- The Scholarly Communications Program (SCP) is a
multi-faceted partnership of relevant organizations addressing the wide range
of issues related to the rapidly changing system of creating, evaluating,
disseminating, and preserving the outputs of research and scholarship. Program
collaborators include individuals whose skills and experience facilitate the transformation of scholarly publishing and barrier-free access to high quality
authoritative information resources.
- Program contributors outside of UC Davis may include UC units, such as the UC Office of Scholarly Communications, and national organizations, such as the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). Essential core program deliverables include applied research studies and educational initiatives, such as for-credit courses, symposia, and workshops related to transformative scholarly communications and re-imagined use of scholarly works.
- The University Library of the University of California, Davis seeks a proactive, innovative, collaborative Scholarly Communications Officer serving as a Program lead, who understands the challenges facing the traditional system of scholarly publication and associated systems of academic credit and quality assessment. The incumbent teaches and conducts research in the arena of scholarly communications, and guides the Scholarly Communications Program within a complex university research environment. The Program represents one of the library's high profile activities by partnering with stakeholders across the Library, UC Davis, UC, and relevant (inter)national organizations to understand and influence changes to the system of scholarly communications, to advocate for barrier-free access to and use of scholarship, and to support UC Davis faculty, staff, and students in addressing the challenges and in leveraging opportunities within the dynamic landscape of scholarly communication.
- Under the general guidance of the Associate University
Librarian for Collection Services, the Scholarly Communications Officer serves
as a primary spokesperson, presenting the Library's strategies and
recommendations regarding all aspects of scholarly publishing, barrier-free
access to knowledge, changing scholarly credit mechanisms, and new modes of
- The Scholarly Communications Officer creates the vision,
directs and manages program operations and personnel by setting the program
goals, policies, best practices, and assessment metrics for program success and
sustainability. In addition, the Scholarly Communications Officer partners with
campus units and other library programs, such as the Archives and Institutional
Assets and Research Data Management, to develop solutions for collecting,
disseminating and preserving new forms of scholarly communication.
- These activities coalesce to create educational and outreach materials for intellectual property issues as well as consultative services regarding scholarly works permissions and strategies which are key to the Program's success. In addition, the Scholarly Communications Officer triages and liaises with the UC and UC Davis offices of campus counsels, and the Office of Research, regarding legal advice for intellectual property rights and copyright.
- Develop strategic directions for the Scholarly Communications Program and assess program progress that align with the library's and campus strategic plans
- Lead and implement key initiatives associated with Scholarly Communications Program
- Manage Scholarly Communications Program daily operations, including budget creation and monitoring, and directing any program staff (e.g., graduate students, post-doctoral fellows)
- Identify training and professional development paths for program staff in consultation with home unit supervisors and faculty mentors
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with appropriate personnel in library units (e.g. Collection Services Directorate, Research Services Department, Director of Digital Scholarship, Archives & Institutional Assets Program, Data Management Program), in campus units (e.g. Office of the Campus Counsel, Office of Research, and campus committees and groups relevant to intellectual property), UC units (e.g. UC Office of the General Counsel, UC Office of Scholarly Communications), and national organizations (e.g. SPARC)
- Manage and coordinate the content elements for the library's Scholarly Communications Program web sites
- Consult with faculty, researchers, graduate students, and post-doctoral students/fellows on publishing choices, understanding publishing agreements, benefits of open access publishing, retention of rights, and overall management of intellectual property
- Develop an education program and curriculum for faculty, researchers, and students regarding scholarly communications issues in an academic digital environment, including open access, data management, copyright, fair use, and author rights
- Provide advice on using resources, including open resources, in teaching classes on campus and online
- Lead initiatives related to scholarly communication and publishing, including organizing events at UC Davis on relevant topics, such as Open Access Week.
- Engage in research related to scholarly impact, open access, intellectual property
- Serve as the library's primary triage agent and options consultant for campus intellectual property and copyright issues and the library's primary resource on fair use and permissions
- Inform the UC Davis community of the significance of national scholarly communications trends and contribute to the campus efforts to ensure that scholars, students, and libraries in the digital environment retain full benefits of the current and evolving intellectual property system
- Monitor national scholarly communications trends and policy issues
- Be professionally active in appropriate UC, regional, and national organizations and initiatives
- Coordinate with the UC California Digital Library and Office of Scholarly Communications to ensure that UC Davis scholarship is well-curated, discoverable, and preserved in the UC eScholarship repository by working closely with the library personnel in the library's Archives & Institutional Assets and Data Management programs
- Engage in national initiatives that shape scholarly communications, e.g. Association of Research Libraries' Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
- Serve as the library's representative to the UC Libraries Scholarly Communications Common Knowledge Group and other relevant initiatives and groups
- J.D degree specializing in intellectual property or related area, OR Ph.D. in academic field with relevant experience in intellectual property and copyright areas, OR ALA accredited Master's or equivalent with relevant experience in intellectual property and copyright areas, OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
- Minimum 2 years of experience with intellectual property and copyright law and their application in academic environments, scientific or scholarly publishing, or in related settings
- Experience providing guidance on scholarly communication, copyright, and fair use topics
- Experience building a new dynamic program with a clear realistic vision and expectations
- Experience building and sustaining a team of individuals possessing a wide range of skills and expertise
- Experience building and sustaining collaborative working relationships with a wide variety of diverse groups (coaching, mentoring, delegation and active listening)
- Experience in managing projects and multiple priorities independently using effective problem-solving and analytic techniques
- Career history to meet University of California criteria for advancement and promotion
- Demonstrated knowledge of technical, legal, and information policy issues related to scholarly publishing and new modes of scholarly communications
- Demonstrated knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues in academic or research settings as they relate to creation, dissemination, and use of digital information resources, especially across an array of disciplines and contexts
- Experience in building awareness and understanding regarding scholarly communication and intellectual property issues through in-person or online educational sessions, creation of informational materials, and organizing events
- Grant awards focused on scholarly communication issues
- Experience in learning and adapting emerging technologies to craft scholarly communication messages to faculty, staff, and students
- Applications must be submitted via the UC Davis Recruit website
- Please include a letter of interest addressing how your qualifications and experience relate to the posted qualifications of the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references.
- Applicants are also encouraged to complete the optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Please visit Faculty Equity and Inclusion website for information about why diversity statements are requested and guidelines for writing a diversity statement.
- Candidates applying by May 5, 2016 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.