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Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian

Apply now Department: 3670003040 Hale Library
Job no: 513449
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Library
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Kansas State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for a creative, collaborative, and service-minded individual to join our Academic Services Department in the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) as Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian. The individual in this position will have a primary focus of leading, educating, and providing outreach for copyright services, and will help support the Center’s other services. This position reports to the Academic Services Department Head. To be successful in this position, the incumbent must possess an ability to manage change and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills to establish and maintain productive working relationships with all levels of staff in an environment where flexibility and collaboration are essential.

Following a May 22, 2018 fire in Hale Library, the university’s main library, the administration, faculty and staff, who had been looking forward to the creation of a first-floor learning commons, have instead reimagined the entire library from the ground up. Vital to the future of K-State Libraries will be strengthened scholarly communication and copyright services.

This is a full-time tenure-track academic appointment carrying full faculty status and responsibilities.  The candidate must have a commitment to scholarly/creative activities and professional service necessary for pursuing tenure and promotion at Kansas State University Libraries.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary contact for copyright and open licensing questions; maintain the copyright web presence and LibGuides.
  • Provide outreach, education, workshops, promotion, and consultations to the campus community regarding copyright/fair use, authors’ rights, and other scholarly communication topics.
  • Serve as a team member of the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative providing feedback on projects and copyright information services.
  • Assist with New Prairie Press activities in the publication of journals, conferences, ebooks, and OER textbooks.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with colleagues to meet current scholarly communication demands and discover future campus needs related to the creation and dissemination of digital scholarship.
  • Initiate, build and nurture excellent relationships with a diverse community within the university, as well as external partners, in support of scholarly communication services.
  • Stay abreast of emerging, innovative trends and technologies, standards, publishing models, scholarly communication developments and related legislative initiatives and evaluate their adaptation to improve the local environment. 

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an American Libraries Association accredited program
  • Understanding of the higher education landscape in research, publishing, and pedagogy including copyright issues, open educational resources, the serials crisis, etc.
  • Ability to articulate complex concepts, such as copyright, fair use, and open access to students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing collegial relationships with students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in supporting a diverse workforce and serving the needs of a diverse population
  • Ability to maintain professional service and research/creative activities leading to tenure and promotion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to intellectual property/copyright
  • One or more years of experience providing guidance on scholarly communication topics, particularly related to copyright
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with discipline librarians and archivists in the areas of research consultation, instruction, and outreach, and with faculty and other constituents within a liaison librarian model
  • Experience preparing and delivering workshops and presentations, especially focused on scholarly communication and/or copyright-related topics
  • Experience with publishing tools, repository platforms, and software, such as Pressbooks, Digital Commons, and DSpace
  • Project management experience
  • Grant writing experience

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

Anticipated salary:

$55,000-$65,000

How to Apply:

Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and upload it along with your completed application: 

  1. A letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization. 

  1. A curriculum vitae. 

  1. Names and contact information for three professional references. 

Review of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until the position is filled. For best consideration, apply by August 15, 2022. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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