Visiting Librarian, Open Publishing Fellow

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Created: June 5, 2014


The Pacific University Libraries are seeking an Open Publishing Fellow (OPF) to help lead the development and expansion of the Libraries' open access publishing services. The OPF will be actively engaged in exploring digital publishing models for open monographic content and in creating a strategy for promoting the use-and creation-of open textbooks and open educational resources within the Pacific University community. The OPF is expected to take a leadership role in these areas; the fellowship is not intended to provide training for the fellow, but rather an opportunity to directly inform and influence the direction of the Libraries' publishing program. Applicants with experience in digital publishing and/or the creation or use of open educational resources are encouraged to apply. August-November, 2014 (exact dates are flexible)

Opportunities and Expectations: The Libraries intend to expand their publishing program to include the publication of scholarly and creative digital monographs. This will include monographs in traditional formats, but may also include multimodal texts and/or supplemental multimodal resources to accompany traditionally formatted texts.
  • The OPF will explore, and provide recommendations on, formats, platforms, and tools to enable the review and production of these types of works. Implementation of platforms/tools during the fellowship is not expected, but is encouraged.

The Libraries have also identified open textbooks and other OERs as a priority for their publishing program. Developing and implementing strategies to encourage faculty to integrate existing texts/resources into their courses and to create original open texts/resources will be the focus of the Fellow's work in this area.
  • The OPF will collaborate with the Library Director and other relevant colleagues to develop an OER program with the goal of realizing student savings and pedagogical improvement through the replacement of high cost required texts with open resources.
  • The OPF will also develop recommendations for processes, technology, and support services that will encourage the creation of open textbooks/OERS by Pacific University faculty (to be published/distributed by the Libraries).
There will be significant overlap between these two areas-the exploration of formats/platforms/tools for the review and production of monographic works and alternative supplemental materials in general should be directly applicable to Library-supported creation of open textbooks/OERS.

Eligibility and Requirements:
  • The Open Publishing Fellowship is open to any applicant who is legally able to accept employment in the United States.
  • Applicants should have demonstrated experience with digital monographic publishing and/or the creation or use of open educational resources.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with strong technical skills (HTML, XML, Adobe products, etc.).
  • Experience working in academic libraries is not required.
How to Apply: Applicants should submit their materials electronically to Debbie Pareria (, Assistant to the Director, Pacific University Libraries. Please indicate "Open Publishing Fellowship" in the subject line of email transmissions.

Curriculum vitae
Names and contact information for at least two references
One-page personal statement explaining your interest in the Fellowship and in open access publishing.
Decision Timeline: The Pacific University Library Director and Scholarly Communication & Research Services Librarian will review applications; finalists for the Fellowship will be invited to interview (virtually or in person) in June 2014. The Fellowship recipient will be announced July 1 2014. The Fellowship will start in August; the exact start date is negotiable.

Compensation: The Fellow will receive a stipend of $3500 - $4000/month depending on demonstrated experience. This is four-month, non-benefit eligible position.

Discover Pacific University, a small place where big ideas are developed through a distinctive combination of learning opportunities, diverse perspectives and civic engagement. Pacific University was founded in 1849 and now has three campuses in Oregon. We celebrate a rich liberal arts tradition in the College of Arts & Sciences alongside our acclaimed colleges of Education, Health Professions and Optometry. Today, we offer a distinctive combination of learning opportunities, diverse perspectives and civic engagement. At the historic Forest Grove campus, Pacific students pursue bachelor's degrees in more than 36 majors, as well as graduate and master's degrees. At the Eugene campus we offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in our College of Education. And, at our state-of-the-art College of Health Professions campus in downtown Hillsboro, we offer professional programs in dental health science, gerontology, healthcare administration, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy, professional psychology, physician assistant studies and Audiology.

Pacific University also offers healthcare services throughout the Portland metropolitan area, caring for the patients we serve and the healthcare and optometry students we train. Additional facilities in Portland support the clinical programs of the College of Optometry and the School of Professional Psychology. We remain committed to a tradition of service and support to the community, offering service learning, international education, internships, research opportunities and co-curricular activities to students and faculty. With a rich history to build on and a strong future ahead, our 3,350 students enjoy a rigorous academic experience, professors who love to teach and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Our alumni go on to become life-long learners and engaged citizens of the world.


Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:59 UTC

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