Texas A&M University Libraries seeks an innovative and
dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries
as the Copyright and Fair Use Librarian. We are hiring one
individual for a full-time position with an 11-month academic
appointment. This is a tenure-track/tenured position with
research and service expectations. Applicants will be
considered for the faculty titles of Assistant Professor, Associate
Professor, or Professor depending on qualifications.
The Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communications is partnering
with the Texas A&M community to influence and promote positive
change for the vital role that access to scholarly information has
on research and scholarship, including improving access,
strengthening author/faculty rights, decreasing costs, and
enhancing the use of the scholarly corpus through data/textual
manipulation and analysis.
Reporting to the Dean through the Associate Dean for Information
Services and the Director of Scholarly Communications, this
Librarian will coordinate and advance library initiatives in
Copyright and Fair Use.
The Libraries seek someone who can contribute to internal teams
developing our digital library collections; provide training and
support to the campus community on copyright and fair use; advance
campus policies and mandates that promote open access and the use
of open educational resources; and participate in campus-wide
engagement regarding open access, digital scholarship, and the
scholarly communication cycle.
The responsibilities of the Copyright and Fair Use Librarian,
- Contribute to the responsible access of digital objects in our
digital library; recommend copyright/fair use-conformant standards,
policies, and workflows for the collection and management of
scholarly digital objects.
- Provide training and support to the campus community on
copyright and fair use.
- Participate in campus-wide engagement regarding open access,
open educational resources, digital scholarship, and the scholarly
Tenure-track responsibilities include engaging in research
activities leading to publications and national service to meet
both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure
Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning
and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and
staff by promoting a culture that embraces diversity, equity,
inclusion, accessibility, and social justice. In keeping with the
University’s charge, the incoming Copyright and Fair Use Librarian
must apply a culturally competent lens to this vital position
within our organization to accomplish our mission and to
fulfill our core values.
- Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Science from an
ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent)
- Knowledge of standards and practices related to copyright and
- Experience providing copyright/fair use services, training, or
- Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service
by creating inclusive and respectful environments
- Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills complemented by
the ability to adapt and take initiative
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Formal coursework in legal studies or a Juris Doctor (JD)
- Understanding of the research process, current issues in
scholarly communication, and the role of libraries and librarians
in supporting research and scholarly practices
- Experience or training in managing and/or developing
repositories and digital collections
The vision of the University Libraries is to be the
indispensable hub for discovery, learning, and creativity at Texas
A&M. The pillars of this vision are a distinguished
collection of information resources unbounded by place and
preserved for future generations; a suite of robust services and a
dedicated team exceeding customer expectations; an inspirational
environment that delights and invites use; and an organizational
culture celebrated for its trust, openness to risk and strengthened
by its collaboration and diversity.
The Libraries currently rank in the top ten among ARL U.S.
Public Academic Libraries with competitive starting salaries
(taking into account the regional cost of living). Current
staffing includes approximately 160-170 classified and professional
staff and 85-90 faculty. More information can be found at
Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M
University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The
signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s
traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity,
Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university
has an enrollment of more than 68,000 students and 3,200
The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.
Salary/Benefits: Faculty rank and
salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience;
minimum starting salary will be $51,500. Excellent benefits include
health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans
including TIAA; paid holidays; no state or local income tax.
Funding is provided for professional travel and development
Applications: Applications must be received by
Thursday October 28th for consideration. Applications should
include a letter of application, current complete vita, and contact
information for 3 professional references. They must be
submitted through the Interfolio portal. Tenure-track/Tenured
position applicants should use http://apply.interfolio.com/95627.
Please be aware that this is a non-binding selection and can be
changed at point of negotiation with the successful applicant.
The letter of application should explicitly address the
applicant’s qualifications in context of knowledge, skills, and
experience relevant to the specific position References will not be
contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying