Scholarly Communications Officer

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Library & IT

The Scholarly Communications Officer is directly responsible for advocating for, supporting, and educating the campus community on issues related to scholarly communication, open access, and open education. This position serves as a central information resource for students, faculty, and staff on publication, impact metrics, copyright, open licensing, and open access and education. The Scholarly Communications Officer is fully engaged with students, faculty, and staff, providing relevant instruction, outreach, and support for scholarship. The Scholarly Communications Officer reports to the Director for Research Services and Information Literacy.

Library and Information Technology at Bucknell is a unified organization that has evolved dramatically, shedding over time many of the distinctions that frequently separate university library and information technology departments. Library & Information Technology takes pride in its accomplishments and its important role at Bucknell. Staff members are committed to professionalism, excellence and service through: innovation and creativity; collaboration; diversity and inclusion; integrity; trust and trustworthiness; and communication and transparency.

All Library & Information Technology staff members are expected to contribute to Bucknell’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Job Duties:

  • Support faculty throughout the publication process, including supporting open research and publication.
  • Educate and support members of the campus community on issues related to scholarly communication, including open access, open publishing, impact metrics, and open education.
  • Conduct outreach activities that promote open practices across campus.
  • Manage institutional repository.
  • Champion open access policy and encourage deposit of published works in institutional repository.
  • Collaborate with other members of Research Services to promote open practices on campus.
  • Lead scholarly communications committee within Library & IT.
  • Advocate for the use of open resources, open and affordable learning materials, and open data.
  • Plan and promote events to celebrate faculty and staff authors and creators.
  • Serve on Library & Information Technology and University committees addressing relevant issues.
  • Conduct journal citation analysis and collect impact metrics data to assist faculty in selecting publication venues.
  • Create and maintain educational materials related to scholarly communication, open education, and open publishing.
  • Seek and participate in opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Participate in other departmental and/or divisional activities and perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree or advanced degree
  • Three (3) years of relevant experience with the scholarly publishing/communications process
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues pertaining to open access
  • Demonstrated knowledge of copyright, intellectual property, fair use, and open licensing
  • Experience managing/working with Bepress Digital Commons or other institutional repository
  • Familiarity with or interest in learning about metadata standards and their application
  • Ability to set priorities and manage work and deadlines independently
  • Ability to analyze data and make local decisions based on national and local trends and to design processes that enhance services while maximizing university resources
  • Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others and accept direction from supervisors
  • Proven commitment to service
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting an atmosphere of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Other requirements:

Exempt employees are required to work as much time as is necessary to fulfill the requirements of the position without additional compensation, even if the work is performed beyond “normal” work hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree (MLS) in library/information science
  • Experience working in an academic library or university setting

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to use keyboard, computer and other library equipment.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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