Scholarly Communication Librarian, UC Santa Cruz

The University Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Scholarly Communication Librarian. Under the direction of the Head of Research Support Services, the Scholarly Communication Librarian will spearhead Library-wide efforts to: (1) advance alternatives to high-cost publishing models, including open access initiatives, and (2) provide scholarly publishing guidance and training to researchers and scholars, including guidance on copyright.

The University of California is actively engaged in efforts to transform scholarly publishing. We seek a collaborative, user-focused, creative, and motivated individual to help the UCSC Library shape our role as a leader in these efforts. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will help set the direction and scope of author services provided by the Library and lead efforts to develop a campus community of practice surrounding open access and scholarly communication. Working closely with the Research Support Services Librarians, the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services, other library colleagues, and external stakeholders, the incumbent will:

  • Provide training and guidance to authors in the following areas:navigating the scholarly publishing landscape, promoting the availability and accessibility of research outputs, and increasing research impact. Advise on author agreements and copyright.
  • Establish and lead an internal advisory group to set collectively library goals and priorities to support new and open methods of scholarly publishing, pursue funding opportunities to expand existing resources, and coordinate outreach, messaging, and programming efforts to the campus community.
  • Actively contribute as a member of the Research Support Services Department(RSS),which supports the Library’s strategic priorities related to scholarly communication, research and teaching support, discovery, and collection development.
  • Serve as the RSS Liaison to the Graduate Division, especially as it pertains to building scholarly communication literacies for graduate students and other early career researchers.
  • Serve on University of California and campus-wide committees, working groups, and Library-wide teams.

Applicants with any of the following qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: Experience leading collaborative projects and programs; experience developing services to support or enhance research and/or scholarship; experience providing research or teaching support to graduate students and faculty from a variety of academic disciplines; and/or experience developing and leading workshops and trainings.

We welcome applications from individuals seeking to develop further their expertise in scholarly communication.

The successful candidate will join and serve as a member of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement. More information can be found at

Academic Title
Assistant or Associate Librarian

$55,014 – $84,260, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Basic Qualifications

  • An ALA accredited MLS or MLIS degree(or equivalent foreign degree)or a Juris Doctor. Degree requirement must be met at the time of application.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with providing guidance and support to researchers and scholars related to(a) scholarly publishing, including open access OR (b) copyright and licensing.
  • Public speaking experience evidenced by a list of workshops, presentations, and/or talks conducted in libraries, professional conferences, and/or other academic or research settings (should be listed in candidate’s curriculum vitae).

Position Available
As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

Duration Of Position
The initial appointment will be full-time appointment. Non-temporary appointments to the Librarian Series at UCSC are offered as potential career or career status as appropriate (see Article 4 D. Terms of Service of the UC-AFT labor contract). In accordance with policy, the selected candidate will undergo the Librarian Peer Review process where their performance will be reviewed and assessed. The Librarian Peer Review outcomes will determine the candidate’s suitability to receive career status and to move through the ranks.

Application Requirements
Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Apply At:

Please refer to Position # JPF00746-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position(required)
  • Curriculum vitae(required)
  • Statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (optional) See [UCSC guidelines] (

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement.

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by March 2, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.

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