Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian

University Park Campus
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open until filled
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University Libraries
Scholarly Communications and Copyright


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for a Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian. The Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian will lead the Pennsylvania State University Libraries’ efforts to support scholarly publication innovations and reforms, and supervise education and outreach activities related to Penn State`s open access resolution and policies; to support and promote Scholarsphere, the Penn State Institutional Repository; and to promote other Libraries scholarly communications initiatives. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position reporting to the Head of the Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright. Successful candidates will benefit from the mentoring program developed by the University Libraries to support faculty in tenure-track appointments in fulfilling expectations in the areas of librarianship, research, and service. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage applications from candidates who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit Responsibilities of the position: Assist faculty, staff, and students on scholarly communications matters and serve as a library resource on the following, including, but not limited to: open access, open education, copyright, and OSTP and other funding agency requirements compliance. Conduct outreach to faculty and departments in collaboration with subject liaison librarians, instructional designers, and other appropriate stakeholders, including the research data management team. Serve as an advocate for open access to scholarly output, speaking and writing about the issues in various university and national fora and publications. Consult with and advise faculty and students on publishing agreements, and retention of right to deposit materials in the institutional repository. Work with Copyright Officer and other key stakeholders to develop and implement an educational program for the Penn State community to increase awareness of copyright, open access, and other scholarly communication issues. Work in close consultation and cooperation with General Counsel, Records Management, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and university administration to promote and facilitate open access measures. Work closely with collection development and technical services to ensure that, as appropriate, licenses support Penn State`s open access resolutions and policies, and Scholarsphere. Monitor national copyright and intellectual property trends and policy issues. Perform guest lectures, and serve on Libraries and University committees and workgroups as needed; and be active professionally and contribute to the developments in the field. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Candidates with any of the following degrees will be considered: 1) MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program 2) a Juris Doctor, or 3) other post-baccalaureate degree that has prepared the candidate to be an authority in the area of scholarly communication. Relevant experience in combination of teaching and academic library experience. Experience in preparing and delivering copyright instruction in person and online. Experience in preparing and creating copyright resources. Demonstrated broad knowledge of the scholarly publishing enterprise and scholarly communication trends, issues, and best practices in academic research libraries. Experience working with copyright law and intellectual property questions in an academic environment. Experience providing scholarly communication services to faculty and students in an academic research library. Evidence of leadership, entrepreneurship, and initiative. Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, enthusiasm for instruction, and communicating emerging issues. Ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, manage time wisely, and make quick, effective decisions in a fast-paced environment. Aptitude for thinking creatively and developing products and services, such as publications, training materials, workshops, conferences, and other tools relevant to scholarly communications, copyright, and fair use. Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with faculty. Demonstrated contribution to the profession with scholarly publications, presentations, or contributions to professional organizations. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace. A JD is preferred. Environment: The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and Compensation and Benefits: Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University. Application Instructions: Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online by May 13, 2017. To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088