Intellectual Property and Copyright Services Librarian

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Created: September 11, 2013


The Digital Initiatives Unit is a key part of the Library's effort to adapt to the evolving needs of faculty and students and to support teaching, research and learning at UBC. Our goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes to make the collections and research at UBC available to the world and to ensure the authentic, long-term preservation of these digital holdings for the future.
Within the context of a changing environment, the Intellectual Property and Copyright Librarian leads the planning, coordination, analysis and implementation of new service models that focus on the provision of Intellectual Property and copyright support for the UBC Community.  Provides complex operational advice to the Director, Library Digital Initiatives in the provision of copyright and intellectual property services to UBC users. Investigates the copyright status of selected materials, responds to copyright queries generated from the copyright listserv, creates and maintains administrative systems for tracking copyright queries and responses. Coordinates team based campus instruction on copyright and author rights.  Responsible for maintenance of appropriate web sites, hand-outs and documentation. The Intellectual Property and Copyright Services Librarian supervises Copyright Services including oversight of the Rights & Permissions Service, the Faculty Course Support Service and the Copyright Education Service.



- A graduate degree from an ALA accredited program in Library Science.
- Experience in a research or other large academic library.
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
- Public service experience and demonstrated commitment to customer service.
- Knowledge of copyright in the Canadian context, including author rights and open access.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise tact and excellent judgement when dealing with questions and policy issues.
- Exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills.
- Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated project management skills, both independently and as a team member.
- An aptitude for entrepreneurial activity in project identification and project development.
- Flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments.


- Working experience with rights management.
- Knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues.
- Understanding of the changing environment for scholarly communication and alternative publishing models.


The Intellectual Property and Copyright Services Librarian works under the direction of, and reports to the Director, Library Digital Initiatives and consults with the Copyright Advisory Group and other librarians as appropriate in the provision of copyright services.  The Intellectual Property and Copyright Services Librarian supervises the Rights & Permissions Manager and the Faculty Course Associate.


1. Takes a leadership role in overseeing the coordination and intersection of service models for: copyright permissions service, copyright education, and faculty course support services as it pertains to intellectual property concerns.

2. Organizes presentations to inform the campus community, including faculty, students and administrators, about Intellectual Property and Copyright. Collaborates with the Scholarly Communications Librarian and with members of the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office team to prepare and present copyright and author rights training to Library staff.

3. Responds to questions and requests for information about Copyright and use of copyrighted material generated from the copyright information listserv or users by phone, email or in person. Consults with the Director, Library Digital Initiatives, the Copyright Advisory Group, and the Library's Technical Services licensing group as appropriate.

4. Ensures responses to questions and requests for information about Copyright and use of copyrighted material from the campus community are managed. Creates and maintains administrative systems for tracking copyright queries.  Keeps documentation up to date

5. Develops workflow mechanisms in the provision of copyright services.

6. Coordinates educational efforts and provides information and current awareness tools in the areas of intellectual property and copyright for subject liaisons and library staff. 

7. Chairs the Copyright Advisory Group, which provides advice to the Director, Library Digital Initiatives on the Copyright at UBC website and other services under the Intellectual Property and Copyright umbrella.

8. Recommends appropriate policies and implementation procedures for the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office in consultation with the cIRcle Coordinator and the Director, Library Digital Initiatives.

9. Supervises the Faculty Course Associate and the Rights & Permissions Manager

10. Prepares and presents project reports as required.

11. Maintains and updates appropriate webpages and information pages.

12. Participates in external groups, consortia etc. regarding the work of the Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office

13. Participates in regional and national initiatives as appropriate.

14. May supervise student assistants including scheduling workflow, participating in student hires, reviewing work for quality and consistency.

15. Manages term and part-time project staff from time to time and performs other supervisory responsibilities as may be assigned.

16. Performs other duties related to the qualifications and requirements of the job.

Terms of Appointment and Salary:

This position will be filled as a full time one year term position.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Applications will include: a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate's education and training; work experience in the areas listed above; evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as evaluations; a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and the names of three referees with their email addresses.


Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 13:25 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:44 UTC