Open Collections Librarian (Assistant Professor) – Baruch College – New York, NY

Open Collections Librarian (Assistant Professor)
Job ID: 15253
Location: Baruch College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Open Collections Librarian serves as a specialist and leader in the development of collections, services, and new initiatives at Baruch College regarding open educational resources and open access scholarship, including the management of open data for research. This position promotes the adoption of open educational resources (OER) in courses by recommending policies and practices, assisting instructors with locating high-quality OER materials, creating finding aids, collaborating with instructional technologists to integrate OER in course design, serving as a resource in understanding open licensing and copyright, and participating in open textbook projects.

The Open Collections Librarian has a key role in the management of the College’s institutional repository by participating in the work of the library’s institutional repository working group, assisting faculty and students with contributing their scholarship, explaining copyright, authors’ rights, and publishing agreements, consulting with faculty and students about the retention of intellectual property rights, assisting with technical issues associated with the institutional repository, planning strategies for encouraging and facilitating contributions, as well as developing and applying metrics on the use of collections. In collaboration with the library’s Data Services Team, the Open Collections Librarian develops policies and practices for managing open data research collections.

As a member of the library faculty, responsibilities also include reference service, outreach to faculty, collection development, and teaching credit courses in Baruch’s undergraduate Minor in Information Studies. Some evening and weekend work is required.


  • Master’s in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution, with a second graduate degree required
  • Two years of experience in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated knowledge of copyright, open access, Creative Commons licenses, fair use, author’s rights, archiving rights, institutional repositories, scholarly publishing, and associated legal and policy issues
  • Evidence of the ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track appointment, including research, publishing, and involvement in professional organizations
  • Experience with metadata standards and protocols
  • Experience with project management
  • Working knowledge of Excel and HTML; experience with XML and programming languages such as Python or R preferred
  • Excellent professional communication skills, including the ability to explain complex concepts, such as copyright, fair use, and open access
  • Ability to teach effectively in a variety of formats
  • Experience working with an institutional repository preferred


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Review of resumes begins on August 3, 2016; to ensure consideration, please apply by September 18, 2016.
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About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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