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Scholarly Communications Librarian

Scholarly Communications Librarian

University of Alabama Job Location: Alabama Apply By: 02/11/2022 Date Created: 01-12-2022


The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a proactive, team-oriented, and innovative person to serve as Scholarly Communications Librarian. The ideal candidate’s primary responsibilities will be in institutional repository development and management, as well as associated scholarly communications, copyright, publishing, and intellectual property issues. They must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise in these and emerging areas through work-related experiences and professional development opportunities. 

Reporting to the Director of Resource Acquisition and Discovery, this position works both independently and collaboratively to promote the use of the institutional repository (currently DSpace) for University research and publications, including electronic these and dissertations (ETDs), faculty and student works, open access ejournals, and ebooks, data sets, and emerging digital scholarship. This person will lead University Library efforts in promoting the institutional repository as an integrated tool in the scholarly communications process on campus. This position leads the efforts to raise awareness of scholarly communication issues, such as open access publishing and open educational resources.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the daily operations of the institutional repository including adding and editing content, training other library faculty and staff on use and workflows, working with vendors/publishers as needed, assessing functionality of the institutional repository, and recommending changes for continuous quality improvement.
  • Determine and implement metadata schemas, crosswalks, and workflows for ingesting and maintaining data in the institutional repository and for the institutional repository instance, utilizing Dublin Core and SGML subsets, as well as making interface recommendations through various CMS systems.
  • Create and update institutional repository procedures, policies, and other necessary documentation in consultation with colleagues within the University Libraries and on campus.
  • Promote the institutional repository to the campus community and proactively recruit appropriate and sustainable content for it.
  • Collect, analyze, and report institutional repository usage data.
  • Participate actively as a library liaison and teach workshops for faculty, departments, and research units.
  • Coordinate and provide training in support of the institutional repository and scholarly communications on campus.
  • Serve as a library resource on copyright, fair use, and open access issues.
  • Ensure institutional repository materials are discoverable via the web, listed in registries of open access repositories, and integrated into the University Libraries web site.
  • Serve as a contact for the University Libraries collection of electronic theses and dissertations and undergraduate research projects.
  • Oversees DSpace upgrades, patches, and plug-ins.
  • Monitor development in scholarly communications, open access, open educational resources, related initiatives, repository trends, and best practices while communicating their implications to library and university stakeholders.
  • Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continues to change. 



  • Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited program.
  • Knowledge of and experience with an institutional repository.
  • Prior success in managing projects and effectively balancing completing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, along with skills associated with listening, negotiating, compromising, and adapting.
  • Working knowledge of scholarly communication, intellectual property, rights management, and open access.
  • Knowledge of new scholarly publishing models and the economics underlying them.
  • Experience consulting with teaching faculty, administrators, and students on research or scholarly topics.
  • Friendly, approachable, public service attitude.
  • Demonstration of ability, interest, and willingness to assume additional and/or new responsibilities, along with the ability to set and model high performance standards.
  • Ability to conceptualize, articulate, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to develop the institutional repository and to solve problems, using sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Ability to meet requirements of tenure and promotion.
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.


  • Experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Experience supervising staff and students.
  • Additional graduate or doctoral degree.
  • Experience managing information technology systems such as complex databases, repositories, web sites, or other locally developed digital resources.
  • Experience designing usable, accessible, and attractive front ends to digital resources.
  • Experience working with structural metadata and applying it to digital resources.
  • Familiarity with digital preservation issues.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing relationships with academic units and faculty.
  • Demonstrated professional development activity.
  • Experience with an institutional repository platform.
  • Knowledge of data formats (e.g., XML, JSON).
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python or Java.
  • Knowledge of HTML.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet applications such as MS Excel.
  • Experience in digital conversion, file transfer, and file management. 

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’s flagship public university, and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,320 students, with record breaking freshman classes for each of the past three years. UA has also increased graduate student enrollment by seven percent for Fall 2021. Ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation by U.S. World and News Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 67th among public universities in 2020 rankings. UA made the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollins Scholars, and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900 currently enrolled, the highest number in UA’s history. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. There are currently 36 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several lager cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition of Networked Information, centerNET, LYRASIS, HathiTrust, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, LOCKSS, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository since 1860, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu.

Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.


12-month tenure track faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor, depending on qualifications and experience. Salary range is $60,000.00 to $80,000.00, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver. TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu 

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Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three references, including one current supervisor. Position open until filled. Applications received by February 11, 2022 are assured of receiving full consideration. Search will remain open until the position has been filled.

The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minorities, and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. For questions regarding the search, contact Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior Associate Dean at mljackson@ua.edu 

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