Scholarly Communications Librarian — Purchase College Library, State University of NY

Purchase College Library seeks an energetic and detail-oriented individual for the full-time, tenure-track position of Scholarly Communications Librarian. A successful candidate will have a keen interest in both scholarly communications and institutional repositories. The candidate will work collaboratively with stakeholders both in and outside the Library to provide expertise and leadership in developing and implementing the library’s institutional repository and promoting the use of open educational resources. This appointment also serves as a member of the Library’s instruction and reference team whose duties includes serving as liaison to one or more academic departments and ensuring accessible services for all patrons. The ideal candidate must be creative, collaborative, and service-oriented with a strong understanding of scholarly communications and a commitment to and aptitude for teaching undergraduate students, as well as demonstrated outreach and communication skills.

Description of Primary Responsibilities:

Act as Project Manager in the development, implementation, supervision and maintenance of an institutional repository
Follow and develop institutional standards and guidelines for creating, managing, preserving, describing, and delivering digital collections
Manage and coordinate processes and procedures for the selection, intake, long-term preservation of and access to the Library’s institutional repository
Advocate and promote use of the library’s institutional repository and serving as spokesperson to publicize the institutional repository’s benefits and uses
Establish and implement digitization and metadata workflows for all digital resources in a variety of formats
Determine digital project staffing needs. Hire, train, and supervise project interns, student workers, and/or staff
Promote the use and adoption of open educational and open access resources
Assist with collaborative grant writing and identification of additional funding sources for digital program initiatives

Description of Secondary Responsibilities:

Teaches introductory and advanced information literacy research sessions both in-person and remotely
Provides reference services, including reference desk shifts and monitoring chat, text, email, and Zoom reference services
Participates in collection development and serves as a liaison librarian to academic departments. The liaison assignment will be designed to complement the strengths of the successful applicant and sized to balance the additional responsibilities of the Scholarly Communication and Institutional Repository role.
Develops and maintains online instructional tools such as subject guides, tutorials, and/or webpages


Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program
Demonstrated project management experience in a highly collaborative environment, preferably in an academic institution
Minimum of one year of professional experience in digital initiatives, digital collections, or metadata services
Experience in developing and/or managing an institutional repository system
Demonstrated experience with current digital collection architectures and platforms such as DSpace, CONTENTdm, Digital Commons and/or other repository tools
Demonstrated technical experience with current digital collection technologies, standards, platforms, and equipment
Knowledge of the standards, technological framework, and best practices for digital capture, scanning, metadata creation, description, access, storage and preservation
Knowledge of scholarly communication issues, open access initiatives, intellectual property and copyright issues, and new forms of publication and research/creative activities
Working knowledge of digital content and metadata cataloging standards and systems (e.g. VRA Core, Dublin Core, EAD)
Demonstrated computing skills and efficiency utilizing complex computing applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and Cloud-based storage solutions
Knowledge of accessibility standards and experience working with persons with disabilities
Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially for the purpose of describing technical issues
Attention to detail and accuracy
Willingness to undertake Library and College service responsibilities, professional development, and scholarship, in keeping with a tenure-track position

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge and experience with web interface design, management and usability
Experience supervising and training student workers
Previous experience providing grant support and/or grant writing
Academic library instruction and reference experience
Experience with the Springshare suite of tools
Experience with Moodle or similar learning management system

Special Note

Nondiscrimination Policy – Purchase College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to service, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the Purchase community (including vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic. To view the entire policy, please visit the following website: Purchase College Human Resources Policies and Procedures website.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Purchase College is an AA/EEO employer.
Resume, Cover Letter and List of References are Required

Eileen DeGiuseppe