Scholarly Communication Librarian
assistant librarian, faculty equivalent
Summary of Position
The University of North Texas Libraries, serving the largest and most comprehensive university in the Dallas–Fort Worth metro area, are a pioneer in fostering the transformation of libraries and of scholarly communication. With four physical locations on campus and an even larger digital footprint, with digital-library collections including over 10 million items, the Libraries were one of the first to archive web sites, one of the founding members of the Library Publishing Coalition, and the first non-federal library to participate in the Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet). Since 2010 the Libraries host an annual open-access symposium with speakers from around the world, and the Libraries are the driving force behind the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative, which brings together library staff from across the region for professional development and collaboration. The Libraries receive about $1 million per year in funding from grants and foundations.
Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, the Scholarly Communication Librarian will contribute to the Libraries’ efforts to educate users about the transformation of scholarly communication and foster a more sustainable publishing ecosystem.
- Coordinate publishing projects for UNT Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services, especially by managing freelance editors and designers and communicating with authors.
- Coordinate subsidized, revenue-generating publishing projects designed to raise awareness of the unique collections of the Libraries.
- Consult with UNT researchers on developing data management plans and on using the DMPTool.
- With support from the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Workgroup, serve as program manager for the Libraries’ digital scholarship program.
- Assist in the preparation of grant applications to support the transformation of scholarly communication.
- Serve on the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Transformation Workgroup, the Digital Scholarship Workgroup, and other appropriate committees within the Libraries and other parts of the university.
- Perform additional duties as assigned.
- MS/MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
- Familiarity with academic research in a variety of fields.
- Familiarity with scholarly publishing.
- Positive customer orientation and strong interpersonal skills.
- Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Experience conducting academic research.
- Experience managing the publication of works of scholarship.
- Experience creating data management plans and using the DMPTool.
- Exceptional attention to detail.
- Experience in preparing grant applications.
To apply, please visit http://facultyjobs.unt.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52362
More on why you should be interested in the position
The city of Denton is located about 40 miles from both Dallas and Fort Worth, in a region of nearly 7 million people, and even closer to two major hub airports: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field. It is home to two public universities: theUniversity of North Texas (the largest and most comprehensive university in the region, with over 37,000 students and 115 graduate degree programs) and Texas Woman’s University (the nation’s largest university primarily for women, with approximately 15,000 students). Like any other college town, Denton has plenty of coffee shops, yoga studios, natural-food stores, and funky eateries, but it distinguishes itself with its active music scene. Each year sees the opening of new upscale bars, restaurants, and coffee shops.
The main campuses of both universities are located about a mile from the Downtown Square, containing the historic Denton County courthouse and surrounding park and independent businesses, including Recycled, a 17,000-square-foot store selling used books, music, and film. Both campuses are quite compact and walkable, and UNT especially has a number of places to grab lunch just off campus.
The climate is generally quite sunny, and summers, while hot, are also quite arid.
A few cool thing about Denton:
- Denton was the first city in Texas to ban fracking, though the law was preempted by a state law stripping the power of municipalities to regulate oil and gas extraction.
- You can legally bring and consume alcoholic beverages (but not in glass containers) to the free Twilight Tunes concerts on the Downtown Square and to festivals such as Denton Arts and Jazz Fest and the Denton Blues Festival.
While UNT began as a teacher-training college, it has long been known for its College of Music, the largest in the nation. In many ways UNT has the feel of an art school: an alternative student body, a strong commitment to sustainability and LEED-certified construction, and a mediocre athletic program. The first all-vegan dining hall (Mean Greens) is located on campus and is popular with not just students but also faculty and staff. There’s a number of other places to grab lunch just off campus.
While freshmen who just graduated from high school are required to live on campus, the university accepts a large number of transfer students. The student body is incredibly diverse, with many first-generation college students.
In 2011 UNT became the first public university in Texas to implement a campus open-access policy.
The UNT Libraries
The UNT Libraries have four physical locations on campus but an even larger digital footprint, with digital-library collections including over 10 million items—many in the Portal to Texas History, which has millions of online users each year. The Libraries are a world leader in web archiving and are the first non-federal library to participate in the Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet). Since 2010 the Libraries host an annual open-access symposium with speakers from around the world, and our dean of libraries is the driving force behind the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative, which brings together library staff from across the region for professional development and collaboration. The Libraries receive about $1 million per year in funding from grants and foundations.
Quite a few members of the UNT Libraries staff have been hired in the past few years. Of those who live in Denton, a good number bike or walk to work, and a handful of us can be found at lunchtime at Mean Greens.