The Utah State University Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative and user-centered candidate for the position of Open Science Librarian to join a team supporting our communities in discovering, creating, and sharing knowledge. Working with a team of librarians, the Open Science Librarian engages with students and faculty to support emerging open science and scholarly communication initiatives in all fields. This position also contributes to the Libraries' scholarly communications team by developing skills and expertise with copyright.
We view open research as a vital component of USU’s land-and space-grant mission and the university’s continued success as a Carnegie R1 Research Institution. The Open Science Librarian will be a critical position to the libraries’ strategic growth and help envision exciting new initiatives at USU Libraries.
Reporting to a unit head within the Researcher Services and Open Scholarship section, the position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment. Support and mentorship are built into the tenure process. The estimated start date for the position is Summer 2024. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.
We are at an exciting time in our Library! As part of Utah State University (USU) Libraries’ recent reorganization, we are opening multiple new positions, including:
Online Learning Librarians: https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/7461/assistant-librarian-%28online-learning-librarian%29/job
We welcome simultaneous submissions. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.
Applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar to learn more about the open positions, the campus, and the USU Libraries. Register for full details or to receive a recording of the webinar if you are not able to join at either scheduled time:
Monday, February 5th, 2024, 6-7PM (MST): https://usu-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BVvBlLmCSbSCEuAHe4_2uQ
Thursday, February 8th, 2024, 5-6PM (MST): https://usu-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tdQfHUh0T4-0mvBLRArFTQ
The attendee list will be hidden to ensure confidentiality. Attendance is not required to apply or be considered for this position. Live captioning will be provided via Zoom Live Transcript.
Inquiries and nominations may be directed to Britt Fagerheim, Associate Dean for Public Services (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Actively engage with faculty, students, and staff in assigned STEM subject areas, developing strong working relationships and partnerships.
• Provide research services through consultations and instruction as part of a team.
• Develop an understanding of research and teaching needs of assigned areas.
• Develop initiatives to promote and support open science literacy and the values of equity, openness, and privacy.
• Help to foster and sustain communities of practice centered around open data, open protocols, reproducibility, and other topics relevant to STEM researchers.
• Develop expertise in order to help support copyright needs of faculty and students.
• ALA-accredited MLS, or international equivalent by August 2024
• Knowledge of or interest in the challenges and opportunities surrounding open science, scholarly publishing, and communication in STEM fields
• Excellent communication and collaboration skills
• Commitment to responding flexibly and effectively to the shifting needs and priorities of the Libraries and Libraries’ constituents
• Experience working in academic libraries
• Experience supporting open initiatives
• Experience with instruction, including classroom, online or one-on-one
Along with the online application, please attach:
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.
Salary is minimum of $55,000, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% (starting at $7,810) annual retirement contribution. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical and dental, and 22 days/year vacation. USU Libraries provides generous support for professional development and travel. The Libraries support a flexible work environment with opportunities for hybrid positions. Relocation assistance is available.
Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.
As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.
Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU.
The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or email@example.com.
About the Region
U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation.
In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.
The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:
Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, firstname.lastname@example.org, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266
Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, email@example.com, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266
Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov
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