Scholarly Publishing Librarian

Toronto, Ontario
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Salary: Minimum salary: LIB I: $76,403; LIB II: $79,720 (Salary is dependent on rank at hire and qualifications). This is a permanent status stream appointment.
Created: December 15, 2023


The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) seeks a user-focused, adaptable, highly collaborative, and innovative librarian for the position of Scholarly Publishing Librarian. Reporting to the Head, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office, the incumbent works with colleagues throughout the system to support existing publishing services (such as the institutional repository) and develop new services that engage emerging technologies, publishing models, and platforms to meet the expanding needs of University of Toronto researchers in a rapidly changing scholarly publishing landscape. As part of a team responsible for evolving UTL services to support the distribution of, and access to, open research, this position will develop strong relationships with technical staff, library colleagues, faculty, and university administration, peers in other institutions, and organizations and agencies supporting scholarly publishing.


Representative duties and projects may include:

  • In coordination with colleagues, provides support for UTL’s evolving Scholarly Publishing Services, including assessing services, gathering and analysing relevant data, and responsibility for managing the University's institutional repository and Journal Production Services
  • Engages in university-wide education and outreach to faculty, students, library colleagues, and university administrative units on a variety of scholarly publishing issues, including Tri-Agency open access policy compliance, researcher identity management, and exploring and understanding publishing choices
  • Works in collaboration with the University of Toronto Press (UTP) to support opportunities that make Canadian research more openly available including support for the UTP/UTL Open Access Monograph Partnership
  • Supports scholarly publishing activities and programs in consultation with the Tri-Campus Scholarly Communications Committee and in areas determined by the Libraries’ strategic priorities
  • Participates in library and campus-wide committees and working groups and contributes to regional, national, and international work as appropriate
  • Monitors and reports on developments, funder requirements, and best practices related to scholarly publishing and communicates their implications to Library and University stakeholders
  • Develops expertise in research infrastructure, with a focus on opportunities for implementation and support of Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) within the University and nationally.


Required Qualifications

  • A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scholarly publishing and research lifecycles
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in scholarly publishing including evolving issues and emerging practices in open science  
  • Knowledge of institutional repositories and other scholarly communication platforms
  • Familiarity with copyright law and eResource and data licensing
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of inclusivity, diversity, equity, anti-racism, and accessibility
  • Proven ability to promote respect and inclusion by working successfully with a wide variety of people and encouraging their participation and involvement
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated training and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and ability to adapt to a changing environment, where needs and priorities of the library and stakeholders may shift rapidly
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and problem-solving skills with the ability to lead multiple concurrent projects  
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation and continuous learning


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience engaging in collaborative projects and programs at the local, regional, national, or international level  
  • Experience with relevant tools, protocols and standards such as DSpace, OJS, SWORD, OAI-PMH, MARC, Dublin Core, DOI/Crossref, HTML, XML, and ORCID
  • Knowledge of web and document accessibility principles and practices
  • Awareness and understanding of implications of Artificial Intelligence in libraries

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