Scholarly Communication Librarian & Research Services Coordinator – U of M Libraries

Job ID: 315002
Job Title: Scholarly Communication Librarian & Research Services Coordinator (UL370)
Job Code: 9715
Location: Twin Cities
Empl Group: Acad Prof and Admin
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time


• American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
• Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communications issues in a higher education environment, and library supports for these areas.
• Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
• Evidence of program development or project management skills.
• Demonstrated leadership skills.
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and actively engage with faculty and students.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and colleagues in a research-intensive environment.
• Demonstrated analytical skills.
• Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

• Undergraduate or graduate degree in the physical sciences, engineering, or related disciplines.
• Demonstrated understanding of scientific research processes and methods for measuring research impact.
• Experience in an academic research library, particularly in supporting the physical sciences or engineering disciplines.
• Experience in the design and integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
• Facility with technology and its applications in academic contexts.
• Demonstrated ability to teach, with an understanding of instructional design principles, particularly in an eLearning environment.
• Demonstrated experience working effectively on supporting diverse populations of library users.
• Demonstrated involvement in professional activities, including evidence of ability to contribute to librarianship, research, and service as well as capacity for leadership within the profession.
• The University is also interested in individuals whose record of scholarly achievements/excellence has been enhanced by exposure to diverse scholars or resources.

About the Job
Full Job Title:  Scholarly Communication Librarian & Research Services Coordinator for Physical Sciences & Engineering

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for an innovative and collaborative librarian to serve in a key role in scholarly communication and research services for engineering and the physical sciences.  We seek applicants who have a strong interest in emerging models for advancing the impact of research, possess subject expertise, technology skills, and an understanding of research processes in engineering and the physical sciences, and embrace lifelong learning.

This position will be part of the Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) department, one of five units that comprise the University Libraries’ Research and Learning Division.  The position will report to the Physical Sciences and Engineering Director and will collaborate with PSE departmental staff of 15, including librarians, functional experts, and operations staff, as well as comparable staff across the University Libraries.

The incumbent will play a role in designing and supporting research services and advancing the scholarly communications program for the Libraries. These programs coalesce the efforts of mature service teams devoted to public access support, research networking services, research data, the institutional repository, open educational resources, copyright education, and open publishing. The Scholarly Communication Librarian and Research Services Coordinator will serve as a core member of the scholarly communication program team and coordinate the Research & Learning Division’s efforts to design related education and support programs, with a particular focus on supporting researchers subject to federal funding mandates around public access.  They will represent PSE on the Research Services Coordinators team, which works with liaison and functional specialists to design education and service programs for researchers, and monitors research trends to inform development of future services. The incumbent will develop relationships with library colleagues, as well as faculty and students, to create new services in response to trends in scientific research in disciplines served by the department.

This position will also carry an assignment as a library liaison to designated academic departments and research centers affiliated with the University’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE).  S/he will support the instructional, research and outreach activities of these units. S/he will forge relationships with faculty, students, instructors, and researchers offering services that respond to and advance the University’s Strategic Plan. 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 Research Services roles.

Individuals will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as they work toward continuous appointment status.

Responsibilities of Scholarly Communication Librarian and Research Service Coordinator:
• Serve in a Libraries lead role for Scholarly Communications services.
• Assume the leadership role in PSE in coordinating and educating liaisons and staff in areas of research support services.
• Work closely with faculty and students to enhance their changing workflows and patterns of research, dissemination, and management and preservation of research data.
• Actively engage with a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff in select departments, developing strong working relationships.
• Build and manage library collections in select subject areas.
• Partner with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to integrate information literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum.
• Contribute to the goals and strategic initiatives of the Libraries through leadership of and/or active participation in committees, working groups, and task forces.

This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level.

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Please attach the following documents in Word or PDF Format:  (DO NOT copy and paste.)
Cover Letter (identify cover letter with UL370).
Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

This position will remain open until filled.

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