Utah State University

Assistant Librarian (Scholarly Communication Librarian)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/26/2024 4:36 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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University Libraries
Library Public Services
Advertised Salary
Minimum of $55,000 plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Utah State University Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative and user-centered candidate for the position of Scholarly Communication Librarian to join a team supporting our communities in discovering, creating, and sharing knowledge. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will support data literacy across the institution and provide expertise and guidance for managing, preserving, and sharing research data. Collaborating with library colleagues and groups across campus, including the Office of Research, this position will also help develop strategic initiatives and partnerships to promote open scholarship, including conducting outreach and providing training on topics such as research impact, open access, and open science. This position also engages with students and faculty as a member of a broadly-defined disciplinary library team.


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 Scholarly Communication Librarian will be a critical position to the libraries’ strategic growth and help envision exciting new initiatives at USU Libraries.


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:

Open Science: https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/7458/assistant-librarian-%28open-science-librarian%29/job

Scholarly Communication: https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/7460/assistant-librarian-%28scholarly-communication-librarian%29/job

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 (britt.fagerheim@usu.edu)


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.


• Collaborate with library colleagues to develop robust, sustainable, and targeted research and data literacy support tools and programs for all faculty, students, and staff.
• Support the creation of data management and sharing plans in compliance with best practices and federal mandates.
• Provide instruction, support, and expertise on tools and workflows for data management, preservation, and sharing with an emphasis on open and reproducible practices.
• Develop strong, collaborative relationships across USU to foster a deep understanding of research needs of faculty, students, and staff through consultations, projects, and outreach.
• Maintain awareness of emerging trends and explore tools and methods related to data services.


Minimum Qualifications:

• ALA-accredited MLS, or international equivalent by August 2024
• Knowledge of or interest in current practices and emerging trends in scholarly communications and data management
• Commitment to responding flexibly and effectively to the shifting needs and priorities of the Libraries and Libraries’ constituents


Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience working in academic libraries
• Experience supporting open initiatives

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV/Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

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

Advertised Salary

Minimum of $55,000 plus excellent benefits


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

College/Department Highlights

Salary is starting at $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.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all 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. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. 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 hr@usu.edu. 


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. 


*updated 04/2024

Notice of Non-discrimination

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, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, 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

*updated 09/2023


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