University Libraries Faculty Positions

Job Description

In its commitment to teaching, learning, scholarship and service in support of the University’s mission St. John’s University Libraries invites applications for a one-year non-tenured track appointment as the Scholarly Communications Librarian (SCL). Reporting to the University Librarian, the Scholarly Communications Librarian will support the scholarly communication endeavors of all faculty, researchers, students, staff, and librarians working. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting library-led initiatives including the development and/or updating of policies and procedures for as well as the implementation and management of the institutional repository, and the electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) program. The Scholarly Communications Librarian will provide leadership in the area of data curation on behalf of the Libraries and work with faculty researchers to identify, recruit, ingest and deposit data in the library’s digital repository. The SCL will play a role in significant outreach to the University community both to publicize and to develop robust content in the digital repository. Additional responsibilities would include the design and provision of, training workshops, online tutorials, help guides and web resources that support this effort. The Scholarly Communications Librarian will also be responsible for advising in areas related to digital publishing, copyright, intellectual property, and other emerging trends in digital scholarship. The one-year contract faculty position requires self-motivated and continual learning, and application of additional expertise in these and related areas.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage the development, promotion and use of the St. John’s University institutional repository, including the design, revision, documentation and implementation of related policies, procedures and workflows.
  • Make recommendations for policies, programs and practices supporting electronic publishing, the institutional repository, e-portfolios, and electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).
  • Provide University faculty, students, staff, researchers and librarians with guidance and resources concerning copyright and fair use as concerns the institutional repository.
  • Provide guidance on appropriate metadata standards and quality to improve discoverability of repository content.
  • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders to raise awareness of and participation in digital initiatives, as well as coordinate training and marketing for such initiatives.
  • Work in consultation with IT to ensure best practices regarding security and privacy relating to data housing and exchange.
  • Participate in Library Faculty governance and committees.
  • Represent the University Libraries on external committees as appointed.
  • Act as a librarian liaison to the colleges and schools across campus regarding the ETD program and the institutional repository.
  • Supervise staff and students as needed.
  • Provide research assistance and instruction relating to the ETD program and/or the institutional repository.
  • Other duties and responsibilities, as necessary.
  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
  • One to two years relevant experience in an academic, research or special library;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or direct experience working with or managing an institutional repository inclusive of an ETD program.
  • Knowledge of information technologies, standards and best practices prevalent in digital curation and preservation.
  • Knowledge of metadata formats, such as Dublin Core.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to present and share ideas clearly and effectively to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with others as a team within a diverse and complex organization.
  • Demonstrated time management and project completion skills.
  • Experience documenting workflows and procedures.
  • Experience in identifying researcher information needs and in creating effective services to meet those needs.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of born-digital or digitized library, archival, or research materials.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in Library Faculty governance and committees.
  • Represent the University Libraries on external committees as appointed.
  • Act as a librarian liaison to the colleges and schools across campus regarding the ETD program and the institutional repository.
  • Supervise staff and students as needed.
  • Provide research assistance and instruction relating to the ETD program and/or the institutional repository.
  • Other duties and responsibilities, as necessary.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
  • One to two years relevant experience in an academic, research or special library;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or direct experience working with or managing an institutional repository inclusive of an ETD program.
  • Knowledge of information technologies, standards and best practices prevalent in digital curation and preservation.
  • Knowledge of metadata formats, such as Dublin Core.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to present and share ideas clearly and effectively to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with others as a team within a diverse and complex organization.
  • Demonstrated time management and project completion skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience documenting workflows and procedures.
  • Experience in identifying researcher information needs and in creating effective services to meet those needs.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of born-digital or digitized library, archival, or research materials.
  • Experience using bepress.

St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.