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Overview of the position

The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian leads the planning, coordination, analysis and implementation of new service models that focus on the provision of scholarly communications and copyright services for the UBC community. This role provides complex operational advice to the Associate University Librarian (AUL), Digital Programs and Services and 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
  • 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 copyright in the Canadian context, including author rights and open access
  • Ability to make effective presentations to faculty, senior administrators, students, library colleagues etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise tact and excellent judgement when dealing with questions and policy issues
  • Exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills, both independently and as a team member.
  • An aptitude for entrepreneurial activity in project identification and project development
  • Flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments


  • Working experience with rights management
  • Understanding of the changing environment of scholarly communication and alternative publishing models



  1. Education & Outreach Programming
  • Facilitates education and outreach on campus to provide information and current awareness tools related to scholarly communication, copyright services and cIRcle to subject liaisons, library staff and the campus community.
  • Identifies campus programming opportunities in partnership with campus stakeholders.
  • Identifies a mechanism for ongoing environmental scan and inventory of issues, including attention to campus priorities, interests and needs
  • Participates in local, regional, national and international scholarly communications bodies and copyright initiatives as appropriate


  1. New Models of Scholarly Communication & Publishing Services
  • Monitors and tracks new models of scholarly publishing and communication and works with the Digital Programs and Services Portfolio to consider the sustainability, preservation and use of new models
  • Develops business plans and sustainability plans for new models
  • Explores the potential for collaborative roles with other institutions in supporting and preserving new models of scholarly communication
  • Works closely with subject liaison librarians to identify new models of scholarship
  • Supports the Co-Chairs of the campus-wide Scholarly Communications Steering Committee
  • Promotes, collaborates and cooperates with cIRcle in the development of information regarding scholarly communication, digital scholarship and publishing including open access, copyright and other publishing trends to faculty, staff and students
  • Works with AUL, Digital Programs and Services and Head, Digital Programs and Services on the implementation of UBC’s participation in Public Knowledge Project (PKP) tools and service models
  • Liaises with the Head Digital Programs and Services, subject specialists, collections management and planning, faculty, students and external constituencies regarding scholarly communications issues


  1. Open Access and Open Scholarship Initiatives
  • Coordinates open access and open scholarship initiatives in collaboration with cIRcle office and other members of the Digital Programs and Services team.
  • Facilitates institutional compliance with new open access requirements by building educational tools around CIHR, NIH mandate and other emerging ones – includes education and materials around author rights and institutional rights (working with others) and by negotiating or consulting with publishers as needed on university Open Access and related compliance issues


  1. Copyright Services
  • Takes a leadership role in overseeing the coordination and intersection of 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 generated from the copyright information listserv or users by phone, email or in person. Consults with the Associate University Librarian, Digital Programs and Services, the Copyright Advisory Group, and the Library’s Technical Services licensing group as appropriate
  • Provides expertise on authors rights, publication agreements and content licensing issues for new models of scholarly publishing in collaboration with the Library’s Technical Service Licensing Group as appropriate
  • Develops workflow mechanisms in the provision of copyright services and creates as well as maintains administrative systems for tracking copyright queries. Ensures responses to questions and requests for information about Copyright and use of copyrighted material are managed and tracked. Keeps documentation up to date
  • Participates on the Copyright Advisory Group, which provides advice to the AUL, Digital Programs and Services on the Copyright at UBC website and other services under the Scholarly Communications and Copyright umbrella


  1. Other
  • Supervises the Faculty Course Associate and term or part-time project staff as assigned. May supervise student assistants including scheduling workflow, participating in student hires, reviewing work for quality and consistency
  • Prepares and presents project reports as required
  • Maintains and updates appropriate webpages and information pages
  • Performs other duties related to the qualifications and requirements of the job


Working Relationships

Works under the direction of and reports to the AUL, Digital Programs and Services. Works in collaboration and consultation across the Library as needed. Consults with the Head, Digital Programs and Services on a regular basis where project work and responsibilities intersect. Collaborates extensively with the cIRcle office. Works closely in support of the Chairs of the Scholarly Communications Steering Committee and participates on the Research Standing Committee and the Copyright Advisory Group. Supervises the Faculty Course Associate and also supervises the work of student assistants and term or part-time project staff.


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 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 2 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 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; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.


To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page by midnight on April 25, 2015.



LorraineTitled Which Self? The Rationalities of Self-Interest from the Enlightenment to the Cold War, this year’s Stephen M. Straker Memorial Lecture will be presented by Lorraine J. Daston, one of the world’s leading historians of science. Drawing from her own work on the history of conceptions of reason and rationality, Prof. Daston will explore the complex interaction between rationality and interestedness. Join us as she addresses important questions such as how reason can be, at one time, conceived as intrinsically disinterested and, at another, necessarily directed toward the rational agent’s self-interest.Speaker


Lorraine J. Daston is one of the world’s leading historians of science, is Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Daston has held visiting or continuing appointments with institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, Göttingen, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She has also held fellowships in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung in Bielefeld, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institut des études avancées in Paris. In 2012, Daston was awarded the History of Science Society’s George Sarton Medal, a lifetime achievement award that is given annually to an outstanding historian of science from the international community.  Daston’s Straker Lecture will be drawn from her continuing work on the history of rationality.

Information About the Stephen Straker Memorial Lecture

Stephen Straker (1942-2004) was an historian of science at UBC for thirty years and the chief inspiration for the creation of the STS program. We honour his memory with an annual distinguished lecture. Stephen was an award-winning teacher; some of his own undergraduate lectures in history of science have been preserved here:

***To attend this year’s Straker Lecture, click here.***

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