The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.
The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.
More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning. The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed online. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit our Work With Us site.
The Digital Initiatives unit is a key part of UBC Library’s effort to adapt to the evolving needs of faculty and students and to support teaching, research and learning at UBC. Our goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes to make the collections and research at UBC available to the world and to ensure the authentic, long-term preservation of these digital holdings for the future. The Digital Initiatives portfolio includes digitization, scholarly communications and copyright and digital repository services.
The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian leads the planning, coordination, analysis and implementation of service models that focus on the provision of scholarly communications and copyright services for the UBC community. This role provides information, campus instruction and consulting services on digital publishing and scholarship including intellectual property rights, copyright, fair dealing, other use rights, open access and related open scholarship initiatives to UBC users. Other activities related to these areas of expertise include building awareness and developing policies, procedures and best practices.
- A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
- Knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues
- Experience in a research or other large academic library
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills
- Public service experience and demonstrated commitment to customer service
- Knowledge of open access, open educational resources, author rights and copyright in the Canadian context
- Ability to make effective presentations to faculty, senior administrators, students, library colleagues.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise tact and excellent judgement when dealing with questions and policy issues
- Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated project management skills, both independently and as a team member.
- Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
- Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
- Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
- Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
- Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
- Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experiment and improvise with new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.
- Working experience with rights management
- Understanding of the changing environment for scholarly communication and alternative publishing models
Reports to the Head, Digital Programs and Services. The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian is part of the Digital Initiatives portfolio, and strategic direction is provided by the AUL, Digital Programs and Services. Works in collaboration and consultation across the Library as needed. Collaborates extensively with the cIRcle office. Works closely in support of the Chairs of the Scholarly Communications Steering Committee and participates on other Library and campus committees as appropriate.
- Leads the planning, coordination, analysis and implementation of service models that focus on the provision of scholarly communications and copyright services for the UBC community
- Facilitates education and outreach to provide information and current awareness tools related to scholarly communication, copyright services and cIRcle to the campus community
- Identifies programming opportunities in partnership with campus stakeholders.
- Monitors and tracks new models of scholarly publishing and communication.
- Supports the Co-Chairs of the campus-wide Scholarly Communications Steering Committee.
- Promotes, collaborates and cooperates with cIRcle, liaison librarians, and others in the development of information regarding scholarly communication, digital scholarship and publishing including open access, research metrics, copyright and other publishing trends to faculty, staff and students.
- Coordinates open access and open scholarship initiatives
- Provides user support for tools and platforms related to scholarly publishing and digital scholarship, and works with IT staff on their development and implementation
- Facilitates institutional compliance with new open access requirements by building educational tools around Tri-agency and other mandates, around author rights and institutional rights and by negotiating or consulting with publishers as needed on University open access and related compliance issues.
- Coordinates service models for copyright permissions service, copyright education, and faculty course support services as it pertains to intellectual property concerns.
- Responds to questions and requests for information about copyright and use of copyrighted material. Ensures responses are managed and documentation kept updated.
- Provides expertise on authors’ rights, publication agreements and content licensing issues for new models of scholarly publishing.
- Develops workflow mechanisms in the provision of copyright services.
- Participates in local, regional, national and international scholarly communications bodies and copyright initiatives as appropriate.
- Developing policies, procedures and best practices.
- Supervises staff and student assistants as required.
- Performs other duties related to the qualifications and requirements of the job.
The nature and scope of the responsibilities for this position are expected to change as the Library organization and scholarly communications services evolve.
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND SALARY
This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment. Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.
We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.
To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page by midnight on June 8, 2017.