The Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian develops, coordinates and promotes the growth of the Library’s scholarly communications programs and services, including outreach, training and support to faculty, students, and staff on copyright, fair use, open access, open education and scholarly publishing; and provide specialized research consultations and instruction services in these areas.
The Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian supports digital scholarship by promoting the use of DigitalGeorgetown, the Library’s institutional repository, as well as other scholarly communication tools provided by the Library. They advance the Library’s scholarly communication initiatives by developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships within the Library and with faculty, staff and students, in order to facilitate a seamless, interdisciplinary, and university-wide network supporting faculty and students in research publication and impact.
Reporting to the Head of Research Services, along with ten other subject liaisons and reference librarians, the Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian works closely with other department colleagues, including Access Services, the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, and the Digital Scholarship and Technology Services Department. They also engage with faculty, students, and partners across campus, developing strong relationships and supporting the Library’s as well as the university’s scholarly communication endeavors.
* Master of Library and Information Science and/or a related advanced degree in legal studies or information science or a Juris Doctorate (JD) from an ABA-accredited institution
* Significant experience with and knowledge of copyright law and policy, licensing, and other intellectual property issues – especially as they relate to fair use, new models of scholarly communication, Open Access, author’s rights, and scholarly use of intellectual property
* At least 2 years of relevant professional experience, including progressively responsible leadership experience
* Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly publishing trends and initiatives related to open access and OER – e.g., SPARC initiatives, Read and Publish, Subscribe to Open) across a variety of disciplines
* Awareness of policies and practices related to research data, OER, Open Science and scholarly publishing in the academic research landscape
* Ability to communicate effectively across a wide and diverse range of stakeholders and build collaborative relationships
* Demonstrated experience creating instructional and outreach materials related to copyright, IP or other scholarly communication issues
* Demonstrated interest and experience in using emerging technologies and software to create solutions that address the evolving information needs of university faculty and students
* Strong service commitment to working with students, faculty, staff, and other communities
* An active awareness of new technologies and the impact they have on the rapidly changing scholarly communication landscape
* Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population
* Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication and creative problem-solving
* Juris Doctorate with library and legal education and experience
* Familiarity with federal/state laws and regulations as they pertain to intellectual property and copyright
* Record of participation or interest in professional development activities – presentations, participation in professional organizations, etc.
Work Mode: Hybrid. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.