Scholarly Communication Librarian

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Created: March 3, 2013


The Syracuse University Library seeks an energetic and visionary librarian who is passionate about the challenges of digital scholarly communication. This librarian will have a deep knowledge of the scholarly process and an avid interest in the future of digital research. A main assignment will be to direct SUrface, the university's new institutional repository/research database at, with the goal of building it into a model, state-of-the-art online resource. The scholarly communication librarian will develop an understanding of the theory, principles, and evolving practice of scholarly communication in the academy in order to make available, facilitate, and extend the broadest access to resources needed by the Syracuse University community for teaching and learning. This position will bridge the gap between the library and the SU research community by advising, instructing, and advocating for best practices in open access, and digital resources and preservation. This position is part of the library's Unit for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communication (RCSC), and will work closely with the associate dean to communicate with faculty and graduate students.

  • MLS (ALA-accredited) or equivalent Master's degree in Archives or Information Studies
  • 4 years of experience with computer-based library technologies or with library digital initiatives
  • 2 years of experience working with faculty and other scholars to deepen understanding of the research process
  • 2 years of experience working with metadata schema, open access principles, and the Open Archives Initiative
  • 2 years of experience with digital collections and with digital preservation issues
  • 2 years of experience working with institutional repository issues and software requirements
  • 2 years of experience with open source digital repository platforms and with XHTML, XML, XSLT, CSS
Job Specific Qualifications:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as excellent public speaker
  • Commitment to providing responsible and innovative services to a culturally/racially diverse campus
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a demanding and rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a collegial, multi-disciplinary team environment to explore and promote the application of new technologies
  • Direct SUrface: a multi-media research database and institutional repository; work with SUrface team to ensure rapid development of this resource
  • Work with schools, departments, faculty, and graduate students to select and submit appropriate materials for inclusion into SUrface and/or for digital preservation Serve as an advocate and spokesperson for SUrface, open access, and the importance of digital preservation to the campus, while addressing the full spectrum of stakeholders to build a broad culture of engagement within the university
  • Communicate effectively and frequently with the campus community about SUrface, especially regarding the importance of open access, research visibility, and digital preservation, through presentations, meetings, written communications, reports, web pages, etc.
  • Participate in RCSC unit meetings, activities, and projects
  • Engage in the academic life of the University through committee service, taking courses, giving presentations, attending lectures, reading professional literature, etc.
  • Communicate research, expertise, and lessons learned through formal or informal publications and presentations
  • Attend (online or in-person) and participate in regional and national conferences
  • Report new trends, ideas, and other items of interest learned through attendance of conferences, workshops, or other professional development activities
  • Other duties as assigned

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