Scholarly Communications Librarian, New York University Libraries, New York NY


The Scholarly Communications Librarian is responsible for developing and delivering an active program of education, training, advocacy, support and information sharing regarding a wide range of issues that promote effective sharing and barrier free access to scholarly resources. The target audience for this program is librarians and library staff and NYU faculty and students.

The successful incumbent will act as an active advocate and resource for faculty and staff on a full range of issues that promote barrier free availability of scholarly intellectual resources, including open access, fair use, author's rights, Creative Commons licensing, e-reserves, interlibrary loan of licensed content. S/he will develop and promulgate education and outreach materials, including web content, brochures/handouts, and resource materials for a range of constituencies, including liaison librarians, library staff, faculty, graduate students; develop and implement an educational program employing the above documentation; work with subject liaison librarians to promulgate faculty author rights retention, Creative Commons licensing, and open access publishing, and to assist faculty with their questions and needs regarding their authored content; in coordination with others as appropriate, developing processes and outreach activities to increase the use of NYU's institutional repository and discipline-related repositories for open access to content.

The successful candidate will exhibit an understanding of the nature of research and publishing in the broad array of disciplines served by a large research library and the differences among those fields that shape their unique approach to scholarly communication.

The Scholarly Communications Librarian serves as the NYU Libraries' expert on issues related to intellectual property and its use in scholarly disciplines and university teaching, including: drafting and reviewing policies, guidelines, contracts and license agreements; serving as liaison to the Office of General Counsel on intellectual property-related issues; providing information to students, faculty, librarians and staff of the University; analyzing copyright status and risk for digital related publishing projects; managing a fair use listserv and website information on use of copyrighted material, ensuring the best possible information available across NYU's global community.

The Scholarly Communications Librarian will also monitor and stay current in Federal and other major funder requirements for open access deposit of publications and data, and, in coordination with others, assure the development of library policies and procedures to support researchers in meeting these requirements.

S/he will stay current on trends related to promoting fair use and open access and the development of campus open access policies, including models for open access publishing and open access financing models, the role of peer review and alt-metrics in open access alternatives, codes of practice, efforts to open more content to public domain (e.g., HathiTrust work) and will keep other librarians informed and work with them to identify areas where NYU communications and practices should adapt to better inform faculty.

This is a multi-year, non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian of Practice.



  • ALA-accredited MLS;
  • Minimum three years of relevant library experience;
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff in a team environment;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Previous library experience in instruction, collection development, and/or reference is desirable.
  • Candidates should exhibit a strong public service orientation, a high degree of facility with technologies and systems germane to the 21st century library, and be well-versed in the issues surrounding scholarly communications across a variety of disciplines.
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience in copyright law as it relates to fair use and library exemptions, new modes of scholarly communication, open access, authors' rights and scholarly use of intellectual property.
  • JD or other formal training or experience in intellectual property law is desirable.

New York University Libraries:
Libraries at New York University serve the school's 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU's vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and our "portal campuses" in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.   New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to 


Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background.


To Apply:
To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of application, including the name, address and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director, Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to The search will remain open until filled.

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