Scholarly Communications Librarian

Scholarly Communications Librarian

The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) is the central coordinating and support organization for a highly regarded cluster of seven independent colleges known as The Claremont Colleges. TCCS, with about 300 staff members, provides exceptional shared services to 9,000 students, and almost 3,600 faculty and staff. TCCS staff work in both student-facing services as well as administrative and operational services. Our numerous departments are located throughout The Claremont Colleges campus in the beautiful city of Claremont, California.


The Claremont Colleges Library seeks a service-oriented, collaborative, knowledgeable, and creative individual to further develop and advance our scholarly communication initiatives. The Scholarly Communication Librarian (SCL) will be responsible for planning and delivering initiatives promoting openness, effective sharing, and equitable access to scholarly knowledge and resources. Working closely with key stakeholders, inside and outside of the library, they will provide collaborative support regarding the management and assessment of The Claremont Colleges Library's (TCCL) suite of scholarly communications services. They will plan and implement new initiatives, strengthen established protocols, and assess existing practices with an eye towards sustainability.

The Scholarly Communications Librarian (SCL) will report to the head of Digital Initiatives within the Distinctive Collections and Digital Scholarship Division. The SCL will work with the Digital Initiatives unit to provide vision and guidance for Scholarship at Claremont, the institutional repository, while setting priorities that respond to current and emerging needs of the seven Claremont Colleges. The Scholarly Communications Librarian will actively engage with the rapidly-changing scholarly communications landscape while providing clear communication, advocacy, and outreach involving many different internal and external audiences. The SCL will create and circulate education and outreach materials, including web content, brochures/handouts, and resource materials for a range of constituencies, including research and teaching librarians, library staff, faculty, and graduate students. These topics may include, but are not limited to: intellectual property rights, copyright, fair use, open access (OA), and open scholarship initiatives such as open pedagogy and open educational resources (OER).

The Scholarly Communications Librarian will manage, promote, and advance the library's institutional repository, as a place to host scholarship produced by scholars from across the seven colleges of the Consortium. In addition, the SCL will also collaborate with colleagues within the unit to steward the unique assets and materials related to Scholarship at Claremont and the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

Priority Deadline : The deadline for first consideration is May 31, 2024.


The following are the fundamental duties and responsibilities of this position which the incumbent must be able to perform to fulfill the purpose and requirements of this position.

Scholarly Communications

  • Collaborate with research and teaching librarians to develop and coordinate scholarly communications outreach initiatives for faculty and students, across the disciplines and colleges.
  • Provide consultations to students and faculty on topics such as copyright, open access, research impact, and author rights.
  • Maintain web content related to scholarly communications topics in collaboration with Web Developer.
  • Keep abreast of trends and developments related to scholarly communications and provide timely updates about them to the library and 7C community, including disseminating information on innovative licensing agreements for TCCS authors.
  • Promote the use of and encourage contributions to the library's open access institutional repository, Scholarship@Claremont , by 7C faculty, staff, and students.
  • Work collaboratively to establish or update policies, procedures, best practices, and platforms related to the management, preservation, and discovery of the digital and intellectual assets of the Claremont Colleges Digital Library and Scholarship at Claremont.
  • Continue to support the electronic theses and dissertations program by assessing ongoing processes and improving workflows with advisors, registrars, and authors.
  • Implement a strategy to assess existing workflows and processes and to support sustainable and targeted OER creation, adoption, and use.
  • Participate in library-wide planning and assessment projects through service on committees, task forces, and special projects.

Professional Engagement

  • Actively participates in networking and professional development through national/regional/local professional organizations via office holding, presentations, and publications.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Unless otherwise stated, the following qualifications are required to perform the essential functions of this position, or the individual must demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed (with or without reasonable accommodation) using other qualifications not listed below.

Education/Training :
  • An ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship or other relevant graduate degree (such as J.D.) in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by TCCL

Experience :
  • 3-5 years of professional experience working in an academic library, with a focus on scholarly publishing, open access, copyright, or institutional repositories.

Competencies :
  • Demonstrated knowledge of copyright law and policy, licensing and other intellectual property issues in the context of higher education, particularly as they relate to institutional repositories, fair use, authors' rights, open access publishing and OERs.
  • Ability to collaborate and establish partnerships with faculty and other stakeholders through creative and engaging outreach initiatives.
  • Experience planning and delivering workshops on topics related to scholarly communications and/or experience with reference support within an academic library
  • Demonstrated verbal and written skill in communicating complex issues to a variety of audiences
  • Knowledge of trends, issues, and library services related to open access and scholarly publishing.
  • Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills as well as the ability to manage multiple and sometimes competing priorities.
  • Knowledge of technical issues related to digital asset management platforms for scholarly communication
  • Familiarity with metadata standards and metadata creation
  • Awareness of research data management
  • Experience in analyzing data and creating reports

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in promoting and advocating for scholarly communications services and open access.
  • Familiarity working with funding agency requirements related to open science.
  • Familiarity with vendor supported and open source digital asset management platform(s), such as CONTENTdm, bepress, or DSpace
  • Awareness of digitization standards and practices and/or digital preservation and curation in relation to copyright

Work Schedule : The regular hours for this full-time position are 40 hours scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for 12 months annually. May be required to work holiday, weekend, and/or evening hours. Regular hours may vary due to the needs of the organization or business unit. This position will be eligible for a hybrid work schedule to work partial hours remotely as approved by the supervisor.

Union: This position is represented by The Claremont Colleges Services Library Staff Federation AFT Local 6735. The employee in this position will be bound by the collective bargaining agreement.


Pay : The monthly salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with the duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required for the position, between $5,916.67 - $6,416.67 per month.

Benefits : This position is eligible for our employment benefits package including:
  • medical, dental, vision,
  • 10% retirement contributions after one year (no matching required),
  • group life insurance,
  • generous time off,
  • professional development funds,
  • discounts for mobile plans, software, and entertainment,
  • access to fitness facilities,
  • and more!


Sedentary work that primary involves sitting and standing:

☐ Constantly ☒ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☐ Never

Active work that primary involves standing and walking:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☒ Occasionally ☐ Never

Light work that involves moving objects weighing up to 10 pounds:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☒ Occasionally ☐ Never

Medium work that includes moving objects weighing up to 25 pounds:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☒ Never

Medium work that includes moving objects weighing up to 40 pounds:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☒ Never

Heavy work that includes moving objects weighing up to 50 pounds:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☒ Never

Operate a computer or other work requiring repetitive movement of wrists, hands, & fingers:

☒ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☐ Never

Operate a street legal golf cart, a company automobile, or other heavy machinery:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☒ Never

Read or write electronic or printed materials:

☒ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☐ Never

Communicate verbally in person, by phone or another device:

☒ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☐ Never

Moving body into different positions to work down low, overhead, or outward:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☒ Occasionally ☐ Never

Work involving climbing ladders, stairs, scaffolding, or similar:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☒ Never

Work in various environments including low, high, tight, low-ventilation, or confined spaces:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☒ Never

Work indoors in climate-controlled spaces:

☐ Constantly ☒ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☐ Never

Work outdoors in various weather conditions:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☐ Occasionally ☒ Never

Work in a noisy environment:

☐ Constantly ☐ Frequently ☒ Occasionally ☐ Never


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, The Claremont Colleges Services will review this job description and make changes of business necessity. TCCS reserves the right to modify job duties or assign additional duties as needed.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:
TCCS is an equal opportunity employer. TCCS managers make employment decisions on the basis of merit, with the aim to have the best available person in every job. TCCS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin or ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), military or veteran status, and status with regard to public assistance, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. TCCS also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of these characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

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