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Scholarly Communication Librarian

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Lovejoy Library, Research Commons

Job Title: Scholarly Communication Librarian
Job Location: Edwardsville, IL
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Library administration, librarian
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Scholarly Communication Librarian

Lovejoy Library
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Library and Information Services invites applications from dynamic, proactive, and service-oriented candidates for the position of Scholarly Communication Librarian.

The Scholarly Communication Librarian is a member of the Digital Initiatives and Technologies department and reports to the Director who in turn reports to the Dean of Library and Information Services (LIS). 

As a member of the Library faculty, the successful candidate will be an energetic, creative librarian who supports the needs of scholarly communication and digital scholarship.  Depending upon the background of the candidate, she or he will serve as a subject liaison librarian to one or more programs or departments, selecting materials and providing services to support the research and teaching of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in said areas.
The Library is transitioning to a team-based approach integrating technology through all aspects of the delivery of library services.  The Scholarly Communication Librarian’s primary responsibility is to educate faculty and students regarding traditional scholarship and scholarly communication innovations, including open access, open educational resources (OERs), intellectual property rights and copyright, publishing agreements, and compliance.  As a team member, the Scholarly Communication Librarian works collaboratively with all LIS faculty. 

This individual will articulate and promote the importance of contributing an individual’s scholarship to the SIUE Scholarly Publications and Repository of Knowledge (SPARK). The Scholarly Communication Librarian instructs faculty members about assessing the scholarly impact of their research and scholarship through the use of journal, author, citation, and alternative metrics.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Scholarly Communication Librarian serves as the primary spokesperson for scholarly communication innovations and as a resource person in rights management.

The Librarian:

  • Leads in the promotion and use of open access initiatives including OERs and current and emerging publishing practices
  • Provides instruction and reference assistance regarding scholarly communication, intellectual property rights and copyright
  • Initiates and supports ongoing scholarly communication education and outreach
  • Serves as a subject liaison librarian to one or more programs
  • Participates in reference services
  • Identifies and participates in writing grant proposals

All LIS faculty and staff are responsible for working collaboratively to achieve University and LIS goals and objectives.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.L.S. or equivalent degree in information science from an American Library Association-accredited library/information school
  • Demonstrated experience in an academic or related library setting
  • Demonstrated record of course work in and knowledge of issues relating to scholarly communication, rights management, open access, and institutional repository platforms and software
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in an academic or research library following completion of the M.L.S.
  • LIS faculty and staff function as a team always striving to educate students and faculty in the evaluation and use of trustworthy information resources and technology
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Terms of Appointment
Assistant or Associate Professor, 12-month continuing contract, tenure-track faculty position.

Negotiable dependent upon credentials and experience, with a minimum salary of $43,000 annually.  Excellent fringe benefits.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Application Process

Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae/resume, and transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable when submitting the application but official documentation must be provided). Provide contact information for three professional references to the address below or e-mail your information to

Scholarly Communication Librarian Search Committee Chair
Library and Information Services
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1063
Edwardsville, Illinois  62026-1063

Application Deadline

For optimal consideration in a first pool of applicants, department must receive all application materials by May 31, 2017.  Additional applicants may be reviewed after this date if the position is not filled from the first pool of applicants.  The position will remain open until filled.

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To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Chair of Search Committee as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Chair of Search Committee
Please Apply as Included Above

Fax: 618-650-2717

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