Scholarly Communications, Data, and Affordable Learning Librarian

University of Massachusetts Boston, Healey Library

Reporting to the Head of Reference, Outreach, & Instruction in Healey Library, and working closely with other units across the Library (including Collections, Archives & Special Collections, Library Systems & Discovery Services, Technical Services) and across the University as needed (e.g. IT, the Open Educational Resources [OERs] Working Group, instructional and learning designers, etc.), the Scholarly Communications, Data, & Affordable Learning Librarian will have a strong commitment to user-centered service delivery and to student and faculty success. The successful candidate will promote awareness, adoption, creation, and support for Open Education and Affordable Learning Initiatives, and for Open Access publishing inquiries. The successful candidate will also oversee the ScholarWorks Institutional Repository, and will assist faculty and other users with Research Data Management Plans, management of research datasets, and related activities. These will constitute the bulk of the position’s duties, but this position will also have some assigned areas of focus, including outreach, instruction, reference/research support, and related services within our Liaison Librarian program. The Scholarly Communications, Data, & Affordable Learning Librarian is a newly created role within Healey Library, and it is expected that the incumbent will be able to play a strong role in shaping the nature of the position as related campus and library programs in these areas grow (e.g. Open Access publishing, OERs, research data management, etc.).

The successful candidate will be a creative, proactive, and innovative individual who engages and collaborates with our unique and diverse campus community. The capacity for working enthusiastically, flexibly, and creatively in a user-centered environment is essential, and teaching experience is a strong asset. The incumbent will possess demonstrable ability to work independently and collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds; strong knowledge of Open Educational Resources and Affordable Learning resources and programs; knowledge of Open Access publishing options and Creative Commons Licensing; experience working with research data; knowledge of the research process and familiarity with a wide range of educational technologies and productivity software; excellent interpersonal skills; verbal and written communication skills and demonstrable organizational and time management skills. The individual will explore new ways of engaging library users and will advocate and provide leadership and vision to improve awareness and reach out effectively to the college and campus community. The successful candidate provides excellent customer service; thinks critically in analyzing problems and developing resourceful solutions; is able to manage a complex workload, can prioritize tasks and complete work on time with minimum supervision.

Please note that as this is a new position, duties and the proportions of time each area requires are expected to evolve. We will schedule regular check-ins with supervisors, and facilitate excellent, open, transparent communications to ensure these supervisors are aware of the librarian’s evolving workload, which areas may be growing or changing, and where additional resources should be made available as feasible. Duties and workload may be adapted and altered, depending on factors such as faculty uptake of initiatives, participation, and interest. Healey Library is developing an overall Strategic Plan and a Strategic Staffing Plan, and this position will be important to both, as we adapt our services to meet evolving user needs and to support changing trends in higher education and service delivery.

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