Head, Scholarly Communications Department

The Scholarly Communications Department Head provides leadership in identifying, developing, and coordinating services and programs to support campus awareness of and participation in the evolving scholarly landscape. Particular emphasis is on open access, author rights, copyright, fair use, and digital rights and access. The position will be responsible for maintaining awareness of national and international publishing trends, intellectual property rights, and copyright that affect access to scholarly information, including researchers’ output. The position will provide vision and planning for the library’s institutional repository and will promote its digital publishing use for faculty, staff, and students, including seeking out and maintaining partnerships across campus.

Plans, directs, and manages the Department

Develops and implements the policies, procedures, and workflow to ensure a well-functioning department.


Collaborates with other library departments to achieve departmental, library-wide program, and university goals.


Advises the Dean on department and library-wide needs and projects.


Scholarly Communication

Serves as the library’s expert on scholarly communication including, but not limited to, alternative publishing models, intellectual property rights, scholarly visibility and impact, online identity management, open access, and open educational resources.

Serves as a leader and advocate in the library and across the institution on all issues related to the dissemination, preservation, and use of the scholarly and creative output of faculty, researchers, staff and students.

Monitors national scholarly communication trends, policy issues, and best practices and keeps the community informed. Understands both open source and hosted publishing solutions and e-publishing tools. Understands author rights and recommended practices for publishing.

Applies knowledge of copyright, including fair use, knowledge of orphan works, knowledge of creative commons licensing.

Creates educational and outreach materials about intellectual property issues and provides consultative services regarding scholarly works permissions.

Consults with faculty, researchers, and students on publishing choices, publishing agreements, benefits of open access publishing, retention of rights, and overall management of intellectual property.

Monitors national scholarly communications trends and policy issues.

Institutional Repository Management

Collects, stores, and preserves faculty, staff, and student intellectual output, builds relationships across campus and aligns the goals of the institutional repository with campus research.

Devises strategies for promoting and growing the content and use of the institutional repository, including born digital resources.

Develops and applies policies and procedures for the institutional repository

Plans and coordinates ingestion and migration of archival content which may require relevant computer skills.

Keeps up to date with institutional repository changes and the assessment of various platforms