Scholarly Sharing Strategist

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Created: October 4, 2017


Scholarly Sharing Strategist

The Ohio State University Libraries is filling a senior strategic leadership position in the scholarly communications arena The position is described briefly below. This  leader will work with two already mature programs in copyright and publishing with the opportunity to lead further growth and change in collaborative context.

The full Position Description and application information are available at

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 1, 2017. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Kristin Gall at Please include the title of the position for which you are posting in the subject field.


The Scholarly Sharing Strategist leads a dynamic program area that promotes new models for sharing and disseminating scholarly works to advance learning, research, and creative expression. The newly conceived Scholarly Sharing area brings into closer dialog two highly successful programs, Copyright Services and Publishing & Repository Services, and creates new capacity for innovation and partner engagement. Together these units include one faculty librarian and six administrative and professional staff. Reporting to the Associate Director for Content and Access, the Head will propel and align strategy and practice for the programs in a rapidly evolving environment. The Head coordinates Libraries-wide strategic initiatives and projects, embracing new scholarly sharing models based on institutional, regional, and national partnerships. This program already enjoys close collaboration within OSU Libraries with teams of developers and IT infrastructure specialists, and the staff of the Research Commons. The position supervises the head of Copyright Services and the head of Publishing & Repository Services, and works collaboratively across the Libraries to help create and implement innovative approaches for supporting scholarly content creators and fostering impactful publishing. Our publishing program currently supports journal hosting and publishing, conference publishing, and we aim to provide sustainable support for new-model publishing.

Copyright Services provides consultation and workshops, and aids the OSU community with permissions requests.


Key Responsibilities


·         Based on a deep and evolving understanding of the challenges of the traditional scholarly communication models, effectively articulate and apply complex concepts related to new/emerging areas in scholarly sharing. Monitor national and international trends in the field and assess opportunities for alignment and leadership by the program.

·         Design and lead innovative program and outreach activities critical to the Libraries' strategies advancing new models of scholarly publishing and informed decision-making by content creators on campus.

·         Foster greater understanding of and enthusiastic support across the Libraries for appropriate management of copyright by content creators and for new, more efficient and effective modes of scholarly publishing. Provide effective and consistent communications with campus constituencies regarding the Libraries’ strategies and programs for scholarly sharing.

·         Engage with partners within the Libraries, with other campus constituencies, and with external partners to advance strategic activities in scholarly sharing. Position the Libraries as a leader in campus conversations relating to scholarly sharing. Promote engagement with and leadership contributions to national conversations relating to scholarly sharing.


·        Think creatively and critically about the affordances and challenges of existing and emerging technologies relevant to scholarly sharing and advocate for appropriate application to OSUL services.

·         Support and advance the Libraries' programs in copyright and publishing services. Elevate the existing cohesive team environment among the leaders and staff within the Libraries’ scholarly sharing programs.

·         Build and maintain a research program and service profile related to publishing, copyrights, and/or scholarly communication. Present and publish in appropriate venues in order to raise own and Libraries’ profile.


Required Qualifications:

·         An ALA-accredited master’s degree, a master’s degree with specialization in archives, a master’s degree in museum studies or a comparable graduate degree in one of the above fields from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

·        Strong expertise in many facets of professional practice relating to copyright, publishing, and repository models and trends.

·        Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience including progressively responsible leadership experience resulting in outstanding leadership capabilities.

·        A track record of building effective partnerships and sustaining relationships.

·        Ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment.

·        Experience with new and emerging technologies that support digital scholarship and scholarly communication.

·        Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service, which are required criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure.

Desired Qualifications:

·        Record of successful mentorship, coaching, and leadership development.

·        Evidence of scholarly contribution and engagement with organizations or multi- institutional initiatives in the arena of scholarly sharing.

·        Knowledge of academic and research library publishing processes.

·        Track record of engagement in Open Access initiatives in research institutions.



How to apply


Kristin Gall, Human Resources Associate, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5794.

digital publishing Strategy Management Leadership Scholarly communication Digital scholarship


Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 15:28 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 15:28 UTC