range of scholarly communication issues including copyright, open access publishing, electronic theses and dissertations, and authors’ rights.
  • Works with liaisons/subject librarians to develop educational materials to increase awareness among faculty, researchers, and students about scholarly communication issues.
  • Maintains the Libraries’ scholarly communication and copyright web presence.

Qualifications

Required

  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • A minimum of two years post-MLIS professional academic library experience, with evidence of increased responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of the scholarly publishing enterprise and scholarly communication trends, issues, and best practices in academic research libraries.
  • Experience working with copyright law and intellectual property questions in an academic environment.
  • Experience providing scholarly communication services to faculty and students in an academic research library.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, enthusiasm for instruction and communicating emerging issues.
  • Demonstrated experience working well with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated experience using technology to communicate and manage online content.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

Preferred

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Knowledge of institutional repository trends and best practices.
  • Experience configuring, using, and/or supporting applications which enable scholars’ publishing efforts (including, but not limited to, Symplectic Elements, Open Journal Systems, DSpace).

Compensation

Salary

$58,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.

Rank

Position will be at rank of Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.

Benefits

Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.

Application process

To apply for this position, please submit the following information to libhr@uw.edu:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources).
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
  • Please use "Librarian Application: Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian" in the subject heading
  • Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.

Application deadline

To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, 17 February, 2017.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libhr@uw.edu.