Scholarly Communications Resident Librarian, UMass Amherst Libraries, Amherst MA

Scholarly Communications Resident Librarian (two year position)

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks candidates for the position of Scholarly Communications Resident Librarian, a two year position.  As the largest public academic research library in Massachusetts, we are a key partner in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and in the Commonwealth. By combining the latest information technology with excellent public service, the staff builds and maintains a rich information environment, facilitates access to it, and creates a place that functions as a hub of campus and community scholarly activity.  The Scholarly Communication Resident Librarian explores, adapts, and implements emerging technologies and policies in support of library and campus open access, open education, and library publishing initiatives.  Develops and manages digital repository projects and collections; works with other library staff to develop and implement metadata and preservation standards; facilitates the development of workflows that accommodate new scholarly communication initiatives; develops and offers workshops and tutorials on copyright and open access topics.



  1. Master's degree in library sciences - or equivalent degree - from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or its appropriate equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.
  2. Familiarity with emerging digital repository or digital library technologies and emerging scholarly communication tools and trends, including open education resources.
  3. Knowledge of metadata standards (i.e. Dublin Core) and metadata structures (i.e. XML/XSLT, MARC).
  4. Familiarity with numerous digital file formats and related software.
  5. Demonstrated awareness of copyright law as it relates to educational and library uses.
  6. Capacity to thrive in an exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  7. Knowledge of the research and education process in a university setting.
  8. Ability to work in an environment of teamwork and cooperation, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, orally and in writing.
  9. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships and deal with the public graciously.
  10. Ability to organize work, develop effective work processes, assess work priorities, and work independently.
  11. Experience using beBress' Digital Commons software, preferred.
  12. Ability to work a flexible schedule, which might include evening, weekends, and holiday hours.



The University of Massachusetts is strongly committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity.  As part of a commitment to its own multicultural community, the Library seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace University initiatives and aspirations.




APPLICATIONS:   Preference will be given to applications received by July 12, 2013.   Send letter of interest, résumé, and the names of three professional references, to: Scholarly Communication Resident Librarian Search, Library Administrative Office, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, 154 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA  01003-9275 or email us at


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