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Assistant/Associate Librarian - Digital Publishing Project Librarian (Open Rank)-- Texas Tech University Libraries

posted Jun 7, 2017, 4:28 AM by Lars Hagelin
This is a tenure-track, 12-month position responsible for leading the development of projects connected with the TTU Press’s digital publishing initiative. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) report on Library-Press collaborations stated that library-publishing services are on the rise, and universities need guidance on where their press and library missions overlap. This position will have the opportunity to enact collaboration between library and the press’s expertise in traditional publishing by developing digital content and develop a sustainable model for managing cost of production.

This position will spend the first two years working with Texas Tech faculty authors to publish electronic books in Open Monograph Press with the support of the University Press. The position will be creating workflows, policies, and helping authors with technical issues related to publishing eBooks and non- traditional multimedia eBooks and developing sustainable models for library publishing.

As faculty, this position is expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals. They are also expected to provide service to the profession by serving on teams/taskforces/work groups as well as serve on college and university committees in addition to their job duties.

This position reports to the Digital Resources Unit Head in the University Library but collaborates closely with the TTU University Press.

We are looking for a candidate who is excited about the emerging field of library publishing and able to handle the rigor of tenure with mentorship.

Responsibilities:
  • Provides technical support to authors creating eBook, eTextbooks, and other non-traditional books or other content for publication. 
  • Provides support to authors publishing digitally by managing a digital publishing platform. 
  • Provides consultation, training, and support to the campus community on issues related to digital publishing and creating digital educational resources. 
  • Maintains excellent written and oral communication with library and university press staff. Disseminates information that is clear to all levels of library and university press staff in the form of emails updates, attendance at staff meetings, and other appropriate means 
  • Works closely with the unit lead, appropriate teams and departments to establish and refine associated workflows for digital publishing. 
  • Provides leadership and coordination in the development of a digital publishing initiative between the university library and the university press. 
  • Works collaboratively with the TTU Press on digital publishing projects. 
  • Seeks out authors for possible digital publications and helps to select projects. 
  • Keeps abreast of trends and best practices in digital publishing and monetized digital formats. 
  • Serves on library committees and cross-functional teams as assigned. 
  • Seeks out related grant opportunities to fund digital publishing efforts. 
  • Writes reports and prepares documentation as needed. 

Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree in library science or information science from an American Library Association-accredited institution. Preferred: Strong project management skills and experience; Knowledge of current and future scholarly publishing models, especially library–press collaborations; Experience developing and publishing digital content; Some knowledge of traditional publishing; Broad knowledge of digital publishing platforms; Experience with presenting or manipulating multimedia (Audio, video, interactive webpages); Experience with a content management system, digital asset management system, or Open Monograph Press.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The position is a 12-month appointment with a nationally competitive salary. Librarians and archivists have faculty status and are an integral part of the academic teaching and research mission of the University. Comprehensive benefits include choice of retirement programs, including TIAA-CREF; 12-17 state holidays; developmental leave opportunities; moving allowance; and no state or local income tax.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Texas Tech University (http://www.ttu.edu/) is a state-supported institution with an enrollment of around 35,000. It offers a wide range of academic programs in colleges and schools, including graduate, law, and medicine. Texas Tech is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance and Texshare. The University Library (http://library.ttu.edu/) has over 2.4 million volumes. Lubbock has a metropolitan population of over 250,000 and is the regional center for education, agriculture, health care, banking, and business.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: To apply for this position, please visit the Texas Tech University Personnel site at: http://www.texastech.edu/careers/. Select Faculty and search for 10590BR. Please fill out the electronic application and attach a cover letter indicating qualifications and interest in the position, current vita, and names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.

Texas Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans, and we consider the needs of dual career couples. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University.
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