Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist

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Created: April 16, 2015


The Temple University Libraries are seeking a creative and energetic individual to fill the position of Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist. This position will actively engage with the University libraries, University Press, and University research and scholarly communities in the development and support of a continuum of scholarly and educational resources.  Temple’s federated library system serves an urban research university with over 1,800 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. Temple University Press publishes award-winning books and journals in the social sciences and humanities and is the premier publisher of books on Philadelphia and the region. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The Scholarly Communications and Library Publishing Specialist coordinates and supports the development of activities ranging from traditional publishing through informal and open channels for scholarly information sharing. The incumbent serves as a bridge between the formal publishing activities of the University Press and the service role of the library, working with both to develop new and alternative programs in support of Temple constituents’ scholarly output and the mission of the university as a leading public research university, which may include open education resources, open access journals, open conference proceedings, working papers, lab reports, as well as development of a university content and data repository The Specialist reports jointly to the Executive Director of the Press and the Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services. Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:
  • Building & sustaining connections between the Press and the libraries to establish a continuum of activity from traditional publishing through informal and open channels for scholarly information sharing.
  • Ongoing evaluation and strategic action to identify and enhance the range of scholarly communication taking place across the Temple University community.
  • Working with the Press and library subject liaisons to ensure two-way communication with faculty and graduate students around publishing options, support, and concerns.
  • In partnership with Press and library colleagues, hold information sessions with faculty and students on relevant subjects.
  • Developing, in partnership with the Press, alternate publishing options including open education resources, open access journals, open conference proceedings, working papers, lab reports, etc.
  • Launching, in collaboration with Digital Library Initiatives, a university repository and developing library publications based on content therein.
  • Developing, in collaboration with Digital Library Initiatives, library programs to support, manage, and curate faculty and student research and pedagogical data output.
  • Serving as a member of the Digital Scholarship Center advisory board.
  • Serving as a library expert on copyright and intellectual property matters, working with Press staff as appropriate.
  • Advising faculty on author’s rights, working with and drawing on expertise of Press staff.

Required Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in a humanities, social science, or scientific discipline and at least one year of experience in an academic library or academic publishing environment supporting evaluation, creation, and dissemination of scholarly material and regularly communicating with faculty, researchers, authors, and students.   An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the scholarly publishing enterprise, including the distinctive issues facing traditional university press and library-based publishing.
  • Knowledge of institutional repository trends & best practices.
  • Knowledge of copyright law and use of intellectual property.
  • Ability to conduct program assessment and further scholarly communication as a strategic priority.
  • Demonstrated experience with project management.
  • Evidence of leadership, initiative and creativity.
  • Strong outreach skills and evidence of ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills and ability to create print and electronic promotional/instructional materials.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:
  • Accredited MLS.
  • Experience with service development for open publishing platforms.
  • Familiarity with data management and data curation issues and practices.

  • Competitive salary and benefits package.

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