Scholarly Communications Librarian

Clemson University
Cooper Library- Clemson University

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Scholarly Communications Librarian

Cooper Library- Clemson University
Open Date:
Mar 4, 2022

Clemson Libraries seeks a dynamic, driven, and collaborative Scholarly Communications Librarian with exemplary communication skills to advance the Libraries’ scholarly communications initiatives. This position develops collaborative partnerships to facilitate a seamless, interdisciplinary, and university-wide network to support faculty and students in research publication and impact. The incumbent identifies, develops, and manage services and programs related to copyright, open access, research impact, and other scholarly communications initiatives. The Scholarly Communications Librarian also provides specialized research consultations and instruction services in these areas. This position requires a high degree of collaboration and initiative and will be critical to the Libraries’ strategic growth as an R1 institution. 

Clemson Libraries faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position and works under the direction of the Head of Digital Scholarship, a department within the newly created division of Teaching, Learning, and Research. To learn more about the reorganization at Clemson Libraries, visit:   

Responsibilities include: 

Scholarly Communications 

  • Serves as a resource for questions and issues related to copyright, intellectual property, and fair use: 

  • Consults with faculty, liaisons, and Libraries’ staff on copyright and fair use questions related to digital media, course reserves, online instruction, and public performance rights.  

  • Leads a robust education and outreach program on copyright, intellectual property, and fair use principles for faculty, students, and staff.  

  • Coordinates with the University’s General Counsel to establish protocols for reviewing copyright and fair use requests and addressing complex questions. 

  • Leads initiatives to raise awareness of open access and alternative publishing: 

  • Manages the Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund program. 

  • Coordinates with the Head of Acquisitions and Collections Strategies Cross-Functional Team to advance open access to Clemson’s research output and find open alternatives to licensed material.  

  • Assists faculty and graduate students with publishing choices and licensing agreements related to their scholarly output. 

  • Promotes the usage of open access incentives from read & publish arrangements with publishers to faculty and graduate students. 

  • Works with the OER Librarian to promote the adoption of open course materials and systems to mitigate the university’s reliance on traditional textbooks and other licensed content. 

  • Works with the University Press to promote open publishing options through the  institutional repository. Oversees the deposit of green OA content from the Clemson community into the IR. 

  • Assists faculty in tracing their scholarly research and determining its impact using traditional and alternative metrics. Enhances discoverability and attribution of scholarship with ORCID and DOI. 

  • Develops and delivers programs on issues related to scholarly communication for the libraries and the campus community.

  • Cultivates working relationships with faculty and graduate students across the university. 

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities  

  • Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals. 


  • Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, university, profession, and community. 

Salary and Benefits  

Faculty rank and minimum salary of $61,000 based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity. 


Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented Carnegie Research One university in a college town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta. 

Diversity Statement 

Clemson University Libraries seeks to best serve our community through creating a welcoming environment in which diverse ideas and perspectives come together to achieve common goals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion as it is essential to the continued success not only of Clemson University but of the library and information science profession. We embrace Clemson’s core values of integrity, honesty, and respect, and add to those the ideals of compassion, dignity, and historical awareness so that Clemson Libraries’ staff, collections, spaces, and services inform the interest, information, and enlightenment of all who we serve. 


Required Qualifications 

  • An ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship or a relevant accredited graduate degree in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by the Libraries.   

  • Experience providing scholarly communications services in an academic library setting. 

  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication and creative problem-solving. 

  • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion and enhancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

Preferred Qualifications   

  • Experience with handling copyright, fair use, and intellectual property issues in an academic environment. 

  • Demonstrated record of advocacy for scholarly communications and open initiatives involving internal and external audiences. 

  • An active awareness of new technologies and the impact they have on a rapidly changing scholarly communication landscape. 

  • Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork.  

  • Second graduate or other advanced degree. 

Application Instructions:

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio:  Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. Applications received by April 22, 2022 will be guaranteed consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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