Duke University, Duke University Libraries

Position ID:Duke-DUL-SCDIR [#7343]
Position Title: Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Library
Appl Deadline:2016/08/01** finished (2016/06/02, finished 2016/10/10, listed until 2016/12/02)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications will provide leadership and coordinate scholarly communication activities for Duke University. Working with library colleagues, s/he will offer training and consultative services for the university community about intellectual property issues and their impact on the nature and conduct of scholarly inquiry and instruction. S/he will serve as an advisor to individuals and groups, analyzing specific situations in order to recommend creative solutions and help develop best practices. S/he will also be an advocate for innovation in scholarly publishing with individuals, as well as in regard to institutional and national policies.

 • Directs copyright activities for the university’s libraries and serves as copyright advisor for the university community; serves as the libraries’ primary resource on fair use and other copyright issues; assists with obtaining copyright permissions.
• 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.
• Provides consultation to the university’s Office of General Counsel on legal matters related to the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library (e.g., donor agreements, title challenges, etc.)
• Working with staff in other library departments (including Research & Instructional Services, Data & Visualization Services, Digital Scholarship Services, Digital Repository Services, and others), develops and implements an education program and curriculum for faculty, researchers, library staff, and students regarding scholarly communications issues such as open access, data management, copyright, fair use, and author rights.
• Develops the vision for policies and strategies to support the evolution of new modes of scholarly communications technology, and leads in their implementation.
• 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 on 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. Contributes to and is active in local, consortial, regional and national meetings to stay abreast of developments/trends in scholarly communications.
• Oversees the operations of the Copyright and Scholarly Communications department: hires, supervises and evaluates staff, prepares and manages departmental budget.
• Ensures that communication about a variety of scholarly communication topics, events and resources is managed via multiple outlets, including the Libraries’ scholarly communication web site.
• As appropriate, coordinates work with the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) on issues and programs related to scholarly communications.
• Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through expansion of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the Libraries, University, and community in a professional capacity.
• Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Supervisory Responsibilities

• Supervises 2.25 FTE


It is the expectation that all Duke University 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.

Required: ALA-accredited MLS or A.B.A-accredited J.D, or equivalent combination of relevant academic preparation and experience.

Preferred: ALA-accredited MLS and A.B.A.-accredited 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 interests of a university, based on a demonstrated understanding of the technical, legal, and information policy issues of scholarly communication; excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a leadership role with faculty, students, and academic administrators; ability to think creatively in developing products and services, such as publications, workshops, conferences, and tools.

Preferred: At least three years of increasingly responsible experience in a research library environment; supervisory or managerial experience; ability to communicate a strong vision of how discipline-based scholarship is changing in response to new technologies and what role libraries can play in meeting the evolving needs of scholars.

Working Conditions
• Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
• Normal office environment
• Occasional travel required

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.

Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7343. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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