Scholarly Communication Librarian, FAU Libraries
Florida Atlantic University and the University Libraries

Applications will only be accepted until June 26, 2018 through the University’s official portal for this position at:
Welcome Carol Hixson

Established in 1964 as the first public university in southeast Florida, FAU currently serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on multiple campuses located along Florida's beautiful southeast coast in Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. FAU has ten distinguished colleges that offer more than 180 degree programs, including the new Schmidt College of Medicine, and is home to one of the world's preeminent marine science education and research centers, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. FAU is taking its place among the world's great research centers and has been given the designation of a "High Research Activity" university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. FAU was ranked 27th by U.S. News & World Report among all American universities for campus diversity, with 49% of its student body classified as minority or international students. In 2015, it earned the distinction of being a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

With an annual materials budget of three million dollars, FAU Libraries house approximately 3.7 million items and provide access to over 80,000 electronic journals, nearly 500 databases, and a growing collection of e-books and streaming videos. The Libraries house many distinctive collections including artists' books, sound recordings, print music, rare books and manuscripts, and University Archives. The S.E. Wimberly Library serves as a selective depository library in the Federal Depository Library Program and is also a depository library in the Florida State Depository System. The Digital Library creates online collections from unique materials from Special Collections and University Archives and serves as the University's repository for the intellectual output created on campus.

The Libraries offer multifaceted instructional services including workshops, research consultations, tutorials and webcasts as well as broad-based creative outreach programming that encourages student and public engagement. The Libraries maintain formal relationships with the Center for Research Libraries, the State University Libraries (through the Florida Virtual Campus) and area libraries in the Southeast Florida Library Information Network. The Libraries have an annual budget of approximately $8 million with over 90 faculty and staff to support its mission.

This is an exciting time to consider a leadership role at the Florida Atlantic University Libraries. The Libraries are realigning their organizational structure and services to position them more strategically and effectively to support the current and future needs of Florida Atlantic University’s students, faculty, and the broader community. FAU Libraries are committed to developing and strengthening partnerships with the colleges and other units in support of the University’s mission of excellence and innovation in teaching, outstanding research and creative activities, public engagement and distinctive scientific and cultural alliances, as well as its strong commitment to the success of all students and opportunities for lifelong learning. The Libraries have articulated a new strategic plan.

It is the expectation that all FAU Libraries 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 organizational goals.

The Position

The Florida Atlantic University Libraries are seeking a highly experienced and nationally engaged individual to lead the Scholarly Communication Program. Reporting initially to the Dean of University Libraries, the Scholarly Communication Librarian sets the vision for the growth and development of scholarly communication efforts at Florida Atlantic University Libraries. This position works with the Dean, Assistant Deans, and other faculty and staff within the Libraries in developing appropriate programming for outreach and service to the campus and the broader community. The Scholarly Communication Librarian must foster an environment of effective communication and collaboration with departmental faculty and staff, as well as with colleagues in all areas of the University Libraries.

The ideal candidate will possess a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service; demonstrated interpersonal skills encompassing the ability to interact collegially with a variety of colleagues and levels of staff; ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and create efficiencies; demonstrated ability to promote teamwork, equality, and inclusiveness; and excellent written and oral communication skills.


Specific Responsibilities and Duties

  • In coordination with FAU Libraries colleagues, develops and manages initiatives, educational programming and appropriate services for FAU faculty, researchers, students, and staff on scholarly communication topics, including but not limited to: open access, copyright, intellectual property rights, alternative publishing models, open educational resources, and data management.
  • Serves as the Libraries’ main contact for scholarly communication questions and initiatives.
  • Provides training on authors’ rights, copyright, intellectual property, and open publishing services to the campus community in partnership with library liaisons and specialists, and provides consultation on complex scholarly communication questions.
  • Provides periodic assessments of the campus environment with regard to scholarly communication issues.
  • Establishes relationships with university units to identify gaps in services and work to coordinate efforts in creating policies or initiatives to meet identified needs.
  • Coordinates the scholarly communication responsibilities of librarians in the FAU Libraries Librarian Liaison Program.
  • Develops special programming on scholarly communication topics including nationally promoted events such as Open Access Week and Fair Use Week.
  • Establishes and maintains communication conduits to inform the library staff and FAU community on current issues and developments in the scholarly communication environment: data curation and management, copyright, open access, scholarly publishing, open educational resource initiatives, etc.
  • Coordinates with the Information and Engagement Department on marketing scholarly communication programming and services.
  •  Working in collaboration with the Head of the Digital Library, devises a strategy for populating and promoting use of the campus institutional repository, including a roadmap for establishing a university open access policy. 
  • Engages with the scholarly community both within and outside the University in order to improve awareness of and advocacy for open access related efforts and legislation, including serving as the Libraries’ representative to scholarly communication related groups and ad hoc committees as needed.
  • Evaluates open access initiatives and other tools or services that support scholarly communication. Makes recommendation for support or adoption.
  • Serves on university-wide committees and takes a lead role in library-wide projects and initiatives as needed.
  • Engages in ongoing professional development and scholarship.
  • Prepares an Annual Report for scholarly communications activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Welcome Carol Hixson

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science or its equivalent.
  • Minimum of two years of post-master’s professional experience in an academic, public, or special library.
  • Current knowledge of background, trends, and best practices in scholarly communication with the ability to articulate a strategic vision for scholarly communication in a rapidly evolving library landscape.
  • Experience developing materials for and teaching workshops or courses on scholarly communication topics.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with evidence of effective and collegial interactions across departmental and staffing levels.
  • Effective instruction and presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Willingness to consider new approaches, with experience in developing and implementing new ideas in a complex organization and with a focus on exceptional customer service.
  • Demonstrated strong "people skills" such as an energetic, positive, friendly, and approachable demeanor.
  • Experience using statistics and data analysis to improve and document work outcomes.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion and developing a nurturing environment for staff of all backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in an academic library environment
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience organizing local or national events or symposiums focusing on scholarly communications programming
  • Experience working successfully in a unionized academic environment with a clear understanding of the principles of shared governance
  • Experience working in a multi-campus environment or in multi-institutional consortia.
  • Experience with strategic planning and project management
  • A record of scholarship and contributions to the profession through peer-reviewed publications in librarianship or conference presentations at national or international library or related conferences
  • A record of professionally relevant service within a university or college, a state, a region, the nation, or internationally

Position will be at the faculty rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian, depending on qualifications and background. Library faculty positions are not tenure-track.
To learn more about the FAU Libraries services and programs, visit the Libraries’ website at:
Florida Atlantic University is a public institution and member of the State University System of Florida and is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access Institution.

In addition to the Libraries’ website at:, applicants may find it useful to review the following Google site for additional background information:

Applications will only be accepted until June 26, 2018 through the University’s official portal for this position at: