Open Access and Scholarly Communications Librarian — New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Open Access and Scholarly Communications Librarian

Van Houten Library

Reports To:
University Librarian

Position Type:

Position Summary:

The Robert W. Van Houten Library at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks a creative, curious, and detail-oriented Open Access and Scholarly Communications (OASC) Librarian to support open access, data management, open educational resources, and scholarly communication initiatives and programs. This is a 12-month professional staff position and works under the direction of the University Librarian. The successful candidate will incorporate resilience, resourcefulness, and solutions orientation to manage time and deadlines, as well as balance demands and priorities. The position typically works a 35-hour work week with one remote workday and may require occasional evening and weekend hours based on instructional needs.

Essential Functions:

Open Access, Data Management, and Scholarly Communication Services (85%):
– Assist faculty, researchers, and students in navigating a complex and challenging publishing environment (predatory publishers, open access, APCs, copyright and fair use, and creative commons licensing).
– Provide individual and group consultation in guiding open access, author’s rights, and other related publishing models.
– Support researchers and liaison librarians on ORCID, fair use, journal, and funder open access policies.
– Provides support for compliance with funders’ data management plan and sharing policy mandates.
– Support data curation and management, including technical challenges such as format migration, preservation, metadata, and data retrieval and use.
– Work collaboratively with subject liaison librarians and other units on campus to develop, promote, and support various programming for open access, data management, open educational resources, and scholarly communications.
– Partner with the Student Success Librarian to collaborate and manage the Open & Affordable Textbook (OAT) program by assisting in discovering, adapting, creating, and using OER content.
– Partner with Electronic Resources and Discovery Librarian to a) assess open access publisher’s read-and-publish offers, b) analyze author metrics and trends related to open access offers, c) develop guidelines and policies for evaluating successful open access transformative partnerships, and d) assess open access partnerships to inform future planning.
– Partner with the Archivist and Digital Initiatives Librarian to co-manage the institutional repository using metadata best practices to improve discoverability and ensure documents comply with accessibility standards and link to supplemental materials in data repositories.
– Monitor the scholarly communication landscape, including legislative, funding, and publishing trends. Assess findings, communicate implications where appropriate, and incorporate them into research guides.
– Serve on library, faculty, and university-wide committees.

Research and Research Services (15%):
– Serve as the subject liaison librarian to a STEM academic department as assigned.
– Contribute to on-call shifts during work schedule to answer questions in person, via chat, phone, and email.
– Conduct literature searches and provide information literacy instruction.
– Create and maintain research guides and instructional materials in various formats.
– Participate in outreach to promote library resources and services.

Additional Functions:
Performs other duties as assigned.

Prerequisite Qualifications:

– An ALA-accredited master’s degree in library information science or related field.
– Three (3) years of relevant professional library experience supporting open access, scholarly communications, open educational resources, or research data services.
– Two (2) years of relevant experience providing instruction and delivering presentations in person and online.
– Demonstrated knowledge of issues, trends, and technologies related to academic research, OER, scholarly communication practices, and research data management.
– Demonstrated excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
-At the university’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be exempted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Preferred Qualifications:

– A second Master’s degree in a STEM discipline.
– Training or experience with data management workflows and research impact metrics.
– Experience training or providing instruction in data curation tools or services (Figshare,DMPTool, IEEE DataPort, etc.) and research profile systems (ORCID, Google Scholar, academic social networks).
– Experience in searching Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science, and Data Planet databases.
– Experience with Digital Commons and Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
– Strong analytical problem-solving skills and developing creative solutions.
– Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

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