Xavier University of Louisiana’s University Library seeks a dynamic, engaging, and collaborative professional to lead the University Library’s scholarly communication efforts in coordination with internal and external partners. Reporting to the Head of Research and Technology, the Scholarly Communications Librarian identifies, develops, and promotes strategic scholarly communication services and programs. The incumbent engages others around academic communication issues through outreach, education, training, and collaborative projects. The successful candidate will also be responsible for outreach, information literacy instruction, research support, and collection development in assigned disciplines and programs.
The Scholarly Communication Librarian will help provide leadership and support for two primary services: the institutional repository and XULA Digital Commons, as well as lead scholarly communications, academic publishing, and copyright services. The Scholarly Communication Librarian should have a good understanding of these products and carry out routine tasks such as batch uploading or metadata reconciliation. They will also receive assistance with front and back end technical support by the Systems Librarian; work with subject specialty librarians on collections development and data acquisition, and assess users’ unique needs around this technology and research outputs. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the Library’s Data Services to create services and policies related to research data management.
Founded in 1925 by Saint Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier is Catholic and historically Black. Located in New Orleans, the ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.
About Xavier University of Louisiana’s University Library Xavier University Library provides access to materials that are the building blocks of knowledge and services that support the educational and research needs of the University. The Library provides access to a constantly expanding collection of more than 500,000 electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals, videos and more, accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the Library website. The collection also includes more than 100,000 physical materials. The Library offers opportunities for various types of knowledge creation, thanks to our Innovation Studio (MakerSpace), equipped with a laser cutter, 3D printers, CNC milling equipment and other tools for creating physical items, and our Data Visualization Lab, with tools to help turn data into understandable, digestible visual representations. The Library’s growing Institutional Repository, XULA Digital Commons, offers a platform for Xaverites to preserve and provide access to their creative and scholarly works, all while keeping their intellectual property protected. The Library offers a wide range of information services, including chat and email assistance, as well as in-person research consultation in both one-on-one and classroom settings. The Library is committed to offering students and faculty forward-thinking and sustainable information- and resource-management tools.
MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution, or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
A clear understanding of academic research and scholarly communication practices.
Experience advising others on scholarly communication topics.
Demonstrate the ability for developing effective and strategic partnerships with members of a diverse community.
Ability to effectively articulate complex concepts such as copyright, fair use, and open access.
Knowledge of and interest in issues, trends, and technologies related to scholarly communication.
Experience in successfully managing collaborative projects.
Demonstrate the ability to design and implement practical training modules/tools
Experience using technology to support service innovation and productivity enhancements
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Record of interactions with faculty that demonstrate a deep understanding of the scholarly process
Significant experience managing multiple projects concurrently in various stages of completion
Between 1-3 years of experience of facilitating instruction or workshops with undergraduate or graduate students
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Description
Plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable services and policies that support open access, preservation, and broad dissemination of University research and data.
Oversee and manage XULA Digital Commons and Xavier’s institutional repository.
Consult with faculty, graduate students, and university staff on best practices or strategies to better manage, describe, preserve, and make available scholarly work.
Participate in local, regional, and national initiatives or meetings related to standards, best practices, and research lifecycle management activities and services.
Provide general and specialized reference support virtually or at public service desks
Support or train librarians on scholarly communication services or concepts where appropriate.
Lead the Library’s scholarly communication program. Work collaboratively to set directions, manage projects, and educate the Xavier community.
Serve as the Library’s expert on scholarly communication including, but not limited to, alternative publishing models, intellectual property rights, scholarly visibility and impact, online identity management, and equitable access to the University’s scholarly output.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff.
Implement an active and engaging outreach program to ensure awareness of scholarly communication issues and trends among the Xavier community.
Oversee library publication projects.
Advocate for community needs for other library staff.
Advocate for campus-wide for open access.
Lead exploration of best practices in documenting and strengthening access to the University’s intellectual output.
Survey and assess community needs for scholarly communication services and programs.
Partner with faculty on research projects and course design.
Consult with faculty, students, and staff on scholarly communication issues and create educational resources on scholarly communication topics.
Serve as liaison to one or more academic departments or programs.
Participate in library liaison services, with collection development, library instruction, and outreach responsibilities, to academic departments as assigned
Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1925, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. The only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, XULA is a private, liberal-arts based, co-educational institution offering 40 undergraduate majors, 5 master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program. More than one-half of its 3,100 students are from Louisiana, but it draws students from nearly all fifty states and 35 countries. Xavier is recognized as a national leader in the sciences and the liberal arts: • #1 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school (AAMC data 2019). • Among the nation’s top four colleges of pharmacy in graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degrees. (2018) • #1 in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to African American students in the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, and physics. ...(2018) • #3 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in science and engineering disciplines. (2018) • The Department of Physics is #1 in the nation for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences, according to the American Institute of Physics. (2018) Xavier is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation. • The 2020 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges named Xavier among its 300 “best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities. • Xavier was also singled out as one of the nation’s 385 best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2020 edition of its annual “The Best 385 Colleges”. • College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, ranks Xavier as the nation’s #3 Historically Black Colleges and Universities) (2019). It also ranks Xavier as #3 among all Louisiana colleges. • College Factual ranks both Xavier’s biology and chemistry programs as program as No. 1 in Louisiana. (2019) • Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer lists Xavier as one of only 90 colleges and universities nationwide profiled as “transfer friendly” in this guide to the college transfer process by the Kaplan Educational Foundation. • The Student Loan Report ranks #Xavier 12 out of 800 Private schools who left graduates with the least amount of private student loan debt, a form of financial aid known for higher interest rates and less forgiving repayment programs. (2018) • Zippia.com named Xavier's Psychology Program as #1 in Louisiana. (2018) • Learn.org ranks Xavier Among the Top 50 STEM schools in the U.S. (2019) • The Edvocate ranks Xavier as the nation’s No. 3 Catholic University. (2019) • Zippia.com rates Xavier #1 in Louisiana in its 2019 report, “Best College in Each State for Getting a Job”.