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Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian - Emory University Libraries

Location: USA - GA - Atlanta

Position Summary

Reporting to the Head of the Scholarly Communications Office (SCO), the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian provides key services and has primary responsibility for helping faculty, staff, and students throughout the campus with questions and issues concerning all aspects of copyright in higher education instruction, research, and publishing, with a secondary focus on more general scholarly communications topics. This librarian also plays a crucial role in educating library staff and providing expert guidance on copyright and scholarly communication issues. Specifically, the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian serves as a resource to subject librarians and participates in working groups and communities of practice focused on library reserves, interlibrary loan, and digitization and sharing of archival resources.

Emory Libraries requires that our employees recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential core values to achieving our mission to enrich the quality of life in an inclusive work environment through competency training, reassurance of personal growth, restorative communication practices, and embracing the diverse identities of patrons within the Emory community.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

A. Copyright Education

1. Develops and leads copyright education programs (e.g., workshops, seminars) and resources for librarians, faculty, students, and staff on copyright issues encountered in the creation and use of scholarly works, particularly in an online environment.

2. Provides one-on-one consultations with faculty, students, and librarians on questions concerning the use and reuse of copyrighted content in all formats.

3. Serves as the primary resource within Emory Libraries for copyright education and consultation for graduate students on their theses and dissertations; creates and maintains resources to assist students with interpreting fair use and seeking permissions as needed for theses and dissertations.

4. Provides consultations and guidance to library staff on copyright and fair use for reserves, interlibrary loan, digital projects, digitization of library materials, and reuse of copyrighted content on library websites for all Emory Libraries.

5. Works on special projects related to copyright awareness and education as needed.

B. Scholarly Communications

1. Creates and maintains resources on copyright, open access, and academic publishing, including print materials, websites, LibGuides, and various social media outlets.

2. Provides author agreement review for inclusion of faculty-authored articles in Emory’s institutional repository for faculty scholarship, OpenEmory, and consults with faculty on their book contracts when requested.

3. Consults on review of curriculum vitae for faculty, harvesting of articles from open access repositories, and mediated deposit of faculty articles in OpenEmory.

4. Collaborates with other SCO personnel, subject liaisons, and informationists in all Emory Libraries on scholarly communication initiatives, including promoting OpenEmory.

5. Provides consultations on copyright and intellectual property issues associated with data management

C. Campus Contributions and Professional/Scholarly Association Involvement & Activity

1. Participates in library committees related to primary job assignment or general library service as appropriate.

2. Represents the library on university committees and task forces related to primary job assignment OR at the request of the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museum.

3. Represents the library on professional and scholarly association committees, task forces, work groups, and other entities at the local, state, regional, national, and international level as appropriate to position and area of expertise.

4. Presents on work-related topics and research at professional and scholarly conferences, symposia, and workshops.

5. Publishes on work-related topics and research in professional and scholarly publications.

D. Professional Responsibilities

1. Participates in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.

2. Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.

3. Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank

4. Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.

Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science OR juris doctor (JD), juris master (JM), or master of laws (LLM) OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working with copyright law and/or demonstrated knowledge of copyright law.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with instruction, including public-speaking ability.
  • Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, faculty, students, and campus administrators.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, or other productivity software.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
  • Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience working with copyright, open access, publishing, and/or scholarly communications issues in academic libraries or cultural heritage institutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of open access, publishing, and scholarly communications issues in academic libraries or cultural heritage institutions.
  • Ability to creatively develop products and services, such as web-based information and publications, training materials, workshops, conference presentations, and other tools relevant to scholarly communications, copyright, and fair use.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, time- and project-management skills, and a strong commitment to both internal and external service excellence.
  • CopyrightX and/or Creative Commons Certificate.
  • Evidence of active involvement in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.

Diversity Statement

Emory Libraries recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values integral to achieving our mission to enrich the quality of life and advance intellectual discovery by connecting people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We champion an inclusive work environment through competency training, reassurance of personal growth, restorative communication practices, and diverse recruitment and retention. We offer exhibits, collections, programming, and research assistance that speaks to the rich needs and identities of patrons from the Emory community and beyond. We encompass opportunities that strengthen these values. We invite you to bring your true self to the library and feel welcomed when you arrive.

– December 2020

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State Laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran’s status.

Application instructions:

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online at

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

1) Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience;

2) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience; and

3) Emory Libraries recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values integral to achieving our mission to enrich the quality of life and advance intellectual discovery by connecting people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please write a statement of 300-500 words that describes your experience with supporting the teaching, learning, and research of diverse students and faculty and explain how you will foster an inclusive research, teaching, and learning environment through your role as a copyright librarian at Emory

4) On a separate document list the names and relationships, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

Review of applications will begin the week of September 1, 2022. Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.


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