Research & Scholarly Communications Librarian at F&M


The Franklin & Marshall College Library seeks a Research & Scholarly Communications Librarian to contribute to the development of resources and services related to Open Educational Resources, open access, open textbooks, scholarly communication and digital scholarship in the College Library and on the Franklin & Marshall campus. This newly created position will play a key role in the College Library’s outreach, growth, promotion and educational efforts around these topics.

Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA
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Candidates should have an educational or experiential background in scholarly communication, and a strong belief in the value and future of open scholarly assets in higher education.

Functions include:

  • Participating in education and training regarding open educational resources, open access publishing, new scholarly communication models and digital scholarship to students, staff and faculty.
  • Staying informed on current developments in these areas, and acting as a contact person for interested faculty and scholars.
  • Exploring open textbooks and other curricular materials and how they could benefit students and faculty.
  • Providing assistance to faculty who want to adopt, adapt or create open educational resources for use in the College curriculum.
  • Supporting digital scholarship projects undertaken by faculty and students.
  • Managing and developing the annual Celebrating Scholarship exhibit and reception.
  • Keeping abreast of trends in scholarly communication and related areas by identifying and attending relevant workshops and conferences.

The RSCL will report to the Research & Instruction Librarian, and work with many colleagues to participate fully in a period of development in the College Library, which just created and is implementing an ambitious strategic plan. A migration to OCLC’s WMS, new digital collection platforms and a growing interest on campus in open educational resources will allow for the exploration and integration of open scholarly assets in our work.

Additional responsibilities include contributing to services in the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, and working with colleagues in both libraries as needed to support the curriculum and research in assigned academic departments. Our successful candidate will be able to:  

  • Provide research services, library instruction and other assistance to faculty, staff and students.
  • Provide liaison service and collection development in support of the research and information needs of academic departments in assigned areas.
  • Serve as an effective part of the library community through exploration, professional development and service.
  • Actively contribute to the formulation of library-wide policies, procedures, goals and priorities.

Education and Experience:

  • ALA- accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science is required. Coursework or experience in areas relevant to open scholarly assets is also required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, a positive service orientation and the ability to work with diverse populations are required.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team in a changing environment is required.
  • A high degree of comfort learning new systems and processes is required.
  • An appreciation for a diverse liberal arts environment is required.
  • Experience in an academic library is preferred.
  • Experience with information literacy instruction and undergraduate digital scholarship projects is preferred.

 The complete position advertisement appears on the College careers site, under Professional Staff Opportunities​.