Scholarly Communications Librarian
The Scholarly Communications Librarian will develop the College Library’s resources and services related to Open Educational Resources, open access, open textbooks, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship. Will handle liaison relationships with assigned departments, offering instructional and research services, collection development, and related activities.
- Participating in education and training regarding open educational resources, open access publishing, related copyright issues, new scholarly communication models and digital scholarship to students, staff and faculty.
- Staying informed on current developments in these areas, and acting as a contact person for interested faculty and scholars.
- Exploring open textbooks and other curricular materials and how they could benefit students and faculty if adopted for use in classes.
- Providing assistance to faculty who want to adopt, adapt or create open educational resources for use in the College curriculum.
- Working with faculty, students and other librarians to raise awareness of, develop, add and maintain such content in the College’s institutional repository.
- Supporting digital scholarship projects undertaken by faculty and students.
- Exploring grant opportunities to support these projects and others.
- Managing and developing the annual Celebrating Scholarship exhibit and reception.
- Keeping abreast of trends in scholarly communication and related areas by identifying and attending relevant workshops and conferences.
Additional responsibilities include contributing to services in the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, and working with colleagues in both libraries as needed to support the curriculum and research in assigned academic departments. Our successful candidate will be able to:
- Provide research services, library instruction and other assistance to faculty, staff and students.
- Provide liaison service and collection development in support of the research and information needs of academic departments in assign areas.
- Serve as an effective part of the library community through exploration, professional development and service.
- Actively contribute to the formulation of library-wide policies, procedures, goals and priorities.
- Work with many colleagues to participate in development within the College Library which last year completed an ambitious strategic plan. A migration to OCLC’s WMS, new digital collection platforms, and a growing interest on campus in open educational resources will allow for the exploration and integration of open scholarly assets in our work.
- Help determine best approaches to scholarly communications issues, and Shadek-Fackenthal Library services.
- To have a background in working with open scholarly assets, experience assisting with digital projects, and a strong belief in the value of an undergraduate liberal arts education.
- Work collaboratively with faculty and professional staff across the College on scholarly communications and digital scholarship.
Full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff receive competitive starting pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, generous retirement savings plan contributions, education benefits for employees, spouses and dependent children, and enjoy access to all College facilities including dining venues to suit all tastes, recreation and fitness facilities, and libraries, plus access to College performances, lectures, and events.
- ALA- accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science.
- Coursework or experience in areas relevant to scholarly communication and open scholarly assets is required.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, a positive service orientation and the ability to work with diverse populations.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a changing environment.
- Experience in an academic library is preferred.
- Experience with information literacy instruction and undergraduate digital scholarship projects is preferred.
The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, and verification of credentials. The College will coordinate these verifications.