Publishing Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

We are seeking an outgoing, proactive, engaged professional who can develop collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and students throughout the University to provide consultations on scholarly publishing topics as well as launching new publications. This professional will also be responsible for creating new tools, programs, and initiatives that respond to changes in scholarly publishing needs.  Areas of responsibility include content management of the two publishing platforms we are currently working with, overall management of all new publication launches, the publication proposal review process, and consultations on scholarly publishing topics.

Location: Minneapolis–Saint Paul, MN


Required Qualifications:

  • American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science OR a combination of an advanced degree and relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and scholarly publishing practices.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills working with a diverse group of people.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and actively engage with faculty and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a research-intensive environment.
  • Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Demonstrated technical skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Basic HTML, CSS, and XML knowledge.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an academic research library.
  • Experience in the publishing industry or publication development process (e.g., editorial services, layout, typesetting, etc.).
  • Familiarity with the operations of scholarly societies.
  • Experience in the design and integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
  • Facility with technology and its application in academic contexts.
  • Familiarity with publishing tools such as be-press Digital Commons, Word-press, Omeka, Drupal, and/or Open Journal Systems.
  • Familiarity with project management software such as Wrike, Asana, Github, Jira, and/or Trello.
  • Knowledge of digital file formats, metadata, file uploading and management, and data migration.
  • Experience and skill in acquiring knowledge about new and emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide trainings and education sessions, with an understanding of instructional design principles.
  • Demonstrated involvement in professional activities.

About the Job

The University of Minnesota Libraries’ strategic initiatives advance programs and services that enhance learning and scholarship, promote interdisciplinary activity, and heighten the impact of research. As a public, land grant institution the University is committed to access and the public good, and the Libraries reinforces those values with programs that advance access and openness in sharing knowledge. The Libraries invites applications for a Publishing Services Librarian. We seek applicants who are innovative and flexible, possess knowledge of the publishing industry, and understand the broad arena of scholarly publishing activities.

This position is a member of the Content & Collections (C&C) division of the University Libraries in the Open Scholarship & Publishing Services (OSPS) unit of the Content Services Department. Content Services has two units: Inter-library Loan, and Open Scholarship & Publishing Services. The services within OSPS include Copyright Permissions and Information Services, and Publishing Services. C&C is led by the Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections, and the position reports to the Director of Content Services. The successful candidate will collaborate with the 5 members of the Publishing Services team, as well as with librarians and staff across the University Libraries.

We are seeking an outgoing, proactive, engaged professional who can develop collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and students throughout the University to provide consultations on scholarly publishing topics as well as launching new publications. This professional will also be responsible for creating new tools, programs, and initiatives that respond to changes in scholarly publishing needs. Areas of responsibility include content management of the 2 publishing platforms we are currently working with (be- press’ Digital Commons and a locally installed Word- press instance), overall management of all new publication launches, the publication proposal review process, and consultations on scholarly publishing topics. The librarian will contribute to the broader efforts of a Libraries-wide team that focuses on scholarly communications and open access support. The University is interested in individuals whose record of achievements/excellence has been enhanced by diversity and enriched by inclusion.

The individual will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as he/she works towards continuous appointment status.

The University of Minnesota Libraries ( ), with collections of over 8 million volumes, is one of the largest research libraries in North America. The Libraries are recognized for rich historical and special collections, responsive resource sharing, innovative technologies, and robust services in support of research and learning. The Libraries’ current plan ( positions the organization as a strategic institutional asset and sets the stage to advance new models for creating and supporting knowledge resources for the campus and global communities.

Responsibilities of the Publishing Services Librarian:

  • Chairs the meetings of the Publishing Services Team which manages and develops cost-effective and efficient strategies for publishing content including guidelines, quality control procedures, and project documentation.
  • Seeks opportunities to partner with a diverse population of U of MN affiliated researchers in digital scholarly publishing projects.
  • In collaboration with the Data Management and Access department of the Libraries, organizes access to U Libraries’ developed publications and related resources using traditional and emerging metadata schema and appropriate identifiers.
  • In collaboration with other library services, promotes the offerings of the Open Scholarship and Publishing Services unit through web presence, email communications, exhibits, etc.
  • Provides consultations and referrals on scholarly & digital publishing options, publishing models, assessing the quality of a journal or publisher, content licensing, and other academic publishing topics.
  • Working with the Director of Content Services, provides strategic leadership for the Libraries and campus on alternatives for publishing scholarly content including developing innovative methods for content hosting, dissemination, and preservation, to enhance delivery and discovery of our publications in consultation with appropriate Libraries stakeholders.
  • Identifies potential projects / activities for grant funds; assist in the preparation of grant proposals. If appropriate, serve as principal investigator for a grant.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.

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 UL354).

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.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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