Scholarly Communications Librarian @ Clemson libraries

Clemson Libraries seeks a dynamic, driven, and collaborative Scholarly Communications Librarian with exemplary communication skills to advance the Libraries’ scholarly communications initiatives. This position develops collaborative partnerships to facilitate a seamless, interdisciplinary, and university-wide network to support faculty and students in research publication and impact. The incumbent identifies, develops, and manage services and programs related to copyright, open access, research impact, and other scholarly communications initiatives. The Scholarly Communications Librarian also provides specialized research consultations and instruction services in these areas. This position requires a high degree of collaboration and initiative and will be critical to the Libraries’ strategic growth as an R1 institution.

Clemson Libraries faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position and works under the direction of the Head of Digital Scholarship, a department within the newly created division of Teaching, Learning, and Research. To learn more about the reorganization at Clemson Libraries, visit:

Responsibilities of the Scholarly Communications Librarian include: 

Scholarly Communications

  • Serves as a resource for questions and issues related to copyright, intellectual property, and fair use:
    • Consults with faculty, liaisons, and Libraries’ staff on copyright and fair use questions related to digital media, course reserves, online instruction, and public performance rights.
    • Leads a robust education and outreach program on copyright, intellectual property, and fair use principles for faculty, students, and staff.
    • Coordinates with the University’s General Counsel to establish protocols for reviewing copyright and fair use requests and addressing complex questions.
  • Leads initiatives to raise awareness of open access and alternative publishing:
    • Manages the Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund program.
    • Coordinates with the Head of Acquisitions and Collections Strategies Cross-Functional Team to advance open access to Clemson’s research output and find open alternatives to licensed material.
    • Assists faculty and graduate students with publishing choices and licensing agreements related to their scholarly output.
    • Promotes the usage of open access incentives from read & publish arrangements with publishers to faculty and graduate students.
    • Works with the OER Librarian to promote the adoption of open course materials and systems to mitigate the university’s reliance on traditional textbooks and other licensed content.
    • Works with the University Press to promote open publishing options through the  institutional repository. Oversees the deposit of green OA content from the Clemson community into the IR.
  • Assists faculty in tracing their scholarly research and determining its impact using traditional and alternative metrics. Enhances discoverability and attribution of scholarship with ORCID and DOI.
  • Develops and delivers programs on issues related to scholarly communication for the libraries and the campus community.
  • Cultivates working relationships with faculty and graduate students across the university.


Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities 

  • Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals.


  • Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, university, profession, and community.


Required Qualifications

  • An ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship or a relevant accredited graduate degree in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by the Libraries.
  • Experience providing scholarly communications services in an academic library setting.
  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication and creative problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion and enhancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Experience with handling copyright, fair use, and intellectual property issues in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated record of advocacy for scholarly communications and open initiatives involving internal and external audiences.
  • An active awareness of new technologies and the impact they have on a rapidly changing scholarly communication landscape.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork.
  • Second graduate or other advanced degree.

Application Instructions


Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio: Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) references. Review of materials will begin immediately. Applications received by April 22, 2022 will be guaranteed consideration.