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Head of Open Scholarship Services

University of Maryland, College Park
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 6, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
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Employment Type
Full Time
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As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.


The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.




Open Scholarship Services (OSS) is a refocused front-facing program within the University Libraries, administered by the Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services. The OSS Head is responsible for providing visionary leadership and oversight of the OSS team and program. The OSS Head will participate in campus-wide efforts to open, share, and preserve the University’s scholarship and research, including:

    Open access (OA) initiatives and programs, including OA fund, Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME), and other OA services
    Authors’ rights and copyright/licensing resources Repository services, especially in relation to our pending Equitable Access Policy Policy development and advocacy work across campus Scholarly impact metrics, tools, resources Open Science Framework support, e.g., membership, promotion, training (collaborating closely with the STEM Library) Open Education and Open Education Resources services (collaborating closely with Teaching and Learning Services) Digital publishing resources, including helping faculty with consultation on transitioning from subscription models to open access, ISSN registration, advice on publishing best practices, digital preservation, etc. Research data support, collaborating closely with Digital Programs and Initiatives’ Data Services Librarian Engagement, outreach, and training related to all of these areas, collaborating closely with subject librarians and Research Education Program Lead/Pedagogy Librarian



    Collaborate with internal and external partners to support open scholarship, repository services, and other publishing-related initiatives Collaborate with subject librarians to support open scholarship needs and to facilitate sustainable scholarly production Advocate for innovative and experimental models of scholarly publishing Serve as the Libraries’ point person for open scholarship questions In collaboration with Digital Programs and Initiatives, manage support for existing publications and open scholarship projects, including project documentation and maintaining and reporting project assessment as requested Collaborate with Collection Development Strategies (CDS) on analyzing impact of open scholarship initiatives on collections funding Collaborate with CDS and Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS) to identify, describe, and provide access to open scholarship resources Working with the Scholarly Communications Librarian, lead and manage the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM), including collection and policy development, outreach, and communication  Collaborate with colleagues in the Libraries to develop consistent practices and recommendations around copyright for Libraries’ services Maintain awareness of relevant legal developments and issues related to scholarly publishing


Professional Development 


    Acquire new skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to improve work processes, and share them with the appropriate colleagues Attend professional development opportunities in subjects related to assigned responsibilities


Other Duties and Responsibilities


    Participate in university and/or library activities and training related to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility  Contribute to achieving the University’s and/or the Libraries’ diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals


Perform other duties, as assigned.

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