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Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Job Description:

The James M. Milne Library at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta invites applications for the position of Scholarly Communications Librarian . Working both independently and with a dynamic team of partners, the Scholarly Communications Librarian co-leads the campus OER initiative and provides a broad spectrum of "open" academic programming and support. The ideal candidate possesses a love of learning, the ability to think critically with a dash of ingenuity, and enjoys outreach to myriad audiences. The twelve-month, tenure-track librarian reports to the Head of Information Literacy and Academic Engagement and holds the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian, with an initial two-year appointment.

Milne Library employs 23 full-time staff members, and our goal is to support learning and scholarship through the collection, curation, preservation and sharing of knowledge. The James M. Milne Library provides inviting, comfortable spaces for discovery, intellectual growth and exchange, and cultural enrichment. To learn more about the University and the library, please visit and .

Job Description:

The Scholarly Communications Librarian is responsible for academic programming, instruction, services, and resources related to OER (Open Educational Resources), open access (OA), and the scholarly information lifecycle. This position works both independently and collaboratively with partners throughout the institution to provide excellent library services related to OER and open access. The Scholarly Communications Librarian co-leads the University Open Education Resources (OER) Initiative and manages the institution's scholarly open access repository.

To meet tenure-track requirements, the successful candidate will perform effectively as a librarian, serve on library and campus committees, make scholarly contributions to the field, and pursue ongoing professional development. Early career, career transitioning professionals, and new graduates are encouraged to apply.

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Coordinate library services related to Open Educational Resources (OER), open access, open repositories, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship.
  • Actively participate in regional, national, and international communities of practice around scholarly communication.
  • Co-lead a dynamic, cross-departmental partnership supporting our OER initiative, and consulting with faculty on discovering and utilizing excellent curricular materials and library learning resources to enhance student learning.
  • Provide consultation and support to faculty who want to incorporate library resources in the curriculum.
  • Work with faculty, students, and other librarians to develop, maintain, and raise awareness of open access content in the institutions' open access scholarly repository.
  • Support student and faculty digital scholarship.
  • Explore grant opportunities.
  • Keeps current on trends in scholarly communications and related areas, including but not limited to emerging technologies.
  • Assists the campus community with reference/citation management software (i.e., Zotero).
  • Maintain appropriate statistics regularly and meet benchmarks for areas.
  • Participate in department and University-wide committees, events, and professional organizations.
  • Participates regularly in reference services (online and in-person), including occasional evening reference desk shifts.
  • Designs, develops, and produces scholarly communications related content in various print and online formats including, but not limited to, Libguides, tutorials, and training materials.
  • Assists the campus community with bibliometrics and research/scholarly impact.
  • Engages in outreach activities related to the library and/or scholarly communications to the campus community.
  • Participates in liaison duties including outreach and collection development to assigned academic departments.
  • Serves on the library's operational teams and other collaborative groups.
  • Other duties or projects assigned as appropriate to department and library needs.
Salary: $55,899. Information on SUNY's comprehensive benefits offerings can be found at .


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent credential) at the time of employment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication practices, communities, and resources as shown in previous experience or coursework.
  • Evidence of working collaboratively with others.
  • Experience in an academic library or academic setting.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience managing projects.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, including but not limited to demonstrations through application materials.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and/or teaching pedagogies and/or multicultural teaching experience.
  • Demonstrates a basic understanding of digital collections including concepts and tools.

Additional Information:

SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 70-plus academic programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

The university is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the 20 Most Picturesque Small Towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance, management, and culture. The university's rating is 4.4, with one recent review noting that the people are what make SUNY Oneonta so special.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the NYS Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at .

SUNY Oneonta values a diverse university community. Please visit our website on diversity at: . Moreover, the University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply
. "At SUNY Oneonta, we believe that diversity is an asset and a source of strength that energizes our collective growth and innovation." - President Alberto Cardelle.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: Please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (required).

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SUNY Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta is a mid-size, four-year, public university. We offer small classes, loads of activities, opportunities for undergraduate research, student/faculty interaction and an attractive cost of attendance.

Nestled in the hills of Central New York, the university’s idyllic setting is ideal for study, adventure and self-discovery. Just “up the hill” from the charming City of Oneonta, our campus and the surrounding community engages, nurtures, and inspires.

Caring is our longest-standing tradition, traced all the way back to the school’s founding in the late 1800s. Today our growing alumni network spans the globe, advancing the values of inclusivity, service and sustainability that exemplify SUNY Oneonta.


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