Florida Atlantic University Scholarly Communication Librarian in Boca Raton, Florida

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Position Summary:

Florida Atlantic University is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Reporting initially to the Dean of University Libraries, the Scholarly Communication Librarian sets the vision for the growth and development of scholarly communication efforts at Florida Atlantic University Libraries. This position works with the Dean, Assistant Deans, and other faculty and staff within the Libraries in developing appropriate programming for outreach and service to the campus and the broader community. The incumbent fosters an environment of effective communication and collaboration with departmental faculty and staff, as well as with colleagues in all areas of the University Libraries.

Responsibilities include:

  • In coordination with FAU Libraries colleagues, develops and manages initiatives, educational programming and appropriate services for FAU faculty, researchers, students, and staff on scholarly communication topics, including but not limited to: open access, copyright, intellectual property rights, alternative publishing models, open educational resources, and data management.

  • Serves as the Libraries’ main contact for scholarly communication questions and initiatives.

  • Provides training on authors’ rights, copyright, intellectual property, and open publishing services to the campus community in partnership with library liaisons and specialists, and provides consultation on complex scholarly communication questions.

  • Provides periodic assessments of the campus environment with regard to scholarly communication issues.

  • Establishes relationships with university units to identify gaps in services and work to coordinate efforts in creating policies or initiatives to meet identified needs.

  • Coordinates the scholarly communication responsibilities of librarians in the FAU Libraries Librarian Liaison Program.

  • Develops special programming on scholarly communication topics including nationally promoted events such as Open Access Week and Fair Use Week.

  • Establishes and maintains communication conduits to inform the library staff and FAU community on current issues and developments in the scholarly communication environment: data curation and management, copyright, open access, scholarly publishing, open educational resource initiatives, etc.

  • Coordinates with the Information and Engagement Department on marketing scholarly communication programming and services.

  • Working in collaboration with the Manager of the Digital Library, devises a strategy for populating and promoting use of the campus institutional repository, including a roadmap for establishing a university open access policy.

  • Engages with the scholarly community both within and outside the University in order to improve awareness of and advocacy for open access related efforts and legislation, including serving as the Libraries’ representative to scholarly communication related groups and ad hoc committees as needed.

  • Evaluates open access initiatives and other tools or services that support scholarly communication. Makes recommendation for support or adoption.

  • Serves on university-wide committees and takes a lead role in library-wide projects and initiatives as needed.

  • Engages in ongoing professional development and scholarship.

  • Prepares an Annual Report for scholarly communications activities.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required qualifications include:ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or its equivalent by time of application.Minimum of two years of post-master’s professional experience in an academic, public, or special library.Current knowledge of background, trends, and best practices in scholarly communication with the ability to articulate a strategic vision for scholarly communication in a rapidly evolving library landscape.Experience developing materials for and teaching workshops or courses on scholarly communication topics.Strong written and oral communication skills with evidence of effective and collegial interactions across departmental and staffing levels.Effective instruction and presentation skills.Strong analytical and problem solving skills.Willingness to consider new approaches, with experience in developing and implementing new ideas in a complex organization and with a focus on exceptional customer service.Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills.Experience using statistics and data analysis to improve and document work outcomes.Commitment to diversity and inclusion and developing a nurturing environment for staff of all backgrounds.The Scholarly Communication Librarian must possess a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service; ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and create efficiencies; demonstrated ability to promote teamwork, equality, and inclusiveness.Preferred qualifications include:Experience working in an academic library environment.Supervisory experience.Experience organizing local or national events or symposiums focusing on scholarly communications programming.Experience working successfully in a unionized academic environment with a clear understanding of the principles of shared governance.Experience working in a multi-campus environment or in multi-institutional consortia.Experience with strategic planning and project management.A record of scholarship and contributions to the profession through peer-reviewed publications in librarianship or conference presentations at national or international library or related conferences.A record of professionally relevant service within a university or college, a state, a region, the nation, or internationally.


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

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University Libraries


Boca Raton

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website (https://fau.edu/jobs) by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents. The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format, and a document explaining in ten sentences or less, the role of the academic library in promoting scholarly communication on campus. Confidential letters of recommendation may be sent to RJ Stamper, Building 3, Room 175B or rstamper@fau.edu.Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to one's application as with other US-based transcripts. Prior to appointment, the candidate must submit official, sealed transcripts from all institutions where graduate coursework was attempted, whether or not a degree was obtained, as well as an original NACES evaluation, if applicable. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University not to you as the student. A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

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