Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian
Cal Poly’s ACRL award-winning Kennedy Library is seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative, and innovative individual for a unique tenure track library faculty position, leading and coordinating library programs in open education, open content, and digital publishing. As a member of the library faculty they will contribute to instruction, outreach, and other programs that help students acquire and practice critical digital literacies. As the library’s digital publishing coordinator they will support students and faculty in using digital platforms for publishing and sharing their work. They will also contribute to supporting the library’s role in maker programs and in supporting digital media creation.
The successful candidate will sustain, develop, promote, and assess a responsive suite of services for Cal Poly faculty, administrators, and students that meet the library’s strategic goal of contributing to the increased democratization of information. The successful candidate will embrace innovation; communicate and collaborate effectively; and be committed to advancing scholarship across disciplines.
Measures of success will include the impacts on Cal Poly’s effective use of open access content and open culture; and active participation by Cal Poly students and faculty in sharing their creative and scholarly work in ways that increase their impact and enhance their opportunities for collaboration.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Services, the Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian will collaborate with colleagues and departments across the library, including college librarians, our Data Services team, the Digital Commons Coordinator, the Information Resources department, Special Collections and Archives, and the Library Information Technology team.
They will lead the library’s campus collaborations in relevant areas, partnering with faculty from all six colleges, with the University Store, and with the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT). They will participate actively in national and regional professional communities of practice related to open content, open education, and digital publishing.
Salary and rank: This position is available at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank, with an anticipated hiring range of $66,000-$67,000 plus a generous benefits package. Appointment rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For appointment at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank, three to five years of relevant library experience is required.
MLS from an ALA accredited program, or comparable library experience with other related advanced subject degree.
Three years relevant experience in a library, museum, or open culture organization.
Knowledge of Open Education and Affordable Learning Solutions issues, platforms, and options gained through at least one year of successful experience advocating for use of OER with teaching faculty.
Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and successfully complete projects.
Knowledge of copyright and open access issues pertinent to digital publishing.
Experience instructing adult learners in digital literacy skills.
Understanding of digital media trends and initiatives as they apply in an academic environment.
Strong interpersonal skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate across a diverse population.
Demonstrated ability to develop and foster effective working relationships within a diverse and fast-paced academic environment.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collegially in a team setting.
Demonstrated competency working with computer applications and the ability to learn new software applications.
Ability to articulate a genuine enthusiasm for the position.
Professional experience in publishing or editing
Experience collaborating with faculty.
Experience applying knowledge of usability concepts.Experience with digital repository/publishing platforms (e.g., OJS, Digital Commons).
Experience with digital image publishing and curation platforms (e.g. Shared Shelf)Demonstrated leadership skills.
Familiarity with standards and best practices to promote the discovery of open online resources, including metadata standards and website usability.
Knowledge of emerging data services in libraries, such as e-science, data visualization, and/or digital humanities.
How to apply
To apply, visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and complete a required online faculty application, applying to requisition #103741. Please attach to your application a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing application. Official transcripts will be required prior to appointment. Review begin date is: August 10, 2015. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
About Kennedy Library
The Robert E. Kennedy Library won ACRL’s Excellence in Academic Libraries award in 2014 for its distinction in engaging the students and faculty of the Cal Poly university community. While integrating traditional library resources and services with digital tools and platforms, the library continuously experiments to adapt its services, programs, and spaces to meet the evolving academic programs, research interests, and needs of the university community. Annual visitors exceed 1.4 million.
Kennedy Library’s ten librarians, 35 staff, and over 120 student assistants work with campus partners to deliver services focused on Cal Poly’s commitments to research, learning, collaboration and innovation. The library is customer-driven, whether in choosing quality information, supporting faculty instruction and research, developing digital user interfaces, or redesigning spaces that encourage creative work, collaboration, and focused study. Its innovative peer-to-peer learning and reference programs and active student think-tank (Student Library Advisory Council) were among the programs that led Kennedy Library to become the state’s first university library to receive the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award.
In spring 2014, Kennedy Library completed an ambitious architectural master plan, providing a vision for renewing the library’s packed and well-loved physical spaces to accommodate the growing needs of Cal Poly’s students, faculty. The master plan will also create exceptional new spaces for the library’s programs centered on digital scholarship and peer learning.
Other recent milestones include the 2008 creation of Digital Commons, Cal Poly’s digital repository of student and faculty work; a 2008 renovation that created active learning spaces and a library café on the second floor; and in 2011 the creation of the Data Studio, featuring GIS, statistics, and data visualization support, and a speaker series. In 2012 the library launched <iDi> – the Initiative for Digital IDEAS (Innovations in Digital Expression, Access, and Scholarship). In 2013 the library hired a digital archivist and is now adopting new digital platforms and infrastructure to support digital preservation, digital scholarship, and rich digital media creation and sharing. The library’s lively digital communications programs feature responsive web design, digital maps, and an active social media presence.
The Library partners with campus organizations to promote faculty development and student success, including several that are located in the Kennedy Library: the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology; the Academic Skills Center; and the Honors Program. The Library works collaboratively with Information Technology Services (ITS) as a member of the Information Services directorate.
The Library is a member of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Library Publishing Coalition, WEST, RapidILL, LOCKSS and MetaArchive
About Cal Poly
As a member of the community whether student, professor or staff member, you will learn, lead, teach, and do at Cal Poly. Our alumni carry the Learn by Doing philosophy with them in their careers & into their communities. Cal Poly is a nationally ranked comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. With more than 18,000 undergraduates and approximately 1000 graduate students, Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
Cal Poly is a major employer in the San Luis Obispo and central coast area, and encourages work-life balance and lifelong learning. A generous benefits package, valued at greater than 50% of staff salary, includes a retirement plan, medical, dental and vision plans; training and professional development opportunities; and eligibility each term for the employee or dependent to waive certain tuition fees at any of the state’s 23 California State University campuses. For additional benefits information, please visit our Benefit Summaries Page.
San Luis Obispo, located ten miles from the Pacific along the beautiful central coast of California, offers easy access to the ocean, mountains, and wine country. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, south of Monterey and Big Sur, San Luis Obispo offers a vibrant, culturally rich small-town community in an uncrowded and extraordinary natural setting. Cal Poly infuses the region with talented designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, architects, scientists, researchers and educators. US News & World Report ranked San Luis Obispo among its Best Places to Live in 2009. For more information about San Luis Obispo