Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Created: December 4, 2013


About the Position:
Western Washington University Libraries seeks an innovative, forward-looking librarian who will build and promote the Institutional Repository (IR), as well as further scholarly communication as a strategic priority for Western Libraries. Reporting to the Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services, this position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment. The Scholarly Communications Librarian promotes the availability and capacity of the Institutional Repository (IR) to the university community, faculty, researchers, and students, and ensures compliance with relevant law and policy.  The ideal candidate will have a background or experience in scholarly communication and copyright issues. Western Libraries strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

About the Department: Western Libraries

Position Responsibilities
  • Develops, implements, and maintains the Libraries’ scholarly communication programs and initiatives
  • Works with the Director of Scholarly Resources and library faculty to develop education and outreach related to scholarly communication and to integrate scholarly communication into the library liaison program
  • Manages the daily operation of the IR, including working with IR software, adding and editing content, metadata creation, analyzing usage data, training other library staff in IR functions
  • Coordinates and provides training in support of the IR on campus
  • Creates and updates IR policies, procedures, and other necessary documentation
  • Works with appropriate parties and staff to maintain and develop new functionality for the IR
  • Advises and educates the campus community about authors’ rights, faculty use of copyrighted materials, and other copyright issues related to scholarly communication
  • Required Qualifications:
  • Required Qualificaitons (Must be addressed in your cover letter or vita)
  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent international degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with scholarly communication issues, such as copyright, authors’ rights, and open access publishing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management and institutional repositories
  • Proven experience with emerging technologies and potential for furthering scholarship and research in this area
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in a management/team leadership role
  • Experience with Scholarly Communication in an academic library
  • Experience with digital publishing tools, such as Bepress, Open Journal Systems, DSpace, Fedora
  • Experience with outreach and training activities
  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills

Academic Emphasis: Libraries

Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents:
To be considered for this position, application materials must be submitted via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at  

Please submit a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.

Note: you will need to use Internet Explorer to utilize this online application system.

For further information, please contact Ms. Connie Mallison, Search Committee Coordinator, by email at
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Job Posted: 12/2/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 17, 2014; position is open until filled

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