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Director of Open Initiatives & Scholarly Communication

University of Oklahoma Libraries
Oklahoma, United States
$68,000.00 - $78,000.00
Posted Date
Jan 21, 2022

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OU Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, experienced, and highly motivated individual to serve as the Director of Open Initiatives & Scholarly Communication.  Successful candidates will provide leadership and vision to design and implement creative, sustainable approaches to support scholarly content creation and stewardship, expanding the culture of open and public scholarship across the University of Oklahoma, promoting a culture of open scholarship, and encouraging OU faculty and graduate students to adopt open access research and publishing practices.  This position plans, sets goals and priorities, and designs and monitors the workflow of the Office of Open Initiatives and Scholarly Communication; builds partnerships and coordinates scholarly communication activities across campus, both in the Libraries and with campus stakeholders; explores emerging scholarly tools and workflows, advocating for new models of scholarly sharing and open pedagogy; and supervises two professional librarians.  The position encompasses the diverse areas that comprise the scholarly communication landscape today–institutional repositories, library-based publishing, copyright in making and sharing scholarship, open access, and open education.  The position answers directly to the Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Resources, working closely with them to promote alternative scholarly communication models and transformational strategies for a sustainable collections budget.  OU’s Scholarly Communication Taskforce is actively promoting consideration of an institutional open access policy and this position will be heavily involved in that effort. 

Position Expectations

  • Deep understanding of and experience in open access, and a commitment to it as a fundamental element of the mission of academic libraries.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion.
  • Understanding of open education, library-based publishing, and institutional repositories, including principles, trends, best practices, and intersections with scholarly communication.
  • Experience leading programming and outreach efforts, including workshops, faculty learning communities, etc., focused on scholarly communication topics.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and maintain short-term and long-term projects.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing collegial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively with stakeholders to build programs and 

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is dedicated to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive and  equitable educational and work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote  regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity,  gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status and other protected status  as required by applicable law.

Position Responsibilities

  • Supervises the activities of staff in the Office of Open Initiatives including hiring, training, scheduling, and performance management.
  • Ensures departmental goals align with library and university strategic initiatives.
  • Leads and supports the development, implementation, and advocacy of innovative and effective scholarly communication service models and programs to meet user needs and support OU Libraries mission.
  • Develops, implements, and leads outreach, programming, and instructional activities promoting the institutional repository and other scholarly communication initiatives such as author rights; copyright, fair use, and licensing; open access/traditional publishing; publishing tools and workflows; disciplinary repositories.
  • Develops institutional repository strategic priorities in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and units, such as the Graduate College, SHAREOK partners, and members of the Libraries’ Digital Strategies and Innovation division.
  • Works with appropriate cross-division teams to automate institutional repository content harvesting from a variety of sources.
  • Provides leadership and works with faculty researchers and liaison librarians to identify, recruit, ingest and deposit content in the Libraries institutional repository.
  • Serves as the primary liaison to the Graduate College for best practice standards in maintaining the University’s electronic theses and dissertations.
  • Manages the outreach and promotion of OU Libraries open journal publishing services to the campus community, including indexing, discoverability and marketing support.
  • Manages efforts for new open access publications on campus.
  • Develops partnerships and collaborative initiatives with internal and external constituents such as the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships, Center for Faculty Excellence, Office of Digital Learning, and others to advance scholarly communication services and initiatives.
  • Collaborates with liaison librarians and instruction librarians to provide integrated support for scholarly communication topics embedded in information literacy instruction.
  • Provides training on author rights, copyright, intellectual property, and open publishing services to library liaisons and specialists and provide consultation on complex scholarly communication questions.
  • Evaluates the potential for and guide implementation of technological tools and solutions for enhanced scholarly communication.
  • Maintains knowledge about national and international publishing trends, intellectual property rights, copyright, and information technologies influencing the development of and access to scholarly information.

Professional Contributions and Activity

  • Serves as a leader and/or active member of library teams, task forces and committees. Represents OU Libraries and participates in campus-wide initiatives in support of open publishing, open access, and scholarly communication.
  • Participates in and represent OU Libraries in local, regional, and national professional                activities.
  • Supports diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the department and across the university.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program or                      advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects, workflows, and deadlines.
  • Relevant experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Thorough understanding of current issues in scholarly communication
  • Experience working with institutional repositories and a desire to contribute to the next                generation of campus repositories.
  • Knowledge of the electronic publishing environment.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with                students, faculty, and staff.
  • A commitment to open access as a fundamental element of the mission of academic            libraries.

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with contemporary library software systems and software applications, especially      institutional repositories.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work collegially and in a leadership role with library colleagues in a complex and            changing environment.
  • Commitment to mentoring, training, and developing personnel.
  • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate new services and meet deadlines.


  • Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape; scholarly publishing technologies,                initiatives, and best practices; open access publishing; academic publishing platforms, and            emerging business models and partnerships.
  • Knowledge of copyright, licensing, and other intellectual property issues relevant to an                  academic environments.
  • Ability to lead and manage in a complex and changing environment, to define goals and            timelines, and coordinate existing personnel and technology resources to achieve or exceed            desired outcomes.
  • Ability to think creatively.
  • Ability to consult and collaborate with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to make effective presentations and communicate ideas.


All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts. Interested individuals may review the full position description at To apply for this position, go to and search for job number 220156

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and  regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,  genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or  status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to,  admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. For questions regarding non discrimination policies, please visit       


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