Denton, TX: Copyright Librarian – University of North Texas

Contact Name: Pamela Andrews

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Institution/Organization Name: University of North Texas

Job Location: Denton, TX

Job Title: Copyright Librarian

Application Deadline : Open until filled

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Job Description:
Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, with additional oversight from the Head of Library Research Support Services, the Copyright Librarian will lead the Libraries’ efforts to increase awareness both at UNT and in the extended community of the rights of creators and users of original works of authorship, especially works of scholarship. The Copyright Librarian will work in close collaboration with members of the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Transformation Workgroup and will coordinate efforts with UNT’s Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign (CLEAR) and the Technology Transfer & Economic Development office.
About the UNT Libraries

The University of North Texas Libraries, serving the largest and most comprehensive university in the Dallas–Fort Worth metro area, have pioneered efforts to foster the transformation of libraries and of scholarly communication, including becoming the first public university in Texas to adopt a campus-wide open-access policy, hosting an annual open-access symposium with speakers from around the world, and co-founding the Library Publishing Coalition. With four physical locations on campus and an even larger digital footprint, including digital-library collections of over 10 million items, the UNT Libraries are a world leader in web archiving — the first non-federal library to participate in the Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet) and to be designated an affiliated archive of the National Archives and Records Administration. UNT’s dean of libraries is the driving force behind the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative, which brings together library staff from across the region for professional development and collaboration. The Libraries receive about $1 million per year in funding from grants and foundations.

Major Responsibilities

• Develop and implement an educational program on the rights of both creators and users of original works of authorship.
• Provide legal information (but not legal advice) to the UNT and extended community on copyright law.
• Contribute to the work of the Library Research Support Services department, such as the planning and presentation of workshops for UNT researchers on topics related to scholarly communication.
• Develop and maintain a web presence on copyright.
• Serve on the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Transformation Workgroup and other appropriate committees within the Libraries and other parts of the university.
• Depending on the needs of the Libraries, serve as a subject librarian for one or more academic programs.

Minimum Qualifications

• MS/MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program by December 2016, or relevant equivalent combination of advanced degree and/or experience
• Familiarity with US copyright law
• Familiarity with US contract law, especially licensing
• Familiarity with the work environment of higher education
• Positive customer orientation and strong interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated ability to work with faculty and students
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications

• Familiarity with copyright limitations, exceptions, and defenses in US copyright law
• Familiarity with author-publisher contracts
• Familiarity with institutional and disciplinary repositories
• Familiarity with innovations in scholarly communication such as electronic theses and dissertations, open-access publishing, and born-digital forms of scholarship
• JD from an ABA-accredited program
• Experience in preparing grant applications and administering grants


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