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Date: 28 Apr 1997 13:10:14 -0400
From: "Jennifer O'Brien" <jennifer_o'>
Subject: NCSU vacancy announcement

North Carolina State University Libraries

Vacancy Announcement
Scholarly Communication Librarian (New Position)

The North Carolina State University Libraries invites applications and
nominations for the position of Scholarly Communication Librarian.  The
NCSU Libraries is dedicated to the promotion of the fundamental role of
scholarly communication in a major research university, particularly in
the emerging digital publishing environment. This commitment is embodied
in the creation of the new position of Scholarly Communication Librarian.
The ideal candidate is a librarian with a law degree who would take
leadership in safeguarding the role of the NCSU Libraries in the scholarly
communication process, including promotion of its full rights, as well as
those of the creators, disseminators, and users of scholarly information,
under the fair use section of the copyright law.  With the active
endorsement of NC State University faculty, students, and administration,
the Libraries has established a Scholarly Communication Center to offer
guidance on university policy to the Libraries and to faculty, students,
and staff on matters pertaining to scholarly communication, such as
copyright and fair use, database licensing, and user privacy issues. 
Housed in an area of the library newly renovated and dedicated to digital
initiatives, the Scholarly Communication Center benefits from adjacency to
the Department for Digital Library Initiatives, Information Technologies
Teaching Center, Scanning and Digitization Laboratory, Learning
Technologies Center, and NC State's Center for Teaching and Learning. 


Reporting to the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries through the
Associate Director for Administrative Services and Organizational
Development, will establish and serve as director of the Scholarly
Communication Center.  Has six main areas of responsibility:  (1) 
Provides guidance to the library staff on matters pertaining to scholarly
communication.  Serves as the Libraries' primary resource on fair use and
other copyright issues as they relate to library collections and services,
provides Libraries' position and proposes desired language, when
warranted, on database licensing and user privacy issues.  (2)  Provides
guidance to faculty and others in the NC State community on scholarly
communication matters.  Works with faculty on an NC State copyright
ownership policy; helps faculty, students, and staff understand and apply
the concept of "fair use"; and helps faculty, students, and staff with
obtaining copyright permissions.  (3)  Serves as a resource for and
educator in scholarly communication information for the entire campus
community.  Sustains development of the Libraries' scholarly communication
Web site ( and organizes
educational forums on scholarly communication topics as they relate to
academia and to research libraries.  (4) Represents, along with the
director of Libraries, the interests of the NCSU Libraries in the
development of university policy related to copyright and user privacy
issues.  (5)  Represents the interests of NC State and of the research
library community at the national level.  Actively helps to shape national
policies relating to scholarly communication to ensure that scholars,
students, and libraries in the digital environment retain the full
benefits of legal protection under copyright and fair use.  (6)  In
carrying out all of the above, works in close consultation and cooperation
with the university's Office of Legal Affairs. The Office of Legal Affairs
is the only university office that provides advice on legal matters. 

Management responsibilities for the center include setting and assessing
goals, providing direction, communicating priorities, establishing and
revising policies and procedures, coordinating its work with the rest of
the Libraries, and supervising a part-time secretarial support position. 
Works in close consultation and cooperation with the NC State Legal
Affairs office. Serves as an ex-officio member of the Scholarly
Communication Subcommittee of the University Library Committee.  As
appropriate, coordinates work with the Triangle Research Libraries
Network.  Participates in library-wide planning and serves on library-wide
committees and task forces.  Is active professionally and contributes to
developments in the field. 


Required:  ALA-accredited MLS or J.D. Minimum 3 years of successful
experience in a large research library with emphasis on faculty
interaction on matters of scholarly communication.  Demonstrated expertise
in the legal and regulatory issues associated with intellectual property
and copyright, particularly as they involve the creation, dissemination,
and use of digital information resources.  Demonstrated ability to
represent the interests of the academy in scholarly communication issues,
based on solid understanding of the technical, legal, and information
policy issues relating to intellectual property and their impacts on the
nature and conduct of scholarly inquiry and instruction.  Excellent oral
and written communication skills.  Excellent interpersonal skills and
ability to work well with and to lead faculty, students, and academic
administrators.  Significant involvement in pertinent professional

Preferred:  ALA-accredited MLS and J.D.  Significant experience with
scholarly communication issues as they relate to research libraries.

The University and the Libraries

North Carolina State University is located in Raleigh within the Research
Triangle.  This region of North Carolina encompasses one of the nation's
premier concentrations of academic, corporate, and public research.  The
Raleigh/Durham area was recently rated by Money magazine as the "Best
Place to Live in America,"  and by Fortune as the "Best City for Knowledge
Workers."  The area offers outstanding opportunities for professional
growth and an exceptional quality of life. 

As one of the nation's outstanding land-grant universities, NC State
offers degrees through the Colleges of Engineering, Agriculture and Life
Sciences, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Humanities and Social
Sciences, Management, Education and Psychology, Veterinary Medicine,
Forest Resources, Textiles, and the School of Design.  As the largest
academic institution in the state, NCSU enrolls 27,000 students and offers
doctoral degrees in 53 fields of study.  The university ranks eighth
nationally in research support from private industry and twelfth in the
number of patents awarded.  The university is currently supporting faculty
with development grants to support 25 new Internet courses for delivery in
the fall of 1997. 

The library system consists of a central library and branch libraries for
design, natural resources, textiles, and veterinary medicine, and maintains an
affiliation with a separately administered learning resources library and
African-American Cultural Center reading room .  With a staff of 300 FTE, the
Libraries has over 2.5 million volumes in its collection, and acquires more
than 21,000 current serials, and a total annual budget in excess of $17
million, with over $7 million allocated to collections.

The Scholarly Communication Center will be located adjacent to the
Libraries' Learning Technologies Center, the Department for Digital
Library Initiatives, the Information Technologies Teaching Center, a
scanning and digitization laboratory, and the university's Center for
Teaching and Learning. 

The NCSU Libraries is a founding member of SOLINET and a member of the
Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. 
Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North
Carolina Central University and NCSU form the Triangle Research Libraries
Network, with combined resources approaching 12 million volumes, and
collections budgets totaling more than $22 million.  There are law schools
at all three neighboring TRLN partners, while UNC Chapel Hill and N.C.
Central offer ALA-accredited library degree programs as well. 

For more information about the NCSU Libraries, visit our home page at

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. 
Librarians at NCSU have academic status without tenure or rank.  Benefits
include:  26 days vacation; health insurance (comprehensive major medical
or HMO), and TIAA/CREF, state, or other retirement options.  Additional
and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal
plans are available.  Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The
University of North Carolina is available. 

Recruiting Schedule

Position available immediately.  Review of applications will begin May 23,
1997.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
Candidates are encouraged to apply by the review date above to receive
full consideration.

To apply, send cover letter (including title of position), resume, and the
names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four current, professional
references to:  Wendy L. Scott, Office of Personnel Services; Box 7111,
NCSU Libraries;  Raleigh, NC 27695-7111
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