Contemporary Publishing Fellow

University of Pennsylvania
Van Pelt Library

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Job location: Van Pelt Library

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-11-23
Req: JR00044208
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Employers By State in 2021.

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Posted Job Title

Contemporary Publishing Fellow

Job Profile Title

Librarian B

Job Description Summary

The 21st-Century Publishing Fellow is a member of the Library’s Research Data and Digital Scholarship unit, reporting to the Assistant University Librarian, Research Data and Digital Scholarship. The incumbent contributes to the team’s efforts to transform the digital publishing landscape by piloting a publication program focusing on high-quality, media-rich, networked, and interactive public scholarship, often produced under the aegis of a new collaboration with Penn Press.

The incumbent proactively explores emerging publishing technologies, platforms, and practices, and provides leadership in recommending, planning, and implementing pilot digital publishing services that will provide the campus community with the tools, resources, and infrastructure for publishing multimodal projects and experimental digital scholarship.

They serve as a conduit between various Libraries functions (copyright and intellectual property, discovery, preservation, technology and digital initiatives), between the Libraries and University of Pennsylvania Press (editorial vetting, production, marketing, peer review), and between various campus centers (such as the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities) to establish sustainable workflows, processes, and project choices that will enable the digital publishing pilot to succeed.

This is a two-year position with the possibility of extension for a further two years.

The compensation package for the fellowship includes a $65,000 salary plus benefits.

Job Description


  • Lead the development, management, and assessment of a pilot of sustainable, innovative open publishing services for publications that may include e.g., archival materials, time-based media, data, and other digital media.
  • In collaboration with the Digital Projects and Publishing working group, recommend, implement, and manage a sustainable platform or interoperable infrastructure that will meet most campus needs in innovative digital publishing.
  • Provide outreach about the new publishing services to campus centers and departments and work in close cooperation with key campus partners (e.g., faculty, students, the press, campus centers, etc.) to discover and develop timely and relevant projects and programs that will prove the worth of the pilot.
  • Collaborate with Penn Press on multimodal digital publishing projects, working with editors, authors, and the Penn Press Faculty Editorial Board to scope potential projects and recommend best practices for planning, proof of concept creation and review, IP issues, etc.
  • Work with colleagues on the Research Data and Digital Scholarship and Educational Technology and Learning Management teams and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities to provide enriching, project-based pedagogical opportunities for students in data visualization, sound editing and recording, video production, text and data mining, and other digital methods required by the chosen projects.
  • Project manage the digital publication process for selected projects, ensuring their accessibility, discoverability, and sustainability.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with providers of next-generation publishing infrastructure (Lyrasis, DataCite, Educopia, etc.)
  • Keep current with changing research and publication expectations, especially developments in publishing and dissemination practices, platforms, and tools.
  • Participate in regional, national, and international communities of practice.



  • 3-5 years’ experience in publishing, digital projects, or library and information sciences, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of trends in higher education, academic libraries, open research infrastructure, scholarly publishing, organizational development, and stakeholder management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scholarly publishing ecosystem and how it pertains to digital scholarship projects, and of the digital research lifecycle.
  • Experience with and knowledge of digital scholarly publishing platforms.
  • A demonstrated record managing a portfolio of projects at different scales and priorities, each with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships across multiple institutional divisions.
  • Master’s degree in library science and/or a humanities or humanistic social science field.


  • Background in publishing or digital scholarship.
  • Teaching experience.
This is a two year term position.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$60,000 -- $65,000 commensurate with education and experience

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Library

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.


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