January 27, 2020

Production Assistant for Publishing Services

  • The Ohio State University
  • Columbus, OH

The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a detail-oriented and resourceful person to fill the position of Production Assistant for Publishing Services.


The Ohio State University Libraries publishes and hosts Open Access journals, archives the research and scholarship of campus partners, and promotes the open sharing of scholarly works created by Ohio State faculty, staff, and students. The Production Assistant for Publishing Services reports to the Production Services Coordinator and helps support the dissemination of research, scholarship, and creative expression in alignment with the Libraries strategic directions. The Production Assistant for Publishing Services consistently demonstrates commitment to our values and promotes an organizational culture of Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship ( as well as dedication to advance the work of Publishing and Repository Services. The Production Assistant for Publishing Services assists with established production services for Open Access publishing in the Libraries and performs production work for publishing services across multiple software platforms (e.g. DSpace, Open Journal Systems, WordPress), on multiple simultaneous projects. The Publishing and Repository Services unit includes a team of one librarian, three staff members, and .5FTE students. The position requires attention to detail, sound judgement and decision making, and knowledge of related and applicable software programs. Specific responsibilities include: perform production tasks including layout editing, data input, and DOI registration; design, implement, and document workflows for multiple concurrent production projects; monitor and ensure the quality of data input; provide publishing software technical support for editors and creators of digital content; track projects in project database; schedule and supervise the production work of student assistants; all other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

B.A./B.S. in Information Science, Communications, or Art/Humanities or other appropriate field or an equivalent combination of education and experience; familiarity with the scholarly publishing process; excellent organizational skills and ability to work with detail; ability to assist with projects under minimal supervision and to meet deadlines; excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated experience with Excel; familiarity with HTML or XML.

Desired Qualifications:

Familiarity with metadata standards; experience with workflow development; creativity and flexibility in using technology to solve problems; experience with managing metadata, text, images, and other forms of digital research content; experience with HTML, CSS, or XML; supervisory experience.

Please apply online at through February 2, 2020.

January 2, 2020

Scholarly Communications Librarian

  • University of Chicago
  • Chicago, IL

General Summary:

This position leads development of the University of Chicago’s growing scholarly communication services and policies; and contributes in meaningful ways to our recently launched (2018) Center for Digital Scholarship.

Open access, copyright, research data management and dissemination, institutional repository services, data preservation, and curation, are critical aspects of scholarly communication, from access to archiving. We encourage candidates with a strong, access-centered vision of scholarly communications-related services, such as scholarly publishing and guidance on research data management, to apply for our Scholarly Communication Librarian (SCL) position. This position leads development of the University of Chicago’s growing scholarly communication services and policies; and contributes in meaningful ways to our recently launched (2018) Center for Digital Scholarship, which includes the Dissertation Office. The SCL collaborates with others to develop training, workshops and other programming around data management, author rights, copyright, and open scholarship.

The SCL will help provide leadership and support for two main services: the institutional repository, Knowledge@UChicago, which was recently migrated to the TIND IR platform in the 2018-2019 academic year and features a new research data repository; and Open Journal Systems, which we implemented in Spring 2019 for faculty and graduate students interested in launching open access journals. While the SCL should have a good understanding of these products, and be able to carry out routine tasks such as batch uploading or metadata reconciliation, they will also be assisted with front and back end technical support by the Digital Library Development Center; work with subject specialty librarians on collections development and data acquisition; and receive mentoring and guidance from supervisors in order to best assess users’ unique needs around this technology and research outputs. The SCL will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the Library’s internal Data Services Group to create services and policies related to research data management. This position reports to the Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and is a part of the IT & Digital Scholarship Department.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable services and policies that support open access, preservation, and broad dissemination of University research and data
  • Create a vision for how the library implements institutional repository services that includes maintenance of and outreach about Knowledge@UChicago and OJS to and beyond UChicago community
  • Consult with faculty, graduate students, and university staff on best practices or strategies to better manage, describe, preserve, and make available scholarly work
  • Leverage partnerships with other computing or IT-related units on campus to research, recommend, or test new technologies
  • Participate in local, regional, and national initiatives or meetings related to standards, best practices, and research lifecycle management activities and services
  • Provide general and specialized reference support virtually or at public service desks
  • Support or train librarians on scholarly communication services or concepts where appropriate



  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • At least 2 years of experience in a post-secondary library addressing scholarly communication topics or providing services around related topics
  • Experience using technology to support service innovation and/or productivity enhancements
  • Commitment to ongoing multimodal professional engagement, local, regional, national, across campus and in the Library
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, and to collaborate and work effectively in a team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated or documented ability to value and encourage diversity, build trust, and empower staff growth
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to be innovative, flexible, adaptable and comfortable with change
  • Evidence of self-motivation, initiative and intellectual curiosity, a strong user service philosophy, and the commitment to continuous improvement and innovation


  • Record of interactions with faculty that demonstrate a deep understanding of the scholarly process
  • Significant experience managing multiple projects concurrently in various stages of completion
  • Between 1-3 years of experience of facilitating instruction or workshops with undergraduate or graduate students

Application Instructions

The Search Committee will evaluate candidates’ record and academic accomplishments in providing scholarly communication services, developing and maintaining strong working relationships in and out of the library; knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly communication, copyright and use, and data management; and knowledge of policy and technical challenges related to the management, curation, and archiving of digital data. The Committee will also evaluate candidate’s understanding of the processes, resources, and technologies involved in scholarly publishing; ability to plan and implement programming and policies; knowledge of metadata concepts and standards; oral and written communication skills and ability to produce effective promotional and training materials; and ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in an evolving environment.

To Apply: Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference contact information online through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruiting website: Review of applications will begin after Januray 19, 2020. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Salary and Benefits: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off.

Questions: Contact Kara Hastings, HR Generalist, or Stacie Williams, Director, Center for Digital Scholarship,

December 20, 2019

Publishing & Open Repository Specialist

  • University of Tennessee
  • Knoxville, TN

Reporting to the Scholarly Communication Librarian, the Publishing and Open Repository Specialist plays a central role in the UT Libraries’ open access and publishing activities. The specialist is responsible for leading, growing, and improving the publishing partners program. As the individual supporting library-hosted journal publishing services, a service that is growing, this individual is responsible for developing, documenting, and implementing policies, procedures, and publishing guidelines. The specialist develops training materials and provides consultations and workshops on best practices for journal editors. This position is responsible for reviewing partners’ practices to make sure they are meeting library-established publishing guidelines. This position defines and encourages adoption of interoperability standards for partners, such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), and increases the visibility of partner journals by creating metadata for indexing services. This position develops and implements assessment efforts to evaluate the journal publishing service and utilizes this data to improve and grow this service in conjunction with all library scholarly communication activities.

In addition to leading the journal-hosting service, the specialist serves as the liaison to collection managers in the institutional repository, TRACE, supporting faculty and staff who submit materials to it. In this role, the specialist provides communication and outstanding customer service to a diverse group of faculty and staff submitting materials to the repository. The specialist is responsible for staying up-to-date on best practices in scholarly journal publishing and other scholarly communication issues through development and training. This position works with the Scholarly Communication Librarian and other teams in the Libraries on projects involving open access journals, open educational resources, open access books, and other open scholarship initiatives.

Responsibilities & Duties

Journal production:

  • Leads and coordinates all aspects of journal production for journals hosted by the Libraries.
  • Completes production work related to journal publishing and hosting including submitting content, creating metadata, designing and documenting workflows, monitoring and ensuring the quality of data input, and tracking projects through the publication process.
  • Oversees the retention, publication, and management of all library-hosted journals, including select annual or recurring conference proceedings.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to support journal hosting and publishing in the libraries, e.g. develops Memoranda of Understanding between the Libraries and editorial boards of hosted journals.
  • Assess journal hosting services in order to both improve and promote the services.
  • Coordinates with editors to establish, maintain, and update journal sites. This includes working with the Libraries’ Marketing and Communication team to design journal covers and associated graphic elements.
  • Ensures editors are following established best practices through the creation and implementation of training materials, instructional workshops, and consultations.
  • Consults with editors on copyright and open licensing options.
  • Advises editors on how their journal can be indexed by major indexing services and creates metadata for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Stays current with scholarly journal publishing best practices through training and development efforts.

Repository Collection Manager Liaison:

  • Responsible for the creation of new collections in UT’s open-access repository, TRACE.
  • Acts in a liaison role with collection managers (usually faculty and staff outside the Libraries) to maintain existing collections, to establish new collections, and provide guidance through the process of depositing materials into the repository.
  • Works with teams across and outside the Libraries with the migration and preservation of files to and in the repository, especially theses and dissertations.
  • Develops training materials and provides training through workshops and consultations to collection managers on how to use the repository system including how to input appropriate metadata for materials deposited.
  • Responds to all questions regarding the use of the repository from submitters, collection managers, and the public.
  • Liaises between repository system customer support and campus users and provides critical communication for library departments working with and supporting the repository.

Project Management:

  • Coordinates activities related to design and production of a wide range of academic publishing materials between the library teams, vendors, and university community.
  • May assist in training and distributing work to other staff members, including student employees and library staff and will identify work that needs the input of these individuals and any required training or skill development needed to execute the work.
  • Organizes meetings and training materials for editors and authors.
  • Contributes to unit goals by accomplishing related duties as required.

Library and departmental activities:

  • Updates library website and documentation as needed, taking the lead on providing online information about journal publishing services.
  • Contributes to the planning and assessment of departmental and program efforts in general and leads planning and assessment efforts related to journal publishing services.
  • Participates in professional development, library committees, planning activities, and departmental and library-wide meetings and initiatives.

Rights reversion for published books:

  • Communicates with faculty, staff, and librarians to identify authors who have published books and may be eligible for reverting copyright of those books back to themselves.
  • Reviews standard author publishing agreements for copyright terms in these cases and consults with the Scholarly Communication and University Council as needed to make these determinations.
  • Assists faculty authors and librarians in openly licensing such books, creating metadata, making them open access in digital repositories, and promoting their availability.
  • Develops knowledge of current copyright agreements and standards through training and development to conduct this work.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communication, Writing, or related field
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in scholarly publishing, open repositories, or a related area, providing excellent customer service to a diverse, academic clientele.
  • Excellent customer service skills supporting a diverse clientele. Strong and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Project management skills, including the management of complex projects and coordination of efforts with many team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of academic publishing practices, such as journal or book publishing, and open access publishing in particular.
  • Knowledge of institutional, disciplinary, and/or OER repositories. Knowledge of DOIs.
  • Knowledge of copyright and open licenses, such as Creative Commons.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards as applied in academic journal publishing and/or institutional repositories.
  • Ability to create and maintain procedural and technical documentation.
  • Ability to learn publishing software and platforms.
  • Ability to develop materials to aid in teaching and training, such as slides and worksheets.
  • Ability to apply best practice standards to publishing workflows.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Library Science or Information Science degree
  • At least 1 year of experience working in an academic library.
  • Skills and experience analyzing and explaining copyright agreements to faculty, researchers, or other academic authors.
  • Skills using Pressbooks, InDesign, Open Journal Systems, bepress, or similar software programs and platforms.
  • Knowledge of best practices in academic publishing.
  • Ability to create instructional assessments and develop student learning outcomes.

Application Procedures

A background check is required prior to hiring. In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications and a current resume.  

For assistance or questions about using the UT online application system, contact University of Tennessee Human Resources:

105 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0213

Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(865) 974-8847

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

December 10, 2019

Publishing & Scholarly Communications Coordinator

  • Pacific University Libraries
  • Forest Grove, Oregon

The  Pacific University Libraries in Forest Grove, Oregon are seeking a Publishing & Scholarly Communications Coordinator to lead and manage our open access and traditional publishing services. This is a faculty position, reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, and serving as Associate Director of the Pacific University Press.


This position provides leadership and operational management for the Libraries’ publishing services within a broader context of promoting—and engaging faculty, staff, and students in—practices and initiatives that maximize the dissemination, preservation, and impact of the university’s research and scholarship. The Publishing & Scholarly Communications Coordinator is responsible for the editorial and production processes of the Libraries’ journal and monograph publishing services, working with authors, editors, freelancers and other stakeholders in the development of specific publications and the overall publishing services. As part of its promotion of open and flexible modes of publication and dissemination, this position also provides education and support to the Pacific University community regarding scholarly communication and intellectual property issues, particularly as they pertain to authors’ rights and decision-making. This is a full-time, extended-term track faculty position on an 11-month contract.

For priority consideration, please submit materials by January 13, 2020. Please see the Pacific University HR site for full information and to apply:


  • Provide expertise and leadership in the areas of publishing and open access
  • Lead the development and management of sustainable publishing services
  • As Associate Press Director, manage the publication of Pacific University Press titles, in collaboration with the Press Director
  • Provide direct editorial and production support for monographs published by the Pacific University Press and through Bee Tree Books (the Libraries’ self-publishing imprint). This includes (but is not limited to): preparing and loading content into digital publishing platforms; editing structured documents using HTML, XML, and CSS; formatting text documents; reviewing and managing copyright issues with third-party content; proofreading for obvious structural, grammatical, or stylistic errors; and conversion to additional formats.
  • Provide direct support for journals published by the University Libraries; this may include (but is not limited to) collaboration on new journal development, training for journal editors, technical support for publications, layout/design of publications, and coordination of metadata/journal deposits with CrossRef, Portico, and journal aggregators
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Collection Services and Systems & Applications to define policies and best practices for the use of the university’s institutional repository, CommonKnowledge
  • Improve and document editorial and production workflows and processes
  • Design and provide instruction, continuing education, and online resources for students, staff, and faculty related to scholarly communication topics (open access, copyright, publishing processes, publishing tools, author rights, etc.)
  • Assist faculty and students with preparing original works for publication and/or dissemination through CommonKnowledge
  • Hire and train student workers as needed to assist with publishing services
  • Collaborate on efforts to promote open educational resource (OER) adoption and publishing.


  • Maintain current knowledge on relevant subject resources and best practices for open publication, open educational resources, and digital publishing
  • Research and evaluate emerging formats and workflows for publishing to inform the Libraries’ services;
  • Participate in community service, professional associations, and professional development activities
  • Contribute to University-wide committees/activities/service
  • Pursue opportunities to integrate scholarly activity into professional activities/responsibilities
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Please feel free to contact with me with any questions about the position or Libraries!

Isaac Gilman, MLIS | Dean of University Libraries | 503-352-1401

Pacific University Libraries | Tran Library 140
Pacific University | 2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116

I am proud to work at a university that inspires students to think, care, create, and pursue justice. |

December 9, 2019

Digital Publication Coordinator

  • University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
  • Vancouver, BC

Digital Publication Coordinator
The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
Vancouver, BC

Job Summary

The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) seeks a Digital Publication Coordinator whose skills and approaches will advance our commitment to digital publishing for multiple forms of expression.

The Digital Publication Coordinator’s work will strengthen RavenSpace, a ground-breaking publishing platform for media-rich, networked, interactive books in Indigenous studies. Combining open-source database and publishing platforms, RavenSpace offers a suite of tools for linking data and analyses to digital content from around the world and for interacting in culturally sensitive ways with heritage materials. It serves as a powerful interactive and collaborative site of knowledge exchange between Indigenous scholars, communities, and a diversity of audiences.

The Digital Publication Coordinator will provide digital publication coordination to teams performing core responsibilities within the RavenSpace publishing system. The position provides support to the Principal Investigator (PI) in ensuring the overall progress of core activities; acts as a pivot between the PI, the platform developers, the book production team, the marketing staff, and external partners and vendors; and coordinates the technology-based activities related to the maintenance, research, and implementation and testing of the digital production platform system.

Because this position will participate in the documentation and assessment of existing workflows and the development of the future roadmap, strong analytical and communication skills are critical.

Work Performed

Publication, Coordination, and Communication

– Works closely with teams to clarify work objectives, encourage productive discussions between platform and book development teams, address and resolve communication issues, actively solicit various and possibly divergent points of view, and strengthen cross-team collaboration.
– Coordinates with teams to manage the overall priorities and schedule of activities for platform maintenance and research, integrating and tracking milestones and dependencies across streams of activities, and supporting the teams in the analysis of the system’s capabilities.
– Participates in and confers with the PI and the teams to ensure that the platform maintenance and development function effectively in support of the book production activities and are within scope and budget.
– Plans and coordinates production of new media assets.
– Researches, identifies, and, on approval from the PI, hires vendors, defining the scope and detail of the work and budget and assures the quality and delivery of the services or goods.
– Confirms that permissions are secured and provides support and advice on permissions and metadata.
– Consults with teams across technical ability and subject matter expertise to solicit status updates and ensures that teams are provided with project information such as documentation, meeting minutes, and updated project overviews and schedules.
– Ensures that documentation of systems and workflows are produced, updated, and subjected to quality assurance.
– Draws from team updates and conversations to evaluate implementation options, identify risks and benefits, assess complexity, etc., and presents recommendations to the PI for further discussion and follow-up action, as required.

Administration and Liaison

– Works closely with the PI to monitor budget expenditures and assist with reporting and grant applications.
– Consults with RavenSpace leadership to solicit, understand, and capture relevant information to prepare project management documentation.
– Regularly informs and presents project progress, results, insights, and recommendations to the PI and publisher
– Organizes meetings of the Publishing Advisory Board, author workshops, and user-testing sessions, and assists the marketing staff in organizing events such as launches.
– Organizes team meetings and vendor consultation meetings, and provides facilitation and coordination as needed to ensure the smooth flow of communication across cross-functional teams.
– Generates, assists with, and updates documentation of the workflows and systems.
– Acts as a liaison between RavenSpace teams and other UBC Press departments.


– Two year diploma in Journalism or Publishing or related digital production field.
– Minimum of two years’ experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
– Experience in publishing, digital projects, library and information sciences, or the equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
– Demonstrated facility with, and knowledge of, digital infrastructures and a good understanding of information technology/systems
– Successful experience and abilities in project management
– Excellent computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet programs, and software for shared files or team collaboration (e.g., GoogleDocs, Asana)
– Unusually strong written and oral communication skills
– An analytical approach to problem solving
– Proven abilities in project management
– Experience in developing collaborative and productive relationships with a wide range of cross-functional team members and stakeholders
– Ability to work with and supervise contract staff and vendors
– Excellent time management, organization, presentation, and prioritization skills
– Superior attention to detail and ability to manage small project activities such as event and meeting coordination
– Understanding of scholarly communication issues
– Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting.
– Excellent analytical abilities, particularly in using data and reports to inform recommendations for application implementation decisions and program improvements to larger product support team.
– Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.

– Familiarity with Indigenous intellectual property and cultural heritage rights
– Functional knowledge of XML and open source content management platforms such as Omeka, Scalar, and DSpace.
Demonstrated experience or competency in one or more areas of professional practice in scholarly publishing and repository management.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

December 2, 2019

Publishing Systems Developer

  • California Digital Library
  • Oakland, CA

Reporting to the Senior Product Manager, Publishing, this position will work collaboratively with senior developers as well as product and service managers to build and maintain innovative open access (and mostly open source) scholarly publishing infrastructure. Key among these platforms are eScholarship (UC’s open access publishing and institutional repository platform) and integrated submission management systems used by researchers and editors to produce and publish original academic journals and to make previously published works available to the world.

You will:

  • develop new features
  • respond to bug reports
  • manage regular maintenance
  • work collaboratively on new iterations of existing platforms
  • evaluate and implement new open source solutions
  • build connections between platforms
  • participate in both intra- and cross-team pair programming projects

You have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information management or science, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and 5 or more years of experience in information technology which includes writing programs in languages such as Python, Ruby, and Javascript in a production environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with: 1)  UNIX OS and shell scripting; 2) database design and relational databases (for example SQL, MySql, Postgress);  and 3) web-based applications.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of web protocols and server-side programming as well as with web frameworks (such as Django/Rails/Express), and UI presentation tools such as React.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of user interface design, prototyping and web applications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of unit and regression testing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact with others in a consistently positive and professional manner, exercising discretion and tact.
  • Excellent oral communications skills, which demonstrate the ability to effectively convey and explain information, liaise with vendors and tactfully deal with diverse people, situations and ideas.
  • Excellent written communications skills, which demonstrate the ability to draft clear, concise specifications, documentation and reports.
  • Strong analytical skills as demonstrated by the ability to draw conclusions in a logical, systematic way.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan assignments and monitor performance according to priorities, thereby regularly meeting established deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform competently under pressure, handling interruptions and changes without losing productivity.

Compensation and benefits:

  • Health Care, Dental, Vision
  • Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • UC Retirement System, 403(b), 457
  • Academic work environment / 40 hour work week

Our organization

The California Digital Library (CDL) is a collaborative effort of the ten campuses of the University of California. As a UC systemwide library, CDL provides services to and on behalf of the UC system in partnership with the UC campus libraries. As a globally-connected digital library, CDL occupies a unique position between the local UC campuses and the global digital library infrastructure. The primary user base for CDL services and programs includes UC faculty, students, and library staff. The CDL is a unit within the UC Office of the President, has a staff of 70+ and is located in downtown Oakland.

The CDL’s Publishing & Special Collections group develops and maintains production services that enable robust access to unique digital assets from the University of California (UC) and beyond. Through the development of advanced technologies and creative partnerships, we provide the UC scholarly community with innovative open access publication and distribution opportunities and aggregate world-class digital collections from libraries, archives, and museums throughout the State of California, serving an array of end users including researchers, scholars, students, and the general public.

CDL welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from individuals from underrepresented groups. CDL seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University of California, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

NOTE: While the HR system currently shows this position as closing Monday, December 9, CDL is submitting a request to have that extended to January 6, 2020.

November 16, 2019

Next Gen Library Publishing Project Manager

  • California Digital Library
  • Oakland, CA

California Digital Library and partner institutions – Educopia, Strategies for Open Science (Stratos), Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Longleaf Services, and LYRASIS – are embarking on a 2.5 year, grant-funded “Next Generation Library Publishing” project to improve open-source scholarly publishing infrastructure and position library publishers to offer compelling publication tools and services to the academic community. CDL is taking the lead in managing this project and is hiring a part-time project manager to perform this function. If you are self-motivated and eager to be involved in an ambitious project with the potential to change the scholarly communication landscape for the better, this is the job for you!

The project manager for this effort will: support the project by applying standard project management concepts, frameworks, and methods to ensure the timely delivery of project deliverables within a highly distributed project team comprised of six partner organizations; create and maintain a project work plan that indicates deliverables, responsibilities, timelines, and progress; meet regularly with each partner organization and help organize and attend collaborative project meetings to establish near and long-term deliverables, track progress on monthly work plan goals, and realign or reprioritize work as needed; meet regularly with project PIs to discuss progress, resourcing and timeline feasibility; and create quarterly progress reports for the larger stakeholder community.

This position is a 2.5 year contract appointment hired at 50% FTE, including a range of employee benefits. Applicants from outside the Bay Area who wish to work remotely will be considered.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

November 6, 2019

Open Publishing Production Assistant

  • Penn State University Libraries
  • University Park, PA

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of the Open Publishing Production Assistant in the Research Informatics and Publishing department. This position will report to the Open Publishing Program Specialist and be a key member of the Open Publishing Program.

This position will be responsible for production of the Bibliography sites and leading the accessibility initiative within Open Publishing. Production work is done using a variety of open source platforms and software (Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Drupal, primarily) in order to publish open access scholarly journals, monographs, bibliographies, and other digital publications.

Tasks include submitting content and content migration into OJS and Drupal, minor layout proofreading and editing, DOI registration, designing and documenting workflows, monitoring and ensuring the quality of data input, tracking project progress, some basic web design work and customization using HTML/CSS, and training student assistants on PDF and web accessibility and journal publishing workflows.

The Research Informatics and Publishing Department is a new, collaborative and innovative unit within the Penn State University Libraries. This department enhances the technology-driven teaching and research capacity of the Penn State community. The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online.

Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred skills and abilities will include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Science, Communications, or Art/Humanities or other appropriate field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of the scholarly publishing process.
  • Understanding of html/xml/css, and relational databases.
  • Familiarity with open source software programs such as OJS and Drupal.
  • Creativity and flexibility in using technology to solve problems. Experience with workflow development.

Required competencies will include:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe CS (especially Acrobat Pro).
  • Knowledge of document and web accessibility best practices.
  • Ability to work both on projects independently and in small results-oriented teams, and to meet deadlines.
  • Proven record of strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Written and verbal communication skills consistent with an academic professional.

The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit

October 11, 2019

Director, Mason Publishing Group

  • George Mason University
  • Fairfax, VA

The George Mason University Libraries seeks to fill the position of the Director, Mason Publishing Group. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

This Director position leads the University Libraries’ Mason Publishing Group, a unit which includes the George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing imprints, Open Educational Resources program, open access e-journals, Copyright Support, and various other Scholarly Communications activities. Incumbent provides leadership in planning, acquisition of content and projects, scholarly and editorial oversight, business management, contract administration, staffing, marketing and outreach, and external relations.

The position operationally reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Systems, and programmatically functions under the purview of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.


1.           Develops and sustains Open Access and market-focused digital publishing initiatives;

2.           Integrates a GMU Press program with Library-based publishing initiatives, including the Mason Publishing imprint initiatives;

3.           Serves as the lead advocate for the GMU Press across the university and externally;

4.           Manages an integrated program of existing and planned publishing services, including:

·      Institutional repository (Mason Archival Repository Services),

·      E-journals and conference proceedings publishing and hosting,

·      E-book publishing/production,

·      Data publication,

·      Open Educational Resources (OERs), and

·      Two publishing imprints (GMU Press and Mason Publishing), including their print and digital components;

5.           Collaborates with the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center in support of faculty and student projects, including scholarly dissemination activities as appropriate;

6.           Oversees the University’s Copyright Compliance policies and attendant responsibilities;

7.           Oversees the coordination of Scholarly Communication activities of University Libraries and programmatic outreach to Mason’s faculty and students;

8.           Develops sustainable publishing and more broadly scholarly communication/dissemination partnerships across the university;

9.           Manages the multifaceted business aspects of the publishing program, including Profit & Loss forecasts (P&L), author agreements, contract administration, and production operations and workflows, and fiscal matters;

10.        Supervises two (2) full time professional faculty positions, one (1) Classified Staff, and (as allocated annually) graduate professional assistants; and

11.        Performs other related professional duties within University Libraries and/or university as requested.



·      Graduate degree in a relevant discipline;

·      Demonstrated successful managerial and administrative experience in publishing generally, and e-publishing, in particular;

·      Knowledge of current practices and trends in academic publishing, Open Educational Resources, scholarly communications, open-access, data publishing and copyright;

·      Ability to create and monitor budgets;

·      Demonstrated experience in acquisitions, P&L, writing and executing author agreements, contract administration and publishing operations/workflows excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal skills; and

·      Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds.


·      Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the academic publishing sector.

12-month professional faculty appointment without rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and not less than $82,500/year.

To apply:

All applications for this position (FA730z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (, Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2019.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

October 7, 2019

Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian

  • Kansas State Libraries
  • Manhattan, KS

Department: 3670003040 Hale Library
Job no: 508229
Work type: Academic / Faculty – 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Library
Pay Grade: 001

About this role

Kansas State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for a creative, collaborative, and service-minded individual to join our Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) as Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian. The individual in this position will have a primary focus of leading, educating, and providing outreach for copyright services, open access, and K-State’s Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative, and will help support the Center’s other services. This position reports to the CADS team lead in the Academic Services Department.

Following a May 22, 2018 fire in Hale Library, the university’s main library, the administration, faculty and staff, who had been looking forward to the creation of a first-floor learning commons, have instead reimagined the entire library from the ground up. Vital to the future of K-State Libraries will be strengthened scholarly communication and copyright services.

This is a full-time tenure-track academic appointment carrying full faculty status and responsibilities.  The candidate must have a commitment to scholarly/creative activities and professional service necessary for pursuing tenure at Kansas State University Libraries.


  • Serve as primary contact for copyright and open licensing questions; maintain the copyright web presence and libguides.
  • Provide outreach, education, workshops, promotion, and consultations to the campus community regarding copyright/fair use, authors’ rights, the institutional repository, publishing, including open/alternative educational resources, open access, and other scholarly communication topics.
  • Develop programs, processes, and services that facilitate the discovery, adoption, creation, and adaptation of OERs; develop methods for assessing and reporting progress in adopting OERs and the library’s role in supporting and promoting their use.
  • Serve as a core team member of the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative team, coordinating the application process, reviewing and voting for grant awards, and maintaining documentation.
  • Assist with New Prairie Press activities in the publication of journals, conferences, ebooks, and OER textbooks.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with colleagues to meet current scholarly communication demands and discover future campus needs related to the creation and dissemination of digital scholarship.
  • Initiate, build and nurture excellent relationships with a diverse community within the university, as well as external partners, in support of scholarly communication services.
  • Stay abreast of emerging, innovative trends and technologies, standards, publishing models, scholarly communication developments and related legislative initiatives and evaluate their adaptation to improve the local environment. 

We support diversity and inclusion

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What you’ll need to exceed

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree from an ALA accredited program
  • Demonstrated experience with issues related to open educational resources, copyright, or open access
  • Ability to articulate complex concepts, such as copyright, fair use, and open access to students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing collegial relationships with students, faculty, and staff
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in supporting a diverse workforce and serving the needs of a diverse population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One or more years of experience providing copyright and/or OER guidance
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with discipline librarians in the areas of research consultation, instruction, and outreach, and with faculty and other constituents within a liaison librarian model
  • Experience preparing and delivering workshops and presentations focused on OER and/or copyright-related topics
  • Experience with publishing tools, repository platforms, and software, such as Pressbooks, Digital Commons, and DSpace
  • Project management experience
  • Grant writing experience

How to apply

Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and upload it along with your completed application:

  1. Letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  1. Names and contact information for three professional references

Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.