Scholarly Communication Librarian (Assistant Librarian, Tenure Track)

Logan, UT
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Created: February 19, 2019


Utah State University (USU) Libraries seek a collaborative, innovative, and service-minded librarian to contribute to the Libraries’ scholarly communication efforts. As part of the Digital Initiatives Unit, this position contributes to the coordination, promotion, and assessment of the university’s institutional repository (IR), and open access (OA) initiatives. USU is a premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant university committed to fostering the principle that academics come first, cultivating diversity of thought and culture, and serving the public through learning, discovery and engagement. The Library is especially interested in promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments. 


The Scholarly Communication Librarian serves as a leader both in the library and across the institution on issues related to the dissemination, preservation, and use of the scholarly and creative output of USU’s faculty, staff, and students. To fulfill these leadership responsibilities, the successful candidate will engage with campus on topics from across the scholarly communication landscape including: digital scholarship and preservation; open access, data, and education; and intellectual property. 


Through collaboration with liaisons and other librarians, this position will facilitate the use of digital tools in research and teaching and work to expand the Libraries’ support for faculty, staff, and students at all stages of research. The Scholarly Communication Librarian may support a wide range of digital scholarship activities such as: digital publishing and open educational resources; scholarly identity and research impact; digital humanities, including digital exhibits and storytelling; and GIS.    


Reporting to the Head of Digital Initiatives, the position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian. This position will actively participate in the promotion, outreach, and support of the Scholarly Communication activities as part of a collaborative library team. 



·                     Promote and manage the development and growth of USU’s IR (DigitalCommons@USU) with a team of full-time and student employees 

·                     Promote and support USU’s Open Access Policy and related efforts across campus 

·                     Work collaboratively across the Library to develop, identify, and promote digital tools to enhance research and teaching including mentorship of student employees and interns engaged in digital projects 

·                     Build and maintain collaborative partnerships related to digital initiatives with faculty, researchers, and other campus units 

·                     Monitor advancements in scholarly communication, OA, IRs, and related areas and communicate implications to campus stakeholders 

·                     Provide guidance and training on scholarly communication/digital scholarship for library and campus constituencies 

·                     Serve as a subject librarian to one academic discipline 


Required Qualifications: 

·                     ALA-accredited Master’s degree (awarded or near complete) 

·                     Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills 

·                     Demonstrated knowledge of current issues, trends, and best practices, and new and emerging technologies in scholarly communication 

·                     Demonstrated problem solving skills 

·                     Ability to set and follow through on both individual and team priorities 

·                     Interest in learning new technologies and working in a dynamic environment 

·                     Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills 

·                     Ability to meet the university's requirements for promotion and tenure 


Preferred Qualifications: 

·                     Project management experience  

·                     Experience in an academic library setting 

·                     Familiarity with rights management issues in digital environments 

·                     Familiarity with repository platforms 


Salary is $48,000, plus excellent benefits. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel. 


Utah State University is a multi-campus, land-grant institution. Utah State University’s campus in Logan is located 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, within easy driving distance of many national parks. The surrounding Wasatch Mountains, including ski resorts, trails, lakes and rivers, place Utah State University in one of the finest outdoor recreational environments in the nation. 


Review of applications will begin on March 14, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.  


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Lindsay Ozburn, MA, MSLIS

Assessment Coordinator

Merrill-Cazier Library

Utah State University

Logan, UT 84322 | 435-797-0202


Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 18:32 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 18:32 UTC