Scholarly Communications and Metrics Literacy Librarian

Website York University Libraries

Summary

York University Libraries is seeking a two-year contractually-limited appointment (CLA) for a Scholarly Communications and Metrics Literacy Librarian to support library and institutional priorities around increasing research participation, maximizing the impact and diversity of York’s scholarly outputs, and supporting the research visibility needs of scholars at York University. The successful candidate will be directly responsible for co-developing, advancing, and supporting a range of services around scholarly communications, research impact, and metrics literacy. Working in coordination with colleagues in the departments of Open Scholarship and Digital Scholarship Infrastructure, the candidate will support programs designed to monitor York’s publications and attribution record in bibliometric data sources; coordinate disambiguation and publication profiling efforts at the university; provide guidance on the responsible use of metrics; and support individual researcher needs around research impact reporting. The candidate will also support research data management programs at York, in partnership with data librarians and scholarly communications librarians.

Projects and responsibilities

  • Collaboratively develop and support curricular and co-curricular programming in the areas of scholarly communications, research data management (RDM), metrics literacy and research visibility while serving as a library contact for support in these areas.
  • Provide consultation services and support colleagues on the use of research metrics, including guidance around citation analysis, disciplinary considerations for research impact assessment, the use of various databases to extract bibliometric and altmetric data, and the use of researcher identification and profiling tools.
  • Support research data management programs and policies by leveraging RDM tools and workflows; collaborate with data librarians on providing holistic support for RDM services with a focus on data management planning and data deposit.
  • Support a range of scholarly communications activities and programs in priority areas determined by the Libraries’ strategic priorities, informed in part by the Open Access and Open Data Steering Committee.
  • Support library projects designed to track and enhance the visibility of York University research related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Support university-wide researcher profiling initiatives, including York’s ORCID integration campaign and the electronic CV initiative.
  • Liaise with bibliometric and profiling database vendors to address technical issues with software or platforms and coordinate necessary technical support for researchers.
  • Undertake reference/teaching/cluster support and disciplinary responsibilities, which will be assigned considering institutional priorities or the incumbent’s disciplinary knowledge and research interests.

Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA-accredited program or its recognized equivalent.

Demonstrated:  

  • leadership capacity and evidence of building effective working relationships with a variety of colleagues and stakeholders;
  • aptitude for adapting to new responsibilities and environments, independent learning and engagement with technology and software, including self-sufficient technical troubleshooting; and
  • ability to provide research and consultation services to researchers with varying levels of technical expertise or equivalent experience.

Experience with: 

  • advancing new programmatic areas and outreach programs and engaging stakeholders in these developments;
  • implementing projects using project management techniques;
  • managing multiple projects with competing deadlines; and
  • teaching, presenting, or training.

Knowledge of:

  • bibliometric indicators (such as publication counts, citation counts, h-indexes, and journal metrics) and methods for the quantification of research impact;
  • research metric data sources, such as Dimensions, Altmetric, SciVal, Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar;
  • issues related to the responsible use of impact metrics and bibliometric data in research evaluation;
  • researcher identification and profiling systems such as ORCID and Scopus Author ID;
  • the scholarly publishing landscape and the scholarly communications lifecycle, including issues around open access and copyright; and
  • research data management and the research data lifecycle.

Also required:

  • Evidence or promise of research contributions in the form of publications or other scholarly output, professional development, or active involvement in professional or scholarly organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation
  • Superior written and spoken communication in English.

About the position

This is a two-year contractually-limited appointment at the Adjunct Librarian level starting 1 May 2023. York offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and an exceptional benefits package. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Librarians and archivists at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit.

About York University

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

Hiring policies

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require any accommodation at any stage during the selection process should contact the chair of the search committee at yulapps@yorku.ca.

Consideration will be given to those who have followed non-traditional career paths or had career interruptions.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at https://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing, and submitting this voluntary self-identification form.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form..

Timeline

The deadline for receipt of completed applications has been extended to 10 February 2023. Longlisted candidates will be invited for brief online interviews 23-27 February. Reference letters for shortlisted candidates will be due by 16 March. Interviews will be online, scheduled 21-27 March 2023; there will be a presentation and interview in the morning and additional meetings in the afternoon. Please contact the chair of the search committee should any accommodations be required.

How to apply

Candidates must provide a current CV, a cover letter addressing the stated qualifications and experience relevant to the responsibilities, and a completed Work Status Declaration form. An optional component is the voluntary AA self-identification form (see Hiring Policies). Candidates who proceed to a final interview will later be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.

Submit the application package (as one or more PDFs) to:
Sarah Coysh
Chair, Scholarly Communications and Metrics Literacy Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
516 Scott Library
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Email: yulapps@yorku.ca

To apply for this job email your details to yulapps@yorku.ca.