Copyright Librarian (University of Notre Dame, Indiana)

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Created: February 28, 2015


University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Libraries

Copyright Librarian

Location: Notre Dame, IN
The Copyright Librarian is the Hesburgh Libraries’ coordinator and consultant on issues that span copyright, licensing, scholarly communications and information policies pertaining to library services and initiatives. In conjunction with the University of Notre Dame’s Office of General Counsel and internal library stakeholders, this individual is responsible for analyzing intellectual property policies that pertain to the creation, addition, or use of copyrighted or licensed content.

As a member of the Digital Library Initiatives and Scholarship Program and the Center for Digital Scholarship, this position oversees efforts within the Libraries to ensure that the use and dissemination of resources is compliant with university policies.  This individual guides overall library activities pertaining to copyright in conjunction with campus stakeholders.

The individual also provides information about copyright-related issues in the library, for example fair use, permissions, scholarly communications, and specialized requirements of data access, use, and sharing.  The position considers issues related to emerging technologies specific to copyright, rights management, and intellectual property as it relates to a university library. As a new area of focus, the individual will contribute to the long-term evolution of the position.


      Serves as the Libraries’ internal coordinator regarding the use, creation and dissemination of copyrighted works.  Provides direction regarding copyright, content and related licensing, and permissions.  Recommends best practices, for example, with documentation and training on copyright compliance issues. This includes exploring intellectual property issues pertaining to the Libraries’ digital repository, CurateND.
      In consultation with University's Office of General Counsel and other library and campus stakeholders, oversees the Libraries’ comprehensive approach in coordinating efforts to ensure that terms, conditions, and expectations for use of library resources are clearly communicated to users.
      Using university legal counsel as a resource, organizes and develops seminars, programs, and workshops to educate faculty and students about copyright and licensing practices. 

ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or J.D. and significant experience with copyright required.  2-3 years post-graduate experience in a legal or higher education setting preferred.  Electronic content licensing experience preferred.

Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, enthusiasm for instruction and communicating emerging issues, experience working with Section 108 of the US Copyright Act, and a proven ability to work well with colleagues required.

The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.


Salary and Benefits:

Appointment salary and rank are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians are non-tenure track members of the Library Faculty. The University offers an excellent benefits and annual vacation package.


The University of Notre Dame is a highly selective national Catholic teaching and research university in northern Indiana about ninety miles from Chicago. Approximately 8,200 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students pursue a broad range of studies. For more information about the University of Notre Dame, please visit the University of Notre Dame homepage at  The Hesburgh Libraries ( hold about 3.5 million volumes and provide access to more than 23,000 serials. The Libraries have 124 staff and 50 librarians. The Libraries are a member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI), ARL, NERL and other consortia. The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring a variety of backgrounds to our community.

Further details & application instructions: 

This position posting and additional information about Hesburgh Libraries can be found on the Libraries’ website:

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

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