Head of Open Scholarship Services

College Park, Maryland
commensurate with experience and appointed ranking
Apr 20, 2022
May 25, 2022
Full Time

Open Scholarship Services (OSS) is a refocused front-facing program within the University Libraries, administered by the Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services. The OSS Head is responsible for providing visionary leadership and oversight of the OSS team and program. The OSS Head will participate in campus-wide efforts to open, share, and preserve the University’s scholarship and research, including:

Open access (OA) initiatives and programs, including OA fund, Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME), and other OA services

Authors’ rights and copyright/licensing resources

Repository services, especially in relation to our pending Equitable Access Policy

Policy development and advocacy work across campus

Scholarly impact metrics, tools, resources

Open Science Framework support, e.g., membership, promotion, training (collaborating closely with the STEM Library)

Open Education and Open Education Resources services (collaborating closely with Teaching and Learning Services)

Digital publishing resources, including helping faculty with consultation on transitioning from subscription models to open access, ISSN registration, advice on publishing best practices, digital preservation, etc.

Research data support, collaborating closely with Digital Programs and Initiatives’ Data Services Librarian

Engagement, outreach, and training related to all of these areas, collaborating closely with subject librarians and Research Education Program Lead/Pedagogy Librarian


Collaborate with internal and external partners to support open scholarship, repository services, and other publishing-related initiatives

Collaborate with subject librarians to support open scholarship needs and to facilitate sustainable scholarly production

Advocate for innovative and experimental models of scholarly publishing

Serve as the Libraries’ point person for open scholarship questions

In collaboration with Digital Programs and Initiatives, manage support for existing publications and open scholarship projects, including project documentation and maintaining and reporting project assessment as requested

Collaborate with Collection Development Strategies (CDS) on analyzing impact of open scholarship initiatives on collections funding

Collaborate with CDS and Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS) to identify, describe, and provide access to open scholarship resources

Working with the Scholarly Communications Librarian, lead and manage the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM), including collection and policy development, outreach, and communication 

Collaborate with colleagues in the Libraries to develop consistent practices and recommendations around copyright for Libraries’ services

Maintain awareness of relevant legal developments and issues related to scholarly publishing

Professional Development 

Acquire new skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to improve work processes, and share them with the appropriate colleagues


Attend professional development opportunities in subjects related to assigned responsibilities

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Participate in university and/or library activities and training related to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility 

Contribute to achieving the University’s and/or the Libraries’ diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals

Perform other duties, as assigned.

For the full position description, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions

Teleworking eligible according to University of Maryland Libraries guidelines.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Applicant must meet the Libraries' requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities.  For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html .



APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/94735 .  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter, which includes the source of advertisement, a curriculum vitae, and names/e-mail addresses of three references. 


Applications will be reviewed as they are received; Best consideration by May 18, 2022. 



The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.



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