Thursday, October 20, 2011

Scholarly Communicat​ions Officer: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

POSITION: Scholarly Communications Officer

AVAILABLE: January 1, 2012

he University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a knowledgeable, motivated, and collaborative leader for the position of Scholarly Communications Officer.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services, the Officer will play an important role in an organization that is committed to re-conceiving the academic research library as a key partner in new modes of scholarly communications. The individual in this role will design a program that will position the UNC Library to take full advantage of and contribute to the evolution of scholarly publishing practices within the academy, and will provide guidance, policy development, and advocacy on copyright issues, fair use, privacy rights, open access, and other information policy issues to the University and Library communities.

The Scholarly Communications Officer will be responsible for: assessing faculty and student scholarly communications needs and making recommendations to the Library for providing support; creating scholarly communications and copyright resources for librarians, faculty, staff, and students at UNC; providing in-depth guidance for faculty, staff, and students regarding copyright, fair use, author’s rights and related legal and policy issues; serving as an advocate for new forms and practices of scholarly communications on campus and in the broader academic community; and conducting workshops and seminars on copyright and other legal issues important to the creation and use of scholarly material.

The individual in this position will sustain and develop the Libraries’ leadership role in scholarly communications across the UNC campus, in areas including, but not limited to, open access, authors’ rights, deposit responsibilities and new forms of information dissemination. The Scholarly Communications Officer will raise awareness among library staff and the entire campus community as well as external stakeholders, e.g., Board members and colleagues, about emerging trends in scholarly communications and their impact on the University’s and Libraries’ missions, and will help develop policies, programs, and practices addressing copyright, open access, and other legal issues in response to them. The Officer will contribute to local, regional, and national scholarly communications and copyright discussions and initiatives.


Required: Juris Doctorate (JD) and substantive academic library experience. Significant experience with copyright and scholarly communications in an academic library setting. Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communications issues within higher education. Demonstrated knowledge of relevant legal and regulatory issues associated with intellectual property and copyright. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including librarians, faculty, students, and academic administrators. A record of ongoing professional development and contribution.

Preferred: Strong preference for candidates having both the JD and an ALA-accredited MLS. Experience with scholarly communications issues connected to institutional repositories and publishing. Experience collaborating with faculty and other campus stakeholders. Experience with licensing of library collections. Experience planning and facilitating workshops and classes.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes.

The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains and the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits
This is a permanent twelve-month academic librarian appointment. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2011. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.