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Scholarly Communication Officer
Scholarly Communication Officer (Term Appointment)
The Scholarly Communication Officer will coordinate scholarly communication activities for Duke
University by providing leadership and educating the university community about intellectual property
issues and their impact on the nature and conduct of scholarly inquiry and instruction. This position
reports to the Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Services. It is a three-year term
appointment with the possibility of renewal.
• Directs copyright activities for the university’s libraries and serves as copyright advisor to the
university community; serves as the libraries’ primary resource on fair use and other copyright
issues; assists with obtaining copyright permissions.
• Sustains development of the Libraries’ scholarly communication Web site; organizes educational
forums on scholarly communication topics as they relate to academia and to research libraries.
• Represents the interests of Duke University Libraries and the university community in the
development of university policy on copyright, the public domain, user privacy, and other
scholarly communication issues.
• Monitors national scholarly communication policy issues, informs and educates the Duke
community of their significance and participates in campus efforts to ensure that scholars,
students and libraries in the digital environment retain the full benefits of the current and evolving
intellectual property regime.
• Works in close consultation and cooperation with university’s Office of General Counsel, the
Office of Information Technology, academic departments, and senior university administrators on
issues and programs related to scholarly communication.
• As appropriate, coordinates work with the Triangle Research Libraries Network on issues and
programs related to scholarly communications.
• Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
It is the expectation that all Perkins Library staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace
behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus,
collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity. In addition,
managers and supervisors are expected to help develop a common vision by providing clear direction and
priorities, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and promoting mutual understanding through effective
communication. They are also expected to take the time to effectively plan and evaluate performance,
provide feedback, recognition and coaching, and develop employees to achieve their personal and
Required: ALA-accredited MLS or J.D or equivalent combination of relevant academic preparation and
Preferred: ALA-accredited MLS and J.D.
Required: Five years of relevant experience with emphasis on scholarly communication matters in
libraries, academia, scientific or scholarly publishing, or other settings; recent demonstrated experience in
one or more of the following areas: academic or research library collections, services, and systems,
academic information technology, or scientific or scholarly publishing; demonstrated expertise in legal
and regulatory issues associated with intellectual property and copyright, particularly as they involve the
creation, dissemination, and use of digital information resources; demonstrated ability to represent the