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Scholarly Communications Librarian

Medical College of Wisconsin

Last Updated: 7/02/22

Job Description

Position Description:


The Office of Research helps to facilitate life-saving biomedical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Nine distinct units provide specialized support to meet the administrative needs of our investigators and research staff. Together we coordinate, regulate, and monitor research studies as well as provide high quality services for investigative teams. The MCW Libraries supports all institutional missions and partners by providing access, support, and specialized services for researchers, students, healthcare workers, and community members.

Reporting to the Assistant Director, Scholarly Resource Management, the Scholarly Communication Librarian will lead the MCW Libraries' services to support all aspects of the research and publication life-cycle, including data management, dissemination, and preservation. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will engage with all MCW campuses on topics across the scholarly communication landscape on topics such as open access, data, scholarly identity and research impact.

Primary Functions

  1. Lead and promote scholarly communications services, including research impact, bibliometrics, data management and visualization, intellectual property and digital use rights, fair use, Open Access, institutional repositories, and library support for the research and publication life cycles.
  2. Develop and provide Research Data Management library services.
  3. Serve as a liaison librarian in assigned areas.
  4. Work collaboratively with and mentor MCW librarians in Scholarly Communication tools and services.
  5. Build and maintain collaborative partnerships across campus to integrate Scholarly Communication related services.
  6. Participate in the development of institutional policies on scholarly communication topics such as open access, data management, and data curation.
  7. Collaborate with faculty, students and staff on research projects.
  8. Survey and assess the institution's needs for scholarly communication services and programs.
  9. Represent the library on institution-wide committees, task forces and working groups.
  10. Monitor advances in Scholarly Communication.
  11. Participate in professional continuing education activities, conference attendance, professional organizations and other relevant professional activities to further professional growth and development.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Schedule:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Position Requirements:

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite and statistical tools.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team interdependently with co-workers.
    • Ability to introduce, manage and lead change. Flexibility and adaptability for working in an evolving environment.
    • Ability to effectively plan, organize, implement projects across teams.
    • Experience supervising staff.
    • Demonstrated evidence of project management and mentoring skills.
    • Experience with biomedical or health-related information sources.
    • Demonstrated experience in coordinating, conducting and presenting research projects.
    • Knowledge of the research and education processes in an academic medical environment.
    • Experience in curriculum development and instruction/delivery.
    • Experience advising others on scholarly communication topics.
    • Experience in successfully managing collaborative projects.

Organizational Structure

Location: Flexibility for virtual and/or hybrid work is included in this role

Department: Research Office

Division: MCW Libraries

Reports to (Title): Assistant Director, Scholarly Resource Management

Collaborates with (Titles): MCW Faculty, Students, and Staff


Appropriate experience may be substituted on equivalent basis

Minimum Required Education: Master’s degree or higher in library/information science from an ALA Accredited institution or equivalent

Minimum Required Experience: 4 or more years of experience, preferably in health sciences, with scholarly resource development. Evidence of strong project management and mentoring skills. Experience with biomedical or health-related information resources. Excellent writing and oral communication skills

Preferred Experience: Experience working with diverse groups to reach common goals. Flexibility and adaptability for work in an evolving environment.

Certification/Licensure: Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) preferred

Commitment to Diversity

MCW is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace that includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that embracing human differences is critical to realize our vision of a healthier world, and we recognize that a healthy and thriving community starts from within. We strive to integrate our human and social differences into MCW’s functioning, strategies and culture to create a diverse and equitable workplace. If you believe embracing individuality and working together makes us stronger, then MCW is the place for you. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Company Details

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States