Scholarly Communication Librarian

at University of Arizona (view profile)
Location Tucson, Arizona
Date Posted March 5, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Twitter Handle @uazlibraries


Are you a deeply committed advocate of open access and related movements? Are you excited about forming partnerships with faculty and librarians on how libraries approach their services through the lens of openness? The Scholarly Communication Librarian serves as a catalyst in the development of an integrated open strategy that encompasses open access, open science, and open data. The successful candidate will implement creative and sustainable approaches to support scholarly content creation and stewardship and promote a culture of open scholarship across campus.

Working in collaboration with University of Arizona Libraries and University of Arizona Press colleagues, this individual will lead efforts to engage the campus community on issues of open access, publishing tools and workflows, as well as alternative metrics for measuring research impact and scholarly identity management. The individual will lead our open journals publishing service as well as our altmetrics program. They will also serve as the Library Publishing Coalition representative and supervise the Director of Campus Repository Services. Our newly formed Collections and Content department will be key collaborators with partnership from their Open Education Resources (OER) librarian.

In 2016, the UA Faculty Senate passed a university-level, Harvard-style, OA Policy, and the libraries support its implementation through article deposit and education. This position will build on this effort and continue to educate campus colleagues about the policy and its benefits, promoting its utilization as well as engagement with other forms of OA.

The Scholarly Communication Librarian will be part of the Office of Digital Innovation & Stewardship – a dynamic team that supports a wide range of digital services such as digital scholarship, data science, research data management, geospatial services, digital preservation, metadata consulting, and altmetrics. We are a growing team that is looking for another colleague to help us continue to reposition the library’s brand around its open presence with these new services. 

This is a continuing-status (equivalent to tenure), academic professional position. Depending on experience, candidates may be hired at either the Assistant or Associate rank, and as continuing-eligible or with continuing status.

Incumbents are members of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the university and the Arizona Board of Regents. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship and service.

Visit the University Libraries website to learn more about us. 

Diversity Commitment:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


·         The position works collaboratively with staff from across UA Libraries, especially the Office of Digital Innovation & Stewardship, the University of Arizona Press, Research & Learning (main libraries and health sciences), Content & Collections, and Access & Information Services to evaluate and propose new processes, workflows, programming, and services to advance scholarly communication

·         Serves as an advocate on campus for open access and the UA Open Access Policy

·         Provides training on authors’ rights, copyright, intellectual property, and open publishing services to the campus community in partnership with library liaisons and specialists, and provides consultation on complex scholarly communication questions

·         Manages the operations, outreach, and promotion of our journal publishing services to the campus community and serve as product owner for this technology (Open Journal Systems) in partnership with Technology Strategy and Services

·         Co-creates strategic partnerships with the UA Press, the newly formed Collections & Content department, Office of Research, Discovery, and Innovation, and the Office of General Counsel

·         Supervises Director of Campus Repository Services and develops repository strategic priorities in collaboration with the Director of Campus Repository Services

·         Builds a community of practice across campus around open access, open culture and scholarship, and connects with allied efforts such as open research and open innovation, advocate for new models within the scholarly communication landscape

·         Be active professionally and contribute back to the field, especially in groups such as SPARC, Library Publishing Coalition and COAPI (which UA is a member of)

·         The Office of Digital Innovation & Stewardship supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

·         Other duties as assigned


·         A commitment to open access as a fundamental element of the mission of academic libraries

·         Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape, as well as scholarly publishing technologies, initiatives, and best practices, including open access publishing, academic publishing platforms, and emerging business models and partnerships

·         Knowledge of copyright, licensing, and other intellectual property issues relevant to an academic environment

·         Evidence of leadership and entrepreneurship

·         Aptitude for thinking creatively and developing products and services, such as publications, training materials, website content, and workshops

·         Knowledge of the goals and business processes of a university press

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal

·         Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives

·         Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity


·         Master’s degree in library science, or advanced degree in a relevant field

·         Demonstrated experience managing projects, workflows, and deadlines


  • Experience working in an academic or research library
  • Experience working with institutional repositories and a desire to contribute to the next generation of campus repositories in the current research information management ecosystem in higher education
  • Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary library software systems and software applications, especially institutional repositories and research information management systems
  • Experience with bibliometrics efforts and systems
  • Supervisory experience

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