Scholarly Communications Librarian

Newark, NJ
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Created: February 1, 2023


Scholarly Communications Librarian

Van Houten Library

Reports To:
University Librarian

Position Type:

Position Summary:
The Robert W. Van Houten Library at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks a collaborative, detailed-oriented, and forward-thinking Scholarly Communications Librarian with exceptional communication skills to advance the Library’s scholarly communication and data services initiatives. This position reports to the University Librarian and is responsible for developing and delivering outreach programs to advocate, educate, support, share, and access scholarly resources. This 12-month non-tenure track professional staff position works closely with members of the REA (Research, Engagement, and Access) and TCP (Technology, Collections, and Preservation) departments to facilitate seamless support in scholarly research publication and impact. The ideal candidate must be able to coordinate and organize activities with creativity, independent thinking, high energy, and the ability to communicate succinctly with a wide range of stakeholders. The successful candidate must effectively manage time and deadlines, as well as balance demands and priorities. Work Schedule: a typical work week is Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and may include evening or weekend hours as assigned. The work schedule may be adjusted according to the instruction and research needs.

Essential Functions:
Scholarly Communication Services (60%)
- Develop and deliver outreach programs related to all scholarly communication topics and activities.
- Collaborate with the Technology, Collection, and Preservation team to develop guidelines for evaluating successful open access partnerships, and advance open access with read & publish partnerships.
- Lead and manage the Open; Affordable Textbook (OAT) program, including assisting faculty in discovering, adopting, or creating OER content.
- Monitor the scholarly communication landscape, including legislative, funding, and publishing trends. Assess trends, communicate implications where appropriate, and incorporate them into guidelines and documentation.
- Advocate for and promote the deposit of university-produced scholarship in the institutional repository, Digital Commons.
- Work closely with relevant library teams, faculty departments, and campus partners to create a university-wide open access policy.
- Seek opportunities to foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and evaluate current and emerging digital tools and methodologies.

Data Services (30%)
- Manage the DMPTool platform to support researchers in creating their data management plans (DMPs).
- Organize and lead programs on research data topics, including ethical and responsible research data management, and foster awareness and advise researchers on practical solutions to manage, archive, and disseminate their research data.
- Support local standards, tools, and data services to improve the FAIRness of data and the ability to reproduce research data.
- Support data curation and management, including technical challenges such as format migration, preservation, metadata, and data retrieval and use.

Research and Instruction Services (10%)
- Serve as the subject liaison librarian to the Data Science department.
- Provide research and reference assistance, virtual and in-person, including social media interactions, complex literature searches, and creating and maintaining guides and tutorials.

Additional Functions:
- Performs other duties as assigned.

Prerequisite Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) from an ALA-accredited program or a relevant accredited graduate degree in another scholarly field deemed appropriate by the library.
- Three (3) years of relevant professional experience with scholarly communications or research data services.
- Knowledge of digital collections and institutional repository platforms.
- Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
- Demonstrated excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
- At the university's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be exempted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Preferred Qualifications: 
- Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline that is taught at NJIT.
- Experience working in an academic or research library.
- Experience with DMPTool, Digital Commons, and Ex Libris Alma & Primo.
- Experience with project management.
- Knowledge of Excel and other quantitative analysis tools used in library data analytics.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants should include:
- Cover letter addressing qualifications for the position
- CV/Résumé
- Contact information for three references, including a current supervisor.

References will only be contacted if the candidate is selected as a finalist.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 21:33 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 21:33 UTC