• Head of Scholarly Communications

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    LITS: Library and IT Services
    LITS: Scholarly Communications
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Required Documents
    Cover letter, List of References
  • Description

    Department:                Scholarly Communications in the Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications Division


    Salary:                          Commensurate with qualifications and experience


    Position Availability:    Immediately


    The Emory Libraries seek a dynamic professional to lead the Scholarly Communications Office.  The ideal candidate will join a collaborative team of two librarians and two paraprofessionals and provide leadership in planning and managing all aspects of scholarly communications.  The Scholarly Communications Office website (https://sco.library.emory.edu) and the Research Data website (http://researchdata.emory.edu) provide information on the various services offered to Emory faculty and students. 


    Position Summary


    Reporting to the Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications, the Head of Scholarly Communications leads the Scholarly Communications Office (SCO) and has leadership, management, policy, planning, and advocacy responsibilities for scholarly communications for all Emory libraries, including promoting scholarly repositories and scholarly communications services to the Emory community.   Scholarly communications advocacy and services include contributing to the evolution of scholarly publishing and research data management practices in the academy; copyright guidance, advocacy and policy development for the creation, use, and re-use of content in all formats; open access advocacy and policy development, including management of funds to promote open access publishing and open data distribution; and promoting open access and data repositories in support of the library’s and university’s educational and research mission. 


    As lead for scholarly communications outreach, responsibilities include advocating for and promoting the use of Emory open access repositories, seeking out contributors, publicizing the repositories benefits and uses, and working collaboratively within Libraries & Information Technology Services (LITS) on the integration of OpenEmory with Emory FIRST, a campus faculty profiling system.  The Head of Scholarly Communications will maintain a strong level of competence in scholarly communications issues such as open access, open data, open education initiatives, and new forms of assessment for publication, research, and scholarly impact.  The ideal candidate ensures the Emory Libraries actively participate in collaborative programs and services within the library field at the local, state, regional, national, and international level in advancement of library services, collections, and programs.




    Position Duties

    •  Lead and set direction for scholarly communication services and personnel by setting program goals, policies, best practices, and assessment metrics for program success and sustainability.
    • Serve as the primary liaison from the Library to the schools, colleges, and departments and university committees in the area of scholarly communication; seeks to promote and advance the library’s role in the academic community; and is an advocate and spokesperson to faculty and students with respect to issues, policies, and trends in scholarly communication.
    • Serve as a member of the management team for the Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications division.
    • Coordinate and promote the use of scholarly repositories at Emory, currently OpenEmory, ETDs, and Dataverse, to the Emory community through various means of outreach and by creating and maintaining resources on the repositories, open access, and open data.
    • Coordinate and work with subject librarians/liaisons/informationists in all libraries to provide support to faculty in all disciplines with self-archiving materials in OpenEmory, including through Emory FIRST.
    • Work with LITS staff to integrate repository services into the research process, including integration of OpenEmory with Emory FIRST, a campus faculty profiling system.
    • Coordinate and work with subject librarians/liaisons/informationists in all libraries to provide guidance to faculty and students on how to assess and increase research impact, promoting tools such as ORCID, Altmetric scores, and OpenEmory downloads, among others.
    • Coordinate and work with subject specialists/liaisons/informationists in all libraries to provide services to faculty to assess open access journals for impact and evidence of publication rigor, or help faculty discover new outlets for their research.
    • Participate in the open and affordable textbook initiative to raise awareness among faculty of alternatives to traditional textbooks purchased by students.
    • Work with the Research Data Librarian and other librarians to promote data management services amongst faculty, students, and staff, and to solicit feedback from researchers about data management needs.
    • Serve on committees and participates in the Digital Library Program (DLP) as appropriate, including planning and implementing the integration of existing scholarly repositories (OpenEmory, ETDs and Dataverse) into the DLP.
    • Provide strategy and prioritization for the repository services offered through OpenEmory and Emory FIRST, ETDs, and Dataverse.
    • Work with the Scholarly Repository Application Support Analyst, the Scholarly Repository Library Specialist, and DLP staff on developing workflow and repository services, as well as bug fixes and other software support issues to ensure proper functioning of OpenEmory and ETDs.


    Professional Responsibilities


    • Participate in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, and workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.
    • Maintain up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintaining general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
    • Adhere to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing Librarian Series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank.
    • Participate in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.


    Required Qualifications

    •  ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with appropriate teaching experience and/or library experience).
    • Demonstrated knowledge in at least two service areas offered by the Scholarly Communications Office; copyright, institutional repositories, open access and open education, and research data management.
    • Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, faculty and students, off campus faculty and administrators, campus administrators, etc.
    • Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, orienting, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, and taking disciplinary action as necessary. Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a supervisor in order to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals.
    • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.
    • Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, or other productivity software.
    • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
    • Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in academic libraries, higher education, and relevant subject disciplines.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in scholarly communications in the academy.
    • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.
    • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.


    Preferred Qualifications

    •  Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty in a wide range of disciplines.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking.
    • Demonstrated awareness of scholarly communications issues and trends.
    • Project management experience.
    • Demonstrated interest in digital initiatives and technologies as they apply to repositories and scholarly communications.



    Additional Details

    Application Procedures

    Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online.

    Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

    1. Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
    2. Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
    3. On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.  

    Candidates applying by May 28th will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans. 


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