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Head, Scholarly Communications Department

The University of Maine
Orono, Maine

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The Scholarly Communications Department Head provides leadership in identifying, developing, and coordinating services and programs to support campus awareness of and participation in the evolving scholarly landscape. Particular emphasis is on open access, author rights, copyright, fair use, and digital rights and access. The position will be responsible for maintaining awareness of national and international publishing trends, intellectual property rights, and copyright that affect access to scholarly information, including researchers’ output. The position will provide vision and planning for the library’s institutional repository and will promote its digital publishing use for faculty, staff, and students, including seeking out and maintaining partnerships across campus.

Plans, directs, and manages the Department:

- Develops and implements the policies, procedures, and workflow to ensure a well-functioning department.

- Collaborates with other library departments to achieve departmental, library-wide program, and university goals.

- Advises the Dean on department and library-wide needs and projects.

Scholarly Communication:

- Serves as the library’s expert on scholarly communication including, but not limited to, alternative publishing models, intellectual property rights, scholarly visibility and impact, online identity management, open access, and open educational resources.

- Serves as a leader and advocate in the library and across the institution on all issues related to the dissemination, preservation, and use of the scholarly and creative output of faculty, researchers, staff and students.

- Monitors national scholarly communication trends, policy issues, and best practices and keeps the community informed. Understands both open source and hosted publishing solutions and e-publishing tools. Understands author rights and recommended practices for publishing.

- Applies knowledge of copyright, including fair use, knowledge of orphan works, knowledge of creative commons licensing.

- Creates educational and outreach materials about intellectual property issues and provides consultative services regarding scholarly works permissions.

- Consults with faculty, researchers, and students on publishing choices, publishing agreements, benefits of open access publishing, retention of rights, and overall management of intellectual property.

- Monitors national scholarly communications trends and policy issues.

Institutional Repository Management:

- Collects, stores, and preserves faculty, staff, and student intellectual output, builds relationships across campus and aligns the goals of the institutional repository with campus research.

- Devises strategies for promoting and growing the content and use of the institutional repository, including born digital resources.

- Develops and applies policies and procedures for the institutional repository

- Plans and coordinates ingestion and migration of archival content which may require relevant computer skills.

- Keeps up to date with institutional repository changes and the assessment of various platforms


The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s premier public university. It is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 65 countries. It currently enrolls 11,286 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering, and education; master’s degrees in roughly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship on its campus, with substantial efforts aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction (fall 2014).

 To learn more about UMaine’s areas of distinction, click here.


• Founded in 1865.
• Ranked in the top 15 percent of America’s Colleges by Forbes Magazine.
• Enrollment: 11,286; 9,182 undergraduate (fall 2014).
• More than 90 majors and academic programs.
• Maine’s only Division I athletics program.
• Students from 43 U.S. states and territories, and 66 countries (fall 2014).
• More than 200 student clubs and organizations.
• 15:1 student-faculty ratio.
• Median undergraduate class size: 19.
• The student retention from first to second year is 78 percent, with majors in the Maine Business School, the College of Engineering and the College of Education and Human Development reaching roughly 83 percent.
• For Maine residents, annual tuition, fees, room and board cost about $19,500, and for nonresidents, about $35,250 in 2011–12.
• UMaine, located on Marsh Island, consists of 37 academic buildings, 30 administrative buildings, 18 residence halls, 18 specific laboratory facilities, 14 Greek life houses, four dining facilities and 10 sports facilities. The University of Maine has five research field stations in the state — Aroostook Farm in Presque Isle; Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro; Rogers Farm in Stillwater; Highmoor Farm in Monmouth; and J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center in Old Town — and a marine sciences research facility, the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.
• University of Maine Cooperative Extension has 16 offices serving all Maine counties and the UMaine campus; has a Marine Extension Team in partnership with Maine Sea Grant; and operates three 4-H camps.
• UMaine’s campus was designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City and the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C.
• In 2003, the entire UMaine campus was designated as an arboretum.
• There are 15 miles of running, biking and cross-country skiing trails on campus.


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