Digital Publishing and Repository Librarian - Northwestern University

Northwestern University Libraries seek a Digital Publishing and Repository Librarian committed to open scholarship and providing innovative services to faculty and students for creating and publishing original educational and scholarly materials. This role is integral to the Libraries’ collaboration across campus and the wider academic community in the planning, execution, and assessment of a variety of digital publishing ventures. Digital publishing services include project management, production, metadata, design, hosting, and archiving for digital publications, including Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Access (OA) journals, and OA monographs in collaboration with Northwestern faculty, students, and other scholars and campus partners. Current digital publishing projects include the peer-reviewed journal Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies, monographs and websites for Northwestern University's Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, and OER created through the Affordable Instructional Resources (AIR) Faculty Grant Program. As the service manager for Arch, Northwestern’s institutional repository the Digital Publishing and Repository Librarian promotes faculty deposits to Arch and collaborates with other library departments to report user feedback to improve overall experiences. The Digital Publishing and Repository Librarian keeps abreast of trends and best practices in library-based publishing, especially in relation to OA, OER, open science, digital humanities, and new methods of publishing in digital formats. This role also actively participates in planning and implementing new initiatives that transform digital scholarship within the Libraries, across the University, and throughout the scholarly publishing domain.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage digital publishing technologies for production, design, metadata, hosting, and archiving of HTML and PDF editions of original digital publications
  • Provide project management assistance to faculty and student collaborators for digital publishing projects
  • Develop and promote workflows for faculty and students to deposit scholarly materials to the Arch institutional repository
  • Serve as point-of-contact for assistance with using the institutional repository and monitor day-to-day operations
  • Collaborate closely with the Open Education Librarian to provide consultation, training, and support to faculty, instructors, and other librarians on activities related to publishing open course materials and OER outreach
  • Work with metadata specialists to provide quality control for deposits and ensure metadata complies with applicable policies and standards
  • Assist the Libraries’ efforts to promote OER, OA, open science, and digital humanities in collaboration with others in Research Services, other library departments and committees, and other campus units.
  • Forge and maintain partnerships with other campus units, such as the Affordable Instructional Resources initiative, the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, and other departments and groups seeking digital publishing assistance
  • Engage faculty and students with presentations, workshops, and other activities relevant to their interests and expressed needs for digital publishing services, such as determining the right solutions for publication and preservation of their work
  • Advocate for policies to support open access to scholarship created at the university
  • Depending on background and service needs, may serve as a liaison to one or more academic or other university constituencies
  • Contribute actively to the re-envisioning of digital scholarship and library services by pursuing ongoing innovation and embracing new and evolving responsibilities in dynamic digital research environment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Library Science or other relevant graduate degree
  • Understanding of current issues, trends, and technologies in scholarly communication, academic digital publishing, and single-source publishing
  • Demonstrated experience with HTML, CSS, and Web Standards
  • Knowledge of markup languages such as Markdown and XML, and converters such as Pandoc
  • Demonstrated experience with, or interest and aptitude for learning, Python, Javascript, or other programming languages
  • Demonstrated experience with static site generators such as Hugo and Quire
  • Demonstrated experience with GitHub for managing code and deployment
  • Experience with one or more of the following areas: digital scholarship, data science, informatics, and/or other computational approaches to research and scholarship

Minimum Competencies:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Adaptable, ability to adjust to changing environment
  • Takes ownership of work, completes what is needed without being asked, follows through
  • Plans ahead, manages time well, is resource-conscious, finds better ways to achieve personal and workgroup goals

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references. Please apply for this position on the NUHR Recruitment Website:  In your application, feel free to note which pronouns you use. This position is in a bargaining unit represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 73. The minimum starting salary for this position is $65,000 annually. Offers will be based on candidate experience and education, as well as equity within Northwestern University. First consideration will be given to applicants who apply by April 18, 2023.

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Library Environment:

Northwestern University is a selective private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more than 7 million volumes, a full array of digital resources, and collections of distinction in Africana, transportation, and 20th-century and contemporary music. Northwestern is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). See more information about University Libraries at:

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. EEO is the Law.