DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Possessing energy, vision, a strong service ethic, and the capacity to thrive in the
future-oriented environment of a world-class research institution, the Scholarly Communications
Librarian will support research, teaching, and learning by providing scholarly communications
services, in collaboration with the members of the Scholarly Communications team and others in the
Dalhousie Libraries. The Dalhousie Libraries play a critical role in the stewardship of research
resources that support scholarship, knowledge transfer, and innovation. This career- stream
position is appointed through the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library and reports to the Associate
University Librarian Scholarly Communications and Head, Kellogg Library.
Dalhousie University sits on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. The Dalhousie
Libraries system includes: the Killam Memorial Library (Arts and Social Sciences, Science,
Management, and Computer Science), the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library (Medicine, Dentistry
and Health), the Sexton Design & Technology Library (Engineering, Architecture and Planning), the
MacRae Library (Agriculture), the Sir James Dunn Law Library — which is an integral part of the
Dalhousie Libraries but reports directly to the Dean of Law — and the University Archives, located
in the Killam Library, and the Agricultural Campus Archives, Special Collections and Museum
holdings, located in the MacRae Library. As a cohesive library system with a team comprising 30
professional librarians and 90 staff, we celebrate the unique discipline-based needs of our users
and support their shared goals to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, and research.
The Dalhousie Libraries are members of Novanet, a consortium of Nova Scotia academic libraries
sharing a common library management system, the Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL),
the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), The Canadian Research Knowledge Network
(CRKN), and a range of scholarly communications initiatives including the Scholarly Publishing and
Coalition (SPARC), Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and ORCID-CA. Additional information
is available at http://libraries.dal.ca, http://www.novanet.ns.ca, http://caul-cbua.ca/, and
Summary of Position:
The Scholarly Communications Librarian will work collaboratively with colleagues in Digital
Scholarship, Digital Humanities, Copyright and other partners across the campus and the Dalhousie
Libraries system to plan, implement, and promote scholarly communications services. Initiatives
include increasing campus awareness of Open Access scholarly publishing issues such as author
rights, Creative Commons licensing, open scholarship, data management, preservation, Open Access
funding mandates, and Open Educational Resources. The position will support the Dalhousie community
in discovering, tracking, and communicating the impact of research, educational, and creative works
in an increasingly open publishing environment. This includes the use of a citation metrics,
altmetrics, and other methods relevant to works across disciplinary areas to help authors determine
the impact of their work. Participation in system-wide initiatives, digital literacy programming,
and training related to online identity management are part of this position. This position is also
responsible for delivering liaison librarian services for the Department of Nursing, and in the
sciences or languages
depending on education and experience.
Scholarly Communications (System-wide):
• Assess the scholarly communication awareness and needs of students, faculty, and staff at
Dalhousie and identify ways to meet these needs.
• Discover, devise, market, and assess strategies for involving the University community in both
understanding and participating in Open Access publishing and Open Educational Resources.
• Coordinate bibliometric activities related to research impact including outreach, training,
education, and promotion.
• Maintain currency with tools, methodologies and best practices for monitoring and increasing
scholarly activity and researchers’ impact.
• Inform the university community of changes in scholarly communication, and ways in which the
university community can contribute to new and evolving methods for distribution of research
• Consult with faculty, students, and staff on building and maintaining researcher profiles
through ORCID and other similar tools.
• Work collaboratively with the Research Data Management Librarian (RDM Librarian) to promote
and advance RDM activities and uptake across campus.
• Support the development of librarian and library staff knowledge and understanding of
scholarly communication issues.
• Work collaboratively with colleagues, including the Copyright Coordinator, Digital Scholarship
Librarian, Digital Humanities Librarian, Research Office, and others to advance open scholarship
awareness and activity on campus.
• Assist faculty, students, and staff to understand rights to authored content, in conjunction
with the Dalhousie Libraries Copyright Office and liaison librarians.
• Develop collaborative relationships with the Department of Nursing to support their teaching
and research needs.
• Develop collections in specific subject areas in the sciences or languages, depending on
education and experience.
• Develop and deliver information literacy content relevant to various levels of learners via a
range of styles and modes, both in class and online.
• Provide information and reference services including research consultations and assistance
with literature searches to support the development of evidence synthesis projects and
evidence-based health care initiatives.
• Maintain a superior knowledge of various databases used to investigate topics in the health
professions and other liaison areas as assigned.
• Contribute to librarianship by carrying out professional research and/or scholarly work.
• Graduate degree from an ALA accredited Library / information sciences program.
• Ability to travel between the Dalhousie campuses as required based on the demands of the
• Demonstrated commitment to public services and ability to work collegially.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. Oral and written fluency in English.
• Education or experience in a broad range of scholarly communications topics.
• Experience with research impact metrics documentation and analysis methods, and use of
software such as
• Education or work experience in research data management.
• Education or work experience in one of the health fields and a thorough knowledge of health
sciences databases and resources, and in the sciences or languages.
• 1–2 years relevant experience in an academic, special, or research library.
• Record of flexibility and ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly
changing interdisciplinary environment, and possessing a high tolerance for ambiguity.
• Demonstrated initiative and strong leadership skills, with a willingness to share expertise,
work in teams, and negotiate solutions with diverse groups.
• Proven ability to manage projects and to handle multiple priorities and tasks.
• Interest in and capacity for conducting research. Established research portfolio an asset.
• Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
Salary and Benefits:
Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience, and subject to the terms of the
Dalhousie Faculty Association Collective Agreement. The position will not be filled at a rank
higher than Librarian II.
Availability of the Position:
The position has a proposed starting date of July 1, 2018.
Deadline for applications: April 6th, 2018, 4:00 p.m. ADT
Please provide a letter of interest (addressed to Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian),
curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire
(available at www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid) in care of:
Janice Slauenwhite, Manager, Financial & Physical Resources
Dalhousie University Libraries, Office of the University Librarian 6225 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 4H8
Electronic submissions (Word or PDF) are strongly encouraged and can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and
inclusiveness. The University encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a
disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender
identities, and all candidates who would contribute
to the diversity of our community.