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Open Publishing Librarian

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
The salary range is $62,000 - $65,000 per year
Date posted
Apr 24, 2024

Open Publishing Librarian

The Open Publishing Librarian is responsible for the IU Libraries’ Open Access (OA) journal publishing program, which publishesover 50 OA journals, including a number of student journals. This position serves as the primary liaison to editorial teams,conducts training and outreach, and supports the creation of new journals. The Open Publishing Librarian supports newjournals with the creation of their journal and instructs them on the use of Open Journal System (OJS) and best practices forjournal publishing. This position will work collaboratively with colleagues on other open publishing initiatives in the LibrariesScholarly Communication department and will coordinate and collaborate with Indiana University Press colleagues on journalpublishing infrastructure and practices as a part of Indiana Publishing.

This position reports to the Head of Libraries Scholarly Communication and is a member of a high- functioning and highlycollaborative department.


  • Serve as primary liaison to IU Libraries’ journal editorial teams
  • As product owner for Open Journal Systems (OJS), serve as a liaison between developers, journal editors, and users,and continually prioritize and assess user needs
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures and initiatives that support library publishing
  • Create, revise, and conduct training and onboarding for new IU OA journals and new journal editors
  • Regularly communicate and collaborate with Libraries Communication and IU Communications to highlight andpromote IU publications
  • Assess and implement new research and tools to improve the accessibility of journal publishing program anddiscoverability of journals
  • Evaluate IU student-run journals and explore models to strengthen the growth and support of IU student journals
  • Regularly communicate with open access journal editors to promote equitable publishing practices and create ormodify tools to support these practices
  • Work with the Libraries Scholarly Communication Department and Indiana University Press to support collaborativeLibraries’ publishing through Indiana Publishing
  • Collaborate with Libraries Scholarly Communication Department to create educational materials and engage inoutreach related to open access scholarly publishing for the IU community
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in the Libraries’ DiversityStrategic Plan ( 20162017pdf)

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science; or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline andappropriate experience in an academic se\ng will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and the ability to promote, the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, andsupport the Libraries values and strategic goals (h]ps://, and theLibraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (h]ps://
  • Demonstrated experience working with journal editors, content providers, and student editorial teams
  • Demonstrated experience planning, implementing, and managing publishing workflows
  • Demonstrated experience establishing, maintaining, and updating journal sites on the OJS platform
  • Demonstrated experience writing documentation for software and training purposes
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of JATS XML and publishing metadata schemas
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and in a highly collaborative environment
  • Evidence of excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of teaching experience in a higher education and/or academic library environment
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply new tools and skills relevant to scholarly communication


The salary range is $62,000 - $65,000 per year; benefits include a university healthcare plan, a university-funded baseretirement plan, a 100% university-paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. This tenure/tenure-trackacademic appointment includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves. For a complete list of benefit programs, please refer to thefollowing resources:

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Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2024. Interested candidates should review the application requirements andsubmit their application at Questions regarding the position or application process can bedirected to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 205, IndianaUniversity, Bloomington, IN 47405 - Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855- 2576 - Email: Expected startdate: June 1, 2024. Please note that this date is flexible.

For more information about Indiana University Bloomington, go to For information about workingand living in Bloomington, Indiana:

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualifiedapplicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibitsdiscrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, geneticinformation, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

“Before a conditional offer of employment with tenure is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pendinginvestigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry byIndiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosedor ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana UniversityBloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes thematters of sexual and professional misconduct very seriously.”

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