The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.
Michigan Publishing provides a home to more than 30 digital open access serials, publishing peer-reviewed scholarship across the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. We offer a non-profit, mission-driven solution to the challenges of sustainably producing open access periodicals that don’t rely on expensive article processing charges that may exclude certain author communities.
As part of a dynamic team of digital publishing specialists, the Journals Coordinator oversees Michigan Publishing’s relationships with the editors of its journals, particularly advising on indexing, editorial workflows, technical requirements, and financial concerns through regular check-ins and periodic ad hoc consultation. The Journals Coordinator manages the operations of the Journal of Electronic Publishing and also works independently with the U-M campus community to identify and develop potential new scholarly publication projects.This position reports to the Director of Publishing Services.
In our publishing program and work environment, we champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.
- Act as main point of contact and liaison to internal production staff for the editorial boards of 30+ open access journals.
- Oversee project budgets and finances and make recommendations for process improvements.
- Recommend and pursue new and improved relationships with content indexers and aggregators to help journals maximize reach.
- Identify and develop new publishing projects for approval by the Publishing Services Approval Group.
- Create and maintain internal project documentation and records.
- Write promotional copy announcing new and updated publications. Proofread for obvious structural, grammatical, or stylistic errors.
- Plan and participate in educational workshops and other outreach activities, including occasional conference presentations.
- Bachelor’s degree in any field and 1-3 years’ experience in digital scholarly publishing or related editorial processes
- Experience managing projects, prioritizing among multiple projects, and meeting deadlines.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate in a professionally diverse environment.
- Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
- Experience with metadata and content encoding standards used in the scholarly information supply chain.
- Knowledge of current trends and issues in scholarly publishing.
- Proven written communication and presentation skills.
The person in this position occasionally moves through the building to attend meetings/events and access files or information and occasionally ascends/descends short flights of stairs to different floors of the building.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.