Utah State University

  • Assistant Librarian (Scholarly Communication Librarian)

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 3 months ago(2/12/2019 6:45 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
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    Category (Portal Searching)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    University Libraries
    Spec Collections Digital&Cataloging
    Advertised Salary
    Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits, including an additional annual retirement contribution of 14.2% of salary.
  • Overview

    Utah State University (USU) Libraries seek a collaborative, innovative, and service-minded librarian to contribute to the Libraries’ scholarly communication efforts. As part of the Digital Initiatives Unit, this position contributes to the coordination, promotion, and assessment of the university’s institutional repository (IR), and open access (OA) initiatives. USU is a premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant university committed to fostering the principle that academics come first, cultivating diversity of thought and culture, and serving the public through learning, discovery and engagement. The Library is especially interested in promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.


    The Scholarly Communication Librarian serves as a leader both in the library and across the institution on issues related to the dissemination, preservation, and use of the scholarly and creative output of USU’s faculty, staff, and students. To fulfill these leadership responsibilities, the successful candidate will engage with campus on topics from across the scholarly communication landscape including: digital scholarship and preservation; open access, data, and education; and intellectual property.


    Through collaboration with liaisons and other librarians, this position will facilitate the use of digital tools in research and teaching and work to expand the Libraries’ support for faculty, staff, and students at all stages of research. The Scholarly Communication Librarian may support a wide range of digital scholarship activities such as: digital publishing and open educational resources; scholarly identity and research impact; digital humanities, including digital exhibits and storytelling; and GIS.


    Reporting to the Head of Digital Initiatives, the position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian. This position will actively participate in the promotion, outreach, and support of the Scholarly Communication activities as part of a collaborative library team. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.


    Review will begin March 14, 2019.


    * Promote and manage the development and growth of USU’s IR (DigitalCommons@USU) with a team of full-time and student employees

    * Promote and support USU’s Open Access Policy and related efforts across campus

    * Work collaboratively across the Library to develop, identify, and promote digital tools to enhance research and teaching including mentorship of student employees and interns engaged in digital projects

    * Build and maintain collaborative partnerships related to digital initiatives with faculty, researchers, and other campus units

    * Monitor advancements in scholarly communication, OA, IRs, and related areas and communicate implications to campus stakeholders

    * Provide guidance and training on scholarly communication/digital scholarship for library and campus constituencies

    * Serve as a subject librarian to one academic discipline


    Required Qualifications:

    * ALA-accredited Master’s degree (awarded or near complete)

    * Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

    * Demonstrated knowledge of current issues, trends, and best practices, and new and emerging technologies in scholarly communication

    * Demonstrated problem solving skills

    * Ability to set and follow through on both individual and team priorities

    * Interest in learning new technologies and working in a dynamic environment

    * Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills

    * Ability to meet the university's requirements for promotion and tenure


    Preferred Qualifications:

    * Project management experience

    * Experience in an academic library setting

    * Familiarity with rights management issues in digital environments

    * Familiarity with repository platforms

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1) Cover Letter (Please do not attach cover letter. You will be instructed to copy and paste your cover letter in the application)

    2) CV


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation.   As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.

    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.

    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and
    does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at www.aaeo.usu.edu/non-discrimination. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.


    Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

    Advertised Salary

    Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits, including an additional annual retirement contribution of 14.2% of salary.

    College/Department Highlights

    Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.



    Review of applications will begin on March 14, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.


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