Scholarly Communications Librarian

Boone, NC
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Created: July 16, 2018


The University Libraries at Appalachian State University seek a Scholarly Communications Librarian as a member of our Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team. The successful candidate will engage and partner with the Appalachian community to support new models of research and scholarship by providing and managing innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content creation, delivery, discovery, and analysis. This position supports faculty and students in the areas of copyright and intellectual property.

The University Libraries seek to recruit and retain a talented and diverse faculty. Candidates who are members of underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Develop and lead a successful scholarly communications outreach program, promote the innovative use of technologies, and incorporate best practices to support Library and University initiatives.
  • Serve as a catalyst in developing campus adoption and implementation of new models of scholarly communications that include sustainable digital scholarship, open access, open data, and open educational resources.
  • Lead the development and evaluation of the Libraries’ institutional repository, including possible implementation of a new platform.
  • Integrate scholarly communications into library instruction and work with other librarians to expand their capacity to support scholarly communications.
  • Serve as a campus resource on issues and trends relevant to: intellectual property, copyright and fair use, government and institution mandates and directives, alternative scholarly dissemination venues, repositories, author rights, public access, open access, open educational resources, open data, metrics for assessing impact, data management, reputation and identity management, grants, and tenure and promotion.
  • Identify, implement and support services, systems and applications that provide and integrate platforms for scholarly publishing, digital content and data management, and other research activities.
  • Develop workshops and classroom instruction for the campus and community.
  • Oversee scholarly publishing services.
  • Coordinate Libraries’ scholarly communications program with initiatives in the state.
  • Analyze and create reports on use of services and products of digital scholarship, including their access, impact, functionality, and effectiveness.

Required Qualifications:

  • American Library Association accredited master’s degree or equivalent advanced degree.
  • Minimum three years of professional experience in a related field.
  • Current knowledge of background, trends, and best practices in scholarly communications with the ability to articulate a strategic vision for scholarly communications in a rapidly evolving library landscape.
  • Experience with outreach and engagement in scholarly communication.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with evidence of effective and collegial interactions.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to promote teamwork, equity, and inclusiveness.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic library experience.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Expertise in intellectual property and copyright.
  • A record of professionally relevant scholarship and service.

This is a twelve-month, tenure track position and may be filled at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank. Salary and rank are determined on the basis of qualifications and experience. Information about tenure, promotion, and other faculty responsibilities is found in the University Faculty Handbook

Appalachian State University is located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. The University is committed to promoting sustainability and creating global connections.

University Libraries faculty work in a collegial team-based environment, participate in the University Libraries’ liaison program, and engage in active programs of scholarship and professional service. The Libraries offer strong support for professional development activities, including publishing, presenting, and attending conferences and workshops.

Appalachian State University is a constituent institution of the seventeen-campus University of North Carolina System. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the University has over 18,000 students, primarily in bachelor’s and master’s programs. Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs. Belk Library and Information Commons is a beautifully-designed and popular facility with over one million visits per year. It shares a catalog and some services with UNC- Asheville and Western Carolina University as part of the Western North Carolina Library Network (WNCLN). Additional information about the Library, the University, and the surrounding area may be found at and

Appalachian State University routinely appears in magazine rankings for “Green Colleges,” “Coolest Schools,” and similar qualities, along with U.S. News & World Report rankings. The University is especially proud of its ninth-place ranking on the Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings 2013, which includes variables such as low net cost, better than expected graduation rate, and low default rate for graduates.

Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send a complete application comprised of (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a full C.V. including education and relevant experience, and (3) the name, address, email, and telephone number of three to five references who are knowledgeable about your qualifications for this position to: Scholarly Communications Librarian Search Committee, Attn: Sherrye Perry, Belk Library and Information Commons, 218 College Street, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608; or electronically to with the subject line: Scholarly Communications Librarian Search Committee.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Paul Orkiszewski, Search Committee Chair, (, or 828-262-6588).

Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. For more information, please visit


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