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Scholarly Communication Librarian – Calvin University – MI

Job Summary

The Scholarly Communication Librarian provides leadership in developing and coordinating library resources and services that enhance faculty and student scholarly communication, which includes addressing questions around copyright, as well as related issues such as open access and other publishing models, data management, and open educational resources; the position also includes promoting and supporting the campus institutional repository. In addition, as a member of the Research and Instruction team, the librarian works with fellow R&I librarians in coordinating and collaboratively leading the library’s programs for research instruction, reference assistance, and faculty liaison service.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities related to the scholarly communication and copyright focus:

  • Provide leadership for developing, coordinating, and promoting the library’s scholarly communication services and resources, to increase awareness and adoption by faculty and students. Includes monitoring ongoing research, standards, best practices, and innovative trends and technologies in the scholarly communication field, and leading library and campus discussions to identify strategic areas of focus and support.
  • Serve as primary library contact and resource for the campus community (faculty, staff, and students) and library staff regarding copyright-related questions about research and course instruction. Involves developing and maintaining copyright-related resources, outreach, and instruction for library staff and the campus community.
  • Work collaboratively to promote and develop the institutional repository (Calvin Digital Commons). Involves creating resources, outreach and instruction (on issues such as authors’ rights, permissions, and open access), and support for faculty, staff, and students to increase awareness and use of the repository.

Common responsibilities of all librarians at Hekman Library:

  • Provide support to library users through online and in-person reference services, to contribute to efficient and effective use of library resources.
  • Provide liaison services to members of academic departments by visiting faculty, attending faculty meetings and keeping faculty informed of new services to ensure a high level of service to the academic community.
  • Oversee collection development in assigned academic areas by examining the collection and recommending appropriate resources to maintain a valuable and useful library collection.
  • Advance the mission of the university by cultivating an effective library that delivers high quality services by performing administrative duties, attending library meetings, and contributing to team efforts.
  • Participate in professional activities by attending national and regional conferences, by serving on university committees and by playing a visible role in the library community to ensure professional growth.

Educational/Experiential Requirements

This position requires an ALA-approved Master of Library Science degree (MLS) or equivalent.

  • Coursework or experience in scholarly communication and copyright.
  • Coursework or experience in library reference and instruction services.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office products.
  • Aptitude for learning new technology and information tools in a rapidly changing environment.

Faith and Educational Commitment: This position carries faculty status and involves a commitment to the university’s requirements for faculty (See:

Job Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin May 1, 2023. The starting date is negotiable, but July 1 is preferred. For more information, and to apply: