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.
- Deep understanding of and experience in open access, and a
commitment to it as a fundamental element of the mission of
- 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
- Demonstrated ability to manage and maintain short-term and
- 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
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and fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable educational
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- Supervises the activities of staff in the Office of Open
Initiatives including hiring, training, scheduling, and performance
- Ensures departmental goals align with library and university
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Evaluates the potential for and guide implementation of
technological tools and solutions for enhanced scholarly
- Maintains knowledge about national and international publishing
trends, intellectual property rights, copyright, and information
technologies influencing the development of and access to scholarly
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
- Supports diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the
department and across the university.
- Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an
ALA-accredited program or
advanced degree in a relevant
- Demonstrated experience managing projects, workflows, and
- Relevant experience working in an academic or research
- Thorough understanding of current issues in scholarly
- 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
- Proficiency with contemporary library software systems and
software applications, especially
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to work collegially and in a leadership role with
library colleagues in a complex and
- Commitment to mentoring, training, and developing
- Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate new services and meet
- Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape; scholarly
initiatives, and best practices; open access
publishing; academic publishing platforms, and
emerging business models and
- Knowledge of copyright, licensing, and other intellectual
property issues relevant to an
- 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
- Ability to think creatively.
- Ability to consult and collaborate with diverse individuals and
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
- Ability to make effective presentations and communicate
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 https://libraries.ou.edu/content/jobs-ou-libraries To
apply for this position, go to https://jobs.ou.edu and search for
job number 220156
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